The quality of French higher education is widely recognised throughout the world. Today, with more than 323,000 international students, France is the fourth most popular destination for internationally mobile students.

France benefits from a long tradition of scientific and technological research and innovation that underpins the nation’s achievements in fields such as aeronautics and space, transportation, electronics, telecommunications, chemistry, biotechnologies, health and mathematics.

Average length of a full-time higher education programme:

  • Bachelor’s degree programme: 3 years
  • Master’s degree programme: 2 years
  • Doctorate/PhD: 3 years

Tuition fee for non EU-students:

  • At Finnish universities, tuition fees range from €3000 - €12000 per year.
  • Population: 67.39 million (2021)
  • Capital: Paris
  • Geographical size: 632,833.6 km2
  • GDP: € 2.25 trillion (2021)
  • Official EU language(s): French
  • Currency: Euro

France invests substantial public funds in higher education. Degrees from France are equivalent regardless of the institution that grants them; and those degrees are recognised around the world.

In France, higher education programmes are grounded in accredited research laboratories or the knowledge of seasoned professionals: whatever your field of study, you will always be in contact with renowned experts. France’s universities and other educational institutions do not distinguish between international students and French students. Both groups face identical admission and tuition requirements; both receive the same degrees.

Number of higher education institutions: 3500

Number of students in higher education: 2,609,700

Number of international students in higher education: 324000

Accommodation approx. 400 euros

The average monthly rent for a single room in a shared student flat ranges from around €250 - €400. Single apartments or family flats are also available, but the rent is likely to be higher in these non-shared apartments.

Food approx. 400 euros

Studies and personal requirements (books, culture, recreation): approx. 100 euros

The ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card is the most advantageous card for all students. It allows cardholders to get student discounts for transport, restaurants, cinemas, museums, exhibitions and concerts.

Total per month approx. 700 Euros

The average monthly living expenses for a student in France are approximately 700-1000 euros. 

You may apply for the student visa at the competent representative authority at the earliest six months before your planned travel date. You should not apply later than 15 calendar days before your planned stay.

  • Valid travel document
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Admission letter of the Higher education institution
  • Proof of sufficient financial means to cover the living costs.
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of appropriate travel health insurance
  • Flight reservation
  • Other documents

Contact your EUCAS advisor for more details.

All international students, can work while studying but there are certain restrictions. International students must have a student resident permit. You can supplement your income by working while studying in France, regardless of the level of education you are undertaking and regardless of your nationality. All students have the right to work on or off campus. A few rules to be aware of.

French law allows foreign students to work up to 964 hours per year, or the equivalent of 60% of the maximum working hours permitted. The income received from such work is a bonus.

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