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Study Abroad: France Profile

France is full of internationally renowned research centres and institutions of higher education. 

Student studying in Paris


Combined with its stunning scenery and beautiful weather, it’s no wonder that over 250,000 students (7% of the global internationally mobile students) have gone there to study – making it the third most popular country to travel to behind the USA and the UK. The alterations in French law in 2013 has made France more popular with students choosing to travel, making courses simpler and focusing on research, alongside support from institutions.

University of London Institute in Paris


France boasts the winner of the QS Best Student Cities in the World, with Paris reigning supreme for a second year running. Paris is well known for high living cost, however tuition fees are relatively low and the quality of life is beyond compare. There is also a thriving community of both local and foreign students, meaning a bit of entertainment doesn’t have to break the bank!


According to www.studyineurope.eu, public university annual fees are approximately £210 for Master’s students and £318 for PhD students in 2013-2014. There will be additional administrative costs to consider and private universities will charge a lot more. Funding and study grants are assigned depending on individual circumstances.

Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, also known as Paris III

Education System

Be careful when selection where to study in France. The further education system there is designed to provide a range of different styles, so you’ll have to find one that suits you and your goals best. Some institutions tent to air more on the side of theoretical education, where others take a more vocational approach. You’ll also need to make sure you check whether your course will be taught in French or English. There are around 700 postgraduate programmes that are taught in English.

Overview of Paris

Future employment

France also has a high Employer Activity, meaning that their graduates are in high demand by both local and international employers indicating that graduates of the city’s universities are in high demand among both local and international recruiters.