Studying in France

Education & Career Consultant in Mumbai, Karan Gupta Consulting

France has one of the most developed public education systems in Europe and boasts over 3,500 higher learning institutions. Many people believe that if you want to study in France you must speak French. Whilst this is still broadly true for undergraduate courses, there are now a number of universities in France where English is the primary language used for lectures and seminars.

Home to some of the most iconic and beautiful cities in Europe, France is also the country of origin of many of the world’s greatest thinkers - Descartes, Sartre, Proust and Camus to name but a few - and some of its top academic institutions. For overseas students with French language abilities or those willing to learn, France can be an excellent option. Now that English is being used in selected establishments more students are discovering France as study destination.

Help and Support

Contact me today if you want to find out more about studying in France in English, or if you have existing French language skills that mean study in France is an attractive option. I’m able to give you a personally tailored guidance and support service that will help you to find the right course in France and advise you on the availability of courses in English that are not widely known, maximizing your chances of winning a place at a prestigious European institution.

General Information

France has beautiful cities that host some of the best educational and technical institutes in the world. Although most of the undergraduate education is in French, there are now a select few universities and colleges that offer educational courses completely in English.

The standard of living in France is high and the infrastructure is excellent. French universities have a diverse student population and many are recognized internationally as centers of excellence. And of course, the stereotype is true - France has excellent food and wines!

The Application Process

For overseas students the admission process is by individual application to the institutions of your choice - there is no centralized process. For French-speaking courses you will be expected to complete the process in the French language, although it is acceptable for your reference letter to be written in another language and a translation provided. For English language courses you would be expected to apply in English. In either case your personal statement will be very important, and should be carefully crafted. You will also need to submit your test scores and any other required aptitude testing results.

How much will it cost?

French state-run universities offer completely free education even for international students studying abroad, although to qualify you may be required to take your courses in the French language. For private universities in France the average fees for foreign students are around €30,000 per year. Living expenses in France are about €10,000 per year on average.

Funding, Scholarships and Loans

If you have good French language skills you may qualify for a free place at a state-run university. Private universities do offer scholarships and support funding via an application process. Your chances of success will be greatly increased if you take advice on how to approach the application, and if you can show particular links with France or strong reasons why you are choosing a French as your study destination over another country.

Student Employment

International students can work in France once they have been hired by a local company - it is the employer that sponsors a full-time work permit after a student has graduated. Getting jobs in the EU as a non-EU citizen can be difficult, so choosing the right courses can be vital in maximizing your potential for employment here after graduating.

Do you need tailored advice?

Contact me for a specialist personalized service of advice, guidance, counseling and support for your aspirations to study in France. I’ve been advising clients as an overseas educational consultant for over 18 years, and my experience of studying and working overseas, including in university Admissions, means I am uniquely placed to give you the help you need to succeed with your educational and professional goals.

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