Study in France; cost of living/study plus list of low tuition universities


Another country with extremely low and affordable tuition is France. Universities in France are not tuition free but are actually cheap and affordable. So if you don’t have the resources to study in places like the UK, US, Canada and Australia why not make up your mind to study in France. Tuition fees in public French universities ranges from €180 to €600 per year while in private universities, it ranges from €3,000 to €10,000 per year. Today I will be talking about education in France, cost of living, for international students, the admission procedure and a list of low tuition universities in France.

Cost of living in France

The cost of living in France is estimated at €600 to €800 per month which covers the cost of accommodation, food, books, travels etc.


Undergraduate admission requirements

To study at the undergraduate level, candidates will be expected to posses a high school/secondary school certificate with at least five credit passes in relevant subjects, an international passport for students that will need visa to travel, and a health certificate. Application for undergraduate study in France is usually processed at the French embassy or consulate offices spread around the world. So you may need to contact any around you for information like the application process, deadlines, and supporting documents and how to apply.


Postgraduate admission requirements

Unlike the undergraduate admission, postgraduate admissions are handled by the individual universities in France. So if you want to study at the postgraduate level, you will need to contact or send your application across to individual universities. I will provide a list of these schools at the end of this post, so you can contact them with ease. But before you start your application, make the following documents available:

  • Ø Transcripts and certificates of your degrees.
  • Ø A statement of purpose stating why you want to study in France as well as the school you have applied to.
  • Ø Two reference letters from your lecturers or employers who know you well.

Some schools may want you to provide a health certificate in addition to these documents.


Language of instruction

Since French is the official language in France, almost all courses are taught in French. However, provision is made for international students who don’t understand the language to undergo a language training which will cost roughly €500. Students with fair or excellent knowledge of the French language are exempted from the language training. You may not border yourself with TOELF or IELTS, as they are not needed.


List of low tuition universities in France

  • Ø Jean Monet University
  • Ø Claude Bernard University
  • Ø Henri Poincare University
  • Ø Joseph Fourier University
  • Ø Blaise Pascal University
  • Ø Paris 13 University





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