Study in France from Bangladesh

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France is emerging as one of the most favored destinations in Europe for studies abroad. It is a student-friendly country and has been consistently ranking among the top international student destinations for its qualitative education and enticing French lifestyle.

Studying in France, at a University or one of the Grandes Écoles, has many advantages as they have strong European and international industrial ties and endeavor to recruit on an international basis.

Be it culture, travel, health or accommodation, international students enjoy significant benefits and discounts. Though numerous institutions widely offer English taught courses, students quickly learn French which helps them in social and professional integration.
France is home to leading International Corporations like Airbus, Total, Orange, L’Oréal, Renault, Capgemini, etc. thereby offering great employment opportunities post studies.

Study in the France University

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Studying in France means benefiting from one of the world’s best and most flexible systems of higher education. The educational institutions offer numerous scholarships to international students based on their academics and personal interview for admissions. French law authorises foreign students to work part time up to 964 hours per year. High visa success rate, subsidized accommodation and transportation and post-study work visa of up to 2 years are some of the other benefits for international students planning to study in France.

France is the right choice for those who are looking for courses in Luxury and Brand Management, Hospitality, Business, Fashion and Cookery. The institutions in France offer academic, professional and technical degree programs in all disciplines at affordable tuition fees. Possibility of completing a Masters in 1 year and Bachelors in 3 years makes France a preferable choice. English taught courses, the possibility of admissions without IELTS, internships in multinational companies and access to visit all the Schengen countries on a student visa are the advantages of pursuing higher education in France.

France uses the Euro (€) for its currency. Tuition rates at public institutions are set by the government and they are very affordable. In fact, tuition rates at France’s public institutions of higher education are identical for domestic and international students.

Tuition costs are set every year. In 2017, average annual tuition costs for undergraduate studies were less than €200 (under US$250). For master’s studies, the rates are around €259 (around US$305) and for doctoral studies it’s around €393 (US$460). Students are often required to pay certain administration fees which raise tuition costs slightly. Despite these fees, studying in France remains one of the most affordable options for international students who seek a quality higher education.

These rates apply to public institutions only. If you wish to study at a private institution, the rates tend to be much higher and go up to €10,000 (US$12,000) per year.

There are also certain scholarships and mobility schemes available for those who wish to study abroad in France. Some of the most popular ones include grants from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, funding made by National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), awards from regional councils, Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus programs.

Unlike tuition rates, costs of living in France tend to be higher than neighbouring countries. Luckily, students are often eligible to subsidised rates at restaurants and transportation. There is also specialised housing for students which is available to international students who wish to study in France. Costs of living are lower in smaller towns, so this is something to keep in mind when deciding on where to study.

International students will have several choices for accommodation in France. You could live in university accommodation for around €120 per month. The demand for these is very high, however. Selection is based on social criteria and given to exchange or scholarship students. Renting a private studio apartment will cost around €457-€542. Homestay is another option for international students. This will cost around €200-€800 per month depending on the location. Homestay also includes at least one meal per day provided.

Students have the option to apply for a grant from their local Caisse d’Allocation Familiale (CAF). It is free to apply for, and if you are eligible you can get up to 35% of your rent back monthly.

Other living costs may include:
• Electricity, gas, internet – €60 per month
• Study materials – €50 per month
• Travel card or transport pass – €70 per month
• Return train ticket – €25 (in advance)
• Groceries – €250 per month
• Eating out – €12 on average
• Gym membership – €38 per month

Many galleries and museums are free to people under the age of 26. France is one of the best countries for student discounts, so it is always worth asking about this when you go out.

If you wish to study in France, it’s important to inform yourself about all the possible visa requirements. French government regulates these issues and regulations depend on your citizenship.

For EU citizens and citizens of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, no visa is required.

Applicants from outside the EU: You will need to obtain a visa, which includes a residence permit (VLS-TS). It is valid for one year and can be renewed later if necessary. In order to obtain this visa you have to complete an application form as well provide OFII (the French Office of Immigration and Integration) passport photos, proof of your qualifications, a police certificate attesting that you don’t have a serious criminal record, proof you can speak French (if your course is in French) and proof that you have sufficient financial means. Once you arrive in France you will need to contact OFII (you may need to take a medical examination).

If you are from a country inside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and a holder of an EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) then you do not need to get health insurance. You will be able to access healthcare at the same places and same cost as local residents. If you are from a country outside of the EEA, you will need to purchase health insurance for your stay in France. This will cost around €20-€50 per month, depending on the cover.

International students will have to prove that they can financially support their studies. You should have around €7,400 per year in order to prove they can support themselves without working. However, international students are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week, so there are opportunities to earn more money.

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