Studying in France
France has 64,5 million inhabitants. The country is divided into 26 regions of which 21 are in continental metropolitan France, one is the island of Corsica, and four lie overseas.Regions do not have legislative autonomy, nor can they issue regulations.
Higher education in France is divided into grandes écoles and universities. Grandes écoles are considered more prestigious than universities and their selection procedure is highly competitive.
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Information about visa and residence
For concrete information and advise about visa and residence you can visit the French Embassy or Consulate in your country. (http://www). They will help you with the proper formalities for entering France.
Students coming from EEA Member States (EU + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) don't need to apply for a visa. Other students should apply for a "Student Visa" (officially called an "Authorisation for Provisional Stay"). More information about the visa procedures can be found here
Social support and grants
The French government supports higher education to the tune of about 6,000 Euros per student per year. For information about support and grants you can visit this website.
Living costs and tuition fees
The average monthly student budget is around 1,000 euros in Paris and
800 euros elsewhere. More information about the living costs can be find here. University tuition is rarely more than 300 Euros per academic year. In public schools of engineering, the annual tuition is approximately 600 Euros. The range of tuition at other institutions, particularly business schools, is much wider. Tuition rates vary by program and by type of institution.