Education System in France
The education system in France is organised into the three globally recognised levels, to facilitate international mobility. These are undergraduate degrees, Master’s and Doctorate degrees. French universities are also aligned with the Bologna process, adding to the ease of movement for students.
Besides the universal system of universities, France also offers the elite and prestigious ‘Grandes Ecoles’, which are public and private institutes of higher education, recognised by the State. There programs usually focus on a single subject area, and are exhaustive and demanding. The schools/institutes under Grandes Ecoles, confer degrees for 5 years of undergraduate studies, while some also award a Master’s degree. Admission is rather selective; post a competitive entrance exam and an appropriate degree. The tuition fees is consequently higher than that for regular university.
A third parallel to the above, are the specialised schools and institutes offering courses in specific sectors, like medicine, audio-visual, journalism, agronomy, fashion and design. There are 3,000 such institutes, providing students with abundant alternative career choices. Not all these institutes will be recognised by the State, since they are a mix of both, public and private institutes. Admission is entrance exam based and the programmes are between 2-5 years.
France also has over 50 public schools of art and design, some offering all three levels of study. These specialised schools are extremely selective of their students, via an entrance exam.
All teaching institutions in France sincerely follow religious freedom. There are no religious instructions imparted as a principle, advocating secularism. This gives students from minority communities, a great sense of safety, security and equality, while positively influencing the youth to embrace all religions and cultures.
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Why Study in France?
France has over 3,500 public and private institutes of higher education. The country has developed their quality of education with single-minded focus and a colossal budget. Their long term and continuous political vision has helped establish themselves as a leading benefactor of quality education.
Cost of Studying in France
Tuition costs for students belonging to the EU are rather negligible, since the State funds higher education. However, international students are required to pay full fare tuition fee. There are lots of government-sponsored scholarships available for the students to take advantage of. Tuition fees at private schools are more, but still not inflated.
Job Opportunities After Studying in France
France has some major industries in the field of aerospace, motor industry, pharmaceuticals, industrial machinery, metallurgy, electronics, textiles, food and drink, and tourism. In the last few years, some industries have exhibited exponential employment growth. This is always good news for potential job seekers.
Student Visa Requirements for France
International students require a VLT-TS, the long-stay visa to study in France. This visa allows students to work 20 hours a week, and travel through the European countries that come under the SCHENGEN visa.
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