France is a country in Western Europe and it is easy to reach other Schengen countries. Paris is the capital city.
Consistently, France is listed as one of the top destinations for international students. International students who wish to study in France, consider the country’s fee system. Studying in France is relatively inexpensive because the government basically, funds a significant portion of the cost.
Aside the low tuition you get to pay, education in France, is considered to be one of the best globally.
Annual tuition in a public university is between 126 and 692 Euros, depending on the program. Costs in private institutions are higher. International students are treated just like French students.
University tuition fees in France
Tuition fees at public universities
For the last 3 years, tuition fees, for all public institutes, have not increased. In 2017-2018, they were:
- 184 Euros for one year at the Bachelor’s level;
- 256 Euros for one year at the Master’s level;
- 610 Euros for one year in an engineering school;
- 391 Euros for one year of a Doctorate.
Tuition fees at public universities in France have variable prices depending on your chosen study level.
For a PhD 396 EUR/year; you should expect higher fees for certain specialised degrees
French universities with the most affordable tuition fees:
- Université Lille 1 Sciences et Technologies – average tuition fees 270 EUR/year
- Ecole Centrale de Nantes – average tuition fees 450 EUR/year
- Université du Maine – average tuition fees 500 EUR/year
- Grenoble Institute of Technology -average tuition of 1,000 EUR/year
list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked French universities:
- École Polytechnique – average tuition fees 12,000 EUR/year
- Pierre and Marie Curie University – average tuition fees 350 EUR/year
- École Supérieure d’Electricite SUPELEC – average tuition fees 2,000 EUR/year
- Paris Descartes University – average tuition fees 250 EUR/year
Living costs in France
Living costs depends entirely on one’s lifestyle and location. However, some cities attract higher expenses.
On average, the budget you would need for each of the large cities in France are:
- Paris: between 1,050 and 1,200 EUR/month (sometimes even including the accommodation, if you choose to live in a student hall of residence)
- Nice: between 700 and 920 EUR/month
- Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux or Toulouse: between 650 and 850 – 900 EUR
- For the rest of France, you can survive with smaller amounts (at least 600 EUR).
A student can choose where to live depending on the accommodation available and budget. The main housing options for students in France are:
- Student halls of residence –between 150 and 600 EUR/month, including facilities if the room is private or shared.
- Rent/share an apartment –between 400 and 700 EUR/month, while in smaller French cities you can rent a small apartment for about 300 EUR/month.
- If you will live with your partner and/or child(ren), the price for rent would range from 700 to 1,000 EUR/month, and you could pay higher if you choose an apartment in the city centre.
- The utility bills (electricity, water, the internet) would be another 200 EUR/month.
- Host family –you can find rates that are only 200 EUR/ month to about 800 EUR/month in Paris. However, they all include at least one meal per day.