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Why France?

With reasonable fees, no English test and internship opportunities with some of the top companies in the world, France are emerging as the new popular choice for international students.

The quality of French higher education is widely recognized throughout the world. French institutions figure prominently 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

The quality of French higher education is widely recognized throughout the world. French institutions figure prominently 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.


Reasons to study in France

  • Quality Education
  • Developed Country
  • Sixth largest economy
  • World’s 3rd leading host country for higher education
  • Reasonable Fees
  • Part time Job opportunities
  • Internship opportunities with top companies of the world
  • Work permit opportunities after internship
  • Accommodation help by 40% to 50% by French government
  • Low transportation expenses
  • Free French Language courses provided by French Government Organization
  • European Union Visa.

Accommodation

University Residences

University residences in France are managed by regional student-service agencies, known as CROUS. The residences may be located on campus or in town. Spaces are made available according to stringent social criteria. CROUS residences are far and away the most affordable form of student housing.


On-campus housing at grandes écoles and private institutions

The grandes écoles and some private institutions maintain their own on-campus student residences.


French Education System

All educational programmes in France are regulated by the Ministry of National Education (officially called Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, de la Jeunesse et de la Vie associative). The head of the ministry is the Minister of National Education, one of the highest-ranking officials in the cabinet.


FRENCH SYSTEM

  • BEPC (Base d'Essais de la Petite Ceinture)
  • Baccalauréat
  • Bachelors(License)/ Undergraduate Certificate Diploma
  • Masters/Postgraduate Diploma
  • Doctorate

INDIAN SYSTEM

  • 10th Standard
  • 12th Standard
  • Bachelors(License)/Undergraduate Certificate Diploma
  • Masters/Postgraduate Diploma
  • Ph.D





The French educational system is highly centralized; organized and ramified. It is divided into 3 different stages:

Primary 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.

Secondary Education

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

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.

Universities

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

Grande Ecoles

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.


Ranking & Accreditation

There are several ranking are published by reputable newspaper and specialized press. The Grande Ecole always comes out of top. They are also highly accredited institutions.

  • The U.K. Financial Times has ranked the Best Business schools in Europe, X of them are French Grande Ecoles
  • For example the best Grande Ecole Business Schools are accredited by EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB (international accreditations). They are also approved by the government. The best Grande Ecole
  • Engineering Schools are accredited by the French Board of Engineering Degrees.
  • Member of the CGE (French Conference of top management and engineering Schools) and the CDEFI (Conference of Directors of French Engineering Schools). Awarded the EURACE label

Application Process

There are several rankings published by reputable newspaper and specialized press. However, The Grande Ecole always comes out on top. They are also highly accredited institutions. The major intake happens in September and February.

All the applicants must submit certified true copies of relevant documents along with the application form. They must bring originals to the HGG office.

The school which you have applied will decide on the recognition of your academic background and will decide at which level you can qualify to enter.

If the application is successful you will receive a conditional/confirmation offer letter from them which can be used for a long stay student resident visa.

You need to complete Registration and pay the first installment fees and send it to the School. The School will send you details on how to apply for accommodation later on.

The applicant needs to take an appointment with the French embassy for a visa interview and to verify the financial documents along with the visa documents at the Embassy of France or the consulates in Mumbai.

Applicants must complete the online procedure. They will find details about this at campusfrance.org and on the India CF page.

After considering the complete application Approval is given by the French Embassy within 48 hrs.

After the visa approval the student can book their tickets.


Documents Required

  • Confirmed Admission Letter from French University/School
  • Final Admission Letter (Unconditional)
  • Proof of Accommodation in France
  • Proof of Financial Resources
  • Overseas Medical Insurance
  • Flight Tickets
  • Academic Degree Certificate
  • Resume
  • Valid Passport

Working in France During Studies

Students are entitled to work part time upto 20 hours a week off campus. According to French legislation there is a minimum gross salary between 8 to 9 euros per hour.

Internship : In France all programs are followed by very well paid internship of 6 to 12 months in multinational companies.

Work After Study : International students holding a master’s degree or the equivalent Students who have earned at least a master’s degree or the equivalent may apply for a one-time (non-renewable) temporary residency authorization (APS, authorisation provisoire de séjour) valid for 6 months beyond the date of expiration of the student’s residency permit. The authorization enables the student to work at any job up to the limit of 60% of the official work week (that is, just over half-time employment).

Students who obtain a job related to their academic program at a rate of compensation equal to at least 1.5 times the national minimum wage may enter full-time employment by filing a request for change of status (from student to employee) at their prefecture.

Other students may also accept employment under certain circumstances. They must obtain a change of status (from student to employee) and follow a special procedure.

Universities in France

There are plenty of study opportunities throughout the country. Following is rhe list of University & Colleges in France that best meets your academic profile and personal expectactions.


Universities in France

  • EMLYON Business School
  • Grenoble Graduate School Of Business
  • Toulous Business School
  • SKEMA Business School
  • Audencia Nantes
  • ESC RENNES
  • Kedge Business School
  • Neoma Business School
  • EPITA
  • VATEL
  • ISC Paris
  • INSEEC
  • IPAG
  • ESLSCA
  • IFAM
  • EICAR