Studying in France: Conditions, Universities, Steps and Scholarships


De nombreux étudiants étrangers envisagent d’étudier en France ou d’y effectuer un stage ou un cours de formation.

Cependant, ils se posent beaucoup de questions différentes à ce sujet. Dans cet article, et dans plusieurs autres de cette série, nous répondrons à toutes ces questions. De la demande de visa à la façon de l’obtenir. Puis, comment réussir son installation et faire de son rêve une réalité.

How to study in France?

Before leaving your home country, you must first obtain a student visa. In general, you need a long-stay visa (more than 3 months). You have to apply for it as a student and file an application for a long-stay visa with the French embassy or consulate in France.

How many universities are there in France?

There are 83 state universities in France. They award national diplomas and offer a variety of courses of study.

In France, there are more than 200,000 foreign students because the country has become a world reference in terms of welcoming foreign students from around the world.

What are the advantages of studying in France?

Obviously, studying in France offers many different advantages that make international students consider studying there.

Starting with the low tuition fees and French government-funded studies. In addition, there are social security and housing packages that are offered.

In addition, the French government offers support and guidance to many different new students so that they can benefit from the services offered.

Here is another important piece of information that any student who wants to complete their studies in France has to know. It is that the minimum French language requirement is B2. Therefore, you must have a good enough level of French to study there.

On the other hand, if you are not fluent in French, there are several institutions that offer courses in English.

Documents to prepare for studying in France
In many different cases, there is nothing to stop you from going to France and studying there. However, you will have to present certain essential documents such as

  • A valid passport
  • Proof that you have sufficient financial resources to live in France for the duration of your studies. The minimum amount necessary to cover your living expenses in France is approximately 1400 € per month. For scholarship holders, a certificate is sufficient to attest to the amount and duration of the scholarship.
  • Proof of enrollment and admission to an institution of higher education or official approval for interns.
  • A temporary long-stay visa is valid for 6 months. This visa allows you to live in France without needing a residence permit for a limited period of time that does not exceed 6 months.

How to obtain a scholarship in France?

Students who wish to obtain a scholarship in France may apply to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. This is the only official government agency authorized to distribute scholarships in the country.

Of course, the ministry awards many different scholarships through the cooperation and cultural action services of French embassies and consulates abroad.

So, if you are planning to study in France, you will have to contact the cooperation and cultural action service closest to your country to get more information about the scholarship system.

They will provide you with all the information and conditions for obtaining the scholarship, the timetable for the selection procedure, and the documents required for the application.

The different scholarships now available cover study and internship costs as well as mobility. In addition, there are high-level university scholarships that are often granted to those who wish to pursue higher education in France.

What types of education are offered in France?

It is a fact that higher education in France takes several forms. The first one is the short cycle with a program that lasts between two and three years.

The specialties offered in this option are divided into two categories: those related to the production sector (construction, public works, biology, chemistry, industry,…) and those of the service sector (commerce, economics, management, health, social, tourism…). These specialties are taught at the University Institutes of Technology (IUT).

Also, students admitted to these institutes go through a selection system. This selection is done through a test, a motivation interview, or by examining the student’s application file.

As you can see, at the end of this cycle, students have immediate access to professional life. And if they wish, they can continue their studies to obtain a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, a doctorate, and even an engineering degree.

As for the long cycle, the courses are given in universities or Grandes Ecoles and lead to a license, master or doctorate.