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Capital Paris
Population 60,180,529
Area 543,965 sq km
Language French
Religion Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Jewish
Continent Europe

France is emerging as a popular international students’ destination abroad. Besides the breathtaking scenic beauty, dense historic past and cultural richness, France also houses some of the oldest universities in the world. The University of Paris founded in 1179, University of Toulouse founded in 1229 and University of Montpellier founded in 1289, are till date are rated worldwide as centers of academic excellence. During the last four years four French scientists have received the prestigious Nobel Prize, a signal honour for the country. This achievement reflects the high level and efficiency of engineering studies in France. Education in France is subsidized by the state and thus provides good value for money by offering internationally recognized degrees at affordable costs. In order to attract more international students, French Universities are now increasingly using English as the medium of instruction specially in areas like management, engineering, political sciences etc. For students lacking proficiency in French, language centers and special courses are available during vacation time.


The President or Director of the university to which the student is applying, will decide on the recognition of diplomas/degrees on the basis of the recommendation of an education committee.

Higher Education in France offers the following two options : At Competitive Institutes (Grandes Ecoles) entry is selective. Specialization in engineering, commerce, civil services and teaching are offered. The duration of studies vary from 3 to 5 years. In State Universities, any student who has completed the secondary school diploma may qualify. Two categories of courses are offered : General courses – These are divided into 3 cycles. Each cycle leads to a national diploma. The 1st cycle is of 2 years for undergraduate studies. 2nd cycle is of 2 to 3 years of graduate studies and the 3rd cycle is of l to 3 years of post graduate studies. Professional courses – These are offered at “Institutes Universities Professionalizes” (IUP). The curriculum consists of 3 years of technical courses with a 6 month vocation training and practice in an international firm. Medical studies which include medicine, dental studies and pharmacology are also offered at the universities at the Faculty of Medical Studies. The duration of these courses are 7 years. Art, Architecture, Agriculture, Law, Public Administration etc. are offered in specialized schools. The duration of these courses varies from 3 to 7 years.


November 15 and January 15

It is the best time to seek provisional admission. The form is available from the Cultural, Scientific and Technical Section of the French Embassy or directly from the university, as the case may be.

February 1

The form should be duly completed and accompanied by required documents to the office from which it was obtained. You may apply simultaneously to several universities. The universities will give you an answer within two months. For Post Graduate Studies, the individual should contact directly the selected academic institutions to get provisional admission and other useful information about selection, fees, programs, etc.. The academic year usually runs from September to June


Problems that may arise due to lack of finance may be overcame by various trusts and grants available. Many organizations are ready to finance you if you have some extra talent or you are good on your studies. These grants will be very helpful for continuing your higher studies in France


French government grants

Grant applications are handled by the cultural service of French embassies abroad. For more information, contact the cultural service of the French embassy in your country, as well as the web site of the French ministry of foreign affairs.

Grants by your own country’s government

for study abroad or for study in France in particular. In some countries, private foundations and educational institutions offer financial aid for study abroad.

Grants from international and non-governmental organizations

For more information: UNESCO publishes a directory of grants in its publication, Study abroad.


In France, tuition fees vary from one institution to another and also between courses. At the universities, tuition fees vary from € 110 to € 750  per annum for a course leading to a national diploma. The tuition fee at “Competitive Universities” are approximately €  490 for public engineering schools. They vary from €  3600 to €  14,300 for private schools (engineering and business schools).

Accommodation expenses in towns, specially private lodgings, vary from € 300 to € 600 per month. In the university residence halls, the expenses vary from € 100 to € 150 per month.

Food, transportation and pocket money would amount to between € 350 to € 500 per month.

The cost of compulsory medical insurance is approximately €  130 to € 715 per year depending on the student’s age.

The cost of language training in France is approximately € 350 per month. It is therefore advisable to learn French from recognized learning centers before leaving for France. These are only average rates . For the very latest, current costs, contact the Cultural, Scientific and Technical Section of the French Embassy.