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FRANCE FULL SCHOLARSHIP 2020-2021

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France is the ideal place to study abroad for your degree thanks to its rich culture, gastronomy, architecture, and thriving student life!

Studying in France gives you the opportunity to learn the language and gain cultural perspective.

The experience will give you the upper hand when pursuing an international career and will give your CV a competitive edge.

Studying in another country can enhance the value of your degree as it demonstrates to potential employers that you have stepped out of your comfort zone, and are able to adapt to new environments and cultures.

Campus France highlights the 10 good reasons to study in France, including:

  • Attractive tuition rates in France
  • Quality higher education adapted to students’ needs
  • Outstanding research and development opportunities
  • France is a world-class economic power
  • France is home to leading international corporations: Airbus, Total, Orange, LVMH, L’Oréal, Danone…
  • Young talent is valued in innovation and entrepreneurship sectors
  • French lifestyle: Paris is the #1 student city! (QS Best Student Cities, 2014)
  • French is the third most common business language
  • France is an appealing destination for students worldwide
  • 9 out of 10 international students recommend France as a study destination (Baromètre Campus France, 2013)

Along with being a top tourist destination, France is also a well-known study destination. The country, famous for the Eiffel tower, Louvre Museum, Côte d’Azur, and the French Alps, is also well known for courses in Business Management, Performing arts, Agriculture and Forestry and Politics.

The 643,000 square km country has about 39 universities ranked by the QS. Five French universities feature in the top 200 universities lead by Ecole normale supérieure, Paris at 43rd position. The French universities also feature among the top 10 in many subject rankings as well. INSEAD and HEC Paris School of Management feature in the third and the ninth position for Business and management related courses. Agro, ParisTech holds the ninth position in the world for agriculture and forestry courses. Sciences Po stands at the 4th rank for politics. The top two universities in France are also among the top 35 in the world for studying Mathematics.Share 

Top 25 Universities of France

Sl.noUniversityRank 2018Rank 2017
1Ecole normale supérieure, Paris4333
2Ecole Polytechnique5953
3Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)131141
4École Normale Supérieure de Lyon157177
5CentraleSupélec177164
6Sciences Po220220
7Université Grenoble-Alpes236206
8Université Paris-Sud242241
9Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne269228
10Ecole des Ponts ParisTech270268
11Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)293221
12Université de Strasbourg303260
13Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7305262
14Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan330264
15Université Paris Dauphine355356
16Université de Montpellier381327
17Aix-Marseille University411-420411-420
18Université Paris Descartes441-450377
19Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA)451-460421-430
20Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1501-550501-550
21University of Bordeaux501-550501-550
22Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III501-550461-470
23Université Lille 1, Sciences et Technologies551-600501-550
24Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2)551-600551-600
25Université Nice Sophia Antipolis601-650601-650

Higher Education in France:

The French higher education contains four types of organizations:

  1. Public universities
  2. Grandes Écoles
  3. Schools of Art, Design and Architecture
  4. Specialized Schools

Public universities

Most French students attend public universities. There are 77 public universities funded by the French government. They offer courses for all degree levels and disciplines.  The tuition fee at public universities is funded by the French government and hence a very nominal amount in the range of €183 – €388 is charged.

Grandes Écoles

The Grandes Écoles are specialized centres of learning engage in training students in engineering, management, higher education and research, and public administration etc. Schools of management and engineering are the largest groups of Grandes Écoles.

Schools of Art, Design and Architecture

France, being the hub of arts and culture, also possesses arts schools and architecture schools. There are a total of 80 public fine arts schools and 20 schools of architecture all over France.

Specialized Schools

About 3000 public and private institutions called Specialized Schools provide training and degrees in a variety of areas such as nursing, journalism, social work, fashion, design, tourism to name a few.

Reputed Universities in France

A total of 39 French universities are ranked by QS rankings. French universities also feature in the top 100 universities in a number of course groups as well as courses making it an important reason to study in France. CentraleSupélec has been ranked at number nine in Top 50 under 50 category. Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne is placed at the 23rd position in the world for Archaeology and 26th in Law and legal studies. Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) is ranked at 18th position in the world for Modern Languages.

In Arts and Humanities, Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) ranks 26th in the world. The other universities in this category are:

Top Universities in France for Arts and Humanities France

RankUniversities
26Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
61Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
114Ecole normale supérieure, Paris
122Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
154Sciences Po
278Université de Strasbourg
315Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
321Université Lumière Lyon 2
332Université de Toulouse II-Le Mirail

Ecole Polytechnique and CentraleSupélec lead the French universities in Engineering and Technology. The other French universities are:

Top Universities in France for Engineering and Technology

RankUniversities
74Ecole Polytechnique
79CentraleSupélec
159Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)
172Mines, ParisTech
177Institut polytechnique de Grenoble – Grenoble Institute of Technology

There are six universities in France which feature among the top 200 for Life sciences and medicine. In France, the Medical School is governed by the Unités de formation et de recherche de médecine (UFR). The course takes nine years to complete after the baccalauréat. Diplôme d’études spécialisées (DES) is awarded to those who complete the programme successfully.

Top Universities in France for Life sciences and Medicine

RankUniversities
94Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)
121Université Paris Descartes
154Université de Montpellier
170Université Paris-Sud
186Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7
191Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1

Natural Sciences include Chemistry, Earth & Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Materials Science, Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy. Ecole Polytechnique 28th in Physics and Astronomy and is among the top 45 universities in the world for Mathematics.

Top Universities in France for Natural Sciences

RankUniversities
34Ecole Polytechnique
55Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)
108Ecole normale supérieure, Paris
108Université Paris-Sud
131Université Grenoble-Alpes
135Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7
141Université de Strasbourg
174Université de Montpellier

In Social sciences and management, French universities are among the top 50 universities. One of the reasons to study in France is the presence of three top 100 business schools in the world. Two of the three business schools INSEAD and HEC Paris feature at 3rd and 12th rank, while ESSEC business school is ranked between 51 – 100.  Few of the subjects which feature in social sciences and management are Accounting & Finance, Anthropology, Communication & Media Studies, Development Studies, Hospitality & Leisure Management, Law and Statistics & Operational Research.

Top Schools for Social Sciences and Management in France

RankUniversities
32INSEAD
55HEC Paris School of Management
62Sciences Po
67Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
159Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
169ESSEC Business School

Tuition Fees of Top Universities of France

An important reason to study in France is the affordable tuition fee. The tuition fees charged by French universities are affordable as compared to the institutions anywhere else. The tuition fees of public universities are borne by the government, hence a very nominal fee is charged to the students ranging from €183 –  €388. The tuition fees of the top five French institutions are:

Sl.noUniversityAnnual tuition fee
1Ecole normale supérieure, Paris€183 – €388
2Ecole Polytechnique€ 12,000€ -€15,000
3Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)€ 183€ –  € 606
4École Normale Supérieure de Lyon€ 1000 – € 1,370
5CentraleSupélec€8,000 –  €19,000
6Sciences Po€6,550 – €14,100

Work opportunities during study in France

All enrolled students in French universities irrespective of nationality have the right to work during studies. The institution should be participating in the national student health-care plan by the government. The students, if not a European National, should have a French resident permit. All students irrespective of the level of education enrolled for or the year of the course currently pursuing are eligible for work during studies. International students are allowed to work for 964 hours per year.

Enrolled students are not required to apply for temporary employment authorization or APT (Autorisation Provisoire de Travail) to work during studies.

Best student cities of France

Another reason to study in France is the presence of best student cities. Paris, holding the number two position in the world, has 18 universities. Though the cost of living in Paris is considered to be high, the relatively less tuition fee balances it.  Lyon the second best student city in France is also known as the gastronomic capital of France. It is situated at the confluence of Rhône and Saône rivers.  Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon as the name suggests is in Lyon. France has five cities in the top 100 in the world. They are:

QS RankCity
2Paris
34Lyon
68Toulouse
90Montpellier
97Lille

French Culture and Geography

The rich culture with the vast international exposure is also a prime reason to study in France. Historical events and the geographical position have massively affected the French culture, which in turn has impacted the fashion, cuisine, literature, technology and science. Geographically, flanked on two sides by ocean, Mediterranean sea and Atlantic ocean, France has been the bridge between the Northern and Southern Europe.

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