{{FAQ on studying in France}}

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Why study in France

  • For the quality of the educational system:

    Internationally recognized diplomas, degrees, and certificates; 400 internationally renowned institutions of higher education and research; a system of accreditation that ensures quality education.

  • For the affordability of tuition:

    France devotes almost 20 percent of its annual national budget to education–about €6,000 per student! Domestic and international students are treated equally at French institutions of higher education.

  • For scientific, industrial, and economic know-how:

    France is the source of technological marvels such as the high-speed train, the smart card and Airbus planes.

    France is also the world’s fourth largest economy, home to world-class manufacturing groups such as Renault, Michelin, L’Oréal, Total, Orange and Carrefour, and many thousands of promising start-ups and thriving smaller businesses.

  • For the quality of French life:

    A superb system of public transportation, modern and affordable health care, cities in which you feel safe and secure.

  • For culture and savoir-vivre:

    France has a long and rich cultural heritage, and a lively cultural scene featuring festivals, theatre, fashion, and good eating. France produces 120 - 150 films a year, and Paris has the world’s highest density of cinemas.

  • For the language:

    French – the official language of almost 200 million people – opens doors in 47 countries all over the world. It is also the only language with English to be spoken on the 5 continents

How much does it cost

Studying in France is relatively inexpensive because the government funds a significant share of the cost. Annual tuition in a public university is between €150 - 500, depending on the program. A meal in a university restaurant costs less than 3 Euros. Costs in private institutions are higher. Remember, international students are treated just like French students.

What about the cost of living in France ?

Most students need €600 – 800 each month to cover the costs of food, transportation, and housing. The amount you will need depends on where in France you live and on what type of housing you select.

Are grants and scholarships available ?

Scholarships and grants are available based on the terms of binational agreements.
Unfortunately no scholarships or grants are offered to Trinidad and Tobago nationals for studying in France.
There may, however, be some grants/scholarships available from other sources, usually at the graduate level. See the the section entitled “Useful Contact Information” for further information and links.

May I work in France ?

International students may work half-time as long as they are registered at an institution approved by the French social security system. Even first-year students and students coming to France for the first time have the right to work half-time.
More details on this here http://edufrance.fr/en/a-etudier/sejour01-6.htm

What visa status will I have as a student ?

International students coming from countries outside the European Union must obtain a long-term student visa from a French consulate.
Upon arrival in France, international students must first register with their educational institution and then obtain a student residency permit from the local authorities.
More details on this here http://edufrance.fr/en/a-etudier/sejour02-6.htm

Health insurance is mandatory. Why ?

France’s system of social protection is one of the world’s best. The system covers all or part of the health-care costs of insured parties.
Students under the age of 28 are covered by social security when they register with an approved educational institution. Students 28 and older must obtain individual coverage.

Do I have to be able to speak French ?

A knowledge of French will enable you to benefit more fully from your stay and to get more out of life in France. If your French isn’t as good as you’d like, take some courses in France or in your home country.
French classes available at the Alliance Française of Trinidad and Tobago. Contact 622 6119 or visit their website http://alliancetnt.com for further details.

Dernière modification : 26/11/2008

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