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Why study in France?

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The EU country offers a wide variety of options. This includes art, nuclear energy and research, biology and pharmaceuticals, hotel management, automobile, food, aviation, high fashion, and many more.

Since the population of France has come from different countries, international students find it very easy to fit in. The French are warm and friendly, making the experience all the way better.

In 1998, the government of France made several modifications to their education system in order to make French education available to international students.

One must experience France at some point in their life, and if you get the opportunity to study there, nothing could be better. The people are known for their elegance, and the country is famous for art galleries, some of the best restaurants, and uncanny entertainment venues, yet this is just the tip of the iceberg that France is.

Unlike other countries, the government of France gives medical insurance to students without charging them any money whatsoever. There are only a few formalities and rules to follow in order to obtain insurance.

  • Students must be 28 years old or younger to be eligible for the scheme.
  • The benefits of studying in France are endless, besides the insurance – the government lets students work as much as 20 hours a week. This number is much more than a lot of other countries.

Note: This is strictly for international students who are enrolled in a full-time course. The intention is to help the students sustain themselves for the time they live in France.

You may find yourself a job with minimal pay, which is 9.61 euros per hour. On average, students may require approximately 600 Euros in order to sustain the monthly expenses, without the tuition fees. Needless to say, this amount varies from city to city. With these part-time jobs, students can manage their expenses comparatively easily.

There are just too many reasons why France is an excellent option for international students. This includes – lifetime opportunity to explore France, the affordable tuition costs, receiving knowledge and training from the most renowned tutors in the world.

Aside from that, the advantages of obtaining a European degree are numerous, so numerous that even this guide cannot list them all. Having an opportunity to study in France, you must not let it go – it is most probably the best academic and professional decision you can make.

Lifestyle tips

French people are known for being warm and open-hearted. They are very proud of their diverse culture. When you visit France, this is what the people will expect from you

  • They are always on time. Make sure you are on time for social occasions like professional commitment, festivals, and parties.
  • They are very respectful people and they expect the same from others.
  • Canadians believe in equality between genders, so they show respect to the opposite sex.
  • Show respect to the opposite sex. Do not make sexist jokes.
  • Do not make jokes on disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, and race.
  • Do not ask personal questions about others’ ages and salaries.
Language problems:

Since it is not an English-speaking country, you need to be good at learning bits of French. At first, this could be challenging, but most students prefer to learn the language. Here are a few challenges you are likely to encounter:

  • The country is huge! So you will find that accents change from region to region. The local accents are not very difficult to adjust to. All you have to do is give some time.
  • could be a problem for native French speakers. They find it a little difficult to understand the Indian accent.
  • If you speak slowly and clearly, it shouldn’t be a problem.
  • People overuse a lot of slang that you might not be aware of.
  • The French aren’t afraid of a good joke. Feel free to joke around as long as it is not offensive.
Education System in France

1.5 million students get their undergrad and postgraduate degree from France. International students come from all over the world to make up 10% of this big number.

With a wide variety of options of courses universities in France offer, you will find the course you are looking for. France follows the European style of administration in their higher education, which is known as the Bologna system. This not only eases the mobility for international students but also makes the degrees valid throughout the EU countries.

The Bologna system France employs a 3-level education system which is similar to the 29 European countries.

The ‘License Professionnelle’ and ‘License’ degrees are undergraduate, accepted as Bachelors throughout the globe.

Master’s and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees are recognized as postgraduate courses.

Choosing a course and university in France:

The lower the ROI, the higher the ranking of the university. Choosing a university in France depends on the ROI rank of the university. Other than that, you will have to keep in mind other factors, like the course the university offers, living expenses, tuition fees as well as the institution gives out scholarships.

Put on your research hat and take a plunge into the smallest of the aspects of the course and the universities in France. Go through the contents of the course that will be covered during the degree.

Visit the modules that will be covered in each of the courses and recognize those that are important in order to increase your employability. If you fail to comprehend the impact of the modules, you will know that the course is not apt for you and that it can’t hold your interest.

Having said that, if you get into a course which you do not trust and want to change or repeat first, it will prove to be very expensive. We suggest you do your research. It is not very hard, all you need to do is to visit the web pages of the college and read the breakdown of all the modules and what you will be learning at the end of it.

Cost of Studying in France

Tuition fees at public universities in France 

The fees vary. It depends on your course, the level of your education, the program and also the city you live in. However, here is a rough estimate that you can use to get a general idea

  • For Bachelor’s – 190 EUR a year.
  • Engineering – 620 EUR a year.
  • Medicine studies-450 EUR a year.
  • Masters –260 EUR a year and
  • Ph.D. – 396 EUR a year.

Note – The fees will be higher fees for specialization degrees

Also, a menial sum of 90 EUR is compulsory for students as a campus fee.

Tuition fees at other types of institutions
  • France has some selective schools known as great schools and establishments in English. They set their own rates based on their own preferences, which are higher. It starts from 500-600 EUR per year but can go up to 10,000 EUR per year.
  • Private universities in France – From 1,500 to 20,000 EUR per year.
  • In business schools –Between 5,000 and 7,000 EUR a year.
Average living costs in French cities and towns

The living costs solely depend on how you choose to lead your life while in France. But there are some unavoidable factors that greatly affect the average cost of living.

Where you live is a very important financial decision you will make in France, meaning the city you live in. According to research and the experiences of some students, 430 EUR per month is the bare minimum required to survive for a month. This is strictly for the time you are in college. The numbers are not cent percent accurate, just an estimate of students’ understanding.

None of the estimates includes personal and subjective expenses such as entertainment, clothing, travel, and other expenses. However, students from abroad are allowed to have part-time jobs for up to 20 hours a week. The money you will earn from these jobs might not cover all the expenses, but it will certainly help.

Average budget to live in French cities:

  • Nice: between 900 and 1,400 EUR/month
  • Paris: 1,200 and 1,800 EUR/month
  • Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux or Toulouse: between 800 – 1.000 EUR;
  • The rest of the French cities need smaller amounts like 650 EUR to survive.
Accommodation

International students approximately spend 200 – 300 EUR/month on accommodation. There are many accommodation options in France which the students choose according to their convenience.

  • University accommodation – From 150 to 600 EUR/month
  • Rented apartment– From 400 to 700 EUR/month.
  • Average utility bills, which include water, electricity, and internet) cost 200 EUR a month.
Orientation

It takes up the first week of the program and it is compulsory for international students’ orientation. Most colleges give out handbooks to students. Read the one you will get because it has all the information a student might need. You will be introduced to the services, classes, as well as universities in France.

Food costs

In Paris, one person spends 250 – 300 EUR/month on groceries. The number is smaller for other provinces. A meal in the most affordable restaurant will cost you 15 EUR. Bistros, crepe stands, and brasseries are amongst the most affordable options in France, and you can find one in almost every corner of the city. Some bistros charge a humble price for filling meals, charging just 5 to 8 EUR.

The supermarkets will give you the best price for groceries. Leclerc and Géant Casino are the cheapest supermarkets in France. Inexpensive dinner options will include chain restaurants such as Buffalo Grill, Michi, and more.

Of all the options, the cheapest, most affordable place to have food in the university cafeteria. The cost will be as little as 3 EUR.

Transportation in France:
  • For 30 EUR you can get a monthly pass for the metro, bus, or tram.
  • France is one of the most bicycle-friendly countries – you can rent a bike and easily maneuver your way through the city.
  • Train de grande vitesse or TGV, is a high speed train. You can travel to different cities in France. A round trip will cost you 30 EUR.
  • You can get some amazing discounts to go around France with an international youth travel card.
Life in France, Health and Safety

International student living in France and in for a blast. Having studied all day, there are multiple ways to relax and unwind. There are some amazing restaurants and museums filled with the best Renaissance work. Museums largely do not cost anything to the students who have students’ IDs.

We are all well aware of the rich French culture and its history, and people over there rightfully take pride in it. French tutors are famous for coming up with references from historical instances as well as their culture.

The sports facilities available to students in France are excellent. All of the advantages are available for a small fee. From track and field to cricket and everything in between, like football, rugby, baseball, basketball, and others. Sports are encouraged in the whole of Europe and France is no different.

Popular Cities and Courses

Situated in Western Europe France is a very vibrant country. Including 800 plus English programs, they offer a number of French programs in business, arts, technology, music, literature, and more. To become a part of the excellent education system in France and their culture, students from all over the world flock in.

Of all the countries that see a large number of international students, QS named Paris the most student-friendly city in the entire world. Though Paris is amazing, there is certainly more to France. We have compiled a list based on factors like affordability, employment opportunities, and the number of schools, student mix, and more. Here are the top 10 (in no particular order)

  1. Nice
  2. Montpellier Paris
  3. Lyon
  4. Rennes
  5. Bordeaux
  6. Marseille Toulouse
  7. Grenoble
  8. Lille
  9. Paris
Popular Universities In France:

Out of 100 top universities in the world, three of them are in France. All of the top universities in France are located near Paris, but many cities have certain advantages that can’t be offered in Paris, like – closeness to industrial sectors, affordable rent, and so on. Here are a few universities in France that will increase your professional career.

  • University of Paris 11
  • University of Strasbourg
  • Ecole Normale Superieure Paris
  • Paris Tech
  • American University of Paris
  • Universite Pierre et Marie Curie
Job prospects in France

Working part-time with the full-time course:

Students who come to France from abroad for long courses are qualified to get a part-time job. French Law allows students to work for 962 hours per year. Under French law, known as SMIC (Salaire Minimum Interprofessionnel de Croissance-the minimum wage), students are eligible for the minimum wage.

The minimum wage is 9.76 Euros an hour, out of which you get €7.61/hour after deducting the taxes. You can get 78 Euros net if you work 10 hours a week for the minimum wage.

University as a place of study and work:

International students have the opportunity to get a place within the campus itself. Generally, in-campus placement contracts last a year at most, the duration being September 1st to August 31st. Tutorials, receiving students before the academic year begins, sports activities, cultural activities, assisting especially abled students, and other jobs are available in the placement.

Carrying out a mandatory internship

As part of certain courses, it is mandatory for students to get an internship. But the internship has to be contractual. The minimum amount paid to the student for this internship is 50 EUR per month.

France Application Process

 

1. University shortlist:

Create a list of universities in France you want to get admission to. Base your research on tuition fees, courses, the city’s cost of living, availability of scholarships, employment opportunities, and so on.

2. List of documents
  • 10th, 12th, UG mark sheet.
  • Two academic reference letters from recent teachers or professors (the more the better).
  • LOR from the employer if you have worked.
  • SOP
  • Resume
  • Essays (depends on the university)
  • Score of GMAT/GRE/IELTS/TOEFL
  • Portfolio
  • Relevant certificates (if any)
  • Proof of funds
What’s what?

Essay: You will need to submit different essays as the university demands. It is a part of the admission process. The topics try to evaluate the students based on strength, weakness, experience, skill, career aspirations, and, most importantly – the reason for picking the particular school.

LOR: LOR is written by your manager, employer, teacher, or professor. The purpose of the letter is to let the college know the qualities of the students from an authentic source.

SOP: It should be the right balance that reflects your personality very objectively. SOP is how to introduce yourself to the admission office of the university. Make sure that it is written in the first person and mentions all the right reasons why you want to apply for that college. The SOP should also mention why you are the right fit for them and why you should be accepted to the college. Keep the SOP casual, but at the same time, do not make it look like you are boasting or you do not care enough.

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Exams to take

GMAT- This test evaluates English, reasoning skills, and also math. These are the exams taken by MBA aspirants or students who want to study management or business courses in France.

GRE- This test is taken by students who want to pursue MS or MA. In recent times, business schools have started to accept the score of this test.

SAT- This tests the literacy as well as general writing skills of the students. Problem-solving skills are also a significant part of the test. Students who want to study abroad for their undergrads take the SAT.

The university you will be applying to will mention which exam results will apply to the course of your choice. But if they give a choice to go for either of these, then the choice depends on you.

Choosing the university:

You can get admission to not one but multiple universities in France depending on your eligibility. Once you get admission, you can go back to your research, equate the pros and cons and make a final call. Make sure you put ROI into consideration because, as we discussed above, it plays a major role in defining the quality of the university.

Applying for a student visa:

Note: Additional documents may be required.

  1. Proof of financial support: You need to give proof to the college or institution that you are able to support yourself as well as the family members who accompany you while you are in France.
  2. Proof of acceptance: You need to attach the original letter of acceptance along with your study permit application. All the colleges, universities in France need to complete and send a letter of acceptance to the students who want to study there.

The following documents may be regarding proof of academic or financial status. It is followed by a personal interview in which the interviewer might also ask for a few documents. The documents include:

  • Scorecards from various tests such as GRE, SAT, GMAT, or TOEFL.
  • Transcripts, degrees, diplomas, or certificates from the schools you attended.
  • The proof of how you plan to pay for the living, educational, and travel costs.
  • The document of intent to depart from the UK upon completion of the course of study.

The following documents are required for the visa application: (along with a visa application fee of 50 EUR in Indian currency)

Checklist before Departure

Pre-departure list

  • Flight tickets
  • Mandatory insurance, both health and accommodation
  • Travelers cheque
  • Paperwork from an educational institution

Make sure you have copies of the following documents

  1. Airline tickets
  2. Passport
  3. Letter of Acceptance by the educational institution
  4. Travel insurance certificate
  5. Medical and immunization records
  6. Academic history and university transcripts
  7. Prescriptions for any medication you are carrying
  8. Key addresses and phone numbers
  9. A bank statement showing proof of funds
  10. Traveler’s cheques – if applicable
Once You Land
Homesickness

Do anything but do not lock yourself in the room. It will only make things worse. It hits the hardest in the first couple of weeks. You need to be patient for two weeks or so. You are likely to miss your home, like all students who come from a different country. If the feeling does not go away in two weeks, you could ask for a counselor for homesickness. The feeling will sink in, you will soak the environment and soon you will start enjoying the new place. They feel more homesick after the call ends than before starting it. Try and limit the call to once a week. The expert on this matter says that long phone calls make it harder for students.

Your first few weeks in France

Take your time, is what we suggest, absorb everything going on around you. The first few days are the busiest for every international student. Make sure to take the time out of your busy schedule and learn about the university. Get to learn about the campus, make friends, and attend classes

  • What’s where – like your classes, where to get your meals and other important things. Get used to the campus’ whereabouts.
  • Make full use of the student service that is offered to you – there will be gyms, a library, and a recreational center for travelers.
  • If you satisfy your Indian food cravings, you need to be able to cook it for yourself. Learn how to cook.
  • Because when you crave Indian food, you will find out that it is very expensive.
  • Do not make the mistake of not joining the International Student Club.
  • There are many workshops and alternate learning resources available for students from other countries to attend.
  • The ID will act as your passport when you are on campus. Get your IDs.

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