Study in France

France has always been a favorite destination for thinkers, scientists, artists, writers from all over the world and many have made it their home. The rich cultural diversity and heritage reflected in everyday life, the high quality of education as also the French state’s commitment towards welcoming international students make it an attractive destination for higher education. The world’s fifth-largest economy, France is also the fourth most popular destination for international students.

So whether it is science and engineering, law, economics, political science, journalism, architecture, design, fine arts or management studies… there is a rich variety of programmes to choose from. There are 83 public universities training in all disciplines and offering students an excellent education at a very affordable price. France is also very proud of its famous, very selective “Grandes écoles” - some of them founded in the XVIIth, XVIIIth and XIXth century. All in all they enroll about 30,000 international students, in particular for engineering and management studies.

The language barrier has been considerably lowered in recent years: you no longer need to speak French to take one of the 700 courses taught in English all over France, most of them at the master’s degree level.

There are now nearly 4,000 Indian students in France. This figure has recently undergone a sharp growth, having practically doubled over the past five years. French Higher education institutes have developed dynamic exchange programmes with over 300 premier Indian institutes and universities over the years. The French government has developed an ambitious programme with 300 scholarships for the best Indian students. And over 700 French companies have set up operations in India, looking for young talent.

Now with a gamut of government scholarships and corporate backing, personalized counseling services, it’s a great way to explore the world for personal and professional growth, drop in at your nearest Campusfrance ( office today! 10 CampusFrance offices are established in major Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.

1- Learn more about studies in France

Studying in France is a section of French Foreign affairs ministry website which provides information to those who want to pursue their education in France.

2- Find a course with CampusFrance

Campus France, the national agency for the promotion of French higher education abroad is here to guide you.

CampusFrance India promotes the French higher education system in India, provides information to institutions and students, and assists students who wish to pursue academic projects at an institution of higher education in France. CampusFrance India works in close collaboration with Indian colleges and universities, major national and international education organizations based in the India, French consulates and French higher education institutions.

10 CampusFrance offices are established in major Indian cities:
- Ahmedabad:
- Bengaluru:
- Chandigarh:
- Chennai:
- Delhi:
- Hyderabad:
- Kochi:
- Kolkata:
- Mumbai:
- Pune:

CampusFrance India’s website features extensive information on how to study in France (including info on applications and student visas), French degrees and training programs, a searchable directory of courses and programs taught in English as well as a wide array of useful tips. Whether your field of study is science, business or the humanities, France’s higher education institutions offer a wide array of programs to choose from to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

3- Scholarships

Annually, the French government awards 7.1 crore Indian rupees (1.1 million Euros) to more than 300 meritorious Indian students who will pursue a degree in France. This programme is run by the French Embassy in India for students at the Bachelor’s and master’s levels (“Charpak programme”), as well as PhD candidates (“Raman Charpak programme”, run jointly with the Indian DST).

In the past 5 years, there has been a 17% increase in the number of scholarships offered to Indian students by the French government and other co-financed scholarships with companies.

Visit the following website for more information:

4- Visa application procedure

You must apply for a long-stay visa for studies ( Take care to apply well in advance and make sure that your passport is valid when you make the application.

CampusFrance India also walks you step-by-step through the visa application procedure. (

5- India-France Job Opportunities Board

The India-France Job Opportunities Board was launched on the occasion of the Indo-French Technology Summit (23-24 October 2013). providing all Indian students having studied in France access to the network of French companies operating in India, as well as their Indian partners. Furthermore, all Indian post-graduates from France (Masters to PhD), will be able to seek assistance in finding the companies most suitable for their qualifications and talents, via the India-France Job Opportunities Board.
The Board has emerged as the direct result of two important developments. First, a growing number of Indian students have been opting for a French "Grande Ecole" or university for pursing higher studies – or a part of their programme. Management and engineering are top choices. France is pleased to host 3,000 Indian students today, which is a leap of 50% over the last five years.

Second, French companies have invested massively in India: the approximately 350 French companies present in India, with 400 subsidiaries, account for a total investment stock of $ 18 billion - which makes France one of the top investors in India.

Click on the link below to access the India-France Job Opportunities Board:
After your studies - India-France Job Opportunities Board

6- For alumni, 5 year circulation visas

Last modified on 06/09/2016

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