Study in France

Studying in France offers a rich educational and cultural experience for international students. Here are the key aspects that make France a desirable destination for higher education:

Requirement to study for France:

Studying in France involves meeting certain academic, language, and administrative requirements. Here are the key requirements and steps for prospective international students:

1. Academic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Programs: A secondary school diploma equivalent to the French Baccalaureate. Specific subject requirements may apply depending on the chosen program.

  • Graduate Programs: A recognized bachelor’s degree relevant to the intended field of study. Some programs may require a portfolio, particularly in arts or design fields.

2. Language Proficiency

  • French-Taught Programs: Proof of French proficiency, typically through standardized tests like DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) or DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française), or the TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français). Minimum levels usually range from B2 to C1 on the CEFR scale.

  • English-Taught Programs: Proof of English proficiency through standardized tests like IELTS (minimum score of 6.0-6.5), TOEFL (minimum score of 80-90), or Cambridge English (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency).

3. Application Process

  • Selecting a Program and Institution: Research and choose a study program and check specific entry requirements on the university’s website.

  • Application Platforms: For undergraduate programs, apply via the Parcoursup platform. For master’s programs, apply directly to the institution or through Campus France.

4. Documents Required

  • Completed application form.
  • Academic transcripts and certificates.
  • Proof of language proficiency.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Motivation letter or statement of purpose.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Portfolio (if required).

5. Visa and Residence Permit

  • Non-EU/EEA Students: Must apply for a long-stay student visa (VLS-TS).The host institution typically assists with this process. Once in France, register with the French Immigration Office (OFII) to validate the visa.

  • EU/EEA Students: No visa required, but registration with the local municipality may be necessary.

6. Financial Requirements

  • Proof of Sufficient Funds: Evidence of adequate financial means to cover tuition fees and living expenses (approximately €700-€800 per month).

7. Health Insurance

  • Mandatory Health Insurance: All students must have health insurance. EU/EEA students can use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Non-EU/EEA students need to register with the French Social Security system upon arrival.

8. Accommodation

  • Finding Housing: Universities often provide assistance in finding accommodation, but it’s crucial to arrange housing early due to high demand.

9. Additional Requirements

  • Interviews or Entrance Exams: Some programs may require an interview or entrance exam.

  • Preparatory Courses: For students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, preparatory courses or foundation years are available.