Study, Work, Live in France

International students attending a  university in France  are exposed to the amazing French culture in their daily  life. While studying, they can look forward to a wonderfully interactive environment that brings students together from across the globe. With the many different people from all around the world attending colleges in France, it is certainly a new experience that can provide you with a plethora of fun and adventure. It isn’t every day that they get the chance to come together with such a cross section of the globe, so it is a time to learn and grow as a person while you learn so much.

Universities organize shows and hold conferences, seminars, parties and sporting and other outdoor activities as part of the student lifestyle. While the things that are put together will vary according to the college that you have chosen to attend, you can be certain there is a calendar filled with activities that can entertain all. Colleges want their students to learn but they also expect them to have a great time in the process. Life cannot be serious all of the time. All of the activities planned by colleges and universities offer plenty of fun for you.

  • Name: French Republic
  • Capital: Paris
  • Largest City: Paris 
  • Population: 65,350,000 (2012)
  • GDP: 2734.95 billion US dollars
  • Currency: Euro
  • Major Languages: French
  • Number of universities: 70

Why Study in France?

  • France is one of the most appealing destinations for students worldwide
  • Paris has been voted as no 1 student city! (QS Best Student Cities, 2014)
  • 4th wealthiest country and 5th largest economy in the world
  • Over 5 French business schools are ranked among the top 10 business schools in Europe Excellent environment that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship Highly subsidized tuition fees
  • One of the best countries to pursue management and engineering courses with excellent specializations on offer
  • Headquarter of 39 Global fortune 500 companies
  • Collaboration with industry and salary-based internships are an integral part of the curriculum 
  • Excellent placement opportunity for students in the area of their study
  • Outstanding research and development opportunities
  • Offer free French language classes for international students

Education System

  • Public universities – Government funded and open to all meeting eligibility criteria. 
  • Grandes écoles – Highly illustrious institutions hence admissions to these are based on entrance examination scores.
  • Technical institutes – that impart education in vocational subjects

General Application Requirements for studying in France

Apart from submitting the essential documents, language proficiency in French or English is required of international students.

General Language Requirements (Undergraduate)

French is the primary medium of instruction in universities. With that being said, applicants need to demonstrate proficiency in the French language to study in France as international students. If you don’t, then you need to take French lessons. Afterward, you need to take any of these exams:

  • TCF – Test de connaissance du français
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages exam
  • DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)

The minimum scores vary per university, as such you need to check the official website for its exam requirements. To give an example, at Sorbonne, the acceptable score for the TCF is B2. At PSL University, a DALF level of C1 is required.

As for English proficiency, most universities do not require their applicants to undergo IELTS or TOEFL. Again, this depends on the university. As with the case of PSL University, applicants should have a Cambridge score of at least C1.

General Language Requirements (Graduate)

Post-graduate applicants also need to take a French proficiency exam. For example, at Sorbonne, Master’s applicants should have a TCF result of C1. At PSL University, the DALF/DELF results should be C1 or B2. Given that the minimum scores differ per school, you should always refer to your university’s official website.

What’s great about French universities is that they offer a lot of post-graduate courses in the English language. If you are a non-native speaker applying for such a degree, then you are going to need to take an English proficiency exam to study in France.

The grades need not be high, compared to the requirements in other countries. This is evidenced by the language requirements at Sorbonne. Post-graduate applicants may be admitted with the following scores (minimum):

  • TOEFL iBT = 76
  • TOEFL (computer-based) = 230
  • TOEFL (paper) = 550
  • IELTS = 6
  • Cambridge Exam = C
  • Advanced Cambridge Test = B

At PSL University, the English requirement for graduate applicants is at least C1 for the Cambridge exam.


A minimum of €8,000 per year (may vary depending on the accommodation taken and the life style of the student)


  • February & September


  • Masters program ( Engineering stream ) – 13500 Euros for the entire program Masters program.
  • Masters program ( Business stream)- 15200 Euros for the entire program. 
  • Fee details provided are of informative nature and may vary depending on the institution and the study program.


  • Part-time work rights of 20 hours per week.
  • 2 Year stay back for students who have studied in government institutions.


  • Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres)
  • Ecole Polytechnique
  • Sorbonne University
  • CentraleSupélec
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
  • Ecole des Ponts ParisTech
  • Université de Paris
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • ENS Paris-Saclay