Scholarships & How To Obtain Them In France


After talking about how to get a student visa in France, we decided in this new article to talk about the different types of scholarships in France that international students can get.

It is important to note that the number of international students in French universities exceeds a quarter of a million students each year.

Even though the cost of studying in France is among the lowest in Europe, the French system still offers a low-cost education to local students in general and international students in particular. The goal is to attract the brightest minds and have them contribute to the development of the country.

The advantages of the French education system

Of course, international students benefit from the support and attention that France offers in education. These advantages include:

  • . Low-cost university fees range from 170 to 243 euros.
  • . The support of the university via the State covers most of the cost of university studies, whatever the nationality of the student.
  • . Student social security costs around 200 euros per year.
  • . One-third of housing expenses are covered, with priority given to students receiving government grants in France.
  • . Discounts on daily expenses such as bus and train tickets. The same goes for reduced subscription fees for leisure activities such as the cinema or the swimming pool.
  • . University restaurants that offer meals that do not exceed three euros.
  • . Eligibility to work, as the student holding a residence permit in the French state, can work for a period not exceeding 18 hours per week.

What scholarships are now available in France?

Scholarships to study in France exist in several forms, namely Government scholarships

A student can apply for one of these scholarships by contacting the Campus France office from their website.

Scholarships from the Service de Coopération  

These are offered by the French embassies. The latter grants scholarships in cooperation with educational institutions in the country of establishment for postgraduate students.

Thus, the student can apply for one of these scholarships by contacting the French embassy in his or her country.

The Eiffel Scholarship Program

Eiffel scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. It is intended for distinguished university students who wish to pursue post-graduate studies in a French university, at the masters and doctoral levels.

The program specializes only in four core areas of study: engineering, management, economics, political science, and law. In addition, it encourages students from emerging countries to apply at the master’s level. In addition, students from both emerging and industrialized countries can apply at the Ph.D. level.

Scholarships for excellence

The French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) award approximately 200 scholarships each year. Excellence-Major scholarships are intended for students from French high schools around the world who wish to study at French universities.

Scholarship recipients receive funding for a maximum of 5 years of study. They also obtain the status of French government scholarship holders. This will make it easier for them to obtain their visa and accommodation in a university residence in France.

For further information, please visit the website of the Agency for French Education Overseas (AEFE).

Scholarships from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research

On the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research website dedicated to students, there are scholarships available based on social criteria. As an international student, you can benefit from this scholarship if you have refugee status or if you benefit from temporary protection. The other criterion is that you have to have a residence permit and have been residing in France for at least 2 years.

For more information, please visit this site.

n+i” Network Scholarships

This is a national network of universities and engineering schools. It also offers scholarships or funding in partnership with some private companies in several countries of the world.

You can also apply for a scholarship on the official website of the network.

Scholarships from the Francophonie University Agency

In order to encourage the circulation of knowledge, the AUF awards scholarships to students and researchers to study in universities in France or elsewhere. These scholarships allow students to pursue part of their studies and research at the master’s or doctorate level. Students who wish to undertake professional training can also benefit from this scholarship.

Students and researchers can apply for one of these scholarships by contacting the AUF.

The Erasmus Mundus scholarship program

This program offers scholarships to study in France as part of an academic mobility program. The scholarships are granted to students from EU countries or other selected countries to follow a Master’s or Doctorate program.

For more information and to apply for these scholarships, please visit the official website.

Scholarships for international and non-governmental organizations and institutions.
These scholarships are mainly intended for doctoral and post-doctoral studies in France. See the following site for detailed information.