being the fourth largest economy in the world and a hub for technological marvels
is fast opening up as a destination for higher education offering a great deal
of flexibility to design academic itineraries suited to individual goals and aspirations.
College of France, Ecole Normale Super, Ecole Polytechnique, University of Bordeaux,
University of Lyon are some of the renowned French academic institutions.
The French Educational
System consists of a variety of institutions offering internationally recognized
diplomas, degree and certificates. These institutions can be broadly categorized
into two major types – Universities, Specialized Schools and grandes ecoles.
France houses 87 public universities offering technical, professional and academic
programs in all disciplines. grandes ecoles may be public or private
institutions and impart professional training in fields like engineering, art,
management, etc. Theyoffer bachelors degree, masters programs,
and MBA.Specialized schools provide training in very specific areas like
tourism, paramedicine or social work.
the field of higher education in Europe, a new diploma system has been implemented
to standardize degree courses. There are three types of degrees which are awarded
by universities: Licence' (bachelor's degree) is awarded further to
3 years of study after the bac' Master' (master's degree) is awarded
further to 5 years of study after the bac' Doctorat' (PhD) is awarded
further to 8 years of study after the bac'
(Bac' or Baccalauréat':
Final secondary school examination, qualifying for university entrance - equivalent
universities and schools offer 3 years Licence (Bachelor’s) programs in diverse
fields. For admission to Licence programs the candidate should have a high school
certificate equivalent to French Baccalauréat and a good score on TOEFL/IELTS.
admission requirements for Master of Science programs comprise of a bachelor’s
degree or equivalent qualification and a good command over English demonstrated
by TOEFL/IELTS score.
programs with various specializations like strategic leadership, international
management, technology and entrepreneurship, project management, etc are offered
by universities and free standing schools. The duration varies from 11 to 24 months.
The courses are taught in English and the admission requirements include possession
of a bachelor’s degree, 2-3 years of professional experience, a good GMAT and
Master of Science programs of 12-24 months
in duration are also offered. The eligibility requirements include a bachelor’s
degree and a good TOEFL/IELTS score. The tuition fee ranges from 7000 to 12000€.
The medium of instruction
for most courses is English. Therefore, the student needs to prove proficiency
in English by submitting TOEFL/IELTS scores. However, the student needs to learn
French in order to get the best out of the social life of France. The student
has the option of learning French at his home country or when he/she comes to
French academic institution sets its own admission standards. Admission to undergraduate
and graduate programs in public universities is decided by selection committees
which review a candidate’s academic profile, suitability for the desired course
of study, test scores and professional experience. As most French institutions
do not yet accept electronic applications, hence, a student should mail his application
packet to the concerned institution.
offers two academic sessions starting in September and January and the deadlines
for the same are April 30 and October 30 respectively. However some educational
establishments may have more flexible deadlines.
institutions offer a number of programs in English and therefore a proficiency
in French is not mandatory, however, the same is recommended for settling down
in France and getting the best out of social life. The student can choose to take
up a course in French either in his own country or when he reaches France.
& Living Expenses:
The tuition expenses in France
are relatively lower as the government supports higher education to the tune of
6000 Euros per student per year. The fee structure for MBA program ranges from
for postgraduate programs fee ranges from 10000- 12000€. However
private institutions charge a relatively higher tuition rates. The average living
cost is 1000 euros per month.
Study grants are offered by French Government
but are for graduate study, usually at doctoral level. Applications have to be
made through the cultural service of the French embassy in the country of residence.
French embassy provides scholarships whereby it co-finances the expenses of studying
in France like health coverage, air tickets or monthly allowances for living expenses.
However, it does not include the tuition fees.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris offers EIFFEL Excellence scholarships to
meritorious students going for graduate and post graduate programs in the fields
of engineering, management, political science and law.
students are allowed to work half time for the period they are registered at an
academic institution approved by French social security system.
students residing outside European Union are required to obtain a long term student
visa form the French Consulate.
The students are first
of all required to create an online account on www.india.campusfrance.org
and schedule an appointment through the online file or by calling or mailing the
CampusFrance Counselors. Thereafter, they have to appear for an interview with
two sets of the following documents – letter of registration from the French academic
institution, proof of funds for tuition and living expenses, proof of accommodation
in France for the period of study, short biodata, copy of academic credentials,
air ticket and overseas medical and registration policy to get a No Objection
Certificate (NOC) at any of the French consulates in their city. A
demand draft of Rs 7000 in favour of "CEDUST" payable at New Delhi .This
is the CampusFrance registration fee to be submitted on the day of the Visa interview
or on a prior date.
After the NOC interview, the student will be given a presentation
letter and with the same he/she would need to submit the passport at the Embassy
on a predefined date. The Passport will be returned duly stamped in 2 working
days or a week at the latest. The French Embassy student visa fee is 50 euros
(in equivalent Indian Rupees, to be paid in cash at the time of depositing the
passport). Upon arrival in France, international students must first register
with their educational institution and then obtain a student residency permit
from the local authorities.
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