AN INDIAN student (middle) at Audencia Nantes B-School

LAST year, over 4,200 Indian students opted for higher education in France, a jump of 50% over the past five years. French institutions award degrees that adhere to the common European architecture known as LMD {for Licence (Bachelor), Master, and Doctorate}. French diplomas are therefore recognised and accepted throughout the world, and students must no longer need to be fluent in French to study in France.

Public universities
France’s 83 public universities are funded by the national government, which closely regulates the “national diplomas” granted by the universities. This system allows the universities to offer students an excellent education at a very affordable price. France’s universities are comprehensive - that is, they offer training in all disciplines. The universities enrol 80 percent of the post-secondary students in France; about 10% of enrolments are international students. Located across France, universities offer a wide range of environments.

Tie-ups with Indian institutes
Of late, elite institutes like Ecole Polytechnique, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris Sud, ISAE, ENAC (for science and technology), INSEAD, HEC, ESSEC, ESCP (for management), ENS, Sciences PO (Humanities and research), have caught the fancy of Indian students. These institutes have tie-ups with Indian institutions such as the IIMs, IITs, NLSU, IISc, DU, St Xavier’s, University of Madras, University of Calcutta, CMI, Jamia Millia and St Stephen’s College, among others. Internships are a common part of university curricula, affecting about 30 percent of all students - and 60 percent of students in Master’s programmes.

Average cost of studying
In France’s public institutions of higher education, the government bears the bulk of the cost of education - an average of €10,000 per student per year. Annual tuition rates at public institutions are set by law. 
€180    for licence programmes
€250    for Master’s programmes
€380    for Doctoral programmes
€596    for programmes leading to the diplôme d’ingénieur

Additional fees may be assessed for specific services.


Tuition rates at private institutions - particularly schools of business and management - is generally higher (from €3,000 to €10,000 annually).

Job opportunities
The Embassy of France in India regularly organises a “France-India job opportunities” network that brings together HR heads of major French companies in India, major Indian ones working in partnership with French companies, as well as International Relations heads of the renowned French and Indian higher education institutions. Over 450 French companies are present in India with a total investment stock of almost 18 billion dollars, which alone account for the generation of 240,000 skilled jobs.

Facilitating visas
The French Embassy in India has simplified visa procedures for Indian students wishing to study in France. Special attention is given to students living far from any French Consulate or “Campus France” office to simplify and expedite the visa procedure. In parallel, visa applications by Indian faculties and officials are examined as a matter of priority. Campus France has established partnerships with various Indian higher education institutions to accelerate the procedures for exchanges with French institutions and for their alumni.

French Scholarships
The Embassy of France in India, along with its corporate partners - including Michelin India - has been awarding scholarships worth 1.1 million Euros) to 235 meritorious Indian students who wish to pursue their higher education in France. Students may also apply to a whole range of scholarship programmes, including the Charpark Scholarships run by the French Embassy in India. It offers funding for Engineering and Pure Science students at Bachelor’s or Master’s levels who would like to undertake an internship in a French institution during their academic break from May to July. Others include the Eiffel Scholarship, Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, Raman Charpak Phd. Fellowships and Quai d’Orsay/Entreprises programme.

Management and Engineering
Whether private and independent or affiliated with a chamber of commerce and industry, France’s 230 B-chools offer curricula and teaching methods that are attuned to the changing economic environment and the latest management practices. Most programmes rely heavily on internships and advanced technology. There are more than 250 Schools of Engineering in France, regulated by a national commission on Engineering degrees (CTI), which vouches for the quality of degrees. Usually, admission is through entrance exams. Majority of management institutes require an average GMAT score of 690 and above. CAT scores can also get you admission in several institutes. Nevertheless, the admission process and the deadlines differ from an institute to another. Students are advised to take an appointment with a Campus France desk, so as to get first hand information on the school and its requirements.

Working while studying
International students may have temporary work permit for maximum 19 hours a week. Their Master’s one year is dedicated to academic studies and the rest is internship in a French company.

How to apply
Campus France, the governmental agency promoting French higher education, currently has offices in nine Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Students can schedule a meeting with a Campus France counsellor, who provides all documentation and advice on studies in France.

A student can apply to fifteen institutes paying a nominal amount of fees (Rs 8,500) to Campus France. He can open his online profile in few clicks, upload all his mark sheets from Higher Secondary till date, his CV, his statement of purpose, pictures etc., before depositing the fee to BNP Paribas and come to the Campus France desk for an academic interview.  

Ideal place for passionate Mechanical Engineers

It all started with the morning newspaper; I read an article that a French company was setting up a 4000-crores factory in India. I looked it up online and ended up learning about the MICHELIN SCHOLARSHIP, which covers everything from tuition fees to flight charges and insurance.  The selection process was competitive, as is expected of a fully funded scholarship that has a status of “boursier de gouvernment française” (French Government Scholarship). IFMA (my school) selects candidates with an interview and forwards the profile to Michelin, followed by an interview by Michelin and Campus France. IFMA is one of the “grandes écoles” of France with its high-tech infrastructure, partnership with universities and colleges around the globe and association with industries. Courses are interesting with the latest in technology and industry development.

Karthik Krishna Ananthanarayanan

Currently studying: Master’s (Materials and structures)
Institute: Institut Française de Mécanique Avancée (IFMA)

Education/work background: BE  Mechanical, 1-year experience in Quality.


This advisory is sourced from campus France. You can visit www.inde.campusfrance.org for more details

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Are there any scholarships for indian students to pursue their PhD in France?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 20th Nov, 2019

Every University offers Merit based and need based scholarships to its students. Merit based scholarships are to those Candidates who have had an impeccable academic record. Need based scholarships are for those Candidates who need financial assistance to complete their studies. Now each University has its own criteria to offer scholarships. So you have to check their official websites.

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Which exam I have to give to do m.tech in Germany or France?

Ronak Gala Student Expert 9th Oct, 2019

The higher education system in Germany offers something for all students. Germany has approximately 450 universities accredited by the state and there are 17,500 programmes for degrees in the country. Almost every subject is catered by the universities at all academic levels. International students can study for their bachelors’, masters’ or even doctorates. Although most universities focus on scientific studies, it is possible to study art subjects at the top universities.

There are two taught programs in Germany.

  1. German Taught Program

    1. German language up to C1 level is compulsory
    2. Minimum 50% is required in bachelors to get into a German language course in a public university.
  2. English Taught Program

    1. IELTS/Tofel is required
    2. German language not necessary
    3. Minimum 80% is required in bachelors to get into an English language course in a public university.

Apart from minimum percentage criteria, German universities have many other requirements also. So you will need to check the requirements for your preferred course in the chosen university.

Basic requirements to study MS in Germany:

• You must have completed your bachelor's degree from a recognised university either in Germany or India. In case your certificate or diploma is not recognized, you should get it verified for comparison to a German diploma in order to gain access to higher education in Germany.

• You should have above 75% or 7.5 cgpa as the case may be to get admitted in a recognised university. Some universities also accept below 75% also.You must know German language upto C1 level. Some universities require up to B1, but C1 gives you the proficiency to converse well in the language.

•You will have to take TOEFL/IELTS for all the courses taught in English. Further, some courses might also require you to take up the GRE as well. I would recommend to give these exams as early as possible as if you don't get required marks, you can give it a second attempt.

• University may ask for a Statement of Purpose or a Letter of motivation. Try to start roughly jotting down some key points and start fine tuning and editing them early till you arrive at something you are satisfied with. Focus briefly on what you have done, what your career goals are and what motivates you to choose this path of studying. You should know these things.

•Try to get to know the specific requirements of the university for your preferred course. You can get the information on the website of the university or try contacting any counselor for the same.


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what exam I have to give to do my m.tech in Germany or France?

Ronak Gala Student Expert 8th Oct, 2019

The higher education system in Germany offers something for all students. Germany has approximately 450 universities accredited by the state and there are 17,500 programmes for degrees in the country. Almost every subject is catered by the universities at all academic levels. International students can study for their bachelors’, masters’ or even doctorates. Although most universities focus on scientific studies, it is possible to study art subjects at the top universities.

There are two taught programs in Germany.

  1. German Taught Program

    1. German language up to C1 level is compulsory
    2. Minimum 50% is required in bachelors to get into a German language course in a public university.
  2. English Taught Program

    1. IELTS/Tofel is required
    2. German language not necessary
    3. Minimum 80% is required in bachelors to get into an English language course in a public university.

Apart from minimum percentage criteria, German universities have many other requirements also. So you will need to check the requirements for your preferred course in the chosen university.

Basic requirements to study MS in Germany:

• You must have completed your bachelor's degree from a recognised university either in Germany or India. In case your certificate or diploma is not recognized, you should get it verified for comparison to a German diploma in order to gain access to higher education in Germany.

• You should have above 75% or 7.5 cgpa as the case may be to get admitted in a recognised university. Some universities also accept below 75% also.You must know German language upto C1 level. Some universities require up to B1, but C1 gives you the proficiency to converse well in the language.

•You will have to take TOEFL/IELTS for all the courses taught in English. Further, some courses might also require you to take up the GRE as well. I would recommend to give these exams as early as possible as if you don't get required marks, you can give it a second attempt.

• University may ask for a Statement of Purpose or a Letter of motivation. Try to start roughly jotting down some key points and start fine tuning and editing them early till you arrive at something you are satisfied with. Focus briefly on what you have done, what your career goals are and what motivates you to choose this path of studying. You should know these things.

•Try to get to know the specific requirements of the university for your preferred course. You can get the information on the website of the university or try contacting any counselor for the same.

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