Study in France
France has long been a global centre of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually.France is a developed country with the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP, and tenth-largest by purchasing power parity. In terms of aggregate household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world. France performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, and human development.
France hosts an impressive over 3,500 Higher education institutions!
That provides a students with choice of Schools, locations and programs with a long list of choices. One can learn wine management in Dijon, Luxury and innovation, brand management based out of Nice, giving you an edge over most Countries. Paris is not only a destination to visit for a short time, but study or choose any of the cities in France to learn from the masters. Located by train which takes 90 minutes to reach London, Brussels you are there in Europe. While in France, you can choose to study in Toulouse, Grenoble, Lille, or Lyon and experience the architecture, food of Europe in it's charming wealth of culture.
France has always been known as the Gateway to Europe, giving you an opportunity to visit it's neighbours being Germany, Spain and Italy.
Cost of studying in France range depending on the institutions being public which provide low tuition fees, whereas Private institutions cost more. But realistically compared to the UK or US depending on the course and a possible internship that helps the candidate understand the program better and scholarships that are offered to students that make France a realistic destination for students with a tight budget.
The medium of instruction for most French universities is French so learn French before you go to France. Even though your course may be entirely taught in English, it will help your journey of personal and professional advancement. A common advice to aspirants is to become members of the Alliance Française library and the French Information and Resource Centre. Both have a wealth of information on history, habits, art, cinema, comic books etc. Though associated with arts, France is emerging as a popular destination for management and sciences studies. Creative fields like architecture, design, cinema and animation studies also attract students.
Alain Perrier, press counsellor, Embassy of France. says that Indian students choose Grandes ecoles (elite universities) and these institutes generally have very good industrial placement services. In fact, students have the option of doing course internships in any of the 25 Schengen states. For example, a student who’s studying in France on a long stay visa for a master’s course can choose to do his/her internship in Germany or Italy. Also, now students get a one year visa instead of three months’ visa that had to be converted upon arrival to a temporary residency.
Questions for Visa Interview
The interview is known as No objection certificate interview. Students are quizzed on basic questions such as study project, motivation to choose France, their future study project, their plans to continue into research, financial implications and family background. Level of language proficiency is also assessed during such interviews.
Medication and Insurance
The French state gives medical insurance through social security system. Therefore, if a student falls sick, he or she is sure to get good treatment, and a reimbursement of up to 70 per cent of the medical expenditure is borne by the French state. However, it is advisable to get a three-month medical insurance from India as it is a mandatory visa requirement. After the three-month period, the student is covered by the French social security system.
Food & Living
Depending on the city, the cost of living varies from 400 to 700 euros per month. Those with a student visa can work up to 20 hours a week. As salaries are good, they can earn around 600 to 700 euros a week. In fact, many Indian students cook their own meals on days when you need to take a break, there are many restaurants that offer various cuisines for your interests.
Institutions we can support you with:
Ecole Nationale de I'Aviation Civile – ENAC
ISEP Engineering graduate School
ESAIP Graduate School of Engineering
Ecole Centrale de Nantes - ECN
Universite Catholique de I'Ouest - UCO
EPITA Graduate School of Computer Science
IMT Mines-Albi Carmux Engineering school
Audencia Business School
Grenoble Institute of Technology
Ecole Centrale de Lille
Rennes School of Business
Montpellier Business School
Speos Paris London Photographic Institute
SKEMA Business School
IMT Mines – Ales
INSEEC Business School
Brest Business School
*Information above provided by Embassy of France, India.