Why Study in France?

The gateway to Europe has an educational niche in a variety of areas and possesses outstanding institutions that are driving its long-term goals and agenda. The broader macro environment of France is a huge selling point for students choosing to educate themselves as millions around the world appreciate the beauty, history and culture France is so enriched by, as well as its artistic and intellectual heritage. France has consistently produced some of the best scientists, researchers, mathematicians and engineers, many of whom end up working in Global Enterprises and Corporations, both public and private influencing global power structures through their expert knowledge and intellect. Naturally, Universities in France are predominantly driven by research and attract substantial funds to support longer-term objectives. Faculty is of an incredibly high standard too and students are given the opportunity to interact with high profile individuals from different sectors. If you are looking to study in France, read ahead and find out more or contact Global Education Ideas Overseas Consultants.

Top Universities in France

It cannot be stressed enough that France is truly research driven as part of its long-term strategy to enhance its service excellence and delivery of education. All universities in France‘s Top 20 are recognised and ranked by QS in the Top 500 Universities in the World. Four of the Top 10 Universities are in the Top 100 in the World. In the most objective of measures, this demonstrates the true quality education in France possesses.

Some of the well-known France universities include INSEAD, University of Paris, University of Strasbourg, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, École Polytechnique and Pierre and Marie Curie University.

There is a diverse range of programmes in which France has invested. Hence, it holds a certain degree of comparative advantage in Economics, Pharmacology, Sociology, Business and Linguistics Contact us to know more about the top universities in France for you.

List of Universities in the France

  • Le Cordon Bleu (LCB)
  • PassWorld France

Emerging Sectors in France

Similar to other G7 economies, France’s economy comprises of knowledge intensive services with Banking, Energy, Tourism, Telecommunications, Transport and Health contributing toward almost 80% of GDP. Manufacturing and Agriculture account for the remaining 20% and maintain their balance of payments and trade accounts at a desirable level.

The private sector advocates extensive links with the Government as a support mechanism to assist with adapting to changing circumstances and contingencies. While the financial crisis has had a sustained impact on investment as a result of the high sovereign debt levels around Europe, France’s decision to stimulate the economy through £26bn stimulus package allocated towards infrastructure projects coupled with effective use of automatic stabilisers achieve some success in curbing unemployment rates and drove investment into the economy.

Also, given that France functions as the primary hub for Space Research and Development, a long-term focus has led to a series of emerging sectors. Aeronautics related services particularly, have indicated healthy prospects producing a trade surplus of 20% in 2013 while creating 5000 jobs. Health and Technology is also flourishing with Pharmaceuticals realising a turnover of 50 billion Euros. Increasingly French firms are also allocating funds for research into Biotechnology and Stem Cells. Energy in France is one of the most efficient sectors driven by Nuclear Energy with firms scaling up their operations in the Geothermal, Solar and Wind Energy as well.

Skill Shortages

Like other OECD economies, France faces a skill shortage problem as a result of its ageing population, although it is fairly moderate in comparison to other such economies. To address this, the government firstly has to provide the right incentives for workers to remain longer in the workforce as well as attract talent that could be better trained and utilised in those demanded areas. School education requires a transition toward more practically oriented framework in order to best capitalise on the young talent pool that France holds. Nonetheless, the skill shortage areas present a huge opportunity for international students to gain work experience and perhaps secure a stay back option. Depending on the region, France has a shortage of skilled professionals in certain fields, such as engineering, information technology, health care and teaching.

Average Incomes

Accounting & Finance 21,551
Anthropology 20,223
Archaeology 17,675
Architecture 17,873
Art & Design 17,300
Biology 19,204
Business Studies 21,007
Chemical Engineering 27,151
Chemistry 19,948
Civil Engineering 23,720
Classics & Ancient History 20,869
Computer Science 21,712
Dentistry 30,143
Drama 17,446
Economics 25,673
Engineering 24,937
English 18,338
French 20,034
Geography 19,844
Geology 21,182


History 19,909
Hospitality 17,664
Italian 18,745
Law 18,911
Linguistics 18,074
Maths 23,160
Mechanical Engineering 24,337
Media Studies 17,358
Medicine 29,146
Music 16,925
Nursing 21,910
Pharmacology 20,059
Philosophy 20,097
Physics 22,964
Politics 20,831
Psychology 18,173
Religious Studies 21,794
Social Work 24,630
Sociology 20,774
Veterinary 25,807

Education Cost for Studying in France

Whenever, you think of studying abroad in any country, knowing about education costs is essential. This section familiarizes you with the cost of higher education in France.

Tuition Fee (EUR €)

The government sets annual tuition rates at public institutions. The rates for the academic year 2014–15 are, for any degree programme:

  • €189 for licence programmes
  • € 490 for engineering in public schools
  • €261 for master’s programmes
  • €396 for doctoral programmes
  • €615 for programmes leading to the diplôme d’ingénieur

Tuition rates at private institutions—particularly schools of business and management—are generally higher (from €3,000 to €14,000 annually).

Accommodation (EUR €)

  • Like elsewhere, living in towns is cheaper than cities in France. Accommodation costs in towns, if you are particularly considering private accommodation, may vary from €300 to €600 per month. University residence halls cost €100 to €150 per month.
  • Food, transportation and other incidentals would cost around €350 to €500 per month.

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Scholarships for Studying in France

  • Major Intakes: February & July
  • Minor Intakes: September & November

Students considering France scholarships are recommended to begin the application procedure 8-12 months prior to the intake. Scholarship deadlines vary amongst institutions. In order to capitalise on the available France scholarships, we advise you to walk into ‘Global Education Ideas’ Offices as early as possible. We will provide you complete information on the France scholarship process.

Admission Process for Study in France

To be assured of obtaining the best quality advice about the opportunities available for studying in France, students should register with Global Education Ideas. After registration, students will be carefully guided through a number of key stages, maximising their chances of getting admission in the institutions of their choice. This is how we, at Global Education Ideas, work on the France admissions process.

  • Registration 
    You register with Global Education Ideas and be assured of obtaining the best quality advice.
  • Profiling 
    We make an assessment of your academic qualifications, work experience, financial status, career goals as well as life interests and aspirations.
  • Standardised Tests 
    We evaluate the requirement of any standardised tests you may need to take or review results that has been already obtained.
  • University & Course Selection
    Together, we shortlist potential universities and courses that match your profile.
  • Document Editing 
    We edit the essays, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation and Resume, which have been written by you.
  • Application Review and Submission 
    The completed application forms are reviewed before they are submitted to your final choice of universities.
  • Interview Preparation
    We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the chosen universities.
  • Visa Counselling 
    We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the High Commissions or Embassies, as well as the collation and review of relevant documentation for submission of the visa application.
  • Pre Departure Information
    We deliver comprehensive information about the country of choice to ensure that you are completely prepared for life at an overseas university.

Student Visa for France from India

Here is a list of documents required for France:

  • Attested copies of X, XII & Graduate Degree (if applicable), Mark Sheets including Backlogs (Re-sits)
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
  • Standardised Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE (where necessary for the programme)
  • Two academic references
  • Two references from employers (where applicable)
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Resume/CV
  • Draft for application fees, if applicable
  • Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture programme)
  • Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities

Note: The documents required for individual universities and individual courses may vary in France.

Exams for Studying in France

Students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission. These range from the standardised graduate and college admission tests such as GRE, GMAT and SAT to English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.

Global Education Ideas offers high quality Test Prep programmes throughout India. Through its high-tech, state of the art teaching centres strategically located throughout the country it offers students preparatory training on the full range of admissions tests that universities need. Contact Global Education Ideas today for detailed information relating to the tests that may be needed for admission in France.


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