FAQ for study in France


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The academic year in France begins in Sep/Oct


Learning French beforehand is advisable


The French Government provides one third financial aid to successful students

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Q1: How do I enroll for a university in France?

The academic year in France begins in the month of September/October and ends in the month of June/July. Students who have completed their 10+2 can enroll for admission in France. You need to contact the French Embassy in your area in order to get the admission forms required to apply to a university.


Q2: What are the requirements to study in France?

A student looking forward to pursue undergraduate studies in French University, needs to have a Baccalaureate or equivalent degree whereas to get admission in Grandes Ecoles, you need to have a Baccalaureate or equivalent Diploma.

For a Master’s degree in any French University, you need to have a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent diploma. Some universities and institutes may ask for work experience. IELTS with score of band 6 is mandatory to secure the admission in France along with ETS and GRE score reports. French is not compulsory as most of the institutes are offering education in English but fluency in French may add to your CV. In some cases, students are required to clear French Proficiency Test and submit the certificate along with the application form.


Q3: Where can I learn French?

Learning French beforehand will always act as an added advantage for the students looking forward to study in France. You can learn French from the Alliance Francaise centre in your city. Here you can study French at various levels:


  • The Certificat Pratique en Langue Francaise: is a six month, first level qualification providing basic knowledge of the language.
  • The Diplome d Etudes Francaises: is a second level course offering seven different options which includes literature, art, history, economics, demographics, geography, history of political institutions and ideas.
  • The Diplome Superieur d Etudes Francaises: is a higher French studies diploma requiring 10+2 and second level French language certificate. The course helps students in getting acquainted with the working methods of a French student which involves commentary and summary of texts, essay writing, translations and analysis of texts. The qualification if acquired is equivalent to the first year examination of modern literature of foreign language university degrees.
  • National Qualifications-Diplome d Etudes Langue Francaise and Diplome Approfondi de Langue Francaise: The two qualification offers specific level of knowledge, practical experience and mastery of the French language.


Q4: What is the visa procedure to study in France?

Approval of Visa for France depends on the duration of your stay and course. You will have to submit a fee of Rs 8, 500 at a BNP PARIBAS branch. If you are applying for a short term course then you can apply for a Schengen visa which is valid up to 3 months. A temporary long visa is for the students who are planning to stay for a period of 3-6 months and will not need a residency card. For a stay of more than 6 months or for a period of one year a student needs to apply for long term visa.

After the arrival in France, a student, then needs to apply for a residency card along with all the required documents.


Q5: What are the documents required while applying for a visa to France?

The following documents are required in originals along with two photocopies of each:


  • A valid passport.
  • Two passport size photographs (35x40 mm) with white/light background.
  • Letter of registration from a French institute or university.
  • Financial proof.
  • Sponsorship letter for accommodation from the city of stay and supporting documents showing availability of a minimum of €250 per month as living expenses.
  • Proof of accommodation in France.
  • Short bio-data.
  • Copies of educational qualification as required by the university or institute you are getting admission into.
  • Comprehensive ‘Overseas Medical Policy and Repatriation Policy’ for 3 months.
  • Minors (under the age of 18 years) must show proof of parental authorization.


Q6: How much would I be spending during my stay in France?

The cost of study in France is lower than most European capitals. The French government provides one third of financial aid to successful students. The tuition fee at universities is very nominal and can vary from €120 to €680 per annum. The fees at Grand Ecoles can range from €3, 800 to €15, 500 per annum. Your other expenses may include accommodation (€120 to €380), food (€130 to €150 at universities restaurants), healthcare (€380 to €750) and miscellaneous (€100 approx).


Q7: Can I work in France during the course of my study?

France being open and warm to all cultures can be as snug as home. Students can start working here during their study also. International students are entitled to work part time up to 20 hours a week off campus. The minimum guaranteed salary in France as per the government legislation is €8.71 per hour.


Q8: Can I study for a French qualification by distance or online?

There are colleges in France which provide distance and online education offering various courses like Business Management, French, and many more. If you don’t have the budget to visit the country you can still have a degree from a university of France in your kitty. For admission requirements you need to contact the particular college offering distance education. Also, always check with AICTE if a university is authentic or not.


Q9: What can I do in my leisure time in France?

The higher education in France is popular for its openness and accessibility. Hence, a foreign student can never feel away from home. No distinction or discrimination is witnessed between French and international students. As a student this can be the place of ideal experience of a ‘Student Life’ with various extracurricular activities to indulge in like athletic, touristic and cultural activities. And to coddle you in the divineness of it culture the museums, libraries, cinemas, theatres and cafes are all nearby most universities.


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