France has around 82 state universities, five Catholic universities and many private institutes, some of which award degrees and diplomas. Universities award three types of degrees – Licence (UG), Masters (PG) and Doctorate (PhD).

Why study in France?

The top universities in France are University of France, Ecole Normale Superieure, University of Paris, Ecole Polytechnique, and Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University in no particular order. Paris is the centre of all the renowned academic institutes. Most of the best colleges in the country are situated in cities like Nice, Paris, Lyon, Grenoble and Orleans. About 2,600 Indian students opted to study in France in the year 2013. Space and Aviation teaching, Engineering, Business Studies, Art, History, Tourism and Hotel Management are the popular courses Indian students pursue in France. An education in France offers the chance to savor the country’s sophisticated culture, explore its dynamic cities and traverse its picturesque countryside.


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Recently, Paris was named one of the top three of the world’s best cities for students. The main reason behind this is the varied types of courses being offered and the highest teaching standards being followed by institutes in France. The quality of student life and the lifestyle is attractive and hence a lot of youth is now moving to France for their higher studies. The good quality of student life works in favour of French universities, which have taken numerous steps to improve the way young people are welcomed, supervised and monitored during their stay.

Indians living in France
There are nearly 65,000 Indian immigrants living in France currently. Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse and Nice are the cities where most Indians reside.  

How Knowledge Reach helps you?

If you are looking to go abroad to study and don’t know what procedures you should follow to achieve your ambition, here are some ways. Our representative help you at every step of this journey from counseling you on your choice of courses to applications, visas to helping you get a job after graduation.
You can, in fact, avail free career counselling. Counsellors can help you zero in on the countries you could apply to depending on your educational requirements and career aspirations.


The main intake season at all French universities is September. So the deadlines would be from February till May across different courses and universities. A few universities offer admissions in March as well. The deadlines for this intake would be from November till January.

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Admission Process

Most of the colleges in France accept online applications. You will have to visit each college’s website to apply. In most cases you will have to make an account on the college website to provide your basic information, submit the scanned version of your documents, and pay application fees. You will be informed about the application process and stages through this account. Please refer to the website of the colleges of your choice to know the process of applying. Application fee: All colleges require that you pay an application fee while applying. The fee amount will differ depending upon the college and course being applied to, so check with individual colleges about their application fee. Steps: Given here are the common steps to applying for admission :
  • Search for colleges and courses
  • Contact schools and visit websites for information
  • Narrow down your list of schools
  • Take the entrance exams like French language tests, GMAT/GRE (IELTS/TOEFL if required)
  • Write SOPs and ask for LORs
  • Apply to the colleges which fit your interests
  • Appear for video interviews to the colleges who shortlisted you
  • If accepted, apply for student visa

Cost of Education

The cost of living depends heavily on what part of France you will be living in along with how much you will socialise. Some of the basic elements for living as an international student in France are :

  • Accommodation rent (on-campus or off-campus)
  • Groceries and food
  • Utilities like power, water, gas, internet
  • Phone bills
  • Text and reference books
  • Airfare for traveling back to India
  • Other elements which may differ from person to person would be :
  • Dining out
  • Travel and vacation
  • Car rent and car insurance
  • Cable TV connection
  • School expenses

Visa Guidance

Submission of Visa application and collection of passports can be done only by the applicant himself or through a travel agent authorised by the Embassy of France, New Delhi.
Before submitting your application for a student visa at the French Consulate you must create an online Campus France registration file. You may contact the closest Campus France office for assistance or schedule an appointment through the online file or by calling the Campus France office. (CampusFrance is a service of the French Embassy in India to promote higher education in France)
You need to visit the VFS website to schedule an appointment at the visa application centre to submit your application.
In addition you should provide two sets of application photocopies containing the following documents:
1. Long stay application form for duration of more than 90 days
2. Two passport size photographs
3. A copy of Passport
4. A print out of your Campus France ID number
5. Letter of registration from the academic Institution
6. Cover letter explaining the study project and a CV/Resume
7. Proof of funds – tuition fees + a minimum of 615 Euros/month, for the complete academic term
8. Proof of medical insurance with coverage valid in France
9. Copy of your round trip airline ticket (if you are studying six months or less) or a one way ticket (if you are studying in France for more than six months)
10. OFII form (Office Français d’Immigration et d’Intégration)
11. Proof of residency in France such as a lease, electricity bill, title of property etc. for a minimum of three months or a Hotel reservation 

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