STUDY IN FRANCE
France has it all, from picturesque countryside, to pearl white beaches, the wine-growing valleys of Loire to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. France can claim one of the world’s first universities, La Sorbonne, founded in Paris in the 13th century. The country is also known for its industrial and economic expertise. Besides, a well-developed public transport, excellent health care, and a safe political environment also make the country popular among the students who wish to pursue higher education in the country.
Why Study in France
For most courses and universities, International students are required to take IELTS (International English Language Test) which is regularly administered by the British Council. Some universities may accept TOEFL as an alternative.
**Some Universities may waive English proficiency score if you have been studying in English medium throughout (CBSE or ICSE board) and they are convinced that you are proficient in English.
Education System in France
The higher educational institutions in the country provide degrees, diplomas and certificates with a global recognition. It follows three years for bachelor’s degree, two for master’s degree and three for the doctorate. Since higher education in the country is state funded, tuition costs are extremely low. French higher education system is modern and dynamic.
The GrandesÉcoles of France are higher education establishments outside the main framework of the French university system.
No distinction is made between French and international students – under French law, the requirements for admission are the same, as are the degrees awarded. Admission and promotion at the institutions in the country is based on merit. The minimum requirement for admission to any university course is the French higher secondary Certificate (baccalaureate) or an equivalent qualification.
The Masters program in sciences may or may not require the GRE scores. Similarly only a few top business schools require the GMAT. English proficiency, as demonstrated by a TOEFL score of 213 (previously 550) or equivalent / 6 bands in IELTS. Applicants who use English as their primary language at work may also apply for a TOEFL/TOIEC waiver. For admission to a “Grande Ecoles”, you have to appear for a competitive exam – “Concours”. The exam is held in France for which you can apply and obtain a special three-month competitive exam visa (visa concours). You will be entitled to a residence permit to take the course you have been admitted
The French Higher Education system has developed good links with the private sector. Most courses include a training period in a French company, which frequently leads to permanent employment. French universities benefit from close links with local industries and the experience of a foreign professional environment is always an asset for an international student. As a result, France attracts many students from abroad every year. Students can work part time for up to 20 hours a week during studies.
After study student gets 6 months job search visa. Student needs to work for three years in the same field not necessarily the same employer to apply for the citizenship.