5 Top Reasons Why You Should Study in France

1) You can get a scholarship to go study in France.

The cost of studying in France ranges dramatically depending on the institution: public universities offer pleasingly low tuition fees, while private institutions cost much more. Still, compared to countries like the U.S. and the U.K., the cost of attending one of France’s premiere institutes of higher education is a relative steal. Not to mention the wealth of scholarships available for international students, which makes France a realistic destination even for those on the tightest budgets.

View on Paris from Arc de Triomphe. Eiffel tower on right, Avenue Champs elysees in front and Tour Montparnasse on the left in background.

The Eiffel Scholarships:The Eiffel scholarship program was launched in 1999 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support international outreach initiatives by French higher education institutes in order to remain competitive and attract the best international students in master’s, engineering and Ph.D. coursework. While the program doesn’t cover tuition fees, state enrolment fees are waived, and recipients receive a monthly allowance as well as other expenses.
Erasmus Mundus Scholarships: These fully funded scholarships offered by the European Union cover living costs, tuition, travel and insurance for master’s and Ph.D. students.
Ile-de-France Masters Scholarships: International students at select French universities, including the Ecole Centrale Paris and the Universite Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne (UPEC), are eligible for funding, with priority given to students from priority areas within the region, as well as from emerging countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Students receive a lump sum of 10,500 euros.

Centrale Nantes: These merit-based scholarships support overseas students in the international master’s program. Support covers a 50 percent reduction (from 12,000 to 6,000 euros) in tuition fees for the two-year program. Read more about Centrale Nantes here.
The Ecole Central Paris Graduate Fellowship: This prominent Parisian bastion of higher learning awards four merit-based scholarships of 4,000 euros each year to international students with support focused on students pursuing careers in research and/or higher education, as well as those from designated priority regions. Read more about Centrale Paris here.
SciencesPo Emile-Boutmy Scholarship: Designed to welcome the best international students from beyond the European Union, this scholarship is awarded based on a student’s merit and profile and includes a variety of support, including full or partial tuition and cost of living funding. Read more about Sciences-Po here.
HEC Paris: A number of scholarships, including the “HEC Paris MBA Scholarship for Excellence” and the “HEC Paris MBA Need-Based Scholarship”, are available to international students based on criteria including merit and background. Read more about HEC here.
INSEAD: These diverse and competitive scholarships are granted under two categories: financial need and merit/profile, depending on factors such as country of origin and professional background and goals. Read more about the INSEAD here.
The ISM Global Leadership Scholarship is an award for MBA Applicants from Africa, Middle East, North and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia, India, Pakistan, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. The scholarship recipients will receive US$ 17,167 in funding. Read more about the ISM here.
Scholarships for Students from the U.S.:

Fulbright Scholarships:The largest international exchange program in the U.S., Fulbright funds cover travel, housing, meals, research and medical service for students who are preparing for their master’s degrees. Additionally, full-year awards are available for post-doctoral research projects and training and research.
2) You can be part of one of the most renowned education systems in the world.

The Guardian recently published a piece on France’s unique positioning within the international educational landscape. The country is in a unique predicament due to the international higher education market’s increasing focus on English-speaking coursework, not to mention its uniquely fragmented approach and deliberate lack of oversight by a central body. However, despite the country’s decentralized approach, some pivotal universal elements remain: an egalitarian imperative — along with accompanying funding opportunities — regarding the universal right to higher education; a shared belief in the importance of universities as research and knowledge centers in which students are encouraged to explore flexible cross-curriculum opportunities; and a commitment to the necessity of foreign students in fostering a dynamic and competitive higher educational system.