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Why Study in France?

France is one of the most popular destinations for international students. Among its major advantages are the high quality of education, the remarkably low tuition fees, and the enjoyable French way of life. France has one of the most prestigious educational systems in the world. Whether you are an individual seeking undergraduate studies, postgraduate schooling or something else, an amazing education can easily be found in the country offering world-class education for people far and wide. France welcomes international students with great hospitality. No matter what country you are coming from, you can expect to be welcomed with open arms.

Cost of Study France

The tuition fees at public universities are set by the French government and are the same across the country.
If you are a citizen or already a permanent resident of a country within the EEA, not much has changed – you will still be charged very low amounts for your tuition:

  • 170 euros per year for Bachelor’s (License) programs,
  • 243 euros per year for Master’s programs,
  • 601 euros per year in Engineering courses in at certain institutions,
  • 380 euros per year for Doctorate (PhD) programs.

However, all other international students will now be charged higher amounts for Bachelors and Masters Degrees. The new tuition fees for international students, starting September 2019, are:

  • 2,770 euros per year for Bachelor’s (License) programs,
  • 3,770 euros per year for Master’s programs,
  • 380 euros per year for Doctorate (PhD) programs – the same amount as for Europeans.

Note that the values above refer only to public universities; the cost of tuition at private universities can be higher. They generally range from 3,000 to 20,000 euros per year.

Post-Study Work

International students in France are only eligible for the minimal wage offered by the government. And it is actually propagated that if a student becomes able to find an employment which guarantees him far more than that, he or she shall immediately apply for work permit because that means that he has succeeded in a full time employability in this country.
Lastly the rules and regulations get rigid or flexible according to the nationality you possess. Be very sure about the terms and conditions before deciding and applying finally.

University – specific scholarships to study in France

  • Stephen M. Kellen Scholarship – Awarded each year by Sciences Po, this merit based scholarship is available to any student admitted to Science’s PO’s dual BA with Freie University Berlin program. The scholarship covers two years of tuition fees at Sciences Po, a living allowance of US$6000 per year for the two ears spent on Sciences Po’s French-German European Campus in Nancy and a living allowance of $7.000/year for the two years spent at the Otto-Suhr-Institut of Freie University. The 2020 round of applications for this scholarship is not yet open, but usually close around June, so keep a look out on Science Po’s website for more details.
  • Emile Boutmy Scholarship 2020 – Once again awarded by Sciences Po University, the Emile Boutmy Scholarship is for non-European students who wish to pursue their Bachelors, Masters or PhD degree in France.
  • ENS International Selection Scholarships – Each year, ten arts and humanities students and ten science students are offered a scholarship to pursue a master’s degree and diploma at École Normale Supérieure (ENS). This scholarship is available to international students, under the age of 25, who have not lived in France for more than 10 months. Successful applicants will receive a 1,000 euro per month grant for three years and a room on one of the ENS campuses
  • Ampère Excellence Scholarships for International Students – These scholarships offer 1,000 euros per month for up to two years, for international students wishing to pursue one of the eligible Masters programs at ENS de Lyon.
  • INSEAD Africa Leadership Fund Scholarship 2019/2020 for African Students – A 50,000 euro scholarship available for an African national student admitted to, or in the interview stage for, an MBA course at INSEAD. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding professional and personal achievements, with a commitment to contribute to the breadth of diversity on the program.
  • University Paris-Saclay International Master’s Scholarships – University Paris-Saclay offers 160 master’s scholarships to international students enrolled in its programs. Each scholarship is worth 10,000 euros per year and a maximum of 1,000 euros for travel and VISA expenses is also awarded to successful candidates.
  • Foundation Rainbow Bridge MBA Scholarships for African and Asian Women – This scholarship offered by HEC Paris, for female candidates who have been admitted to the HEC Paris MBA program. Candidates must come from an Asian or African country affected by a natural disaster, drought or famine and must be able to demonstrate a commitment to solving some of the social and economic issues affecting their countries while working for the long-term security of the people living there.

Government funded scholarships

Eiffel Scholarship Program of Excellence

Established by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, this scholarship is available for non-French nationals of up to 30 years old enrolling in either a masters or PhD program in law, economics and management, engineering or political science in any French higher education institution. Applications are submitted by French higher education institutions on behalf of applicants, who will have been selected by these institutions.


Led by the European Commission, Erasmus + is the largest provider of scholarships in the EU and provides grants towards living costs when participating in an exchange system in a European country.

The Chateaubriand Fellowship

Offered by the Embassy of France in the US, the fellowship funds PhD students from US universities wishing to do research in France for four to nine months. Successful applicants will receive a monthly allowance of up to US$1,230, a round trip ticket to France and support for health insurance abroad.

Foreign Fulbright Student Program

The Fulbright Program are full scholarships in USA for international students who wants to pursue a Master’s or PhD degree. The scholarships can also be awarded for non-degree postgraduate studies. The grant covers tuition fee, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance.

Government funded scholarships

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants and Financial Support

a variety of scholarships available to international students of all levels looking to study in France, who pass certain academic requirements.

The Fulbright Scholarship

The Fulbright Scholarship is for recent university graduates looking to go on to study a masters or a PhD in a French university. Up to 20 grants are awarded annually and fund eight to ten months of studying in France.

Alexandre Yersin Scholarships

for Masters Programe in France –The Alexandre Yersin Scholarship is available to Hong Kong or Macau residents, wishing to pursue a master’s degree or equivalent in a French university.

Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA)

The CSLA provides fully funded master’s degree study to individuals who demonstrate commitment to leading positive social change in their communities, and who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence.


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