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Why Study in France ?

France is home to some of the world's oldest and most respected universities, such as Sorbonne University and École Normale Supérieure. French universities are known for their excellence in research, and many programs are taught in English as well as French. France is also home to many international organizations, such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Tuition fees in France are relatively affordable, and there are many scholarships and grants available to international students.France is a leader in scientific research, with many opportunities for students to get involved in research projects and gain hands-on experience.France has a rich cultural heritage, including art, literature, fashion, and cuisine. Studying in France can be an opportunity to immerse oneself in this cultural richness and experience it firsthand.

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  • Undergraduate College


  • Law School
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  • Journalism
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  • Public Affairs
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  • Research (Master degrees)


  • Research (PhD degrees)

Career Oppurtunities

Career Opportunities in France

Working During Your Studies: Indian students studying in France are allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week, off-campus. France guarantees a minimum hourly wage of € 9.61 gross.

Working After Your Studies: Upon completion of at least a Master's degree or its equivalent, students can apply for a temporary residency authorization (APS) valid for 12 months beyond their student residency permit's expiration. This authorization permits students to work up to 60% of the official work week, equivalent to just over half-time employment. Students securing a job related to their academic program, paying at least 1.5 times the national minimum wage, may transition to full-time employment by applying for a change of status from student to employee at their prefecture.

Opportunities for Non-EU Nationals: Even if not EU nationals, students completing their education in France can be recruited by companies. Upon returning to India, graduates with a French degree can apply for a circulation visa to France and Europe, valid for 5 years initially and extendable throughout their lifetime. This facilitates travel and career opportunities across Europe.

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Application Procedure

Application Procedure in France

Document Submission: All applicants must submit certified true copies of relevant documents along with the application form. Original documents should also be brought to AESPL offices for verification.

Academic Recognition: The school to which you apply will assess your academic background to determine your eligibility for entry into their programs.

Offer Letter: Upon successful application, you will receive a conditional or confirmation offer letter from the school. This letter is necessary for applying for a long-stay student resident visa.

Registration and Fee Payment: After receiving the offer letter, you need to complete registration and pay the first installment of fees to the school. Details on how to apply for accommodation will be provided by the school at a later stage.

Visa Application: Study in France for Indian students requires scheduling an appointment with the French embassy for a visa interview. Financial documents and visa application documents must be verified at the Embassy of France or its consulates, such as in Mumbai. Applicants must complete the online procedure for visa application.

Visa Approval: Upon submission of a complete application, the French Embassy typically grants approval within 48 hours. After receiving visa approval, students can proceed to book their tickets.

Intakes: The primary intakes for studying in France are in September and February, aligning with the academic calendar of French institutions.

Entry Requirements for Masters:

  • MBA: Requires a good Bachelor's degree, 2 to 3 years of work experience, and GMAT scores.
  • Master's Programs: Require a good Bachelor's degree.

English Language Requirement: An IELTS score of band 6 is mandatory for studying in France, demonstrating proficiency in English as part of the admission criteria.

Education System

Education System in France

Primary Education: In France, education begins early, with children starting school at the age of 3, with almost universal enrollment. They spend three years in kindergarten before moving to primary school. Education in France is compulsory until the age of 16.

Secondary Education: Secondary education in France is structured into two stages:

  • Collège: Equivalent to middle school, covering education from ages 11 to 15.
  • Lycée: Equivalent to high school, culminating in the Baccalauréat (Baccalaureate) examination, which is akin to the 12th standard in India. The Baccalauréat is a pivotal diploma for higher education admission.

Higher Education: Higher education in France spans various disciplines and is offered through:

  • Universities: There are 90 public universities across France, offering programs in sciences, technology, engineering, humanities, law, economics, management, health sciences, and more.
  • Grande Écoles: These prestigious institutions were established alongside universities in the 19th century. They are highly selective and renowned for their rigorous academic standards. Grande Écoles cover diverse fields and often offer smaller class sizes, strong support systems, and extensive networks with alumni and international partners.

Universities in France: French universities provide comprehensive education in disciplines ranging from mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology to computer science, engineering, material science, electrical engineering, literature, languages, arts, social sciences, law, economics, management, health sciences, and sports.

Grande Écoles: Over 300 Grande Écoles in France offer specialized education in various fields. They are known for their higher tuition fees compared to public universities but provide exceptional educational quality, personalized attention, and strong industry connections.


Visa Information for Studying in France

How many days prior should a student apply for the student visa?

As study in France consultants, we recommend that visa appointments at a French consulate must take place no more than 90 days before your departure to France. It's advisable to plan ahead and schedule your consulate appointment accordingly.

Document Checklist

SET 1: Passport copy Complete the Campus France application procedures (in the PASTEL system) before starting the visa application procedures on their website www.campusfrance.org. Request a student visa at your assigned French consulate. Attend a visa interview at the consulate, ideally at least two weeks before your planned departure date for France.

SET 2: Proof of Resources Provide evidence of your financial resources to cover tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of your studies in France.

SET 3: Copies of Degrees, Diplomas/Certificates Submit attested and notarized copies of your educational qualifications.

Visa Application Fee Deposit Rs. 8,500/- (in favour of INSTITUT FRANCAIS EN INDE, at a BNP PARIBAS branch) by filling a deposit slip available in the bank.

Processing Time Visa processing time typically ranges from five to seven business days, although it may take longer depending on individual circumstances. It's advisable to apply well in advance to avoid any delays.

English Ability Requirements Most French institutions require an IELTS score of 6.0 bands for admission. While many are comfortable with English proficiency at this level, some may request additional proof of English language proficiency, such as TOEFL or further assessment, particularly if linguistic competence needs further verification in a telephonic interview.


FAQs for Studying in France

Is it compulsory to know the French language to study in France?

No, it is not compulsory to know French to study in France. Many French universities offer programs taught in English, especially in fields like Management, Engineering, Political Science, etc., to attract more international students. However, it is advisable to learn some French to interact with locals and fully immerse oneself in the culture.

Does education in France for Indian students include work opportunities?

Yes, international students in France are allowed to work part-time if their timetable permits, as long as they are enrolled at an institution approved by the French social security system. Even first-year students have the right to work up to 20 hours per week.

What visa status will I have as a student?

International students from countries outside the European Union who plan to study in France for programs lasting more than 6 months must obtain a long-term student visa from the French Consulate in their home country or country of residence.

How can I find housing in France?

Several housing options are available for international students enrolling at French universities and institutions. These options include university dormitories, private residences, shared apartments, and homestays. Universities often assist students in finding suitable accommodation or provide guidance on where to search for housing.

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