Why study in France?
France’s higher education system is not only one of the best in the world—it’s also open to all! The quality of French higher education is widely recognized throughout the world. French institutions figure prominently in the Shanghai Classification of Universities, in the rankings of the Financial Times and Times Higher, and in the European Report on Science and Technologies published by the European Commission.
The world’s fifth-largest economy, France is also the fourth most popular destination for international students. The country remains committed to its long-standing policy of equal treatment for domestic and international students. Some examples of that policy: Tuition rates at French institutions are identical for all students. For programs leading to national diplomas, tuition rates are set by law. All students, regardless of origin, enjoy the same benefits (health coverage, housing assistance).
The quality of French higher education is widely recognized throughout the world French institutions figure prominently in the Shanghai Classification of Universities, in the rankings of the Financial Times and Times Higher, and in the European Report on Science and Technologies published by the European Commission.
Each year, France makes massive investments in education and research. In fact, education is the largest category of government spending, accounting for more than 20% of the budget.
France has 83 universities, 205 engineering schools and 220 Business Schools, Management and Accounting, 120 art schools and 20 schools of architecture. The Pact for Research (2006) defines 17 Research Centers and Higher Education (PRES).
The sector of higher education in France has a policy of excellence with its academic system being the seventh largest in the world, ranked by the Times Higher Education. Five French business schools are placed in the top 10, ranked by the Financial Times. France also has six MBA programs among the best in the world.
Campus France is part of an ambitious public policy to enhance the attractiveness of France in the field of higher education and is the product of the merger of AgenceCampus France and two other key vehicles for university and scientific mobility, CROUS and EGIDE. AgenceCampusFrance has until now been responsible for promoting French higher education and has achieved a solid track record and wide recognition as one of the world’s leading organizations in this area. CROUS and EGIDE manage French government scholarships as well as programs for university cooperation sponsored by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Students are aided by a powerful search engine managed by CampusFrance which provides information on more than 30,000 higher education courses. The online catalog is continually updated and easy for foreign students to understand thanks to simplified terms and translation into four main languages. Students can then visit their local CampusFrance office where they will be assisted by staff that has been specially trained by the agency and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In France’s public institutions of higher education, the government bears the bulk of the cost of education – an average of €10,000 per student per year. Annual tuition rates at public institutions are set by law and are identical for all students - a Master’s program can cost as low as 300€/year. Tuition rates at private institutions - particularly schools of business and management—is generally higher (from €3,000 to €10,000 annually). To know more about the facilities and scholarships offered by the university you can log on the website www.inde.campusfrance.org Supplementary informational materials can also be found in the local CampusFrance office.