John Gunther said, “France is the most civilized country in the world and doesn’t care who knows it.” Apart from being one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, France is also hugely popular as a higher study destination. Here are a few reasons why it should be on your list:
You can take classes in English
French is a beautiful language and being able to speak French is not only impressive but useful too. However, most universities in France are offering courses that are either bilingual or are taught entirely in English; so, even if you don’t speak French, you can fulfil your dream of studying in France.
You can get a scholarship to study in France
The cost of studying in France varies depending on the university you take admission at. While tuition at Public Universities is pleasantly low, private universities can be expensive. However, there are several scholarships available for international students which can enable you to study in France on a tighter budget.
Experience studying and living in a culturally rich country
There’s no other place like France when it comes to culture. France will offer you a dynamic culture with respect to art, museums, food and wine and it’ll be an experience of a lifetime.
You get to be part of one of the most renowned education systems
The French education system is one of the most renowned in the world and most rating authorities rank it on no. 3 after the US and the UK. Higher education gained in France has tremendous value across the globe. Here is the top 10 ranking universities in France:
|France Rank 2018||University||City|
|1||Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris||Paris|
|3||Pierre and Marie Curie University||Paris|
|5||École Normale Supérieure de Lyon||Lyon|
|6||Paris-Sorbonne University – Paris 4||Paris|
|7||Paris Diderot University||Paris|
|9||École des Ponts ParisTech||Paris|
|10||University of Bordeaux||Bordeaux|
France is a student friendly country
France is undoubtedly an expensive country to live in but there are provisions that make it is a great place to be a student. The government acknowledges that being a student is neither easy nor inexpensive and hence students get discounts at museums, public transport etc. So, it’s fairly easy to travel and explore thanks to the student discounts.
Work in France
France allows international students to work post study, to gain a global perspective. Students are eligible to work for 20 hours a week (60% of the total work hours in France) post which they can apply for the work permit.
Students from EU/EEA or Switzerland, need not have a work permit and can work in France without it. Other students, once graduated, may apply for the work permit and work up to 3 years as an expat in France. However, they’d need to renew their visa every year.
To sum up, France is a quiet and pleasantly diverse nation, famous for a lot of things. It offers the right blend of opportunities and exposure that would add immense value to your higher studies. It is strategically located in Europe, offering students access to several countries and ensuring that not only you grow academically, but also experience the world in a new light.