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France is one of Europe’s largest countries. It is bordered by six other nations: Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the southeast and Spain to the southwest. France is the most popular tourist destination in the world. There are many reasons why so many people enjoy visiting the diverse country, including the natural beauty, the amazing climate, outdoor recreational activities such as golf courses, art museums and galleries and so much more.

Why study in France?

France as a country offers a multicultural study experience, bringing together people and their culture from all over the world. Students who visit the country are appreciative of its beautiful, developed cities and the great social life. Impressions about French culture and city life were overall more positive than the European average. Even the smaller cities offered opportunities for fun student activities.

“A semester in Paris and particularly in Sorbonne was a breath-taking experience for me. First, the city of Paris invited me to try thousands of adventures. Every minute there was a discovery. Being a student in Paris is a great advantage as you can visit museums, events, cinema and more, with discounts. Secondly, Sorbonne has an open-minded yet classical spirit: I enjoyed the lectures and library a lot. Thirdly, in Paris and in Sorbonne you can meet interesting people. Fourth, Cite U was a perfect place to live a student life: I had a single room, so I had privacy, and at the same time I could eat in the canteen, walk in a beautiful Cite U park, watch movies, theatre plays and use the media library for residents.” – student from Russia

Top Universities in France

QS World University Rankings 2021 – Top Universities in France

France rank

 

University

1

 

Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres)

2

 

Ecole Polytechnique

3

 

Sorbonne University

4

 

CentraleSupélec

5

 

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

=6

 

Ecole des Ponts ParisTech

=6

 

Sciences Po Paris

8

 

Université de Paris

9

 

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

10

 

ENS Paris-Saclay

 

                                                                                                                                                            THE University Rankings                                                                                    

 

 France Rank 2021

University

 

 

1

Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris

 

 

2

École Polytechnique

 

 

3

Sorbonne University

 

 

4

University of Paris

 

 

5

Paris-Saclay University

 

 

6

Télécom Paris

 

 

7

École des Ponts ParisTech

 

 

7

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

 

 

9

Montpellier University

 

 

10

Aix-Marseille University

 

 

10

Grenoble Alpes University

 

 

10

IMT Atlantique

 

 

10

Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

 

Average Living Cost

The average monthly expense that an International student has to bear during his/her stay in France has been summarised below:

Particulars

Average Monthly Cost in EUR

Average Monthly Cost in INR

Rental for 1 bedroom apartment

550

37,603.50

Basic Utilities (Electricity, Water, etc.)

140

9,571.80

Monthly Pass (Transport)

48

3,281.76

Telephone, Internet, etc.

28

1,914.36

Recreation

100

6837.00

Food and Drink

145

9,913.65

Monthly Average Spend

1,011

69,122.07

   

City

Paris

Montpellier

Lyon

Lille

Toulouse

Rental for 1 bedroom apartment

988.00

633.00

520.00

533.00

528.00

Basic Utilities (Electricity, Water, etc.)

180.00

140.00

142.00

110.00

105.00

Monthly Pass (Transport)

68.00

48.00

56.00

52.00

44.00

Telephone, Internet, etc.

26.00

30.00

29.00

28.00

28.00

Recreation

150.00

100.00

110.00

100.00

110.00

Food and Drink

168.00

186.00

162.00

157.00

128.00

Monthly Average Spend (in EUR)

1,580.00

1,137.00

1,019.00

980.00

943.00

Monthly Average Spend (in INR)

108,024.60

77,736.69

69,669.03

67,002.60

64,472.91

 Source: www.shikshaabroad.com

Part Time Work Options
  1. An international student from outside of the European Union, which is what Indian students are, can work for a maximum of 964 hours in any given year provided,
    1. The university they are working for does not have any objection to the same
    2. The student has a valid residency permit
    3. Students need not obtain temporary employment authorisation, Autorisation Provisoire de Travail (APT – Temporary Work Permit) anymore. The residency permit has the inbuilt clause for the same.
  2. All students in France, including the students enrolled in the first year of university as well as students enrolled in a language program, are eligible to work in France.
  3. The minimum wage rule applies to all working students. The minimum hourly wage rate is set at €9.76 per hour (before taxes). After reducing the same, the student makes somewhere around €7.61 per hour.
  4. Cumulatively, a student can earn somewhere around €7900 per year or just above INR 6 lakhs a year. Though this is not enough to compensate for the high cost of living, it is surely a handy pocket allowance.
  5. A student can also apply for and get employment at the university s/he is studying in or any other higher institute/ university. Students at a university are offered a contract for one year that covers the period of 1 September through 31 August. The time is split in the manner
    1. Maximum of 670 hours in the period between 1 September and 30 June (part-time)
    2. Up to 300 hours between July 1 and August 31 (full time)

Those who are pursuing a 6-month program are allowed to work for 472 hours.

Post Study Work Options

Name

Visa de court séjour pour études

Visa de long séjour temporaire pour études

Visa de long séjour études

Type

Short Stay Student Visa

Temporary long stay student visa

Long stay visa (also called the residence permit – VLT-TS

Duration of Stay

Maximum of 3 months

between 3 to 6 months

longer than 6 months to a maximum of the course’s duration; for instance 3 years for a bachelors course, 2 years for masters and 4 years for Ph. D

Ideal for

Students planning to take up short language programs in France or summer courses which are less than 3 months long

Students planning to take up short programs that are longer than 3 months but not more than 6 months

Students taking up courses that are longer than 6 months. This is for students planning to take up bachelors, masters or a research program in France.

Renewable

No

No

Yes

 Job Prospects

–          Engineering – Aerospace, Automobile, Mechanical, Metallurgy

–          Management – Consulting, Marketing and Service Sector

–          Energy Management

–          Tourism/ Hospitality and Luxury

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