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Study in France: Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Despite the expensive living cost in France, tuition fees are very affordable both for European and non-European students. If you are a European student you are expected to pay only 170 EUR per year for a Bachelor’s degree, 243 EUR for a Master’s, 380 EUR for a Doctorate and 610 EUR for engineering schools.

Jun 1, 2017

Despite expensive living costs, tuition fees are very affordable, both for European and non-European students. If you are a European student, you are expected to pay only 170 EUR per year for a Bachelor’s degree, 243 EUR for a Master’s and 380 EUR for a Doctorate - or 610 EUR at engineering schools. 

As a non-European international student, the French state can cover the two thirds of your tuition fees. How can that happen? If you are able to prove that you are not permanently settled in France, you will get a fee reduction. The school at which you're studying must fall within the scope of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. In that regard, you will be only asked to pay 2,770 EUR per year for a Bachelor’s degree, 3,770 for a Master’s and 380 EUR for a Doctorate.

As for private institutions, tuition fees are much higher, ranging among 3,000 to 10,000 EUR per academic year. The same applies for the prestigious Grande écoles where the tuition fees in France fluctuate among 450 to 1100 EUR per year. 

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French Scholarships 

A variety of French scholarships are available every year for students aiming to pursue their academic studies in France, provided by the French state and the Erasmus+ program. The first move you need to make before finding the right scholarship for you is to navigate through the Campus Bourses website. Here you can find all relative information on scholarships provided to international students. So don’t lose precious time and apply for the most popular scholarships as soon as possible!

The French Foreign Ministry offers a great variety of scholarships in cooperation with a lot of organizations and European program. The Ministry of Higher Education also awards scholarships based on particular criteria you need to meet.

Erasmus+ scholarships have assisted more than two million students so far and are a great way to finance your studies as well. For Master’s and Doctorate studies, you should definitely also consider the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program

For additional information regarding which scholarships are offered in France, consult your nearest French Consulate or Embassy or simply navigate through the official websites of the institutions and programs you are most interested in.

Study in France - Overview

Over 300,000 international students choose France as their study abroad destination every year. Click here to learn why.

Education System

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in France? France is a popular destination for a variety of students, given its diverse programs, affordable education and its culture and history. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in France!

Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter France to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizen status. You will also be required to bring certain documents with you to passport control at the airport, which we cover as well.

Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in France.

Language & Culture

France is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more!

Meet the English Requirements

Make sure you're ready to start studying abroad in France. French schools will normally want to see evidence of your English-language abilities. The TOEFL® test is the preferred test of many French schools, helping your application to stand out. Find out more about the TOEFL® test and how it can help you.

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Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to gain acceptance into a university. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in France, and what you need to apply, depending on your citizenship.


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