Why study in France ?
France owes its economic success to its research capacity and to its achievements in the fields of space, transportation, electronics, telecommunications, chemistry, biotechnology, health and mathematics.
France’s diversified network of more than 3,500 higher education institutions, both public and private, and its internationally renowned research centers deliver top-notch academic programmes. The network comprises 77 universities and 26 PRES (clusters of universities and research centres), more than 200 engineering schools, 200 schools of business and management, 120 public art schools, and 20 schools of architecture. In addition, more than 3,000 specialized institutions provide instruction in specific sectors, such as tourism, gastronomy, fashion, design, etc.
With nearly 280,000 international students making up 12% of total postsecondary enrollments, France remains the fourth-most-popular destination for internationally mobile students after the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Feel welcomed in one of the famous institutions of higher education, from the Sorbonne in Paris founded in 1179 to the high-tech campus of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis.
France devotes 1.4% of its GDP to higher education, a level of financing that ensures the quality and recognition of French degrees. France’s central government defrays a very large share of the true cost of education at public institutions (between €10,000 and €14,000 per student per year), thereby reducing the student’s tuition burden (e.g. tuition fee of Bachelor’s programmes in a public university in 2013-2014 is €183 per year). Since tuition fees at France’s public institutions are among the lowest in the world, and that both international and local students enjoy the same benefits and social welfare in France, the value of the high-quality French degrees becomes even more remarkable.
Same as French students, international students in France enjoy lower prices and special assistance in many aspects of daily life, e.g. the national health-care system (social security), rent subsidies, legal right to work part-time (up to 964 hours per year, i.e. 60% of full-time employment), price reduction in public transportation, restaurants, museums and cultural events, etc. Taking into account these discounts, the average monthly student budget is €800 - €1,000 per month in Paris and €600 - €800 per month elsewhere in the country with everything included (rent, meals, transportation, leisure, etc.).
Literature, films, museums, theaters, operas, cafés, and the national flair for food and fashion are parts of the everyday life in France. Enjoy the exceptionally rich cultural environment and the admired French art de vivre (art of living). Take advantage of France, bordered by 9 European countries, as the gateway to discover Europe by travelling or doing internships with a European firm.
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Please check out the website of Campus France Hong Kong: www.hongkong.campusfrance.org/en