Study In France

It is a Developed economy offering Quality education with a Low fee. The requirements of IELTS and TOEFL are not mandatory. 40% to 50% of the Accommodation is financed by French government. Moreover it has the advantages of a beautiful language, a great country and a wonderful vibrant student culture. Paris is the most visited tourist city of the world. Learning French helps you in the day to day life. A short three months course earns one, a globally recognized degree.

France is considered one of the most beautiful and absorbing countries in the world, and is a country to be lived and experienced in all its glory. The French Riviera, Paris-the city of lights, the dazzle of Canner and the charm of Lyon all are inviting enough to have a glimpse of the great culture, lifestyle and language.

France provides a look at the deep values of a nation of cultural pride and tradition, perfect landscape, historical monuments, and architectural structures.

Core management tuition of the Masters, innovative specialization programs in Economics, Accountancy, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Logistics and Transport and IT, manage to gather the attention of students who acquire significant international exposure. The students have the option of doing Masters either in English or in French. Professors possess extensive experience, international outlook, and have sound knowledge of the market patterns.

France is an independent nation in Europe. It is the third-largest after Russia and Ukraine.

It dates back to the fifth century, was part of Roman Empire and became a separate country in the 9th century. Kings and wars have played a dominant role here and it is a brave and nationalistic state. It has played a major role in European and world events and has a history of overcoming numerous crises, two world wars, political and social upheavals, and the loss of political clout. It is an important supplier of agricultural and industrial products and a major partner in the European Community.

It fought a Hundred Years War and the Victory strengthened French nationalism and vastly increased the power prestige and reach of the French monarchy. The monarchy was overthrown in the French Revolution which led to longstanding changes in French as well as world history. The country was governed and affected by several regime changes, wars and much more.

Education System

France’s education system is comparatively unusual and a complex one. Generally, in every Country the pinnacle of the education system is provided by the Universities. But that is not the case in France. In France most of the universities do teaching and research with middle-of-the-range universities in other parts of Europe. On the other hand, France’s peak of the education is represented by the country’s relatively small and highly selective schools called “Grandes Écoles”. These Grandes Écoles are famed for their quality way of teaching and played a vital role in shaping tomorrow’s leaders.

Grandes Écoles are very small in size and top teaching staff.

On the other hand, French Universities lacks funding, though their teaching standards are up to the mark.

Student fees in France

In France, Standard student fees is 181.57 Euros per year for undergraduates, and 249.57 € per year for post graduate Master’s courses. Adding to this, few extra charges has to be paid, which are less than 100 €.

Students are allowed for subsidized student restaurants, which are very cheap student residences. Good news is that, students from low-income backgrounds will get grants.

Entry into higher education:

Just like many other countries, France Universities offer courses in arts and social sciences that are open to all, whilst medical and scientific courses are usually only open to students who have passed a scientific baccalaureate.

Whole different ball game

When it comes to University admissions, the baccalaureate always maintains its golden standards; but getting into a “grande Écoles” is a whole different ball game. Entry is available at Masters level in many “grandes Écoles”.

France has 82 state universities and 5 Catholic universities.

State universities: Being the reasons of the state playing a heavy role in administration and also because of considerable underfunding, the development of French state universities has been greatly affected from the past five decades. After significant opposition, in 2007 a law was passed on the Autonomy of the Universities. Since then, things started changing. This law gave a greater decisional power to the Presidents of public universities.

Officially, Universities are known by the name of the city in which they are situated: most of these Universities are located in the suburbs. Many Universities take other names, which they use on all their official documents;
Degrees: Universities award three types of degree, in line with the European “Bologna” system. A three year Bachelors called License, a five year postgraduate degree called Masters, and finally, an eight year study called Doctorate.

Private universities: According to an old French law, no private institution has a right to call itself a “university”; but Catholic Universities are not bothered about this.

Catholic universities: Catholic universities offer the same range of degree courses as state universities, and students can freely move between the two systems.

Other private institutions: Along with Government Universities and Catholic Universities, some private Institutes are also there. These tend to call themselves as “schools”. However, “these kinds of schools” should offer the courses only which are recognized by the Ministry. Generally the courses offered here are business degrees and other courses.

Les Grandes Écoles.
These are the pinnacle of the French education system; students get filtered by a competitive examination. The institutes are small and so are the classes. Many of the teaching staff over here is professors in neighboring universities, who do extra teaching per hourly rate.

Another high ranking school is the Ecole Normale d’Administration, the ENA, which trains future managers, top politicians, and senior civil servants.
Also France holds world-class business and management schools such as HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales), INSEAD(European Institute of Administration) and Sciences Pothe Institut des Etudes Politiques de Paris, an autonomous state-funded school of higher education.

Academics and Research
France has laid some stringent procedures and processes in the recent years, due to which research has become more structured here. One more interesting thing is laboratories come in all fields, from Autonomy to English literature.

In France, over 3500 different institutions offer higher education studies to over 2 million students.

In recent years the French government has recognized the loophole in its education system and has started the preventive methods to improve things.

Moving towards this step, the government has started providing greater funds for constructing buildings and increasing the staff.

Thus, the higher education in France is also the ‘Cinderella’ of the education system.

France’s academic standards are recognized worldwide. French tutors are part-time researchers and working professionals, and are experts in academic knowledge. They richly offer a new perspective.

French institutions in combination with Business, Industry and Research Institutes and Science Parks, stress on a dynamic learning environment, to ensure that study and research in France reflects the latest trends and meets the needs of present day world. Thus the learning undertaken is professional to the core.

French Universities, Colleges and Academies are next to none and go for State-of-the-art technology, free access to computers, libraries and Wi-Fi on campus. This creates an urge for creativity, analytical and critical thinking. They ensure to push the quality of international education and higher education sectors, and help France to achieve a position of a leading study destination.

Tution Fees

Tuition Fees is very high in France Universities. Below are the details:

  • The average tuition fees for an under graduate course is £144 and for a Masters it is £200. Additional fees may be assessed for specific services.
  • Tuition rates at private institutions – particularly schools of business and management – are higher (from £2,400 to £8,000 a year)

Scholarships

Eiffel Scholarships FRANCE

The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program is a flagship program of the French Government. It is ideal for overseas students who seek Master’s, Engineering and PhD degrees in France. The Eiffel Program does not cover tuition fees but scholars are given a monthly allowance, travel expenses, health insurance and accommodation allowance. Nearly 400 new scholarships are awarded every year.

The Eiffel program does not cover tuition fees but a few favorable financial conditions, waiver of Enrolment fees for Master’s students on French government scholarship benefit the students. They receive an allowance of €1,181 and various expenses like return trip, health insurance, and accommodation allowance.

Ph.D. course students receive an allowance of €1,400, expenses on return travel, health insurance and accommodation allowance.

Ile-de-France Masters Scholarships

Conseil Régional provides consistent funding to the universities such as Université Paris-Est. Créteil Val de Marne (UPEC) and École Centrale Paris through Ile-de-France.

To become eligible for this aid, applicants should be or below 30 and should be the aspirant to do Masters in their field of interest. Applicants from any nation can apply for this. However, priority will be given to applicants from the priority areas of decentralized cooperation in the Region such as new member states of the European Union, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia. The scholarships include a lump sum of €10,500 per student during duration of stay.

École Normale Supérieure

École Normale Supérieure is a University allows about thirty promising international students to follow a two or three-year course at the ENS through an International selection process. It provides a monthly stipend of approximately 1,000 Euros and benefit from an accommodation on the ENS campus. About 30 foreign students are awarded each year.

École Polytechnique

Number of foreign students across the globe are largely benefiting from Ecole Polytechnique scholarships every year. Offers number 0f scholarships for foreign students from all countries. This includes Major Excellence Scholarships which includes tuition fees up to €5,000 per academic year and an allowance of €200 or €615 per month, depending on available financial resources.

Another major scholarship program is the Foundation de l’Ecole Polytechnique Scholarships which covers tuition fees of up to 24060 € for the whole duration of the curriculum and an allowance of up to 650 to 720 € / month during scientific education period. Possible additional allowances: uniform, social security and insurance, one return trip.

Centrale Nantes

Centrale Nantes offers attractive scholarships of excellence to students with strong academic background accepted on the international Masters programme at the University The value of the scholarship is 50% reduction in tuition fees (from €12000 to €6000 for the 2 years).

École Centrale Paris

The Ecole Centrale Paris offers 4 Graduate Fellowships of €4000 Euros each to international students residing abroad, based on the quality of their application.

Sciences Po University

Sciences Po created the Emile Boutmy Scholarships after the founder of Sciences Po in order to attract the very best international students from outside of the European Union who are applying and previously admitted to Sciences Po University. The Emily Boutmy Master’s Programme can take different forms ranging from €5,000 to €16,000 for 2 years of postgraduate study or €3,000 to €12,300 for 3 years of undergraduate study.

Employment Opportunity

Just like many other countries, students can work for twenty hours for weekdays and forty hours for weekends.

People from Non-EU countries will get the employment opportunity only if they obtain a residence permit.At least one should have a temporary resident’s card for students. Ability to speak, read, and writes French is a must.

One can find the employment through local media. Local media and local job centers are the main sources to find employment. Here they are known as the ANPE (pronounced Are Enn Pay Euh) or “Pole Employ”.

Employers require their identity proof and evidence of their right to work. Also a hand written contract should be submitted, irrespective of the nature of work. Opening a bank account in France is needed, since employers are likely to pay all kinds of wages by cheque or through a bank draft. This is obligatory for any employee earning over 1500 € a month.

Social Security (French National Health Service) contributions

Employees with a French work contract will get a 10% deduction from their take-home pay in the form of social security contributions (covering your right to health care, retirement, unemployment benefit and other advantages). However, Income tax will not be deducted, as French income-tax is not deducted at source. Employees should request the local Social Security office for a Social Security Number. The process may take a couple of months. In the meanwhile you will be provided with a temporary SSN. It allows you to benefit fully from subsidized health care, sickness, injury and other social security rights.

Work contracts

In France, Employment is of two types; they are temporary contracts and open-ended contracts. Contract Duration Determine holds most of the new jobs, where the employee’s contract can be terminated or renewed at the end of the contract. In a CDD at total period of employment cannot exceed more than 18 months.

Self Employment

Before 2009, setting up as self employed (enterprise individually) in France was an expensive and complex process. It required flat-rate Social Security contributions. But since 2009, things have got much easier and fairer. As per the new “régime de l’autoentrepreneur” (or self-employed entrepreneur scheme), all tax and social security payments due are based on actual earnings. It is a pay-as-you-earn self employment system.

This is a self-employee friendly scheme and anyone whose annual income does not exceed €32,000 for service activities can opt for this.

 

Important Websites

 http://about-france.com/higher-education-system.htm

http://highereducation.frenchculture.org/teach-in-france

http://www.psbedu.com/?gclid=CM304MeNo7sCFaQl4godcGIAfw

http://www.campusfrance.org/en/page/universities-and-higher-education-and-research-clusters

http://www.connexionfrance.com/university-in-france-higher-education-system-explained-10534-news-article.html

http://www.ambafrance-uk.org/Higher-education-in-France