Once you have decided to pursue higher education abroad, the next question, which you must grapple with, is where to study. In this blog we’ll consider France as a destination of higher education. So if you have plans to study in France you have come to the right place.
From schooling in France to higher education, the country’s education system is one of the most respected and well-known in the world. But here are the other factors, which must be considered:
France is considered to be a popular destination along with countries such as USA, UK, Australia, etc. But among the popular destinations, France offers the most competitive prices when it comes to tuition fees and cost of living.
According to Campus France, which is a public institution in charge of promoting French higher education abroad, if you study in a public institution the state will cover two thirds of the cost of your training.
The total registration fee is €2,770 (Rs 2,33,711) per year at the licence (bachelor) level, €3,770 (Rs 3,18,083.05) per year at the masters level and €380 (Rs 32,061.42) for a degree at Doctorate level at the beginning of the 2022 academic year. Besides, the average budget necessary to a student every month is €900 (75,935).
This is much lower than the expenditure you would incur if you were to opt for the US, the UK or Australia.
Some of the colleges and universities in France enjoy global renown. In the 2022 edition of the QS World University Rankings, for the first time, two French universities made it to the Top 50 and 25 institutions were included in the top 1,000. They include, Université PSL, Sorbonne University, Université Paris-Saclay, ENS de Lyon, and École des ponts ParisTech.
Most degrees awarded in France are recognised by many countries in the European Union and around the world.
France is known for its nuclear, space and aviation teaching because of the technology they offer. Other industries in which France excels in include teaching, languages, art, history, medicine and law. Meanwhile, science, management, art, culinary and social sciences are the most popular subjects among Indian students.
And if you want you can work in the country after finishing your course. The French government has laid down provisions, which allow foreign students to work in France after graduation. The country is known for giving some of the highest minimum wage payments among European Union countries. It is now the fifth-highest payer in Europe at €1,589.47 (working 35 hours per week).
Advantage of Language
Learning French has its advantages. French is the fifth most spoken world language. Besides, French is the second most widely taught language globally after English and one of the most frequently used tongues on the internet. There’s a wide array of French study programmes, which you can choose from, besides 1,500 courses, which are taught in English.
This indicates that studying in France and learning French can open opportunities for you across the world. And even if you would like to return to your country and serve it, a French degree gives you access to the 570 French companies operating in India.
France spends 49.5 billion euros on research, equal to 2.22% of its GDP. This has enabled the country to have world-class research facilities. France trains and attracts the largest number of engineers in Europe.
- Culture: Studying in France allows students to explore the rich cultural heritage of the country. There are 43 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 6,000 municipal libraries, 40,000 protected monuments and sites, 8,000 museums, 5,000 film theatres, 500 theatres and countless exhibitions.
- Discounts: Besides competitive France university fees, a student card can help you avail food, transport, lodging and medical facilities at nominal fees. This helps especially those who are on a tight budget.
- Diversity: France has a multicultural society; you will find a decent mix of all major nationalities there.
- Travel Options: There are plenty of weekend getaways options, which you can exploit besides traveling the entire European continent on a budget.
These are just few of the many reasons why year after year students from India flock to France to study. Depending on the subject you are looking to pursue, you must give France a chance. Besides, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian last year had announced that the country has set a target of having 20,000 Indian students in France by 2025.
But in case you need more details about universities of France and have more questions you can consult Career2life, which has been instrumental in helping students pick the right college for them.