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France has one of the most prestigious education systems in the world. Whether you are an individual seeking undergraduate studies, postgraduate schooling or something else, an amazing education can easily be found in the country. No matter what region that you go to there are numerous universities and educational institutions offering world-class education for people far and wide. There is a reason that so many people choose to come to France to receive their education and when it is the best education that you require, it is well worth your time to look at the colleges and universities that are available throughout the country.

As a student at one of these institutions you can rest assured that you will receive an amazing education, while also enjoying the many other things that are to be loved in the country

  •  One of the most renowned education systems in the world.
  •  Classes in English, even in the heart of Paris
  •  Experience living and studying in one of the most culturally rich countries in the world
  •  Hub of Education – 3rd Leading host country for higher studies

An Overview of the French Educational System

Individuals choose France for their educational needs for a number of very good reasons. Because the French are so adamant of being able to offer students the highest in educational standards, you can always count on your chosen college and program to be among the best that you can find anywhere in the world. The people of France take their education exceptionally seriously, and it shows in the education that you can find across the country. Plenty of money is spent on education in France, and if getting the prime education that you want and need is important to you, studying in France is definitely the perfect option.

Higher education in France is organized in three levels or grades which correspond to those of other European countries, facilitating international mobility:

  •  Bachelor
  •  Master
  •  Doctrate

These levels of study include various “parcours” or paths based on UE (Unités d’Enseignement or Modules), each worth a defined number of European credits (ECTS). A student accumulates these credits which are generally transferable between paths. A Licence is awarded once 180 ECTS have been obtained. A Master is awarded once 120 additional credits have been obtained.

Higher education in France is divided between grandes écoles and universities.

Study in France in English

France's success in attracting students from around the world reflects not only the excellence of higher education in France, but also the quality of daily life, the variety and richness of French culture.

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.

Several Education colleges and Institutions in France provide Higher Education In English. The option of learning French is also available, if you wish to learn the language than you should enroll in such courses. When you choose this option you are expanding your learning capabilities and can take home something that you may have never expected upon arrival in the country. Since there are so many international students attending colleges and universities in France, that is the reason that you can find courses offered in both the languages. Now, it is not to say that there are not a number of benefits for those who choose to take the plunge and learn their courses in French or that there is anything wrong with taking the courses in English either.

Working while Enrolled

International students have the right to work while studying in France as long as they are enrolled in an institution that participates in the national student health-care plan. Students who are not nationals of EU member countries must also hold a valid residency permit. The right to work applies to all students, including those who are in France for the first time, those who are enrolled in the first year of a university program, and those who are enrolled full-time in a language school.

The law allows students to work 964 hours in a given year, which corresponds to 60% of full-time employment for the year. A French proficiency is required, otherwise, it’s difficult to get a part time job in France. Remember that you can't expect to meet all of your expenses by working part-time, so you must have other means of support.

France has a national minimum hourly wage, known as the SMIC. The SMIC presently stands at € 9.53 gross per hour worked since January 1, 2014, before mandatory withholding for social benefits. Withholding reduces the worker's net wage by about 20%.

Students are no longer required to obtain temporary employment authorization (APT, Authorization Proviso ire de Travail) in order to work part-time while enrolled.

Working after Graduation

International students holding a master’s degree or the equivalent

Students who have earned at least a master’s degree or the equivalent may apply for a one-time (non-renewable) temporary residency authorization (APS, autorisation provisoire de séjour) valid for 12 months beyond the date of expiration of the student’s residency permit. The authorization enables the student to work at any job up to the limit of 60% of the official work week (that is, just over half-time employment).

Students who obtain a job related to their academic program at a rate of compensation equal to at least 1.5 times the national minimum wage may enter full-time employment by filing a request for change of status (from student to employee) at their prefecture.

Other students

Other students may also accept employment under certain circumstances. They must obtain a change of status (from student to employee) and follow a special procedure.

Applicants for employment authorization must submit an employment contract or offer of employment from a French firm. In adjudicating the application, the authorities will take several criteria into account, including the firm’s motives, the applicant’s background, and the amount of time the applicant has spent in French higher education.

Internship & Remuneration

According to French Law an internship needs to be paid if its duration is longer than 2 calendar months (no matter whether the internship is part-time or full-time). The remuneration has then to be paid to the intern from the first day on and not after the end of the first two months.

AUP will not accept to sign a several subsequent “convention de stage” for a company who wants to avoid paying a student.

There are only very few exceptions to this law about remuneration:

Organizations which are based in France but adhere to international law, not French Law (UNESCO, UNEP etc...)

Institutes or organization doing social work or providing social medical assistance

An intern working full-time (35h a week) will have to earn a min of €436.05 per month (a part-time intern proportionally less). Social charges will apply to the difference between this minimum amount and the remuneration offered by the company if the salary is higher.

The intern has to pay about 13% of this difference towards social charges, whereas the company has to contribute an extra 20%.

Obtaining & Renewing Residence Permit

Upon the expiration of the initial residency permit (the one built into the VLS-TS visa), students and research scholars alike must renew their residency permit at the prefecture for the area in which they reside (in Paris, the prefecture of police). The new residency permit is a laminated card that is separate from the passport. The cost of renewal is approximate €30.

Courses/ Programs applied by the students in any school (France) are based and governed by terms & conditions and qualifying criteria as laid by the respective school. Services provided to student are limited only to the extent of assisting students to get admissions in the School.



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