How about experiencing a typical ‘à la française’ lifestyle?
France is the ideal place to study abroad thanks to its rich culture, architecture and happening student life! Studying in France gives you an added advantage of learning the language and gain cultural perspective because there’s no place like France when it comes to culture.
Here are the top reasons to pick France as your study overseas destination.
- Scholarship for students? Yes!
The cost of studying in France ranges dramatically depending on the institution, but the scholarship available for international students makes France a realistic destination, even for those on the tightest budgets.
Some universities offer $12,000 scholarships per year to students that are maximum 30 years old during the year of acceptance, and who are academically excellent.
- Low tuition fees compared to the rest of Europe.
Tuition fees at public universities in France have variable prices, depending on your course and study level.
Technically, you could spend a semester studying French at the University of Montpellier or the Sorbonne for less than $4,000, possibly even as little as $1,000. However, go with a private program provider, and that rate automatically triples with rates ranging from about $15,000 to $28,000.
- Paris or Lyon – How much is the cost of living?
Cost of living in France depends on your lifestyle, but most of all, it depends on your preferred location. The City of Lights (Paris) is the most expensive city to study in, but smaller cities are much more reasonable.
Check the average budget for each of the large cities in France:
Paris: between $1,400 and $2,000/month;
Nice: between $1,000 and $1,600/month;
Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux or Toulouse: between $900 and $1,200/month;
For the rest of France, you can manage with smaller amounts (at least $760/month).
- Earn extra bucks with a part-time job!
Because there is so much to do in and around France while you study there, a part-time job just adds up as a bonus.
Indian or other international students studying in France can work while studying, as long as they meet the set eligibility criteria, like having a student residency permit, being enrolled in a recognized institution, etc. An international student cannot work for more than 964 hours/year. One has to work part-time during the course/term period, and can do a full-time ONLY during holidays.
- Home to leading MNCs & start-ups!
France is home to leading international corporations & brands: Chanel, Total, LVMH, L’Oréal, BNP Paribas, Hermes… to name a few!
The graduate job market is saturated and can be difficult to break into without being fluent in French. However, Paris is enroute to become a major sought after destination for start-up companies across the globe. This is a great opportunity to see one’s career flourish as the company grows.
- Learn French – the third most common business language!
‘Le français n’est pas une langue difficile’, which means ‘French isn’t a difficult language’.
Learning French is a good thing, personally and professionally. Because of its similarity to English, it is an easy language to pick up. A significant portion of French vocabulary can be understood by the English speaker.
- Culturally rich country? That’s France!
“The French air cleans up the brain and does good – a world of good.” – Vincent Van Gogh
France offers a dynamic and iconic culture that stands its own in a world full of iconic cultures. For international students studying there, France offers a multicultural study experience, as it brings together cultures from all over the globe.
France shines as an ideal study destination for nearly 300,000 international students.
France certainly has a strong intellectual tradition, be it improving your French skills, or cultural activities, there is something for everyone! For those seeking a top-rate education while being immersed in such a vibrant setting, France offers incomparable ‘joie de vivre’ (joy of living)!