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