France has one of the most recognizable cultural identities in the world. Some 90 million visitors flock to the country every year, mostly to its famous capital Paris, but also to see the wine-making region of Bordeaux, the Gothic architecture of Lyon, or to enjoy the 300+ annual days of sun in the luxurious French Riviera. While France is well-known for being fiercely protective of its language and culture – English proficiency levels are among the lowest in Europe and Hollywood films do not dominate the film market like in most countries – these perceptions are fast-changing and France is now home to scores of world-leading, internationally-focused business schools and universities.
Consistently a popular choice for international students and with high-quality universities throughout the country, France simply must come into consideration when it comes to studying abroad.
As most business schools operate as private institutions, tuition fees usually cost around EUR€30,000. This figure may be higher at top schools such as INSEAD or HEC Paris. The cost of living in France is rather high. You should budget around EUR€400-800 for monthly rent and EUR€850 for monthly expenses.
International students (non-EU/EEA) need to apply for a VLS-TS student visa before arriving in France. The French government website has a handy tool that lets you find out whether you will need a visa in a couple of minutes.
France is home to several top 100 global universities as well as some of the most prestigious MBA programs and business schools in the world, such as INSEAD, HEC Paris, ESSEC Business School, EDHEC Business School, NEOMA Business School, ESCP Business School, and SKEMA Business School.
Graduates with master’s degrees or higher have an employment rate of over 90% in France, which has the second-largest economy in Europe and the seventh-largest in the world.
Although many of the 300,000+ international students in France come to study from other French-speaking countries, the growing number of English-language programs in France is attracting more and more students from the English-speaking world. In Europe, only Germany and the UK house more international students than France every year.
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