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Education System in France

If you want to study in a country that is diverse and has an excellent academic reputation, France is the country for you. It is one of the most popular study destinations, making it perfect for international students. There are currently more than 250,000 international students in France. In fact, around 10% of enrolments at French universities are international students, and many of these study at graduate level (masters and doctoral studies). The country offers an excellent environment for all international students. It has fantastic quality of education, lectures and research opportunities.

 
What are the types of degrees offered in France?

Like most countries, universities in France award degrees in 3 main categories: The first degree or license that typically lasts 3 years; The Masters which takes at least 2 years; Doctorate which has a 3-year duration. The master’s degree is subdivided into two categories: Research – for those intending to go for a Doctorate. Professional – for those who would rather work than continue to doctorate level.

Do I need to know French to study in France?

No. There are many courses, especially in engineering (all branches), management, hospitality, fashion studies, economics, etc that are taught in English. However, it is a good idea to learn basics of French language, to ensure a smooth stay.

Are there any qualifying tests to take while applying?

Mostly GMAT is required for the MBA programs, and certain other management programmes. However, there are several MBA programs that also accept candidature without the GMAT score. GRE is certainly not required. Most institutes are comfortable with the level of English and do not necessarily ask for a TOEFL or IELTS, with some exceptions. If a course is in French then a standard test like the DELF, TCF or DALF may be required.

What is the average student’s cost of living in France?

Like in other parts of the world, the cost of living depends on the location and lifestyle of students. Naturally, living costs would be higher in big cities like Paris than elsewhere. A monthly budget of about €1000 is recommended for students living in Paris and about €800 for students living outside the capital city.

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