Why study in France?

Study in France

If you wish to study in France, then you can take advantage of France’s higher education system that provides outstanding services in all fields and at all stages of learning. There are over 3,500 higher education institutions in the country, covering a wide range of subjects. These include colleges teaching Engineering, Business Management, Tourism and Social Work, Culinary Arts and Hotel Management.

 Working while studying

The law allows international students on a France student permit to work for a total of 964 hours per year, or 60% of the regular working hours in France. Part-time employment would not be enough to cover all of the costs, but it can be considered as a supplementary income.

Eligibility conditions for students
  • Must be over 18 years of age;
  • A training course not exceeding three months makes students eligible for a short-stay permit;
  • For a training course exceeding three months or six months, students will be issued a temporary long-stay permit, which will require no further formalities on their arrival in France;
  • For training or a course exceeding six months, students will be issued a long-stay permit, equivalent to a residence permit, which will be subject to further formalities on their arrival in France.

Post study visa options

Study Visa Options

  • Upon completing the studies in France, Bachelor degree holders can stay in France only if they have a work permit; the students pursuing Masters from France can apply and get a temporary residence permit – APS (Autorisation Provisioire de Séjour), for a period of 24 months.
  • Students can get 2 years extended Schengen visa if they hold a masters or PhD or post-graduate degree from a French institution.

If a student is able to find an employment that is with more than 1.5 times of the minimum wage guarantee, s/he is eligible to apply for a Work Permit which is the primary requirement to get a European Union Blue Card (Permanent Residence).

Top Universities
  • Upon completing the studies in France, Bachelor degree holders can stay in France only if they have a work permit; the students pursuing Masters from France can apply and get a temporary residence permit – APS (Autorisation Provisioire de Séjour), for a period of 24 months.
  • Students can get 2 years extended Schengen visa if they hold a masters or PhD or post-graduate degree from a French institution.

If a student is able to find an employment that is with more than 1.5 times of the minimum wage guarantee, he is eligible to apply for a Work Permit which is the primary requirement to get a European Union Blue Card (Permanent Residence).

TOP UNIVERSITIES

QS World
University  Rankings

University Name

QS World
University  Rankings

University Name

50

Université PSL

299

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

65

Ecole Polytechnique

305

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan

75

Sorbonne University

348

Université de Strasbourg

137

CentraleSupélec

422

Université de Montpellier

153

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

453

Aix-Marseille University

221

Sciences Po

478

Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA)

239

Université Paris-Sud

489

University of Bordeaux

263

Ecole des Ponts ParisTech

521-530

Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III

289

Université Grenoble-Alpes

531-540

University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas

295

Université Diderot Paris 7

571-580

Université Paris Descartes

FAQ
When can I apply for the student permit for France?

Only once you have received acceptance onto a program at a French institution will you be eligible to apply for your study permit for France.

In order to apply for your permit, you will need to contact the French consulate in your home country and provide them with the following, when requested:

  • An official acceptance letter for an accredited program at a French university.
  • Proof of sufficient funds for living in the country.
  • Proof of a return ticket to your home country.
  • Health insurance policy proof (minimum coverage €30,000, US$40,150).
·      Proof of accommodation is required.

·      If you’re taking a French course, you’ll need proof of your French language proficiency.

What are the steps to apply for France student permit?
  • Through the official website of the French consulate in your city, you may schedule an in-person interview/appointment.
  • Examine the online calendar for available dates and times.
  • Make the appointment at least 90 days before your trip to France.
  • Pay the processing fee, which ranges between 50 and 100 euros depending on your nationality.
  • Wait for the permit to arrive. The length of time it takes to process your application is determined by your ethnicity, the number of students applying for a permit at the time, and other factors. The faster you begin the process, the better.
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