France is a European country located in the northwestern part of Europe. It borders countries like United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium Luxembourg and Spain. Many students choose to study in France because of the high standard of education coupled with moderately priced tuition fees. So if you cannot afford the high tuition fees to study in countries such as Australia, US, Canada and UK, you can make up your mind now to study in France. In this article we shall be looking at the cost associated with studying in France, admission requirements, language requirements, cost of living and accommodation.
Cost of studying in France
Universities in France charge moderate tuition fees for all students including international students. The average tuition fees for Bachelors and Masters programs is 200 – 1200 Euro per academic year. In some special cases, students are exempted from paying tuition fees depending on their financial condition or academic performance. We advise that you contact your institution of choice in France to find out if you are qualified for a tuition fee exemption.
Cost of living in France
Cost of living in France can be considerably high or low depending on where you live. For example, tourist areas, main cities and their surrounding environment such as the capital Paris are more expensive than in smaller towns. In one month, a budget of 400 Euro to 800 Euro can carter for living expenses like feeding, transportation, buying of books etc. Most university provide accommodation for its international students, while some do not make such provision. The average cost of housing in France is 250 to 700 EUR per month, although this rate is greatly affected by the region that you stay in, as well as the exact accommodation that you have selected. It is in your best interest to take a look at the various options that are available to find what works best for you and your needs. There are many choices that cost far more than these rates, as well as those that will cost you less. The amount that you spend on your housing will vary greatly.
If you are applying for an undergraduate program, you should be in possession of a valid school leaving certificate that qualifies you for a higher education studies in your country. This will also qualify you for studies in France. For Masters, a good bachelor’s degree certificate is usually required, and for PhD, a good Master’s degree result.
You will also be required to submit proof of English proficiency, especially when you are going to be admitted into an English proficient college. This can be obtained through a TOEFL test. This test can be completed online, on the computer or through a printed exam sent via postal mail. You should complete this test well in advance of applying for college. The results of this exam should be submitted along with your application. Do keep in mind that there is a cost to take this exam.
A copy of your birth certificate is needed when you apply to a French university, as well as a certified translation showing the birthplace of both of your parents. This is something that all international students are required to have regardless of their country of origin. Note that some of the programs are taught in French language and you may be requested to prove your proficiency.
In the event of your course being taught in French, you will need to prove that you are sufficiently fluent by taking one of the approved tests: TCF DAP (Test de Connaissance du Français, Demande d’Admission Préalable), DALF (diplôme approfondi de langue française) or CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). In case your course is in English, you should prove English language proficiency.
Please adhere to the following dates when applying for admission into a French university:
The academic year in France begins on 1st October and ends on 30 June, and it is divided into two semesters:
First semester: runs from early October through late January
Second semester: runs from early February through late May
At the end of each semester, students are called to take their exams.
It’s advisable that you start the admission process by January.
How to apply for admission
The mode of application for admission into a French university varies depending on the school and your study program. applying at a university in France is almost the same as applying for a college in any other country, there are a few differences that are important for you to recognize. It is important that, whether you are a European local or an international student, you complete the application process in its entirety, as well as submit all of the required and requested documentation at the time of submission. When you do this it will show you are ready to attend college as well as speed up the process.
The steps can be summarized into the following steps.
1. Fill an online application form on the university portal (this will require a cost to submit the application form)
2. Be ready to provide necessary documents to support the application form to be submitted.
3. An essay will be required from you alongside the submission of your application
4. Keep in touch with France consulate in your country for necessary visa processes once selected into preferred program by your choices university in France.
List of Universities in France
It’s important I state that this list does not even begin to detail all of the amazing colleges and universities that can be found in France, but they are among the best that you will find around. It is a good idea to use the internet to help you learn about all of the colleges and universities that can be found in the country.
Blaise Pascal University
Henri Poincare University
Jean Monnet University
Jean Moulin University Lyon 3
College de France
Ecole Centrale de Lyon
Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancees
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de St-Etienne
Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Electronique, d’Electrotechnique, d’Informatique et d’Hydraulique de Toulouse
Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Ingenieurs en Construction Aeronautique (ENSICA)
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecomunnications de Paris (ENST)
Ecole Nationale de l’AviationCivile (ENAC)
Ecole Nationale des Telecommunications de Bretagne
Ecole Normale Superieure
Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon
Ecole Superieure d’electricite
Ecole Superieure d’Ingenieur en electronique et electrotechnique
Ecole Superieure en Sciences Informatiques
Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris
European Institute of Business Administration
Institut National de Physique Nucleaire et de Physique des Particules
Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon
Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Toulouse
Institut des Mathematiques Appliquees de Grenoble
Universite Paris IX Dauphine
Universite d’Aix-Marseille III
Universite de Caen
Universite de Franche-Comte
Universite de Marne la Vallee
Universite de Provence
Universite de Savoie
Universite de la Mediterranee
Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille
Universite Lumiere Lyon
Universite de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour
University of Paris.