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The quality of French higher education is widely recognized throughout the world. French institutions figure prominently in the rankings of the Financial Times and Times Higher, and in the European Report on Science and Technologies published by the European Commission.

Each year, France makes massive investments in education and research. In fact, education is the largest category of government spending, accounting for more than 20% of the budget

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France is a country whose metropolitan territory is located in Western Europe and also comprises of various overseas islands, territories located in other continents. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and North Sea and from the Rhine to Atlantic Ocean.

The French republic is a democracy that is organized as a unitary semi-presidential republic. It is a developed country with 6th largest economy in the world.

France is the world's 3 leading host country for higher education with more than 300000 international students.

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.

Education System

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.

However, 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 now receives one of the highest proportions of foreign students in the world: currently over 10 % of the overall student population.

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.

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.

Reasons to study in France
  • Quality Education
  • Developed Country
  • Sixth largest economy
  • World's 3rd leading host country for higher education
  • Reasonable Fees
  • Part time Job opportunities
  • Internship opportunities with top companies of the world
  • Work permit opportunities after internship
  • Accommodation help by 40% to 50% by French government
  • Low transportation expenses
  • Free French Language courses provided by French Government Organization
  • European Union Visa.
University Residence

University residences in France are managed by regional student-service agencies, known as CROUS. The residences may be located on campus or in town. Spaces are made available according to stringent social criteria.

CROUS residences are far and away the most affordable form of student housing.

On-campus housing at grandes écoles and private institutions
The grandes écoles and some private institutions maintain their own on-campus student residences.

These institutions make an effort to reserve housing for the international students they admit. Rents are generally between €250 and €350 per month.

For full information, consult the Web sites of the institutions you are considering. Reserve your room as soon as you receive your offer of admission.

Shared Rentals

Shared rentals, in which groups of students get together to rent a house or apartment, are becoming increasingly common. Such arrangements are often cheaper than individual rentals and may make it easier to meet French students and other international students.

Each participant in a shared rental is eligible to apply for housing assistance, provided his or her name appears on the rental contract.

Working in France during your studies

Students are entitled to work part time upto 20 hours a week off campus. According to French legislation there is a minimum gross salary between 8 to 9 euros per hour.

Internship

In France all programs are followed by very well paid internship of 6 to 12 months in multinational companies.

Work after Study

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, authorisation provisoire de séjour) valid for 6 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 may also accept employment under certain circumstances. They must obtain a change of status (from student to employee) and follow a special procedure.