In France, there is something for everyone.  Whether you are interested in theater, music, fine cuisine, architecture or one leaves disappointed.  If you choose France as your study abroad destination, you will have the opportunity to discover a multicultural society that is open and proud of its history and is always looking forward to the future.

As a student, you will be happy to know that France has one of the best higher education systems in the world and is open to everyone. A student can expect a very enriching experience while studying in France.  During your studies student life will be made easier by the different services offered by French universities and the very low tuition rates. You will also leave with essential knowledge, backed up by an internationally-recognized certification.

Important Facts

International Students Studying in France Will Benefit from Very Low Tuition Rates

International students benefit because the government bears the cost of education in France. As a result, international students can expect to pay up to $12,000 USD or less annually in tuition expenses at most public universities and institutions in France.

Annual tuition rates at public institutions are provided below. The rates for the 2017-18 academic year are listed by degree program: 

  • $220 USD for Bachelor’s programs
  • $356 USD for Master’s programs
  • $464 USD for Doctoral/PHD programs

(Additional fees may be assessed depending on the type of service. *These rates do not include Grandes Écoles universities which are outside the main framework of public institutions in France.)

Tuition Rates at Private Institutions in France

Tuition rates at private institutions and schools of Business and Management tend to range from $3,593 to $12,000 annually or higher.

Application Requirements and Deadlines in France

International students have a different application procedure than students from the EU.

Directions are provided below:

  • EU/EEA students can apply directly through the university of their choice. 
  • Non-EU/EEA students need to apply through the French national agency promoting higher education and international students and mobility.

Students can apply to a university two times a year:

Winter semester in France generally begins in October and ends in January.

The application period begins in February and generally ends sometime in May for International Students and June for EU/EEA students. (Verify official deadlines for each university on

Summer semester begins in February and ends in September.

The application period generally begins in September and ends in January. (Verify official deadlines for each university on

Financing Your Studies in France

Student’s have the following options for financing their study abroad experience in France:

Financial Aid

The U.S. Department of Education makes Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Graduate Plus Loans available to eligible student borrowers at participating institutions in France. Students may apply for a Direct Unsubsidized Loan up to $20,500 per academic year or a Graduate Plus loan (amounts vary).

The following institutions participate in the U.S. Government Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan Program:


The Campus Bourses website operated through offers a comprehensive list of scholarships available to international students from around the world.  You will find the tool to be very intuitive and easy to use. Select your country and start searching for scholarships today.


EU/EEA students: Some schools have partnered with the Banque Populaire Rives de Paris to offer loans to students of all nationalities up to a maximum amount of 21,500 Euros.

Student Jobs

Non-EU/EEA students and EU students are able to work up to 964 hours a year to help support themselves during their studies in France.  The students university must be enrolled in the national student health plan. Non-EU/EEA students must also have a valid residency permit. 

There are many jobs to be found for international students in the tourist industry, such as at hotels, cafes, clubs and restaurants. 

France Offers International Students Health Insurance

International students are required to have health insurance when attending a university in another country.  Some countries require students to enroll in an international health insurance plan to get visa approval.  France is different in that it offers students health insurance through its national student health care plan. 

France has one of the most recognized health systems in the world.  Students benefit by not having to purchase expensive international health insurance.  Through France’s health plan, students receive preventative and wellness services for a nominal fee of around $242 a year. Thereby, students save a considerable amount of money in health insurance costs when studying in France. 

Non-EU/EEA students are required to enroll in the plan.

EU/EEA students are exempted from participating in the plan if they have a European health insurance card (valid for one year) or can prove that they have private health insurance.

Students applying for Visa will have the following options depending on the duration of their program:

Short Stay Visa ((visa de court séjour)): Students studying in the country for 90 days or less, from the following countries, will not need to apply for a visa before entering the country:

Albania Andorra Antigua & Barbuda Argentina Australia Austria Bahamas Belgium Bosnia Brazil Bulgaria Canada Chile Costa Rica Croatia Denmark El Salvador Honduras Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Japan Lithuania Mexico Moldova  New Zealand Norway Poland Singapore Slovenia South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland Taiwan United Kingdom United States Vatican City Venezuela

Temporary Long-Stay Visa (Visa long séjour temporaire de six mois):  This visa is valid for stays up to 6 months. 

Long Stay Visa (visa de long séjour): If you are planning on staying for longer than 3 months, you will need a Long Stay Visa.  This visa is valid for stays from 3 to 12 months.  You need to apply for this visa in your home country before landing in France. Once you arrive in France, you will need to apply for a temporary stay permit.

How to Find Accommodation in France:

The following recommendations can be found at the website.  

  • Don’t wait until you are in France to start looking for lodging. Submit your request before you leave, whether it is for a room in a CROUS residence, in a student residence or in a private residence.

  • In general, be careful and make sure the organisation offering the lodging is reliable. Never send money without first signing a lease and speaking directly with the organisation.

  • In the beginning, don’t hesitate to reserve a lodging for a short period. You will then be able to get familiar with your new environment and look for more long-term lodging when you are there.

  • It is sometimes difficult to find lodging, especially in Paris. Don’t hesitate to send in several requests for student lodging to increase your chances of finding somewhere quickly.

  • Try to find student rental accommodation that is furnished. This will save you money and the problems associated with moving into a room or flat, especially if you are in France for a short period.

  • Be suspicious of rent that is too low. In Paris, expect to pay from $469 for student lodging in the Cité U and up to $939 Euros for private lodging. In other cities, it costs half that, on average.


French universities offer student accommodation known as “Cités-U” and are run by CROUS the national student service agency.  There is a large demand for student housing, especially in Paris.  Therefore, housing is usually reserved for financial aid and scholarship recipients and exchange students.   You can find information regarding these housing agencies at the following websites:

Private apartment rentals are also available for students at the following websites:

ADELE the Association for Economic Development provides a website with student housing around France.

Estudines  offers apartments in thirty different cities around France from $481 to $963.

CLEF the Center for Student Accommodation in France offers student housing located in several cities (Grenoble, Rouen, and Evreux)  in France with rents ranging from $240 to $361.

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