However, some of the clichés are true. This is a city of wide boulevards and spectacular architecture. Students really do spend their time discussing love and life in cafes.
But there is a lot more to Paris than just these stereotypes. Scratch beneath the surface and head into the city’s alleyways and there is a whole new world to discover. Studying an undergraduate degree in Paris will be your ticket to enter this world.
Study in Paris?Paris is one of the world’s great centres of education, with the largest concentration of university students in Europe. With a mixture of public universities and grandes ecoles, there are plenty of places where you can study a graduate degree in Paris, including:
- University of Paris I to XIII, including the Sorbonne
- University of Cergy-Pontoise
- University of Evry Val d’Essone
- University of Marne-la-Vallee
- University of Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines
Immigration and visasEU citizens are permitted to take an undergraduate degree in France providing they fulfil the following:
- Are studying in France for more than three months.
- Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution.
- Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate degree in France for its duration.
Have health insurance cover.
When a VLS-TS visa is issued, students will be given an official form that they must present to the French office of immigration and integration (OFII).
A VLS-TS holder must, upon arriving in France, send to the OFII by registered mail (return receipt requested):
- The official form received from the consulate that issued the visa.
A copy of passport pages showing the visa holders identity and the stamp indicating entry into France (or into the Schengen area).
Accommodation and living costs
Paris is one of the more expensive cities in which to be a student, so most undergraduates will choose to live in university accommodation to save money and get to know fellow students.
However, if you do decide to go private, you should do your research into the type of arondissement (district) that you want to live in. Be aware that most Parisians refer to arrondissements simply by their number.
Many students choose to live in studio apartments, which often come complete with table and kitchenware. Some popular districts in Paris for students are:
- Latin Quarter