Top reasons to study in France

Top-reasons-to-study-in-FranceAlong with being a top tourist destination, France is also a well-known study destination. The country, famous for the Eiffel tower, Louvre Museum, Côte d'Azur, and the French Alps, is also well known for courses in Business Management, Performing arts, Agriculture and Forestry and Politics.

 

The 643,000 square km country has about 39 universities ranked by the QS. Five French universities feature in the top 200 universities lead by Ecole normale supérieure, Paris at 43rd position. The French universities also feature among the top 10 in many subject rankings as well. INSEAD and HEC Paris School of Management feature in the third and the ninth position for Business and management related courses. Agro, ParisTech holds the ninth position in the world for agriculture and forestry courses. Sciences Po stands at the 4th rank for politics. The top two universities in France are also among the top 35 in the world for studying Mathematics.

 

Top 25 Universities of France

Sl.no

University

Rank 2018

Rank 2017

1

Ecole normale supérieure, Paris

43

33

2

Ecole Polytechnique

59

53

3

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

131

141

4

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

157

177

5

CentraleSupélec

177

164

6

Sciences Po

220

220

7

Université Grenoble-Alpes

236

206

8

Université Paris-Sud

242

241

9

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

269

228

10

Ecole des Ponts ParisTech

270

268

11

Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

293

221

12

Université de Strasbourg

303

260

13

Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7

305

262

14

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan

330

264

15

Université Paris Dauphine

355

356

16

Université de Montpellier

381

327

17

Aix-Marseille University

411-420

411-420

18

Université Paris Descartes

441-450

377

19

Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA)

451-460

421-430

20

Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1

501-550

501-550

21

University of Bordeaux

501-550

501-550

22

Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III

501-550

461-470

23

Université Lille 1, Sciences et Technologies

551-600

501-550

24

Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2)

551-600

551-600

25

Université Nice Sophia Antipolis

601-650

601-650

Source QS Ranking

 

Higher Education in France:

The French higher education contains four types of organizations:

  1. Public universities

  2. Grandes Écoles

  3. Schools of Art, Design and Architecture

  4. Specialized Schools

Public universities

Most French students attend public universities. There are 77 public universities funded by the French government. They offer courses for all degree levels and disciplines.  The tuition fee at public universities is funded by the French government and hence a very nominal amount in the range of €183 – €388 is charged.

 

Grandes Écoles

The Grandes Écoles are specialized centres of learning engage in training students in engineering, management, higher education and research, and public administration etc. Schools of management and engineering are the largest groups of Grandes Écoles.

 

Schools of Art, Design and Architecture

France, being the hub of arts and culture, also possesses arts schools and architecture schools. There are a total of 80 public fine arts schools and 20 schools of architecture all over France.

 

Specialized Schools

About 3000 public and private institutions called Specialized Schools provide training and degrees in a variety of areas such as nursing, journalism, social work, fashion, design, tourism to name a few.

 

Reputed Universities in France

A total of 39 French universities are ranked by QS rankings. French universities also feature in the top 100 universities in a number of course groups as well as courses making it an important reason to study in France. CentraleSupélec has been ranked at number nine in Top 50 under 50 category. Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne is placed at the 23rd position in the world for Archaeology and 26th in Law and legal studies. Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) is ranked at 18th position in the world for Modern Languages.

 

In Arts and Humanities, Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) ranks 26th in the world. The other universities in this category are:

 

Top Universities in France for Arts and Humanities France

Rank

Universities

26

Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

61

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

114

Ecole normale supérieure, Paris

122

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3

154

Sciences Po

278

Université de Strasbourg

315

Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

321

Université Lumière Lyon 2

332

Université de Toulouse II-Le Mirail

Ecole Polytechnique and CentraleSupélec lead the French universities in Engineering and Technology. The other French universities are:

 

Top Universities in France for Engineering and Technology

Rank

Universities

74

Ecole Polytechnique

79

CentraleSupélec

159

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

172

Mines, ParisTech

177

Institut polytechnique de Grenoble - Grenoble Institute of Technology

There are six universities in France which feature among the top 200 for Life sciences and medicine. In France, the Medical School is governed by the Unités de formation et de recherche de médecine (UFR). The course takes nine years to complete after the baccalauréat. Diplôme d'études spécialisées (DES) is awarded to those who complete the programme successfully.

 

Top Universities in France for Life sciences and Medicine

Rank

Universities

94

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

121

Université Paris Descartes

154

Université de Montpellier

170

Université Paris-Sud

186

Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7

191

Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1

Natural Sciences include Chemistry, Earth & Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Materials Science, Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy. Ecole Polytechnique 28th in Physics and Astronomy and is among the top 45 universities in the world for Mathematics.

 

Top Universities in France for Natural Sciences

Rank

Universities

34

Ecole Polytechnique

55

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

108

Ecole normale supérieure, Paris

108

Université Paris-Sud

131

Université Grenoble-Alpes

135

Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7

141

Université de Strasbourg

174

Université de Montpellier

In Social sciences and management, French universities are among the top 50 universities. One of the reasons to study in France is the presence of three top 100 business schools in the world. Two of the three business schools INSEAD and HEC Paris feature at 3rd and 12th rank, while ESSEC business school is ranked between 51 – 100.  Few of the subjects which feature in social sciences and management are Accounting & Finance, Anthropology, Communication & Media Studies, Development Studies, Hospitality & Leisure Management, Law and Statistics & Operational Research.

 

Top Schools for Social Sciences and Management in France

Rank

Universities

32

INSEAD

55

HEC Paris School of Management

62

Sciences Po

67

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

159

Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

169

ESSEC Business School

Tuition Fees of Top Universities of France

An important reason to study in France is the affordable tuition fee. The tuition fees charged by French universities are affordable as compared to the institutions anywhere else. The tuition fees of public universities are borne by the government, hence a very nominal fee is charged to the students ranging from €183 –  €388. The tuition fees of the top five French institutions are:

Sl.no

University

Annual tuition fee

1

Ecole normale supérieure, Paris

€183 - €388

2

Ecole Polytechnique

€ 12,000€ -€15,000

3

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

€ 183€ –  € 606

4

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

€ 1000 – € 1,370

5

CentraleSupélec

€8,000 –  €19,000

6

Sciences Po

€6,550 – €14,100

Work opportunities during study in France

All enrolled students in French universities irrespective of nationality have the right to work during studies. The institution should be participating in the national student health-care plan by the government. The students, if not a European National, should have a French resident permit. All students irrespective of the level of education enrolled for or the year of the course currently pursuing are eligible for work during studies. International students are allowed to work for 964 hours per year.

Enrolled students are not required to apply for temporary employment authorization or APT (Autorisation Provisoire de Travail) to work during studies.

 

Best student cities of France

Another reason to study in France is the presence of best student cities. Paris, holding the number two position in the world, has 18 universities. Though the cost of living in Paris is considered to be high, the relatively less tuition fee balances it.  Lyon the second best student city in France is also known as the gastronomic capital of France. It is situated at the confluence of Rhône and Saône rivers.  Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon as the name suggests is in Lyon. France has five cities in the top 100 in the world. They are:

QS Rank

City

2

Paris

34

Lyon

68

Toulouse

90

Montpellier

97

Lille

French Culture and Geography

The rich culture with the vast international exposure is also a prime reason to study in France. Historical events and the geographical position have massively affected the French culture, which in turn has impacted the fashion, cuisine, literature, technology and science. Geographically, flanked on two sides by ocean, Mediterranean sea and Atlantic ocean, France has been the bridge between the Northern and Southern Europe.

 

Also, read:

World University Rankings 2018 Published by Times Higher Education

Top Universities for Social Sciences courses

Top Scholarships in France for Indian students

 

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First Published On : 14 Sep 2017 11:39 AM IST
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