Higher education in France
Benefits of studying in France
According to statistics about 20% of prospective students in the world are willing to get an education in France. This is an opportunity to plunge into the busy and interesting life, rich theater, music, cultural events in France. Museums, art galleries and beautiful nature will not allow students to get bored. This wonderful romantic country with a rich history and culture also has an attractive education system.
Since most French universities are funded by the state, the students, including foreign ones, pay only a small fraction of the actual cost of education. Typically, students pay only a registration fee, the value of which depends on the specialty in the range from 150 to 700 euros per year.
Every tenth student receiving higher education in France is a foreigner. France ranks third in the world in the number of foreign students.
Admission process in French universities
Foreign high school graduates can enroll in a French university and in some high schools without passing a special preparatory course. Applicants must have a high school diploma and proof of passing of specialized exams or test in French as a foreign language - DALF (Diplome Approfondi de Langue Francaise), and properly arrange the dossier for the French university.
You can also be transferred to a French University after third or fourth year of study in the university of your country, but as a rule, with the loss of a year.
University graduates, who wish to obtain a second degree in France, can be enrolled in the second or third year of university, depending on what quantity of subjects studied can be credited by a French university.
A special commission for each individual case sets equivalence of educational documents of foreign nationals to the French educational standards. It decides whether the education received corresponds to a particular level of training at a French university.
Short tertiary education – les filières courtes
Trains specialists in industry or in the service sector. After 2-3 years of training graduates receive DUT (Diplome universitaire de technologie) or BTS (Brevet de technicien superieur). This type of education is on demand in society, as it gives a real opportunity for employment.
Prolonged higher education - les filières longues
This type of education is acquired in universities and high schools, including the following courses:
- DEUG (Diplome d'etudes universitaires generales) - general higher education, where for 2 years students study the basic fundamentals of the course and other disciplines of specialization;
- Licence (Bachelor) – a degree similar to undergraduate where students throughout the year study only special subjects;
- Maitrise (Metriz) or Diploma Master 1 - students defend a thesis;
- Master 2 Recherché or DEA (Diplome d'etudes approfondies) - for 1 year students are preparing for professional work in the specialty;
- Doctorat - after 3 years of postgraduate training students are awarded the degree of doctor.
Language courses in France
To learn French language in France is very easy, even for those who know it at primary level, as the student is fully immersed in the language environment. The language schools offer intensive courses, improving the levels of knowledge, acquiring business vocabulary. Learning a language in a language school in France is effective and easy, because the course is built on taking into account the linguistic characteristics of each group of students. As a result, the learning process becomes interesting and understandable to everyone.
Visa application to France
Before leaving, each student must obtain a long-term student visa for at least 3 months. The Visa entitles the holder to receive a temporary residence permit. The preparation of the student visa takes no longer than 3 months, and in some cases the period of visa issuance is shortened so that the student is not late for the beginning of the school year.
The Visa section of the Embassy requires the following documents: a receipt of tuition payment, a notarized translation into French of diploma or academic transcript and a statement in French outlining the reasons of choosing the country of study, the university and professional plans.
Scholarships and grants in France
Government allocates funds from the state budget for foreign students' education in the French universities, without distinction between "local" and "foreign". Therefore, we can say that every foreign student admitted to a state university or French high school, automatically gets a scholarship.
There is also a so-called living allowance, if the student doesn’t have a place in a hostel and has to rent an apartment. Applicants for the scholarship must receive a request form from the French Embassy, fill it in and return to the French embassy before April.
Work while studying in France
After the first year, students are allowed to work during school time and on vacation, but not more than 20 hours per week, on condition that he is not the holder of a scholarship or grant. For this, the student needs to ask for permission for temporary work (autorisation provisoire de travail) in the Department of Labour and Employment of France. In addition, within three months of the year the foreign students are legally allowed to work full-time.
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