Studying in France
Why study abroad in France?
As one of the UK’s nearest neighbours, France is an obvious choice for study abroad, with easy travel on Eurostar via Paris to many parts of the country.
- France's 83 public universities are funded by the national government, which closely regulates the national diplomas granted by the universities. This system allows the universities to offer students an excellent education at an affordable price.
- Some 33 undergraduate programmes are entirely English-taught and a total of more than 450 at either undergraduate or masters level.
Entry and visa regulations
UK residents do not need a visa and may apply directly to the institution(s).
- Students seeking to enter the first year of higher education in France apply through the online post-baccalauréat admission process Admission post-bac (APB) in common with all French students.
Funding your study
Annual tuition rates at France’s public institutions are set by law and are identical for home and international students.
- The rates range from around £144 for an undergraduate course to £200 for a masters. Additional fees may be assessed for specific services.
- Tuition rates at private institutions – particularly schools of business and management – are higher (from £2,400 to £8,000 a year).
- Some specific scholarships exist for certain courses of study (e.g. doctors, engineers) – details from the cultural service of the French Embassy in the country of origin.
There is a well-established student housing system of Cités Universitaires (student residences) run by CNOUS/CROUS.
- UK students can apply for a grant from the local Caisse d’Allocation Familiale (CAF) to receive a student rebate for part of the rent.
France is not a cheap country. Typical prices (in GBP, March 2015) are:
- Apartment rent, 1 bedroom: £341 - £434 per month
- Meal, inexpensive restaurant: £8.54
- Meal at McDonalds: £5.69
- Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught): £3.56
- Imported beer (0.33 litre bottle): £2.85
- Cappuccino: £1.83
- Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle): £1.71
- Loaf of bread: £0.89
- One-way ticket local transport: £1.14
- Cinema ticket: £6.40
Health and safety
France’s health care system is among the best in the world.
- EU students with an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are exempt from the requirement to take out health insurance.
- Generally considered a safe country in which to live, with the expected exemptions for certain inner city areas and in the case of Paris, suburbs.
- Hotcourses Abroad
- Get more information on studying in France from Campus France, the French national agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services, and international mobility.
University Rankings 2018–19
QS World University Rankings 2018–19
Global university rankings compiled annually by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). QS ranks institutions by the following key indicators; academic peer review, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, recruiter review, international orientation.
THE World University Rankings 2018–19
Global university rankings compiled annually by the Times Higher Education (THE). THE ranks institutions by performance in the following categories; Industry Income, Teaching, Research and Citations.
Business School Rankings 2019
Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2019
Global MBA rankings compiled annually by the Financial Times. MBA programmes are ranked by a number of key indicators including salary increase, value for money, career progression. Note this ranking only applies to each business school’s full-time MBA programme.
The Economist Which MBA? Ranking 2018
Global MBA rankings compiled annually by The Economist. MBA programmes are ranked by the following categories; career opportunities, personal development, salary increase and potential to network. Note this ranking only applies to each business school’s full-time MBA programme.
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
More about the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation here.
Association of MBA
More about the Association of MBA (AMBA) accreditation here.
European Quality Improvement System
More about the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation here.
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