FRANCE

Why France???

As one of the UK's nearest neighbours, France is an obvious choice for study abroad, with easy travel with Eurostar via Paris to many parts of the country.

  • France's 83 public universities are funded by the national government, which closely regulates the 'national diplomas' granted by the universities. This system allows the universities to offer students an excellent education at a very affordable price.
  • French universities are of high quality, with two Parisian institutions ranked in the Top 100 of the 2011 QS World University Rankings: Ecole Normale SupĂ©rieur (ENS) (33) and Ecole Polytechnique Paris Tech (36).
  • Some 33 undergraduate programmes are entirely English-taught and a total of more than 450 at either undergraduate or master's level.

Funding your study

Annual tuition rates at France's public institutions are set by law and are identical for home and international students.

  • The rates for the 2011 - 12 academic year range from£ 144 for an undergraduate course to£ 200 for a masters. Additional fees may be assessed for specific services.
  • Tuition rates at private institutions - particularly schools of business and management - are higher (from£ 2,400 to£ 8,000 a year).
  • Some specific scholarships exist for certain courses of study (doctors, engineers, etc) - details from the cultural service of the French Embassy in the country of origin.

France is not a cheap country. Typical prices (in GBP, May 2012) are:

  • Meal in an inexpensive restaurant:£ 7.00.
  • Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught):£ 2.50.
  • Cappuccino (regular):£ 1.20.
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle):£ 1.20.
  • Milk (regular), 1 litre:£ 0.65.
  • Loaf of white bread (500g):£ 0.70.
  • One-way ticket (local transport):£ 1.00.
  • 1 minute of prepaid mobile tariff local: £ 0.15.
  • Cinema, 1 seat:£ 6.50.
  • Rent per month, apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre:£ 517 (average).

French is not essential

French Universities are now increasingly using English as the medium of instruction especially in areas like management, engineering, political sciences etc for French and international students. For students lacking proficiency in French, it is usually taught as a subject in their curriculum during the course time.

Excellence in Science and Technology

In the Information Technology sector, France ranks second in Europe and fourth in the world. France is in the forefront of technological progress in several fields. France is responsible for the monitoring and technical management of the European space program Ariane, the operational launcher of several dozen communications and observation satellites.

Education System:

  • 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.

Popular Courses:

  • MBA, IT, Engineering, Fashion , Art and Design
  • Entry Requirements for Masters.
  • MBA: A good bachelor degree, 2 to 3 year work experience, GMAT
  • Master: Good bachelor degree

English requirement + Eligibility:

IELTS with score of band 6 is mandatory to secure the admission in France.

Health and safety

France's health care system is among the best in the world.

  • EU students with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are exempt from the requirement to take out health insurance.
  • Generally considered a safe country in which to live, with the expected exemptions for certain inner city areas and in the case of Paris, suburbs.

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