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Embassy of France

French Embassy , 2/50-E Shantipath Chanakyapuri; New Delhi 110021, India

+ 91 (11) 4319 6100

Educational standards in France are very high, with a total of 41 French universities included in the QS World University Rankings 2015-2016. With renowned research facilities and over 800 English-taught courses, France is popular with Indian international students, who now number over 3,000 each year.

Basic information

France is the second largest country in the EU, stretching from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. It has one of the largest economies in Europe in terms of nominal gross domestic product (GDP), and is the fifth largest in the world (IMF 2013). France has an advanced industrial economy and an efficient farm sector. Relations between India and France have traditionally been close in strategic areas such as defence, counter-terrorism, nuclear energy and space. In 2013, France welcomed 288,544 international tertiary level students which constituted 7% of the total number of global internationally mobile students last year - making it the world’s 3 rd  largest host country for international students after the United States, and the United Kingdom.

The Higher Education System

France ranks 2nd  amongst the countries of continental Europe in terms of the number of Indian students it welcomes - small classroom sizes, well developed research facilities and an internationally acclaimed academic heritage are the major attractions to international students. With over 800 courses being taught in English, there has been an increase of 50% in the number of Indian students going to study in France in the last two to three years – today some 3000 Indian students opting to study in France. Visa rules have been made easier and students can now stay for an additional year in the country after completing their course. French degrees are granted by a comprehensive network of higher education institutions and world- famous research centres. This network comprises 77 universities, 26 PRES (“pôles de recherche et d’enseignement supérieur” or clusters of universities, specialized schools and research organizations). There are also some 500 “Grandes écoles” – uniquely French institutions that cover about 205 engineering schools and 200 schools of business and management, 120 public schools of Arts, 20 schools of Architecture, as well as more than 3,000 specialized schools for specific sectors such as fashion, social work, paramedical disciplines, tourism and sports. The French degrees awarded are based on the European system of Bachelor, Master, and PhD, expressed in credits as defined by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). France is one of the forerunners of scientific and technological innovation. It owes this standing to its research capacity and its many achievements in such fields as aerospace, transportation, electronics, telecommunications, chemistry, biotechnology, health and mathematics, successes attested to by the number of French winners of Fields Medals and Nobel Prizes. In terms of costs, tuition fees for higher education vary from institution to institution and between courses. Generally they range from 20,000 INR to 50,000 INR per student per year for a course leading to a national degree. Educational standards in France are very high, with a total of 41 French universities included in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, of which 11 are within the global top 250. Sixteen French universities feature in the Global Top 400 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016, of which 5 are in the Top 200 - the highest ranked French Universities being Ecole Normale Superieure (54) and Ecole Polytechnic (101).


France offers a wide range of scholarships across the academic disciplines and there are several ways to finance a period of study or research in France including grants, scholarships, and travel stipends. French Government scholarship schemes available to Indian students include the Charpak scholarship programme and the Eiffel Scholarship programme. Campus France is in charge of all facets of grant and scholarship programs for international students. Every year, the French Embassy in India along with French companies award scholarships totalling up to 8 crore Indian rupees to more than 300 meritorious young Indian graduates who wish to pursue their higher education in France. Moreover the French government contributes a large share of the true cost of education at public institutions (between 760,000 INR and 1,064,000 INR per student per year), thereby reducing the student’s tuition burden. Consequently, tuition fees at France’s public institutions are among the lowest in the world, and both international and local students enjoy the same benefits.

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