With nearly 280,000 international students making up 12% of total postsecondary enrollments, France remains the fourth-most-popular destination for internationally mobile students after the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Feel welcomed in one of the famous institutions of higher education, from the Sorbonne in Paris founded in 1179 to the high-tech campus of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis.
Cost of study
France devotes 1.4% of its GDP to higher education, a level of financing that ensures the quality and recognition of French degrees. France’s central government defrays a very large share of the true cost of education at public institutions (between €10,000 and €14,000 per student per year), thereby reducing the student’s tuition burden (e.g. tuition fee of Bachelor’s programmes in a public university in 2013-2014 is €183 per year). Since tuition fees at France’s public institutions are among the lowest in the world, and that both international and local students enjoy the same benefits and social welfare in France, the value of the high-quality French degrees becomes even more remarkable.
Cost of living
Same as French students, international students in France enjoy lower prices and special assistance in many aspects of daily life, e.g. the national health-care system (social security), rent subsidies, legal right to work part-time (up to 964 hours per year, i.e. 60% of full-time employment), price reduction in public transportation, restaurants, museums and cultural events, etc. Taking into account these discounts, the average monthly student budget is €800 – €1,000 per month in Paris and €600 – €800 per month elsewhere in the country with everything included (rent, meals, transportation, leisure, etc.).
Culture at the crossroads of Europe
Literature, films, museums, theaters, operas, cafés, and the national flair for food and fashion are parts of the everyday life in France. Enjoy the exceptionally rich cultural environment and the admired French art de vivre (art of living). Take advantage of France, bordered by 9 European countries, as the gateway to discover Europe by travelling or doing internships with a European firm.
The French educational system is highly centralized; organized and ramified .It is divided into 3 different stages:
• Primary education
• Secondary education
• Higher education
In France, kids start school very early, school starts 3 (for almost 100%) and children spend 3 years in kindergarten, schooling is compulsory until age 16.
For secondary education age is from 11 to 15 which is know as BEPC which is equivalent to 10 th in India, then the students who completes secondary school in France receive a diploma known as the Baccalaureate which is equivalent to 12th in India.
Higher education is offered in different institution. There are two different types of education institutes that International Students usually you can choose from Universities and Grande Ecoles.
There are about 88 public Universities spread throughout the country. They cover the entire range of academic disciplines from the sciences, including Mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology to technology, covering computer science, engineering, material science and electrical engineering through to literature, language, the arts, the social science, law economics management health sports and more. The university covers all disciplines and trains student for research. Students are usually in larger classes with fewer support systems. The fee structure is sometimes lower than the other countries.
The Grande Ecoles are uniquely French institutions, created in the early 19th century in parallel to the university system; they are extremely selective and offer education of a very high standard. There are over 300 Grande Ecoles in France covering different subject areas. The fee structure can sometimes be higher but students benefit from smaller class sizes, better support systems and excellent networks (alumni companies and international partners). These can be either Public or Private Institutions or part of both.
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