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Study In France - International Students

Study in France, and find the best universities in France.

Thousands of international students flock to France every year, to study, experience the French way of life, and improve their fluency in the language.

France is a country steeped in history and culture with exciting cities and stunning countryside that spans from epic mountains to golden beaches.

Cities such as Paris, Nice and Marseille are some of the most popular destinations for international students in Europe, and can offer some of the very best teaching, culture and cuisine in the world.

It is no wonder that almost 300,000 international students choose France as their study abroad destination every year.

In fact, this year Paris was named the best student city in the world in the QS Best Student Cities Survey – and it’s not difficult to see why.

Bachelor Degree In France

Find the right Bachelor Degree in France with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in France

France has 83 public universities funded by the government, which offer thousands of undergraduate courses.

Working alongside the universities are the Grandes Écoles - public or private institutions that are well known for providing a very high standard of learning.

The most prominent universities/ Grandes Écoles in France include:

• Écoles Normale Supérieure (Paris)
• Écoles Polytechnique (Paris)
• Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris)
• Écoles Normale Supérieure Lyon (Lyon)
• Université Paris Diderot (Paris VII) (Paris)


France is also world-renowned for the quality of its specialist business schools.

Tuition Fees in France

Explore tuition fees in France for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

As with many other countries in Europe, standard undergraduate degrees in France last for three years.

As in much of the western world, the French higher education system follows the bachelors/masters route.

This means students achieve one of the following:

BA - Bachelor of Arts
BSc - Bachelor of Science

The majority of universities in France conduct teaching in French, although there is a growing number of courses that are taught partially in English - 33 at undergraduate level - meaning you may not have to be fluent in French to study a degree in France.

Often French language courses are taken alongside the degree in order to compliment studies.

Immigration & Visa in France

Advice on Immigration & Visa in France, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

EU citizens can study a degree in France providing they:

• Are studying in France for more than three months
• Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution
• Have proof of living funds for duration of course
• Have health insurance cover


Non-EU students will need to apply for an extended-stay student visa, with residency permit (VLS-TS).

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:

• 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)


You can find out more about visas at Campus France.

The VLS-TS visa is required for all non-EU international students, however if you are from Algeria you will be subject to other provisions.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in France

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in France.

The cost of accommodation in France varies depending on where you are studying, but in general it France is considered quite costly.

There are two main types of accommodation while studying:

• University accommodation – such as halls of residence
• Private accommodation – house and flat rentals
University accommodation is in very short supply, so most students end up living in private accommodation. The number of private student residences is on the increase, making it easier to find student accommodation in France.

Campus France can help you with problems you might have with student housing in France, such as locating and reserving accommodation (except for in Paris.)

France is a fairly expensive country, and living in the city (where most of the universities are) will mean rent costs as well as leisure activities will be high.

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in France. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is France?

Although France is traditionally a safe country in which to live, with a stable government and political system, the risk of terrorism in the country is currently high. Large cities are the most at risk.

Despite this, France is likely to remain one of the world’s most popular destinations – both for tourism and for study.

In terms of living, on campus accommodation in dorms means a high level of security and peace of mind, and all universities that accept international students have dedicated support services for them.

Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and avoiding walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic


Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in France

Apply to Study in France and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in France.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

You can find out about studying in other countries with our country guides.

Cities in France



Bordeaux is a vibrant, cosmopolitan centre perfect for undergraduate study. Come study a degree in Bordeaux and find out why.

Dijon is a small, historical city with a large student population and is an excellent place to be an international student.

Grenoble is the most populated city in the French Alps and is perfect to combine your undergraduate study with both city and mountain living.

If you are looking for a picturesque location in which to study your undergraduate course, Lille is an excellent choice.

Lyon is one of France's great providers of education, with a large concentration of university students in the city. Come study a degree in Lyon and join the student crowd.

Marseille is France's second largest city and enjoys 300 days of sunshine every year, and so if you are looking for a hot destination, come study a degree in Marseille.

Montpellier has a long and illustrious career in providing undergraduate study. The University of Montpellier is one the oldest in the world, with it being founded in 1160.

There's a reason that Nice has the nickname Nice la Belle, which means Nice the Beautiful - it's because you won't find a much nicer place to study a degree in France.

What more can you say about Paris? The city of love, the home of the Eiffel Tower and philosophy has probably had more clichés written about it than any other city - but it's still the perfect place to study a degree in France.

Rennes is a great place for taking an undergraduate degree in France. It has a large student population of around 60,000 and is home to two main universities.

Strasbourg is a vibrant city on the France/Germany border with a long-held tradition of higher education. It is widely held to be one of the best centres for education in France, second only to Paris.

As one of the biggest cities in the country, choosing to study a degree in Toulouse is a popular option for many international students.

Few places have the historic significance of Versailles. However, this is a city about more than just history and tradition. Come study a degree in Versailles and find out why.