Why Study in France?

France is one of the most beautiful places in the world to live, study or visit. It is the third-largest country in Europe as a whole with a total population of around 66 million .It is the fourth wealthiest nation in the world. Some reasons why one should consider France are:

a) Education quality

France is known for its high level of technological development. France has held its prominent place in many subjects like mathematics, astrophysics, medicine, genetics etc. France has gained recognition in world by giving 49 Nobel laureates. France has more than 3,500 institutions of higher education, including the following:

  • 77 publicly-funded universities, offering degrees in all disciplines and serving as the primary academic research centers
  • A parallel system of GrandesEcoles offering  scientific, business, art and other specific programs, which offer 5-year diplomas which are equivalent to a Masters degree
  • Schools of architecture
  • More than 3,000 specialized schools offering degrees in a wide variety of subjects, including hotel management, culinary arts, tourism and social work.

b) Affordability –

Studying in France means having access to quality academic programmes open to most people. French tuition fees are lowas the government pays most of the cost of education provided in public institutes. The real cost of studying is the same as elsewhere. The difference is that in France, whether you are French or foreigner, the government pays most of the cost that amounts to an average annual investment of 14,000 Euros per student. Living in France is also cheaper than many European capital cities.

c) Culturally rich –

France is rich in history and culture. You can find people from all backgrounds and heritages in the country. The food in France is another benefit of being in the country. People in France are exquisite in every aspect of their life.

France is one of Europe’s largest countries. It share its border with six countries Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the southeast and Spain to the southwest. The United Kingdom borders France via the English Channel.

The country is considered to be the gateway to Europe as there are several large international airports, ferry terminals and the French rail service.France is the most popular tourist destination in the world known for its artistic heritage, the natural beauty, the amazing climate, outdoor recreational activities such as golf courses, art museums & galleries and so much more. France is also known for its cuisine and wines. People in France are courteous and very formal. People in the country are also known for being chic, taking great pride in their personal appearance and clothing.

There are 22 official regions located in the country of France. Each of these regions are subdivided into departments.Brittany and Normandy lie on the far northwest corner of France. This region hasan uneven coastline of wide bays and granite cliffs, with untouched countryside. Rain is common in the region, with cooler weather in the winter months and a variable climate throughout the year.To the south of Brittany and Lower Normandy lays Pays-de la Loire. This region is spectacular and lush with amazing scenery, including the dramatic Atlantic coast where delightful beaches and waters. The climate in this region offers the best of temperatures, with warm summers and mild winters.The southern region of France is a popular area. It is extremely busy and one of the most expensive regions in the country. It is also hot.

The Rhone-Alpes,(French Alps)  sits to the north of the Mediterranean coast.The centre of France is truly where the heart lies. It is a peaceful, quite region. Burgundy is a paradise for those who love wine as well as delectable food. In the eastern region of France you will find the areas that border Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg. The Franche-Comte is here, characterized by an amazing landscape of woods and rivers. Those who enjoy the great outdoors are certain to enjoy this region. The temperatures are generally cooler in the winter. The locals are affluent, as this is the main gateway into Europe.

France is one of the world’s most popular study abroad destinations. Individuals of all ages can attend any of the fabulous colleges and universities in the country and expect to earn a great education. France is home to some of the best universities in the world, and the country leads the way in a number of industries. France, offers outstanding educational opportunities with cheaper cost of living.

The two different kinds of educational institutes one can choose from are, Universities and “GrandesEcoles” (competitive institutes).The intakes revolve around September/October.

The tuition fees at France’s leading universities are among the cheapest in the world, with annual fees averaging under US$1,000 per year for domestic and international students alike.With the increased autonomy of universities, the massive access of students to university studies and the development of university exchanges in Europe, the higher education system in France have changed considerably over the last decade, drawing it closer to that of other countries. New courses have been devised, accessible at different levels and more open onto the job market; for example, they often include periods of courses and periods of internships in situ.

Compared to other countries, France has an unusual and complex system of higher education. In virtually all countries in the world, the pinnacle of the education system, the institutions providing the finest centres of excellence, are universities.  Not so in France. While France has close to a hundred universities, most of them able to hold their own as regards teaching and research with universities in other parts of Europe, the peak of the education pinnacle in France is represented by the country’s “GrandesEcoles“, relatively small and highly selective “schools” (in the American sense of the word) which provide a cosseted higher education to the nation’s future elites – tomorrow’s “haut fonctionnaires” (senior civil servants), leaders of industry, top military brass, top politicians, engineers, physicists and others. In spite of the national preocupation with equality and equal opportunities, the top end of the French higher education systems is elitist.

GrandesEcoles are very well funded, have small classes and top teaching staff; indeed they (and the lycée classes preparing students for their competitive entry exams) syphon off a disproportionate amount of the education budget – to the detriment of France’s universities that are considerably underfunded, compared with international standards. Two of France’s GrandesEcoles (ENS and Polytechnique),

France is one of Europe’s leading countries with regard to the number of international students studying there, with a current figure of over 240,000 students. Thanks to the flexibility of the French higher education system, an itinerary tailored to suit each individual can be established from initial university studies to the most advanced specialization programs.Small tutorial sizes and heavy instructor intervention are two of the positive attributes that you will find while attending a college in France.The academic year in a French college runs from mid-September until the end of June the following year. Some institutions may also have enrollments throughout the year as well.

French public institutes and the Erasmus+ programme offer a large number of scholarships for foreign students to help them finance their studies in France and Europe. Scholarships available-

a) Institution scholarship – The institution scholarships listed below give you the title of a “French Government Scholarship Holder”, which allows you to have a preferential treatment in addition to the fee waiver offered by the French institute.

b) Value/ Benefits – Student visa fee waiver (`13,500 for Campus France fees and approx 5000 for visa)

c) Medical insurance coverage for the duration of the programme (approx 250 € /year)

d) Assistance to find affordable student accommodation

 

Ministerial scholarship –

– FRENCH EMBASSY SCHOLARSHIPS :CHARPAK – Three Charpak Scholarship Programs are offered by the Embassy of France in  India: (i) Research Internships  (ii) Exchange programs and (iii) Master’s Degree Programmes.

  1. EIFFEL SCHOLARSHIP
  2. ERASMUS MUNDUS
  3. PHD SCHOLARSHIP
  1. Alsace
  2. Strasbourg
  3. Aquitaine
  4. Auvergne
  5. Brittany
  6. Burgundy
  7. Dijon
  8. Champagne
  9. FrancheComté
  10. Besançon
  11. Ile de France
  12. Languedoc Roussillon
  13. Nimes
  14. Limousin
  15. Lorraine
  16. Midi Pyrénées
  17. Toulouse
  18. Albi
  19. Nord Pas de Calais
  20. Normandy
  21. Pays de la Loire
  22. Picardy
  23. Poitou Charentes
  24. La Rochelle
  25. Poitiers
  26. Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur
  27. Marseille
  28. Avignon
  29. Nice
  30. Rhone Alpes
  31. Lyon