Lately, France has emerged as a popular study destination, noteworthy is the growth of the students opting for higher education in the country. France has the whole kit and caboodle to offer terrific coastlines, grassy timberland, renowned foodstuff and wine, monumental waterways, genteel superiority and antiquity of its towns, progressing meadows, think bleak highlands, indigo oceans and enormous décor. French are cheese lover and that leads to the fact that there are nearly more than 300 varieties of cheese available. France is the most visited country in the world, the number of tourist coming for the visit is soaring year by year and is highest globally. Most Popular tourist attractions are Mont Blanc, Mont Saint Michel (Normandy), Eiffel Tower, The Cote d’Azure, Chateau De Versailles and The Louvre.
Arty inheritance and honoured intellectual goes hand to hand with the country, some of the prominent writers, painters, philosophers, historian, researchers, mathematicians and scientist are French. To pen down a few-: Artists:- Paul Cézanne and Claude Monet, Writers-: like Marcel Proust and Albert Camus, thinkers-: Jean-Paul Sartre and René Descartes, filmmakers:- Jean Renoir and Jean-Luc Godard
Continuing the legacy the country still hosts some of the best universities and business schools in the world. Grenades Ecoles and Ecole superior de Commerce are supreme colleges and known across the globe for their excellence in teaching and research. There are around 11 French universities placed in top 300 and 39 French universities which makes to the top QS World University Rankings. Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech and Ecole Normale Supérieure make it to the top 100 and is countries flagship institution which is considered best for research and degree worldwide.
Furthermore leading business schools are from France, best MBA and masters in management can be studied in the country in leading institution like INSEAD, HEC Paris, ESCP, EDHEC and ESSEC. Tuition fees for an international student are on the lower side but without compromising the quality of education. Presently there are approximately more than 250,000 international students in the country. Actually, one-tenth of the total enrollment at French colleges are international students.
Organization which are approved by the French government as an official language body are (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) CEFR, DALF (diplôme approfondi de langue française) and TCF DAP (Test de Connaissance du Français, Demande d’Admission Préalable), or.
Grandes Ecoles system is elite in France, their admission process is quite tough and rigorous. As these colleges are highly selective which in return produces of quality graduates creating a cluster of supreme quality throughout. Fees of these can differ from college to college. However, these colleges were limited to domestic students or only to students who were from French-speaking countries. In the recent past, the importance of internationalization is well known where pros are winning any day over the cons. Grande Ecoles taking the path of internationalization and globalization are now welcoming the international students with open arms. There is a number of new courses which are in English, a partnership with other universities have surged, multi universities projects and collaboration are mounting. With Brexit in effect, tightening visa rules, limited job opportunities, immigrant-friendly current French government and future plans are encouraging students in order to choose France as a study destination.
Tuition fees can vary from college to college. Technical private universities can have fees from 2,000- 20,000 Euros per year, where else one can expect a range of 6-10 K Euros yearly fees.
Caisses d'Allocations Familiales (CAF)- Depending on the location and dimensions of the accommodation all the international students are eligible to get housing subsidy from the French Government
The city has been awarded as the best student city five time by QS. Living expense can be on the higher side, but it will be a very pleasing and pleasant experience studying in the city. There is no shortage monuments, world heritage sites, museums, libraries and galleries to visit.
Situated on the border of Switzerland and Italy is a European Cultural city. This beautiful medieval city is known as the culinary capital of France. The preserved architecture of Lyon has been considered as UNSECO world heritage site. Four universities have their home campus in the in the city-: Université Jean Moulin Lyon, Université Lumière Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon,
The industrial city of France, located on the northern side of the country is a gateway to other countries in Europe.
The city is known for world famous wine industry and best wine fair “Vinexpo” is a famous port city in the south-western France. Old city is part of the UNSECO World Heritage list, architecturally rich and city of art Bordeaux is unique on its own.
Popular courses to study in France-
Hospitality, Energy, Metallurgy, Aerospace, Business and Finance, and Tourism. Teaching, Healthcare, Engineering and Information Technology sectors have the skill shortage, so students can plan accordingly if looking for jobs in the country.
National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), awards from regional councils, Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus programs.
Fees for visa- Rs 12,500/-
Now Indian students can stay back in France for 2 years and look for jobs. Plus after completing the masters and Ph.D in France, students will be eligible for multiple entry Visa of 5 years.