Study in France

By studying in France, you will discover a diverse country with a rich and multicultural history,  explore its dynamic cities and traverse its picturesque countryside. From the rural haven of Provence, with its romantic chateaux and sun-soaked hillsides, to the urban opulence of Paris, you can be sure that the staggering repertoire of the world’s most popular tourist destination will never yield a dull moment. France is divided into 13 diverse régions, each with its own unique appeal – think picture-postcard villages in the South of France, snow-capped mountains spiking the skyline of the Franco-Italian border, and Bordeaux vineyards rustling in the Atlantic breeze. 82 million tourists flock here annually to enjoy the spoils of Savoir-Vivre, the quintessentially French art of ‘living well.

Study in France: A Guide For International Students

France is regarded as one of the favorite European destinations for several reasons. It is the most scenic city in the world. Fashion and art industries dominate in France. The country is matchless in cultural richness. But the most significant thing which is making France the most preferred international country is its education programs for foreign students. France is offering several affordable study programs for international students. The quality and credibility of these programs are equal to that of other leading western nations.

France, the Study Destination for Pakistani Students 2022

Last year On 19 November Prime Minister of France launched the “Choose France” national plan. The government wants to make France more attractive to international students and to increase the visibility of the French Higher education system abroad. Your tuition for 2019/2020 will be as follows:

€2,770 annually at the license (bachelor) level
€3,770 annually at the master level
€3,770 annually at the doctoral level

Thus France has now become a hub of international courses. Moreover, the latest, techno-integrated curriculum is taught at French universities. France is the world’s fourth-richest country and is designated as the 4th best study abroad destination in the world to study in 2018 by QS Ranking.

Why Pakistani Students Choose France

Primarily the number of international students visiting France started growing at the end of 1998. This is because the French government has introduced an effective support policy to invite international students to study in French educational institutions. Currently, the low-cost tuition fee is the main charm to study in France.

Besides the 4th highly ranked position in Qs ranking and low-cost study programs, the French visa policy becomes quite lenient for education-seeking visitors. In fact, the government of France allows the students to re-apply and fight back if their visa is rejected in the first application process. France enrolled more than 300,000 foreign students in 2016. This figure indicates a 12% increase over 5 years

The establishment of Campus France is another milestone in the French international students’ facilitation. This Agency works for the promotion of higher education international student services, and international mobility. The agency helps and participates in education fairs to raise the significance of French higher education in foreign countries.

Another treat that France is offering in education is the number of courses taught in English. English taught courses have been increased five times since 2004 and are still growing ahead. Surprisingly, France has given so much support to international students that a foreign student can apply to multiple universities with one single online application.

France exceptional courses are not just offered in medicine, business, or engineering fields, yet, this cultural destination offers exceptional courses in contemporary courses like fashion design, hotel management, tourism, and social sciences

French Latest Scholarship Offers for Pakistani Students 2022

The French Government is also offering various scholarship programs plus enough financial grants to attract foreign students towards French institutions of higher education. For 2020/21, French Government has announced many scholarships for Pakistani Students in almost all levels of degree programs including bachelor’s, master and Ph.D.’s in the fields of Professional Sciences, Social Science, Business, and Architecture. The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) at the French Embassy co-operates with the Government of France to establish effective prospects of education in France for Pakistani students. In this regard, many scholarship programs are enrolling Pakistani students in French universities. For example, Eiffel scholarships. The fields of studies offering Eiffel scholarships include law/political sciences, economics and management, and engineering sciences at the Masters’ level; whereas, sciences, economics and management, and law/political sciences for the Doctorate/Ph.D. level.

According to a general survey, almost all international students (more than 90%) who have completed their studies in France are satisfied with the quality and recognition of the study program. However, above 75of the foreign students can easily afford the cost of education.

Reputed French Universities in France for International Students 2022

France is the destination that resides some of the most highly ranked universities. France also rests the oldest institution; the first French University, the University of Paris is established more than 800 years ago. Basically, in France 83 public universities are funded by the French government, offering excellent education at an affordable price. Around 33 undergraduate programs are English-taught. There are around 500 undergraduate or masters’ level courses offered by French universities. Paris is the 2nd Best student city to study in 2018. The most prestigious European universities located in France are Ecole Normale Superieure and Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech.

Besides the government-funded universities, France also offers admission to foreign students in The Grandes Écoles. Grandes Ecoles are higher education institutes that are run under private administrations. These institutions compete with the IV league international universities. They are in fact prestigiously selective and elite class institutions of France.

Work While Studying:

International students can part-time work for a maximum of 20 hours a week off-campus. The French government now allows foreign students to work up to 964 hours per year. In France, the minimum salary is € 8.71 per hour.

After Study Prospects:

International students can now prolong their stay after completion of their study courses. In addition, from March 2019, foreign graduates with a French master’s degree can apply for a residence visa to look for work or a business in France. During this stay, students can find a job. After completing the master’s degree the student can apply for his residence permit. This permit authorizes the pass-out to join any kind of salaried job -to a limit of 60% of the officially permitted number of working hours. You can gain employee status if the employer is satisfied with your work. Moreover, after spending some years in France the pass-out students can also apply for permanent residency or citizenship.

Miscellaneous Reasons to Study in France:

Some reasons other than the educational prospects to study in France include the humble French people and their classy manners. France is a destination known for its historic architecture and culture. Every other scene is beautiful in France. Not only the metropolitan cities but the suburbs speak beauty. Pakistani students will definitely enjoy the temperate climate most of the year. Our students, who are afraid of extreme temperatures, can now experience the weather in France. France is the generator of the most renowned fashion brands in the world like Givenchy, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, etc.

Another great thing to study in France is its proximity with great European With so many neighbors. Students who visit France can dig out prospects to visit the neighboring destinations in the future. These countries include Germany, Norway, and Spain.

Not just French fries but many other French cuisines have exceptional flavors. Previously, Halal food availability was a great factor to dine out. Now many Halal Asian restaurants are operating in France to cater to Muslim Students. France’s transportation system is effective, affordable and efficient, and extensive. Therefore, you can travel anywhere easily as an international student. France is among the European nation which renders smooth positive linear growth in economy and industry, therefore large prospects of jobs are available for foreign students.

Why Study In France

Studying abroad is a bankable future investment. To avail of what it offers, making the right choice is imperative. According to a survey conducted by Campus France, 64% of students out of 14,245 international students chose France as the best study destination over UK, Germany, and the US. The features making France as best study abroad destination are enlisted below:

Low Average Tuition Fee for Foreign Students
Studying abroad is a bankable future investment. To avail of what it offers, making the right choice is imperative. According to a survey conducted by Campus France, 64% of students out of 14,245 international students chose France as the best study destination over UK, Germany, and the US. The features making France as best study abroad destination are enlisted below:

Foreign Students Enjoy Same Privileges as French Students:
A foreign policy initiated by French Government in 1998, allowed the same subsidies and benefits to foreign students as French students. That means subsidies on living costs, public transport, social insurance, and student discounts on health care facilities.

Study Visitor Visa of 5 Years Allowed for Master and Ph.D. Students
Whether you want to search for a job or are deciding on settling in France, you will have a 5 years visa after completion of a Masters’s or Ph.D. degree in France.

World’s Best Educational Institutes
Short-term diplomas, master’s or Ph.D. degrees all offered by French educational institutes are top-rated. French educational institutions are offering a variety of courses and various scholarships programs are run by French Government to accommodate international and French students. France comes 3rd in terms of the world’s best educational system, after the UK and the US.

Vast Employment Options
France is gaining popularity among international students because of its wide and accessible employment options. Where countries like the UK and the US have made attaining work permits difficult for international students. France gives work permits of at least 24 months to international students. Besides French Universities have close collaboration with businesses and firms. You might even gain a job position while studying.

Education System in France

French universities take on 1.5 million students every year, and approximately 10% of these students are international. It’s not difficult to see why – the diversity and volume of educational programs in France mean that you are sure to find one that meets your personal requirements. The universities offer thousands of academic, technical, and professional degree programs in every imaginable field.

France utilizes the same three-level higher education system as do the rest of the 29 European countries involved in the Bologna system, facilitating international mobility. The ‘Licence’ and ‘Licence Professionnelle’ degrees are undergraduate, known elsewhere as a Bachelor’s. Master’s and Doctorate (Ph.D.) courses are postgraduate. France implements a credit-based system whereby each module of study is worth a certain amount of ECTS (European credits), which are usually transferable between courses.

The Educational Structure in France

Primary Education in France: In France, children start school very early, school starts at 2 years for more than half the kids while almost every child is in school by the tender age of 3. The number of days in school is less (vacations are treasured in France), but they compensate by longer hours at school (around 850+ hours per year.) Schooling is compulsory until age 16.

Secondary Education in France: Secondary education age is provided from age 11 to 15 which is known as BEPC [equivalent to class 10th in Pakistan]. Students who complete secondary school in France receive a diploma known as the Baccalaureate [equivalent to 12th in Pakistan.]

Grande Ecoles
The Grande Ecoles are unique to France, with their origins in the early 19th century in parallel to (and outside) the French university system.

As compared to universities, they are small (admitting not more than 500 – 5000 students), have a very competitive selection process, offer an excellent standard of education across a wide variety of subjects. There are 250+ Grande Ecoles in France with close links with the industry, a lot of good R&D activities, active alumni associations, and many international exchange programs. The grandes ecoles that specialize in sciences and engineering are called “ecoles d’ingénieurs”.

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.

Application Process for admission to French Universities

Applying to French Universities demands some attentive strategies. If you are planning to study abroad in France, and want to get admission to a French institution, you should proceed by keeping each formality into consideration.

Pre Admission Planning:

-Remember that the European students, Schengen countries residents, and students from those countries that come under the Campus France category can easily get a French student visa than a non -European citizen.
-For more professional advice you can take help from a reliable consultant listed at our site. You can also search authorized websites or visit the French embassy to get the correct details o admission requirements
-Plan your budget before applying to any university or scholarship in France and pick the institution which is affordable for you.

Choose the appropriate program:
Once you are determined to take admission to a French university, it’s better to pick those study fields which are relevant to the subjects you have studied before or the career option you want to adopt in the future. Check the advantages and disadvantages of selecting that field and then research for the admission prospects. Don’t forget to calculate the cost for each process leading to Admission to a French institution.

Pick the right institution: Once you are determined about the field of study, it’s time to select the best institution. Apply in more than one institution to avoid rejection risk. Don’t just go for high-ranked university instead explore affordable good institutions with an accredited degree program

Academic Year and Degree Programs: French academic year is divided into two semesters. It generally starts in September and lasts until June.

Admission Requirements for Undergraduates in France

Browse the educational sites to check admission announcements from French universities. Generally, Universities in France open admission twice a year. According to the latest 2019 announcement the admission pattern is as follows:

Admission Calendar:

-Fall admission begins by 1 February and will continue till 1 April. However, in some specific cases, admission may continue after this date if the seats are still vacant.
-spring admission initiates by September 15, and the closing date is again based on the available seats
-Applications for the Parcoursup program commence from 22nd January to 13th March
-You will need to submit a preliminary application at your local French embassy in Parcoursup program before applying to one or more French universities.

Eligibility Criteria of French Universities 2022: 

-To take admission in a French university undergraduate program, you need to have graduated from High School. It means the students have to pass/her intermediate/A-level/ grade 12 exams with good grades
-The student will then apply on the Parcoursup website for taking admission in the first year of a 3-year Licence (Bachelor’s) degree at public and private French universities.
-Students who want to apply to the second or third year for the completion of the Bachelor’s(Undergraduate) License (L2, L3) program do not apply at Parcoursup, rather they directly contact the international student’s office at the chosen university.
-Consider that different procedures apply depending on the student’s nationality and high-school/intermediate College leaving certificate. Moreover, the criteria also depend upon the study program the candidate wants to study.

Language Criteria:

-Pakistani students who want to study in France, obviously look for English taught programs in French universities, therefore, they are required to pass some English language proficiency tests: TOEIC, IELTS, or TOEFL
-However, most of the undergraduate programs are offered in French therefore those who are interested in French medium courses have to pass French Language Test like DELF DALF or TCF

Required Documents: After filling the online admission form, gather the required documents to attach with the application. The requirements for documents vary with institutions but as a general rule, the following documents are required.

a) Valid Passport and ID card b) Specified sized photos c) University-specific entrance exam scored) French and/or English Language proficiency certificate e) All transcripts issued by previous home country institutions. f) Co/extracurricular certificates, diplomas, and internship certificates with their French translation g) Registration fee h) Social security deposits i) Financial eligibility proof (with a minimum of 800 euros per month) j) Proof o valid health insurance plank) In some cases, the institution might demand a cover letter and resume with the details of your certifications and experience l) letter of recommendations: universities ask for two-three letters of recommendation to verify that your teachers and professors recognize you and acknowledge your traits and academic proficiencies m) Personal Statement: It is a precise essay reflecting the writing proficiency of the student as well as it demonstrates why the student has chosen the institute to pursue his study.

Further Process

-Once the documents are collected, the application along with all attached documents and bank drafts are submitted to the university website before the announced deadline.
-The French University or respective college will then assess your submitted documents and if they approved everything, the university will then send the “Admission Confirmation Email”
-After receiving this confirmation, the student will apply for a French visa and residence permit before leaving his country. The University confirmation email will help the student to get a student visa to study in France.

Admission Requirements for Masters in France

France offers Masters’s program in almost all disciplines. Every institution has its admission criteria but the general structure is as follows:

Academic Calendar:

-French academic year starts either from September or October and ends in June or July. French Masters degrees are completed in two years. However, the closing date for applications to most of the Masters’s Degree programs in French universities is January 31st.

Eligibility Criteria:

-Bachelor’s degree (or ‘Licence’) holders from International countries are eligible to apply for admission onto a Masters’s degree. However, every university sets its own criteria and decision-making policies regarding Master’s admission.
-The general procedure of application is the same as o the undergraduate or Bachelor’s program. However, the following things are added to the eligibility criteria
-An interview is generally conducted with the applicant. Subject-specific Admissions tests scores are required for example satisfying scores in standardized admissions tests like GRE or GMAT.
-Certified Academic transcripts of your bachelor’s degree examinations. Valid evidence of language proficiency. Three letters of recommendation. Personal Statement.
-Evidence showing the financial resources needed to spend while studying in France. The French government demands that students should have access to at least €600 a month. In fact, it is the amount paid to French students by government grants.

Admission Requirements for Ph.D. in France

A doctorate program in France is a third-cycle degree. It is completed after a Masters (second-cycle qualification) and students who pursue research studies take admission in the Ph.D. program

Academic Calendar: A Ph.D. course in France runs for 3-4 years for a full-time student. It runs for six semesters that includes two teachings/ research) semesters per year.

-The autumn semester starts in late September and runs till January
-The spring semester starts in early February and runs till June.

Eligibility Criteria: Students applying for a Ph.D. program should have a Masters’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Students who are enrolled in Masters’s degree program and will have graduated before the doctoral program start date can also apply.

Language Criteria: Most Ph.D. programs in France are in French, therefore, every institute has its set language requirements policies. Some ask international students to submit a thesis abstract in French as a component o the final assessment. Candidates have to pass a French proficiency test. It is better to learn basic levels of French, even if your Ph.D. is delivered in English.

Documents Required: Copies of your degree certified from authorized officials with original stamps. French translated transcripts approved by a lawyer. In some cases, you have to submit a Research proposal and Two academic references

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