France is a member state of the European Union located in its western region, with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents. It is the largest state in the European Union by area and the third largest in Europe behind Russia and Ukraine. France has been a major power for many centuries with strong economic, cultural, military and political influence.
France is a developed country and possesses the fifth largest economy by nominal GDP and eighth largest economy by purchasing power parity. It is the most visited country in the world.
France is also one of the least expensive countries in Europe, and students enjoy many benefits.
It is a wonderful country, its people are appealing, welcoming, and open-minded.
More information about studying in France.
France's 83 public universities are funded by the national government, which closely regulates the "national diplomas" granted by the universities. This system allows the universities to offer students an excellent education at a very affordable price. France's universities are comprehensive - that is, they offer training in all disciplines.
The universities enroll 80% of the postsecondary students in France; about 10% of enrollments are international students. Located all across France, the nation's universities offer a wide range of environments.
Education:Annual tuition charges in France's public universities are set by law. In 2013–14 the charges were as follows:
- €183 for licence programs
- €254 for master's programs
Accommodation: 200€ to 300€ per month. The rent may be up to 450€ for private furnished rooms. Students may also have to pay a deposit amounting to 2 months' rent.
Transportation/travel/leisure: 100€ to 380€ per month.
Food and personal care items: 140€ to 260€ per month
It is essential to open a bank account on arrival and deposit a substantial amount to cover all initial expenses.
In student residences, the minimum monthly rent is 150 Euros for a basic room, 366 Euros for an apartment for a couple and 216 to 291 Euros for the more recent constructions. These prices include charges and they are rented out for between 8 to 12 months.
As the courses last only for about 1,5 years, it is not recommended for the students to work while studying. The courses also include an internship. If a student does not have the money to study in France, he/she should work for a year and then enroll in the studies.
Finding a student job as an international student while studying may be difficult, especially if one does not know any French. Students from the European Union and European Economic Area are entitled to work while also studying in France if they are enrolled in an establishment giving them access to the student social security scheme.
The residence card marked “student” entitles foreign students from other countries to work in France. There is no longer any need to apply for a temporary authorisation in order to start a job.
Foreign students can also work up to 60% of the statutory annual work time, the equivalent of a maximum of 964 hours per year.