Going abroad for higher studies has recently started trending more than before among Indian students. It has gathered momentum in the past 6 months. Europe especially has gained massive popularity among Indian students due to the immense support displayed by the countries of Europe during the Fall intake of 2021. Our students’ visa approval rate was impressive during the intake. Countries like France, Poland, Greece, Ireland and Denmark were the student’s favoured choices.
France, in particular, enjoyed significant attention from study abroad aspirants. The country is renowned around the world for its business management and fashion & luxury programmes. Besides, the cultural diversity and international career prospects further encourage students to study in France. However, there is one major factor that has caught the eye of Indian students, which is the availability of scholarships in France.
The French government places a lot of importance on quality education and also highly values education itself. As such, the government keeps the country’s boundaries open to welcome study abroad aspirants to study in France. Similarly, to promote education on an international level, various scholarships are also available for students to study in France.
Existing Scholarships for Students to Study in France:
Here is a list of a few scholarships that are available to students if the wish to study in France:
1. French Government Scholarships
The French Government awards many different scholarships to international students. They are allocated by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. A majority of them are awarded by SCACs or the Cooperation and Cultural Action Departments in French Embassies around the world. Study abroad aspirants hence should directly contact the SCAC in their own country.
2. Charpak Scholarship
This scholarship allows Indian students to study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in France. The program is run by the Embassy of France in India. It provides funding according to 3 sub-levels:
Master’s Degree Programmes.
3. Franco Indian Education Trust
This trust is a joint initiative of the Embassy of France in India and Mr. Prashant K Lahoti, managing trustee of Krishnakriti Foundation and co-founder of Kalakriti India. It was founded in August 2017 with an aim to to support students, faculty, researchers and young professionals from India and France for any academic program. The programme has 2 scholarships under it:
UGAM Legrand Scholarship: This scholarship is for Indian students who want to pursue a master’s degree in France in the field of management, science and engineering. Students with an annual family income that is below 10 lakhs and children of armed forces personnel are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Children of martyrs are given preference in this scholarship
Amba-Dalmia Scholarship Programme: This scholarship has been designed for Indian women aspiring to pursue higher studies in Music, Theatre, Sports, Arts, Sculpture, Cinema, Ballet, Opera, Painting, Photography and Culinary Studies in France.
The Erasmus + is a European Union programme that financially supports a wide range of actions and activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport. Its aim is to give students, trainees, staff and in general young people under 30 with or without a diploma, the opportunity to go abroad, stay there, strengthen their skills and increase their employability.
Erasmus+ also funds scholarships for students to take part in programmes like the Erasmus Mundas Joint Masters. This is a study program that awards scholarships to the world's best students for one or 2 years, regardless of their field of study.
5. Early Bird Scholarships
These scholarships are for such students who are determined to study in France and are ready to apply 6 to 7 months before the intake. These scholarships can be received in major Management and Business Schools of France.
6. Eiffel Scholarship Program of Excellence
This programme was started by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to attract students from around the globe. This programme covers masters and doctoral level programs.Around 25% of the finances allotted for scholarships by the French Government are allocated by the Ministry into the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship programme. This scholarship is for students applying from developing countries with age up to 25 years for master's level program and students applying from industrialized countries at Ph.D. level with age up to 30 years.
The above-mentioned list contains some of the most popular scholarships that almost every study abroad aspirant is aware of. These scholarships ensure a subsidy in educational fees, but students are still required to pay the tuition fees. So, is there any way to study in France at almost zero cost? Yes, absolutely!
List Of French Universities Offering Fully Funded Courses - No Tuition Fees Under National Fees Scheme by French Government
Most study abroad aspirants might be unaware about this, but there are many universities and institutions in France that offer fully funded courses to international students. Here is a list of such universities:
Université Paris -Saclay
Institut Polytechnique de Paris
Université Paris Est Créteil Val-de-Marne
Université Gustave Eiffel
Université Paris Descartes
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Toulouse School of economics
Université Paul Sabatier
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Grenoble IAE - Graduate school of management
University of Clermont Auvergne
On top of the fact that these universities offer fully funded courses, students should be glad to know that these courses are taught in English. Study abroad aspirants should rest assured that the language barrier will not hinder their dream of studying in France.
The application for these universities usually starts in October with the deadlines for submitting applications set around January-March. And though any student can apply, they must have a really strong profile to be able to get admission in any of these universities.
Eligibility Criteria For Admission
For eligibility, there are no clear criteria that are set in stone. But, students who want to gain admission and have a chance at a scholarship, must have a strong and creative profile. The following points can give students an edge in their pursuit of free education in France:
Excellent Academic Score:
Your academic score must be high to be considered eligible. Usually a score higher than 60% is required.
Although having proficiency in the language is not compulsory, it can give your profile an added boost
Such activities help institutions gain more insight into who you are as a person and what your interests and goals are. Having them in your resume will help set you apart from competition. Activities can include sports, quizzes, managerial experience in events, proficiency in any art like singing, etc.
To be considered eligible, institutions need to know that you are proficient with the English language. For this, you need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.
Gain Free Education In France With Edugo Abroad
Edugo Abroad has extensive experience with studying in Europe and as an exclusive partner of several French universities, our familiarity with the education scenario In France is unparalleled.
Our team can help you get started on your journey to free education abroad and through our distinctive yet simplistic mechanism, we shall assist study abroad aspirants like you to study in France free of cost. What follows is the process you will go through at Edugo Abroad to reach France:
At first you will meet with our advisors who will get to know your mindset and figure out what you want out of us. They will guide you through all your options and advise you about the same. At Edugo Abroad there are no consultation fees.
The next step is to make a shortlist of universities and choose a few to apply to. Our team will provide you with all the information necessary to make a shortlist and choose your preferred university. They will also guide you through any queries you might have.
After you have selected universities, we need to apply to them. The application requires letters of recommendations, essays, scores from required exams, etc. Edugo Abroad will help you through it all, from writing essays to acquiring letters of recommendation.
After applying to universities, some universities may require students to go through interviews to determine whether the student is a good fit for the university or not. So, our team will walk students through the entire process from preparing for the interview, dressing appropriately to helpful tips for giving interviews.
Acceptance Offer Letter:
Following interviews and applications, the universities that will accept you will send you an offer letter. Edugo will help you through reviewing the offer, request any changes and reply to the letter as well. The university will then confirm your admission.
After students are admitted into their preferred university, they need to start the process for Visa. We at Edugo Abroad will guide the students and their families through the entire Visa obtaining process and also advise the student on travelling to France and what comes after.
At Edugo Abroad, we always stand ready to help our students through anything they need, be it big or small. Book your session with us today if you wish to study free of cost in France.