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France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. France is the world’s fourth-largest destination for international students and the leading non-English speaking destination

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  • Offers great multi-cultural experience

  • In proximity with other European countries to explore further

  • Tops research and innovation with over 64 Nobel Laureates and 15 Fields Medals

  • Learn French, learn the official language of over 30 countries across 5 continents

  • Study programmes are professionally oriented and combine theory and practice

  • Study programmes use professional tools in real-world settings

  • A French degree gives you access to the 570 French companies operating in India

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  • Medicine.

  • Geography.

  • Pharmacology.

  • Art History.

  • Linguistics.

  • Sociology.

  • European and Mediterranean Cultures.

  • Communication technology

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France utilizes the same three-level higher education system as do the rest of the 29 European countries involved in the Bologna system, facilitating international mobility. 

  • The ‘Licence’ and ‘Licence Professionnelle’ degrees are undergraduate, known elsewhere as a Bachelor’s.

  • Master’s and Doctorate (PhD) courses are postgraduate. 

France implements a credit-based system whereby each module of study is worth a certain amount of ECTS (European credits), which are usually transferable between courses. Attaining 180 ECTS will earn you a Licence, and a further 120 ECTS is required for a Master’s qualification. The private schools are smaller in number which more selective in their admissions process and usually train students in vocational or professional pursuits such as engineering or architecture. France’s renowned Grandes Écoles fall into this category – these are prestigious institutions whose sought-after graduates often go on to high-powered positions

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The public funded universities are very affordable. Private Institution tend to be more expensive, costing between 10,000 Euros to 15,000 Euros per year and varies according to the Institute. Private school like Grandes Écoles can charge anywhere between 250 and 20,000 EUR per year. As an international student, you may be eligible for a scholarship offered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme.

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The Intakes simply denote that the terms or the classes at the universities will start at that time of the year. There are two main Intakes in France for the international students, January and September, both of them are equally important. But the September intake is given more importance by some.

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Long stay visa - Visa de long séjour etudes 

This visa is suitable if you are enrolling in a university degree or a course that lasts longer than six months. It is valid for the duration of your study and constitutes your residence permit. The long stay visa is automatically renewed after the first year of study, provided that the student can prove that they are still enrolled in a program. To be granted this visa you will be required to provide information about your academic background, prove your proficiency in either the French or English language, prove that you have adequate finances for living and pay a fee. However, all international students should check whether their home country requires them to complete the application process through the CEF procedure (Center for Studies in France). If this is the case for you, you will need to register with CampusFrance – the national body for non-EU students pursuing higher education in France – and go from there.  

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