Languages: French & English
Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 2 hrs
Climate: Generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-north-westerly wind known as mistral with temperatures ranging from 23 degrees in the summer to -4 degree in the winter
Calling Code: +33
France is the first non-English speaking country for recruiting foreign students, and provides a wide offer of trainings taught in English. It is thus no longer needed to be fluent in French to study in France. Studies to obtain a degree are completed by French classes, an additional asset in an international career, since it paves the way to 75 French-speaking countries.
The quality of French higher education is widely recognized throughout the world. French institutions figure prominently in the Shanghai Classification of Universities, in the rankings of the Financial Times and Times Higher, and in the European Report on Science and Technologies published by the European Commission.
Each year, France makes massive investments in education and research. In fact, education is the largest category of government spending, accounting for more than 20% of the budget.
The country remains committed to its long-standing policy of equal treatment for domestic and international students. Some examples of that policy: Tuition rates at French institutions are identical for all students. For programs leading to national diplomas, tuition rates are set by law. All students, regardless of origin, enjoy the same benefits (health coverage, housing assistance).
France's institutions award degrees that adhere to the common European architecture known as LMD (for Licence, Master, abd Doctorate). French diplomas are therefore recognized and accepted throughout the world.
For many students, studying in France means an opportunity to learn French or to extend one's command of the language. Doing so allows them to join a global community of 250 million speakers of language of Voltaire, Hugo, and Camus, an official language of the Olympics, the United Nations, and the European Union.
France had given the world one of the best thinkers such as René Descartes and Jean-Paul Sartre, authors like Marcel Proust and Albert Camus, filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard and Jean Renoir, and artists like Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne.
On top of these names we can add a whole host of scientists, mathematicians and other researchers, whose names are slightly less familiar, but whose achievements are no less spectacular for it. A total of 49 Nobel laureates places France fourth in the world.
According to the United Nations World Tourist Organization, it is one the world’s most popular tourist destination.
• 85 Public universities
• 224 Engineering schools
• 220 Business schools
• 291 Doctoral departments
• 1,200 Research laboratories
• 1 out of every 3 French doctoral degrees is awarded to a student from outside France.
France's 85 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.
France's 20 PRES are clusters of universities, specialized schools, and research organizations. The cluster structure enables members of the cluster to combine their activities and resources.
The first mission of each PRES is to promote the institutions in the cluster. Because French institutions are often smaller than their international competitors, the PRES help them participate more effectively in international science.
The PRES are authorized to coordinate master and doctoral programs. They now confer degrees in their own name, even in the case of programs run by just one or just a few of the members of the cluster.
In the area of research, the PRES shares credit for all academic and scientific publications emanating from the member institutions of the cluster. Citing the PRES as the authors' affiliation increases the international visibility of the achievements of the cluster's members.
The PRES are also very active in student life, welcoming international students, providing assistance with housing and helping them adapt quickly to French academic life (e.g., through tutoring or courses in French language).
French higher education employs the "LMD system"—licence, master, doctorate—now used throughout the European Union. The system is designed to facilitate student mobility within Europe and around the world.
Using this common architecture, degrees are awarded on the basis of the number of semesters the student has completed since entering higher education and the corresponding number of ECTS credits earned.
Licence: 6 semesters (3 years) completed and 180 ECTS credits earned
Master:4 more semesters completed and 120 additional ECTS credits, for a total of 5 years of study and 300 ECTS credits earned
Doctorate:Usually obtained after 16 semesters (8 years)
The "national diplomas" (diplômes nationaux) awarded in most French institutions of higher education are regulated by the government.
• The national diplomas conferred by France's universities and other public educational institutions (such as national schools of art or architecture) demand adherence to national standards of quality that must be met by any institution that wishes to award the degree. National diplomas therefore have the same value regardless of the institution that awards them.
• The diplôme d’ingénieur is a national diploma. The schools that award it are accredited by the CTI, the French national commission on engineering degrees.
• An analogous system of accreditation exists for government-recognized schools of business and management. The degrees awarded by such schools are recognized by the French Ministry of National Education. Some schools of management have also obtained one or another form of international recognition (such as Equis, AMBA, or AACSB).
• Schools of art and specialized schools are also subject to national certification.
Program taught in English
• ESC Rennes School of Business (ESC Rennes)
• Lille University (SKEMA Business School (SKEMA)
• Rouen Business School
• EMLYON Business School (EMLYON)
• Paris School of Business
• ECE Paris (ECE)
• ESIEE Engineering - Paris (ESIEE Paris)
• EDHEC Business School (EDHEC)
• Aix-Marseille University
• Lille University of Science and Technology
• AUDENCIA –Nantes Ecole de Management
• Bordeaux Ecole de Management
• ESG Management School,Paris
• IPAG Business School,Paris
• IPAC School of Management,Annecy
• INSEAD Business School
• International School of Management,Paris
• ISC Paris School of Management
• Reims Management School
• IESEG School of Management
• ESSEC Business School
• Paris College of Art
• IAE-University of Nice
• HEC, Paris
• ME3 Universities
• INSA Toulouse
• ENSAM, Paris
• EPITA Graduate School of Computer Science
• Paris Tech-Paris Institute of Technology
• IDCE,Angers-Catholic University
• SKEMA Business School