Masters in France: tuition, accommodation, scholarships and grants, employment


    We continue to talk about graduate studies in France . In today's article, we will talk about the cost of training, scholarships and grants and living in this country. Recall that in the previous article we talked about the features of education in France and the process of admission.

    Tuition in France

    Almost all French higher education institutions receive financial support from the state, which is why the cost of studying in France is much lower than in other countries, the

    Government provides significant financial support to higher education institutions. The annual subsidy to universities for each student - both French and foreign - is about 10,000 euros.

    That is why the cost of studying at French state universities for French and foreign students rarely exceeds 300 euros per year.

    In state higher engineering schools, the cost of training is about 600 euros per year.

    In other universities, in particular in business schools, the cost of education is much higher and varies from 8000 to 12000 euros per year and higher.


    Student hostels CROUS

    French universities do not have their own hostels. All student dormitories are managed and managed by CROUS (Centers Régionaux des OEuvres Universitaires et Scolaires).

    CROUS dormitories are located either on campuses on campus or off campus.
    All hostels are designed for single occupancy. The monthly fee in CROUS dormitories ranges from 120 euros for a regular room to 350 euros, if we are talking about a studio.

    It is worth remembering that the number of places in CROUS dormitories is limited. First of all, places are provided to scholarship holders of the French Government. At the same time, many universities have agreements with CROUS, which allow them to reserve seats for foreign students participating in inter-university exchange programs or inter-university cooperation.

    Dormitories of higher schools or private educational institutions

    Unlike state universities, higher schools and private educational institutions usually have their own hostels. Although the number of places in them is also limited, these universities are trying to reserve rooms for foreign students who came to them.

    Monthly payment: from 250 to 350 euros per month and above.

    If you are planning your studies at one of these universities, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with their website for more information on finding and booking accommodation.

    Private dormitories

    Private dormitories for students exist in most cities in France. They cost more than CROUS dormitories, but they have a higher level of comfort and offer all kinds of services (intercom, common lounge, cafeteria, self-service laundry, underground garage, room cleaning). Such hostels are usually located near universities.

    We recommend several rental sites in France:


    Scholarships and grants

    In France, there are a number of scholarships and grants for foreign students, including Russian students.

    Scholarships of the French government The

    Embassy of France in Russia has opened a new information resource on scholarship programs for studying in France. The new site is designed to inform potential candidates about existing scholarship programs and the conditions for their provision.

    Applicants for scholarships can find comprehensive information and apply at .

    If you are applying for scholarships from the Government of France and other scholarships listed on this site, you must register and fill out all the forms within the indicated time frame to apply.

    Online recording is simple and free: just create your own page with a username and password and select the scholarship programs you are interested in.

    The criteria for granting scholarships can be very different: your academic performance in a Russian university, knowledge of foreign languages, motivation and professional plans for the future are of importance. That is why we advise you to pay special attention to filling out an online application, on the basis of which a decision will be made.

    Important information: when applying for a scholarship, you must indicate the name of the French university in which you are already enrolled, and the name of the curriculum.

    Erasmus mundus

    This program is a chance for talented and energetic young people who have studied at the university for at least four years to continue their education abroad - in several European countries.

    Students with a state diploma of higher education (bachelor, specialist or master) can apply for participation in the Erasmus Mundus program to continue their studies in Europe and obtain a master's degree from European universities.

    Global Education Program

    The program for social support of Russian citizens who have independently enrolled in leading foreign educational organizations and study in them in specialties and areas of training, the quality of training in which meets the best international standards, and to ensure their employment in organizations registered in the Russian Federation, in accordance with qualifications obtained.

    At this stage, the program includes 9 French universities:

    Université Paris 6 Pierre et Marie Curie
    Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot
    Université Paris 11 Sud
    Université d'Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand
    Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1
    Université de Strasbourg
    Ecole Polytechnique
    École Normale Supérieure de Paris
    École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

    More information on the official website of the program.

    Employment in France

    Work while studying A

    long-term student visa and, if extended, a temporary residence permit in France (carte de séjour) entitle a foreign student to carry out professional paid activities, the duration of which should not exceed 60% of the annual working time (for this no prior administrative permission is required). On average, a student can work no more than 18-20 hours a week.
    For information: the cost of the hourly wage as part of the minimum wage (SMIC) is 8.71 gross euros.
    As a rule, students work part time in cafes and restaurants, bookstores, cultural and exhibition centers, libraries, etc.

    Work in France after receiving a French diploma

    Masters in France are tailored to the demands of the labor market. Many students carry out their research projects already within companies, where they continue to work after graduation.

    Russian graduates of French universities who have received a state master's diploma or a diploma of an equivalent level of education can apply for a temporary permission to work in France for a period of six months (without the right to renew). This permission allows them to work 60% of the official full time job. If the employer agrees to conclude a contract with a foreign graduate of a French university on the profile of his diploma (specialization) and with a salary of at least 1.5 SMICs, there is the possibility of full employment; in this case, a foreigner may apply to the prefecture with a request to re-register his student status with the status of an employee.

    All other Russian students (who, for example, have not received a state diploma or received a diploma a level lower) can also be hired by a French company and, accordingly, change their student status to the status of an employee. For this, it is necessary - after signing a contract with a French company or receiving an invitation to work - to go through the specific procedure for obtaining a work permit in France. Each application is considered individually, and the conditions for issuing a permit depend on many factors, such as, for example, the profile of the candidate, the number of years of his studies in France, the motivation of the enterprise, etc.

    After working in France, working is also possible with a special residence permit called Carte Competence et Talent. It can be obtained by foreigners whose exceptional activity or work contributes to the economic, intellectual, scientific, cultural, humanitarian or sports prosperity of France and their home country. Work permit in this case is given depending on the submitted project and is valid for 3 years with the possibility of extension.

    More information here .

    Education in France offers many opportunities for students and graduates. We hope that we have confirmed this with our article. A very interesting direction - we recommend!

    PS We recommend another article on the topic - 5 Myths about education abroad.

    The author of the article is Vyacheslav Davidenko, founder of MBA Consult

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