Study in France – the complete guide

Great opportunities

For those who want to read on in France, the choices are great. Within the French higher education system there are world class classrooms, a wide range of education programs and various programs in French and English.

Many people dream of living and studying in Paris. But it’s good to compare different options carefully before you leave. Even smaller cities such as Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse and Rennes offer high quality education and a fun student life! In addition, it is often cheaper to live in a smaller city and easier to find accommodation.

Admission Requirements – First Level

In order for you to be accepted, it is generally required that you have approved final grade from upper secondary school. For the first year of the 3-year Licence (equivalent to bachelor) degree at the State French University and most other first level programs (eg BTS, DUT), you can search through the Parcoursup website.

The Parcoursup website is a 2018 news that has been developed to simplify access to higher education. It replaces the admission process Post-bac (APB).

Parcoursup is aimed at students who go last year at high school and who plan to study at a college or university in France. You who study at a high school in Europe also apply via Parcoursup.

The site will open on January 15 with an information phase. You can register for courses from January 22nd. The closing date for the application is 31 March. Reply to admission will be sent as of May 22th.

Knowledge of the French language

French colleges / universities usually want you to show a certificate of your knowledge in French. However, the requirements may vary from one education to another and it is therefore advisable to contact the university in advance.

Institut français de Suède regularly organizes language tests in French (DELF, DALF).

In French language schools you can improve your French and take a preparatory language course for DELF / DALF.

What does it cost to study at French universities?

Registration via Parcoursup is free. State University only takes a subscription fee that is quite low.

The enrollment fee for reading Licence at a state university was the academic year 2017-2018 EUR 184 per year. However, at private colleges, the enrollment fee is often significantly higher. It varies between different universities. Contact the university for more information and to ask for possible scholarships!

Enrollment fees for 2017/2018:

License (bachelor): € 184 (for one year)
Master: € 256 (for one year)
Engineering training: € 610 (for one year at Ecole d’ingenieur)
Doctorate: € 391 (for one year)
Read more about enrollment fees at French universities.

Can you work while studying in France?

Yes France is an EU country so you can work as much as you like while studying here. Good knowledge of French makes it easier for you to get a job.

Insurance for students in France

It is important to have good insurance when studying abroad. Within the EU, the European Health Insurance Card entitles you to healthcare on the same terms as the locals. However, it does not protect you from theft, sickness, injury, course fees, costs, healthcare fees paid by your country, etc. We recommend that you sign a foreign study insurance. Sometimes, however, it can be completely free. Use our insurance vendor to get tips on insurance that suits your needs.

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