Study in France - Requirements for Indian students, fees

WHY STUDY IN FRANCE?

The higher education system in France offers excellent programs across all disciplines and study levels. It has 3,500 plus higher education institutions with a diverse range of subjects. With  a France study visa you can study in colleges teaching Engineering, Business Management, Tourism and Social Work, Culinary Arts and Hotel Management.

  • Universities in France provide quality higher education tailored for the needs of the students and offer exceptional R&D opportunities
  • France has an ambience favorable for young Entrepreneurs and innovation
  • Outstanding career prospects with options for Post Study Visa
  • The Top 20 Universities in France are ranked and recognized by QS in the global top 500 list
  • The Government of France subsidizes a vast share of the actual tuition costs and thus Tuition fees are low at Public Universities
  • An analogous Grandes Ecoles system that is on par with a Masters degree

COST OF STUDYING IN FRANCE

The average tuition fees for overseas students will depend on the Universities in France that they have selected. It will also vary depending on your course and your nationality whether you belong to a country in the EU or a non-EU country.

Undergraduate Bachelor Degree € 2,770 – € 10,000 yearly
Postgraduate Master’s Degree € 3,770 – € 10,000 yearly
UPCOMING INTAKES IN FRANCE

The application deadlines for Universities in France are diverse. Nevertheless, the two major intakes are: Intake 1: Summer Semester – It commences in October and is the major intake Intake 2: Winter Semester – It commences in April and is available only for selected courses

WORK AUTHORIZATION FOR STUDENTS

The law allows international students on a student visa to work for a total of 964 hours per year, or 60% of the regular working hours in France. Part-time employment would not be enough to cover all of the costs, but it can be considered as a supplementary income.

Eligibility conditions for students

If you are a student on a France study visa

  • You must be over 18 years of age;
  • For a training course not exceeding three months, you will be issued a short-stay visa;
  • For a training course exceeding three months or six months, you will be issued a temporary long-stay visa, which will require no further formalities on your arrival in France;
  • For training or a course exceeding six months, you will be issued a long-stay visa, equivalent to a residence permit, which will be subject to further formalities on your arrival in France.

Spouse: The dependent will get a visitor’s visa and will not be authorized to work either. They might be authorized to work in the country if their partner/spouse is employed in France.

Documents required
  • Visa application form for France study visa
  • Age over 18 years
  • 2 passport size photos
  • A valid passport and copies of your previous Visas if any
  • Official Letter of Acceptance/Enrolment from the University in France
  • Evidence of monetary means for covering all expenses during the period of study
  • Air flight reservation/ticket with the date of departure
  • Medical insurance that can cost around 30,000 Euros yearly
  • Documents that state the arrangement for accommodation during your studies
  • If you have enrolled in a course taught in French, you will need proficiency certificate for the French language
  • Evidence of payment of Visa fees
  • If applicable, proof of civil status

Working during studies

International students on a student visa in France are allowed to work for a total of 964 hours per year, or 60% of the regular working hours in France. Part-time work would not be enough to cover all of the expenses, but it might be used as a supplement.

Student eligibility requirements 

  • Students must be at least 18 years old.
  • Students can get a short-stay visa if they take a training course that lasts less than three months.
  • Students will be awarded a temporary long-stay visa if their training course lasts more than three months or six months, and they will not need to complete any further paperwork when they arrive in France.
  • Students will be awarded a long-stay visa, which is equal to a residency permit, if their training or course lasts longer than six months.

Options for post-study visas

Bachelor degree holders can only stay in France after completing their studies if they have a work visa; students studying Masters degrees in France can apply for and receive a temporary residency permit – APS (Autorisation Provisioire de Séjour) for a duration of 24 months.

If you have a master’s, PhD, or post-graduate degree from a French university, you can acquire a two-year Schengen visa extension.

If a student can find work that pays more than 1.5 times the minimum salary, he or she is qualified to apply for a Work Permit, which is the first step toward obtaining a European Union Blue Card (Permanent Residence).

FRANCE STUDENT VISA REQUIREMENTS:
  • Visa application form for France Study Visa
  • Age over 18 years
  • 2 passport size photos
  • A valid passport and copies of your previous Visas if any
  • Official Letter of Acceptance/Enrolment from the University in France
  • Evidence of monetary means for covering all expenses during the period of study
  • Air flight reservation/ticket with the date of departure
  • Medical insurance that can cost around € 311 – € 714 yearly
  • Documents that state the arrangement for accommodation during your study in France
  • If you have enrolled in a course taught in French, you will need proficiency certificate for the French language
  • Evidence of payment of Visa fees
  • If applicable, proof of civil status
WORKING IN FRANCE DURING YOUR STUDIES

The law authorizes foreign students on a France study visa to work 964 hours during the year, which corresponds to 60% of normal working hours in France (except for Algerian nationals whose working time is limited to 50% of normal working hours in France). Part-time work will not be sufficient to cover all your expenses and should be considered as a secondary source of income.

AFTER YOU GRADUATE
  • Upon completing the studies in France, Bachelor degree holders can stay in France only if they have a work permit; the students pursuing Masters from France can apply and get a temporary residence permit – APS (Autorisation Provisioire de Séjour), for a period of 24 months.
  • Students can get 2 years extended Schengen visa if they hold a masters or PhD or post-graduate degree from one of the universities on France
  • If a student is able to find employment that is with more than 1.5 times of the minimum wage guarantee, s/he is eligible to apply for a Work Permit which is the primary requirement to get a European Union Blue Card (Permanent Residence).

TOP UNIVERSITIES TO STUDY IN FRANCE

QS World University  Rankings University Name QS World University  Rankings University Name
50 Université PSL 299 Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
65 Ecole Polytechnique 305 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan
75 Sorbonne University 348 Université de Strasbourg
137 CentraleSupélec 422 Université de Montpellier
153 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon 453 Aix-Marseille University
221 Sciences Po 478 Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA)
239 Université Paris-Sud 489 University of Bordeaux
263 Ecole des Ponts ParisTech 521-530 Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III
289 Université Grenoble-Alpes 531-540 University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas
295 Université Diderot Paris 7 571-580 Université Paris Descartes
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FAQ
When can I apply for the student visa for France?

Only once you have received acceptance onto a program at a French institution will you be eligible to apply for your student visa for France.

In order to apply for your visa, you will need to contact the French consulate in your home country and provide them with the following, when requested:

  • An official acceptance letter for an accredited program at a French university.
  • Proof of sufficient funds for living in the country.
  • Proof of a return ticket to your home country.
  • Health insurance policy proof (minimum coverage €30,000, US$40,150).

Proof of accommodation is required. 

If you’re taking a French course, you’ll need proof of your French language proficiency.

What are the steps to apply for France student visa?

You can organize an in-person interview/appointment on the official website of the French consulate in your city.

Look for available days and times on the online calendar.

 Schedule your appointment at least 90 days prior to your trip to France.

Pay the visa processing fee, which varies based on your nationality and ranges between 50 and 100 euros.

Wait for the arrival of the visa. Your ethnicity, the number of students applying for visas at the time, and other factors all influence how long it takes to process your application. The sooner you get started, the better.

How long does it take to get a student visa?

The Campus France application procedure takes at least three weeks, while the Consulate application process takes at least two weeks. The application process must start at least 90 days prior to the departure date. In the event of unanticipated delays, it is strongly advised that students begin the process as soon as possible.

How much does a student visa cost?

The cost of a student visa for France is 50 Euros.

When will I be able to apply for a student visa in France?

 You will be able to apply for a student visa in France only when you have been accepted into a program at a French institution.

 To apply for your visa, you must contact the French consulate in your home country and give the following information when requested:

  • An official acceptance letter from a French university for a recognized program.
  • Proof that you have enough money to live in the country.
  • A return ticket to your native country is required.
  • Proof of health insurance (minimum coverage €30,000, US$40,150).
  • It is necessary to show proof of lodging.
  • You’ll need proof of your French language skills if you’re taking a French course.
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