Students started to come from across all Europe to study in France for more than 800 years, when the renowned university of La Sorbonne opened. At that time students were coming mainly to study theology, medicine and law, nowadays with more than 3500 institutions in France, they are coming to study all subjects, to enjoy the rich culture, history, gastronomy and of course the quality of the student life.
As French is the third business language in the world, you can learn the French in immersion in the country and you will gain cultural perspective. If you plan to live in Canada, Switzerland or any French speaking country, it will definitely be a plus point when pursuing an international career and your CV will be more competitive. Potential employers will see that you can step out of your comfort zone and that you are able to adapt to a new environment and culture.
Here are 10 good reasons for you to study in France:
- Attractive tuition rates in France
- Quality higher education adapted to students needs
- Outstanding research and development opportunities
- World-class economic power
- International corporations are French: Airbus, Total, Orange, LVMH, L’Oréal, Danone…
- Young talent is valued in innovation and entrepreneurship sectors
- French lifestyle: Paris was elected number 1 student city 2014
- French is the third most common business language
- France is an appealing destination for student worldwide
- 9 out of 10 international students recommend France as a study destination.
France is one of the rare countries that offer students the chance to attend their courses on a full and part time basis. It is also possible for students in some universities to complete their courses at home via their own computer. It allows you then to work on the side and to pay for your studies.
Applying to study in France is easy. Students have the possibility to apply for 20 universities with a single application on internet. You can visit all the universities websites online, determine if it fits with your specific needs, and then apply. You can also apply for private world known schools as EDHEC, ESSEC, HEC…
Financial opportunities await all the students to make the process easier, both loans and grants are available for students who qualify for the money. Tuition costs are far lower than in other countries (average cost for registration fees for a 3rd year is 2770€ and 3770€ for a master’s degree) and the cost of living for housing, food or entertainment in France is also far more affordable than other countries. Some specifics agreements are also negotiated with different countries to facilitate the insertion in France (for example Indian students can stay with their visa 2 years after the end of their studies to find a job).
The benefits of studying in France extend far beyond this article but whatever reasons will bring you in France, it will be the best decision of your life.