Why should I consider France for study abroad in 2020?
Posted on January 20, 2020
France is one of the leading destinations for study abroad for international students from all over the world. The quality of education imparted in the colleges and universities in France is at par with the best globally.
Featuring in the Top 100 universities in the world, as per the QS World University Rankings 2020, are – Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres) [Rank 53]; Ecole Polytechnique [Rank 60]; and Sorbonne University [Rank 77].
Offering excellent programs in each of the disciplines as well as at all levels, France has 3,500+ institutions of higher education. In terms of higher education, France has an undeniable hold in courses related to Fashion, Management, Data Analytics, and Food Sciences.
French not mandatory. Many of the courses in France are offered in the English Language, Nevertheless, knowledge of the French language, though not mandatory, can be of use to you when in France.
Work while you learn. International students can work while they are enrolled in a course of study, provided they meet certain conditions. An international student can only work part-time. Also, an international student must have a valid residency permit to be able to work while studying in France. Do keep in mind that your educational institution must be approved by the French social security system.
Stay back after studies and look for a job. After the completion of your higher studies in France and on obtaining a degree, you can request for an Autorisation Provisioire de Séjour (APS). This is a temporary resident permit that will allow you to stay on in France for up to 1 year. With the APS, you can stay on in France for a year while you look for a job (with no restrictions); or utilize the time for making preparations for setting up a company in France (in a field related to your training).
With the government subsidizing a significant portion of the costs, the tuition fees in the public higher education institutions in France is quite low when compared to certain other countries.
Additionally, 500+ French scholarships are available for Indian students. Each year, the French Embassy in India, in collaboration with various French companies, awards scholarships to the amount of around INR 7.1 crores to more than 500 meritorious young Indian graduates wishing to take up higher education in France.
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