Studying in another country than your home country elevates the value of your degree as it demonstrates to employers that you have stepped out of your comfort zone, and are able to adapt to challenges and new cultures. France is an ideal country to study abroad as it has one of the most prestigious educational systems in the world. Students seeking undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD or even short term courses can highly benefit with the array of courses offered to suit individual needs. Not only Paris, but there are many academic institutes and universities spread across France offering world-class education.
France takes their higher education seriously and hence has invested in research and global demands in new course and curriculum. Being aware and passionate about being the best in the education sector, France has good university rankings for most of the Universities. The QS World University Rankings feature 41 French universities. France is doing really well in business schools, arts political science and fashion offering certified courses at all levels. Indian students applying for higher education in France must have completed 12th std.
The French Universities implement a credit-based system whereby each module within the course is given a certain amount of ECTS (European credits). These credits are usually transferable within courses. Once a student is able to acquire 180 ECTS, he/she will earn a License, and a further 120 ECTS must be acquired for a Master’s qualification.
Low tuition fees is the highlight of Public universities (government institutions). The cost of higher education in France is quite reasonable compared to other popular study destinations in Europe such as the UK and Germany.
French government scholarships are allocated by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs for studies, training courses and language courses in France. The majority of scholarships are awarded by the Cooperation and Cultural Action Departments (SCACs) in French embassies and consulates general abroad.
Students, therefore looking for grants or scholarships have ample opportunities as funds are allocated in a large number of grants to international students. The European Union has also put together scholarships in place. Various universities and institutions across France offer their own scholarship and fellowship programmes for international students. Some scholarships are for students from specific countries, which increase the chances of getting financial aid. The easy availability of such scholarships makes studying in France more feasible.
International students completing their higher education have a right to work in France and get many opportunities. Students who have a valid student visa and hold a valid residency permit are eligible for even part-time work even during the course of study. Students may have to learn French as it will involve interacting with natives. French law allows foreign students to carry out part time work of 964 hours during the year, the equivalent of 60% of the legal work year. A part time employee is at least eligible for the minimum wage decided by French law, is 9.76 Euros gross per hour as of January 1st, 2018. After tax deduction, it comes to around €7.61/hour.
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