Study in France- Complete Student Guide

Study in France- Complete Student Guide

As a student, whether you are seeking top-notch undergraduate or postgraduate education, then France is your place as it is home to many world-renowned educational institutions offering world-class education. Top universities and colleges in France offer students the chance to attend their institutions on a part-time or full-time basis.

France is one of the best student-friendly countries in the world. The country has a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the globe. This goes back to the middle-ages, i.e., nearly 800 years ago, when students from across Europe used to come to France to study. Since then, the country knows the value of international students and knows how to make them feel at home.

Education System

If we talk about the education system, you will be surprised to know that the country has more than 81 state universities, 5 catholic universities and ‘n’ number of top private institutes. They award 3 types of degrees- Licence (undergraduate degree), Masters (Post-graduate degree), and Doctorate (Ph.D.).

All the top business tycoons, business leaders, French politicians, and many others are a product of these reputed academic institutes of France. The degrees earned in France are comparable to the American Ivy League universities. Also, to be eligible for an undergraduate degree in France, one has to complete 12 years of schooling plus additional requirements.

Popular student destinations

Paris is the center of world-renowned academic institutions. Most of the top universities and colleges in France are situated in cities like Lyon, Orleans, Nice, Paris, and Grenobleand.

You may be surprised to know that more than 7000 Indian students are pursuing higher education in France. Some of the most popular courses among Indian students in France are Arts, History, Tourism and Hotel Management, Space and Aviation and some more.  

Safety in France

When going abroad, safety is the essential thing that is there on a student’s mind. France is known as the safest metropolitan area in Europe. Violent crimes are at an all-time low in France but, petty crimes such as pick-pocketing, etc., exist, but the rate is very low as compared to other famous studies abroad destinations.

It is advisable that when traveling to France, keep your country’s embassy address and contact details at hand. In case you run into some problem, your embassy will be able to help you out. 


France experiences lovely weather throughout the year. France is neither too hot nor too cold with regular rainfall. Each region in France has its particular climate. The average temperature in winters is 9°C to 4°C, and in summers, it is 16°C to 25°C.

Lifestyle tips

Many times, Paris has been named as one of the best cities for students. Offering a huge variety of courses, highest teaching standards, a welcoming country, are some of the reasons that contribute to this ranking. France is known for its quality of student life, and that is why a lot of students are now moving to France for their higher studies.

Work permit

The French government allows students to work 964 hours of a part-time job in 1 year. International students are hired to provide assistance to incoming students, IT support, tutoring, working in the career center, and many more.

For more reasons, you can also read: Reasons Why to Consider Studying in France

Top Academic institutes: 

1. Collège de Paris

2. Leonard de Vinci Group – 

ESILV-Engineering School

3. Leonard de Vinci Group ESILV-Management School

4. Lotus Business School

Student life

a. Accommodation

Once you have decided to study in France and have chosen your academic institution, then it is time to look for accommodation. There are many accommodation options available for students. Even the university offers two kinds of accommodations, i.e., catered and self-catered options.

In catered accommodation, students are given benefits of their meals being cooked for them, and the costs are added in the accommodation fees. Besides this, students can also take apartments or condos on rent from a private landlord.

It is recommended that wherever you choose to live, you should be aware of your contractual rights and responsibilities. If you are taking the property of rent, then you will be asked to enter into a tenancy agreement. Make sure to read it thoroughly before you sign.

b. Orientation

Orientation is the single most important thing for an international student; therefore, make sure you arrive before it begins. It is the week when you will be meeting your university faculty and your classmates for the very first time.

Therefore, it is the time when you can create good impressions and have friendships with other students that last a lifetime.

c. Activities

To make the most of the French education, make sure to participate in extra-curricular activities, like sports, drama, arts, history, and many more. France is rich in culture and is the literature capital of the world. Most of the world-renowned critics belonged to France, and therefore, you can make the most of it. Join clubs and explore different aspects that the country has to offer.

Admission process

a. Requirements

Since the official language of France is French, that is why students are required to prove their language proficiency. International students have to take French language tests.

In addition to it, a minimum academic record of 70% and above is required in class 12th. If a student wants to study foundations and other diploma programs, students need to have a score of 60%. Also, students should be a minimum of 18 years of age before joining a degree program.

Important documents to be submitted:

1. Attested copies of transcripts of class 10th, 12th, and under-graduation (if applicable)

2. 2 academic reference letters from your school professors

3. If you have work experience, then 2 letters of recommendation (LOR) from your previous employer.

4. Statement of Purpose (SOP)

5. Resume

6. Photocopied score reports of French language test and GRE/GMAT.

7. Proof of funds

8. Health insurance

9. Copy of your passport

10. 3 passport size photographs; scanned



Essential Documents to be submitted:

 1. Long stay application form if your duration in Paris is more than 90 days

 2. 2 passport size photographs

 3. Copy of your passport

 4. A print out copy of your CampusFrance ID number

 5. Cover letter explaining the study project

 6. CV/Resume

 7. Proof of funds 

 8. Medical insurance 

 9. Copy of your round trip airline ticket (if the duration of your course is 6 months or less) or a one-way ticket (if your course is going to take more than six months)

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