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About France

France is a sovereign country in Western Europe that includes several overseas regions and territories. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of only three countries (with Morocco and Spain) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines.  France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the nation's largest city and the main cultural and commercial center.

France is inviting abundant number of Students every year from all over world. In addition to a good educational experience, studying in France leads to a good career opportunities internationally after Graduation. France is better known for its high quality of Technological Innovation, Fashion and Luxury Industries, Tourism etc. Hence many foreign Students choose to pursue their higher education in France. Maximum of the Students living in towns will experience reasonable living costs, lower than any other European Country. French Government provides all International Students an Housing Allowance with some financial help for Accommodation.

Population

The population of France is tagged at 65,073,482

Climate

A lot of variety, but temperate. Cool winters and mild summers on most of the territory, and especially in Paris. Mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean and in the south west. Mild winters and cool summers in the North West (Brittany). Cool to cold winters and hot summer along the German border (Alsace).

Culture

France is considered to be the cultural capital of the world. The culture of France is diverse, reflecting regional differences as well as the influence of recent immigration. France has played an important worldwide role for centuries as a cultural center, with Paris as a world center of high culture. France is noted for its cosmopolitan, civilized approach to life, combined with great concern for style, fashion and appearances.

Transport

The railway network in France is the most extensive in Europe. Rail connections to all other neighboring countries in Europe have been developed. Intra-urban connections are also well developed with both underground services and tramway services complementing bus services and extensive roadways.

An Overview of the French Educational System

Individuals choose France for their educational needs for a number of very good reasons. Because the French are so adamant of being able to offer students the highest in educational standards, you can always count on your chosen college and program to be among the best that you can find anywhere in the world. The people of France take their education exceptionally seriously, and it shows in the education that you can find across the country. Plenty of money is spent on education in France, and if getting the prime education that you want and need is important to you, studying in France is definitely the perfect option.
Higher education in France is organized in three levels or grades which correspond to those of other European countries, facilitating international mobility:

  • Bachelor
  • Master
  • Doctrate

These levels of study include various “parcours” or paths based on UE (Unités d’Enseignement or Modules), each worth a defined number of European credits (ECTS). A student accumulates these credits which are generally transferable between paths. A Licence is awarded once 180 ECTS have been obtained. A Master is awarded once 120 additional credits have been obtained.
Higher education in France is divided between grandes écoles and universities.

Why Study In France

    France has one of the most prestigious education systems in the world. Whether you are an individual seeking undergraduate studies, postgraduate schooling or something else, an amazing education can easily be found in the country. No matter what region that you go to there are numerous universities and educational institutions offering world-class education for people far and wide. There is a reason that so many people choose to come to France to receive their education and when it is the best education that you require, it is well worth your time to look at the colleges and universities that are available throughout the country.
    As a student at one of these institutions you can rest assured that you will receive an amazing education, while also enjoying the many other things that are to be loved in the country

  • One of the most renowned education systems in the world.
  • Classes in English, even in the heart of Paris
  • Experience living and studying in one of the most culturally rich countries in the world
  • Hub of Education – 3rd Leading host country for higher studies
Accommodation in France

In France, students of all nationalities may apply for government housing assistance. France is the only country in Europe to offer this benefit.

International students are eligible to apply for housing assistance under a system set up.

Assistance amounts are computed case by case, based on the rental amount and the student's resources. The benefit is not automatic or assured.

If you intend to apply for student housing assistance, make sure meet the following conditions. You must:

  • Be in possession of your lodgings and can provide your address and the amount of your rent.
  • Be enrolled in the mandatory student health insurance plan.
  • Have a bank account in France, as housing assistance is deposited directly into beneficiaries' bank accounts.

If you are sharing a house or apartment with a group of students, all members of the group may apply for assistance, provided their names appear on the rental contract (lease).

Applications for assistance must be completed on the Web site of the family assistance fund (CAF, Caisse d'allocation familiale) within 3 months of taking possession of your lodgings.

Cost of Living in France

Compare to other countries Cost of Living is low in France for International Students. International students are benefitted for several purchases and allotted good discounts if they use their Student Identity Card. On Accommodation Students are liable to get 30-40% discount depending on the Rent of the accommodation i.e. Known as CAF. Even for Transportation, Travel Passes are allotted to the Students by which they can travel unlimited in Buses and Metros in their local city.
Students attending a France university are exposed to the amazing French culture in their daily student life. Students can look up to a wonderfully environment that brings students together from across the world, while Studying. With many people attending colleges in France from all around the world, it is of course a new experience that can provide you with fun and adventure. It is a great chance to come together with such a diverse group of people, so that is actually a time to learn and grow more as a person.
As a Student you will certainly enjoy living your life in France. Usually there is never a dull day in the life as Students attending colleges in France. You always have a menu of beautiful things to select from in France if you go out or you are at home learning or Studying.

Cost of Studying in France

Along with the costs of tuition in France, you also need to keep in mind the many other factors that affect the money that you will spend while in college. This includes costs of renting accommodation, food, entertainment, supplies, tests and miscellaneous fees. This is money that you absolutely need to budget for in advance. The last thing that you want to do is to get to France and not have the money that you need.
Tuition Fees of Colleges in France defer from College to College and Program to Program. Usually tuition fees per year of Bachelor program is less than of Masters. Minimum the fees for the Grand Ecole Institutions are 6000 Euros per year for Bachelors program and 9000 Euros per year for Masters Program.
The average tuition costs for attending a college in France will vary according to the school that you wish to attend, the courses that you are taking, whether you are a resident of the EU or a foreign student and other information. 

France Health Care System

The national student health-care plan ("Sécurité sociale") and supplemental group plans ("Mutuelle")

French health-care coverage, provided under the social security system ("Sécurité sociale"), is of very high quality. Covered individuals are reimbursed for a portion of their medical expenses in return for a low basic payment. For students, that payment reaches €211 in 2013/2014 (1). You join the plan at your higher education institution when you register for classes at the beginning of the academic year. Participation in the plan is mandatory for non-European students.
Students from countries in the European Economic Space are exempted from participation as long as they hold either a European health insurance card (or temporary certificate) valid for the entire academic year or a certificate of private insurance providing full coverage for medical risks without restrictions related to cost.
The two main student group health plans are:

  • LMDE (La Mutuelle des Étudiants)
  • emVia, which groups 11 regional student "mutuelles"

To benefit from the national student health-care system, students must be under 28 years of age and registered in a program for at least 4 months in an approved institution of higher education.  

Beginning on the date when the above conditions are no longer met (i.e., when a student reaches the age of 28 or completes his or her educational program and has not yet begun a first job), students may benefit from an extension of their health care and pregnancy cover, for a maximum of 4 years. The extension request must be submitted to the office of the health insurance fund (CPAM, "Caisse primaire d'assurance maladie") with jurisdiction over the applicant's place of residence.

All the other students (2) (those enrolled in programs shorter than 4 months and students enrolled in a non-participating higher education institution) must seek medical insurance from a private insurance company. Annual premiums for such coverage in France range from €150 to €550. 

Working while Enrolled

Student can pay for their education by working part-time while they are enrolled

International students have the right to work while studying in France as long as they are enrolled in an institution that participates in the national student health-care plan. Students who are not nationals of EU member countries must also hold a valid residency permit. The right to work applies to all students, including those who are in France for the first time, those who are enrolled in the first year of a university program, and those who are enrolled full-time in a language school.

The law allows students to work 964 hours in a given year, which corresponds to 60% of full-time employment for the year. Remember that you can't expect to meet all of your expenses by working part-time, so you must have other means of support.

France has a national minimum hourly wage, known as the SMIC. The SMIC presently stands at € 9.53 gross per hour worked since January 1, 2014, before mandatory withholding for social benefits. Withholding reduces the worker's net wage by about 20%.

Students are no longer required to obtain temporary employment authorization (APT, Authorization Proviso ire de Travail) in order to work part-time while enrolled.

Working after Graduation

International students holding a master’s degree or the equivalent
Students who have earned at least a master’s degree or the equivalent may apply for a one-time (non-renewable) temporary residency authorization (APS, autorisation provisoire de séjour) valid for 12 months beyond the date of expiration of the student’s residency permit. The authorization enables the student to work at any job up to the limit of 60% of the official work week (that is, just over half-time employment).

Students who obtain a job related to their academic program at a rate of compensation equal to at least 1.5 times the national minimum wage may enter full-time employment by filing a request for change of status (from student to employee) at their prefecture.

Other students

Other students may also accept employment under certain circumstances. They must obtain a change of status (from student to employee) and follow a special procedure.

Applicants for employment authorization must submit an employment contract or offer of employment from a French firm. In adjudicating the application, the authorities will take several criteria into account, including the firm’s motives, the applicant’s background, and the amount of time the applicant has spent in French higher education.

Internship & Remuneration

According to French Law an internship needs to be paid if its duration is longer than 2 calendar months (no matter whether the internship is part-time or full-time). The remuneration has then to be paid to the intern from the first day on and not after the end of the first two months.
AUP will not accept to sign a several subsequent “convention de stage” for a company who wants to avoid paying a student.

There are only very few exceptions to this law about remuneration:

  • Organizations which are based in France but adhere to international law, not French Law (UNESCO, UNEP etc...)
  • Institutes or organization doing social work or providing social medical assistance

An intern working full-time (35h a week) will have to earn a min of €436.05 per month (a part-time intern proportionally less). Social charges will apply to the difference between this minimum amount and the remuneration offered by the company if the salary is higher.

The intern has to pay about 13% of this difference towards social charges, whereas the company has to contribute an extra 20%.

Obtaining & Renewing Residence Permit

Upon the expiration of the initial residency permit (the one built into the VLS-TS visa), students and research scholars alike must renew their residency permit at the prefecture for the area in which they reside (in Paris, the prefecture of police). The new residency permit is a laminated card that is separate from the passport. The cost of renewal is approximate €30.

Courses/ Programs applied by the students in any school (France) are based and governed by terms & conditions and qualifying criteria as laid by the respective school. Services provided to student are limited only to the extent of assisting students to get admissions in the School.

Study in France in English

    France's success in attracting students from around the world reflects not only the excellence of higher education in France, but also the quality of daily life, the variety and richness of French culture.
    France is the first non-English speaking country for recruiting foreign students, and provides a wide offer of trainings taught in English. It is thus no longer needed to be fluent in French to study in France. Studies to obtain a degree are completed by French classes, an additional asset in an international career, since it paves the way to 75 French-speaking countries.
    Several Education colleges and Institutions in France provide Higher Education In English. The option of learning French is also available, if you wish to learn the language than you should enroll in such courses. When you choose this option you are expanding your learning capabilities and can take home something that you may have never expected upon arrival in the country. Since there are so many international students attending colleges and universities in France, that is the reason that you can find courses offered in both the languages. Now, it is not to say that there are not a number of benefits for those who choose to take the plunge and learn their courses in French or that there is anything wrong with taking the courses in English either.