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France is the third student hosting country, in competition with the United States, and the United Kingdom.


Have you already thought about studying in France? Of course, you already have if you are French. But as a foreign student, here is some useful information that could help you decide if you want to study in France.


There are a lot of it, in fact, you have a lot of possibilities. Indeed, in France, there is a very complete choice of studies, whatever is the specialty you want to choose, you have many chances to find the adapted formation. And it is the same for French and foreign students. France really tries to be attractive for foreign students, and to influence them. Therefore, the fact to be a stranger will not downgrade you, not at all!


The language:

There are some possibilities to study in English in France. But if you want to study in French, you will have to take a French language test (DILF, DELF, DALF) in order to be able to study in a French university.


The cost:

Do you want to hear a really good news?! The studies' costs in France are one of the cheapest in the world. And again, it is not different if you are a foreign student. Indeed, the French state takes in charge the biggest part of the tuition fees of the higher education public institution’s formations. Therefore, in 2018 the tuition fees correspond to:

184 € for one year in license degree

256 € for one year in master degree

391 € for one year in doctoral degree

(for the prestigious universities or the private institutions, the cost will be far more expensive)

After that, you have to calculate the general costs of your studies in France, and for that you have to mind about some specific spends. In France, students have a particular status which gives them a lot of advantages, especially for the transport, places to eat, and the hobbies. Nonetheless, for the first month, you will have to provide at least the triple of your monthly budget, to anticipate your installations spends (phone, internet, bail, insurance, social welfare, etc.).

On the other hand, you have to be aware that for getting your visa for studying in France, you have to justify sufficient resources more or less equal at 5000 € per year, so 430 € per month. But this is a minimum, and most of the people will told you that is it not enough, and that ideally you should provide around 800 € per month. And of course, if you want to study in Paris, you should provide around 1100 € per month (in general, Paris is really expensive, be aware!)

It is also possible to get a scholarship if you are a foreign student. The simplest way to get one is to apply for one in your one country. But it is also possible to get one by the French Education Ministry or even international organizations, like UN, UNESCO etc.

Here are some links that could help you:    





If you want to increase your earnings, you have the possibilities to do a student job. If you are a European student, you don’t need any working license. But if you’re not, you have to ask for an authorization from your town’s prefecture in France. Legally, you are not allowed to work more than 823 hours per year, so 16 hours per week. Without all the taxes, the French minimum salary is 7.83 € per hour, that is around 500€ per month and around 6400€ per years, if you complete all your working hours.

Paul Knecht-Deyber

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