World Study in France

latest guide to study in france for Pakistani stgudents to get admission and visa of farance

France is regarded as one of the favorite European destinations for several reasons. It is the most scenic city of the world. Fashion and art industries dominate in France. The country is matchless in cultural richness. But the most significant thing which is making France the most preferred international country is its education programs for foreign students.  France is offering several affordable study programs for international students. The quality and credibility of these programs are equal to that of other leading western nations.

 

France, the Study Destination for Pakistani Students 2020:

Last year On 19 November Prime Minister of France launched the "Choose France” national plan. The government wants to make France more attractive to international students and to increase the visibility of French Higher education system abroad. Moreover, students who arrive in France at the beginning of the 2019 academic year to complete their degree program at graduate or undergraduate level, French government will continue to pay 2/3rd of the real cost of your education. Your tuition for 2019/2020 will be as follows:

  • €2,770 annually  at the licence (bachelor) level

  • €3,770 annually at the master level

  • €3,770 annually at the doctoral level

Thus France has now become a hub of international courses .Moreover, the latest, techno-integrated curriculum is taught at French universities. France is the world's fourth-richest country and is designated as the 4th best study abroad destination in the world to study in 2018 by QS Ranking.

 

Why Pakistani Students Choose France:

Primarily the number of international students visiting France started growing at the end of 1998.This is because the French government has introduced an effective support policy to invite international students to study in French educational institutions. Currently, the low cost tuition fee is the main charm to study in France.

Besides the 4th highly ranked position in Qs ranking and low cost study programs, the French visa policy becomes quite lenient for education seeking visitors. In fact, the government of France allows the students to re apply and fight back if their visa is rejected in the first application process.

France enrolled more than 300,000 foreign students in 2016.This figure indicates a 12% increase over 5 years

The establishment of Campus France is another mile stone in the French international students’ facilitation. This Agency works for the promotion of higher education international student services, and international mobility.  The agency helps and participates in education fairs to raise the significance of French higher education in foreign countries. 

Another treat that France is offering in education is the number of courses taught in English. English taught courses have been increased five-times since 2004, and is still growing ahead. Surprisingly, France has given so much support to the international students that a foreign student can apply in multiple universities with one single on-line application.

France exceptional courses are not just offered in medicine, business or engineering fields, yet, this cultural destination offers exceptional courses in contemporary courses like fashion design, hotel management, tourism and social sciences

 

French Latest Scholarship Offers for Pakistani Students 2020:

French Government is also offering various scholarship programs plus enough financial grants to attract foreign students towards French institutions of higher education. For 2019/20, French Government has announced many scholarships for Pakistani Students in almost all levels of degree programs including bachelors, masters and PhD’s in the fields Professional sciences, of Social Science, Business and Architecture. The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) at French Embassy co-operates with the Government of France to establish effective prospects of education in France for Pakistani students. In this regard many scholarship programs are enrolling Pakistani students in French universities. For example,  Eiffel scholarships. The fields of studies offering Eiffel scholarships include law/political sciences, economics and management and engineering sciences at Masters’ level; whereas, sciences, economics and management, and law/political sciences for the Doctorate/PhD level.

According to a general survey almost all international students (more than 90%) who have completed their studies in France are satisfied with the quality and recognition of the study program. However above 75of the foreign students can easily afford cost of education.

 

Reputed French Universities in Farance for International Students 2020

France is the destination which resides some of the most highly ranked universities. France also rests the oldest institution; the first French University, University of Paris is established more than 800 years ago.  Basically, in France 83 public universities are funded by the French government, offering excellent education at an affordable price. Around 33 undergraduate programs are English-taught. There are around 500 undergraduate or masters’ level courses offered by French universities. Paris is the 2nd Best student city to study in 2018. The most prestigious European universities located in France are Ecole Normale Superieure and Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech.

Besides the government funded universities, France also offers admission to foreign students in The Grandes Écoles. Grandes Ecoles are higher education institutes that are run under private administrations .These institutions compete with the IV league international universities. They are in fact prestigiously selective and elite class institutions of France.

 

Work While Studying:

International students can part time work for a maximum of 20 hours a week off campus. French government now allows foreign students to work up to 964 hours per year. In France the minimum salary is € 8.71 per hour.

 

After Study Prospects:

International students can now prolong their stay after completion of their study course. In addition, from March 2019, foreign graduates with a French master's degree can apply for a residence visa to look for work or a business in France. During this stay students can find a job. After completing the master’s degree the student can apply for his residence permit. This permit authorizes the pass-out to join any kind of salaried job -to a limit of 60% of the officially permitted number of working hours. You can gain the employee status if the employer is satisfied with your work. Moreover, after spending some years in France the pass-out students can also apply for permanent residency or citizenship.

 

Miscellaneous Reasons to Study in France

Some reasons other than the educational prospects to study in France include the humble French people and their classy manners. France is the destination known for its historic architecture and culture. Every other scene is beautiful in France. Not only the metropolitan cities but the suburbs speak beauty. Pakistani students will definitely enjoy the temperate climate most of the year. Our students, who are afraid of extreme temperatures, can now experience the weather of France.

France is the generator of most renowned fashion brands in the world like Givenchy, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior etc.

Another great thing to study in France is its proximity with great European With so many neighbors. Students who visit France can dig out prospects to visit the neighboring destinations in future. These countries include Germany, Norway and Spain.

Not just French fries but many other French cuisines have exceptional flavors. Previously, Halal food availability was a great factor to dine out. Now many Halal Asian restaurants are operating in France to cater Muslim Students. 

France’s transportation system is effective, affordable and efficient, and extensive. Therefore, you can travel anywhere easily as an international student.

France is among the European nation which renders smooth positive linear growth in economy and industry, therefore large prospects of jobs are available for foreign students.

France is without a doubt great country that has always been one of the top study abroad destinations in the world. If you want to study in France, you will definitely have to get admission in a French university first. It can be a little confusing for students to apply to a foreign university sitting at home. This article will teach you complete application process to study in France. Just follow the instructions step by step and there will be no complications in application process to study in France.


 

1 -   Select a Program

Before doing anything else in the process, students must first select a study program which they will be interested to study. It is recommended to select a program in which they wish to make a career. France offers a wide range of courses in two languages, French and English. French universities provides one of the largest range of English taught programs in among Non-English countries. After selecting a program make sure that it is available in English taught programs in France.

 

SEE ALSO: Student Accommodation Options in France

 


 

2 -    Select a University

Once selected a program, you need to find universities in France that offer this program. Then filter out at least 3 universities that are best in ranking and according to your requirements. More than one universities are selected so if you don’t get admission in one university, you have other alternatives. It is also recommended to also apply in more than one programs to assure your odds of studying in France. Some of the most prestigious French institutes are following.

 

1.     Ecole Normale Supérieure

2.    Ecole Polytechnique (ParisTech)

3.    Université Pierre et Marie Curie

4.    École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

5.    CentraleSupélec

6.    Sciences Po

 

SEE ALSO: Latest Top Ranked Universities of France

 


 

3 -   Check Eligibility Requirements

It is really important that you also check the eligibility requirement to get admission in the selected French institute. Some requirements may vary depending on the university. After selecting a university, visit their official website and see the eligibility criteria for international students to get admission. You may also be required to take part in a standardized test like GRE, GMAT, or LSAT that also depends on the university and your study program.

 

SEE ALSO: Complete Study and Living Cost in France

 


 

4 -   Where to Apply?

Application process to study in France is not exactly simple for Non-European students. All European students can just go to the official website of the university and apply for admission. However, it is different for Non-European students. Just to apply to a university, you will first have to pass a preliminary admission test called DAP in cultural service of the French embassy of your country. To get admission in the first year of postsecondary programs, students have to use the online Admission post bac system.

It is understandable that admission procedure to study in France is a little complicated. If all this process is too complex for you, there is also an easy way where you won’t have to do a single thing. That way is to acquire services of a Study Abroad Consultant. StudyAbroad.pk has a number of  Pakistan’s Best Study Abroad Consultants. Click the link to see all studyabroad.pk registered consultants in your city. You can simply fill the inquiry form on this website and our consultants will contact and guide you free of charge. 


 

5 -   Language Requirements

You can study in France in two languages English and French. Most international students get admission in English taught programs as French language is not very common around the globe. If you have necessary communication skills in French then you can also study French taught programs. No matter what language you choose as medium of teaching, you will need to prove that you have sufficient communication skills in it. So, you will basically be required to take part in a languages proficiency test. 

 

French Language Test: DELF, DALF, TCF

English Language Test: TOEIC, IELTSTOEFL

 

SEE ALSO: Best Students Cities in France

 


 

6 -   Required Documents

Following are the documents required by the university with the application. Normally, these are the only documents that a French institute will ask for. However, depending on the university and program, you may have to submit some additional documents. Make sure you visit official website of the university and confirm all required documents.

 

1.     Pre-registration certificate provided by the university

2.    Copy of identity document i.e. ID Card and Passport

3.    Passport size photos

4.    A civil liability certificate

5.    Resume or CV describing all your past certifications, education and experience

6.    Cover letter

7.    Language proficiency certificate (French/English)

8.    Official academic transcript(s) from each university you attended with a minimum 3.0 CGPA or equivalent

9.    Proof that you can financially afford your living in France

 

SEE ALSO: How to Get Student Visa for France

 


 

7 -   University Application Deadlines

Universities in France open admission twice a year called Fall or Spring admissions. Have everything prepared before these dates so there is no problem in admission procedure.

 

·         Fall admission opens from February 1 to April 1 every year.

·         Spring admission opens on September 15 and closing depends on the university and number of available seats.

 

SEE ALSO: How are Jobs and Residency Opportunities in France

 


 

8 -   After Receiving Acceptance Letter

Universities notify students between June 15 and September 15 whether they are accepted or not for the programs beginning in October. It you gives only about a month to prepare, get visa and residence permit before departure. University will send you an acceptance letter that will be used to get Student visa to study in France. After reaching France, you will have to personally visit the university and register yourself for classes. There you will receive a certificate of enrollment and a student ID card. Being a Non-European student, you will also be required to get a health insurance.

 

HERE SEE: Complete Guide to Study in France

 


 

estimated cost of study in france for Pakistani students

Studying in a European country is never cheap. You have to spend enough amounts due to a higher difference in currency rates. The student, therefore, has to plan his/her budget beforehand. The earlier you save your money while studying in France; the more you get comfortable in future years. Just take an in -depth review of expenses before leaving your country to study in France. Besides the academic and living expenses, there are many hidden charges for which you should have enough money to spend in France. 

 

Pre-Departure Costs

 

Registration Fee:

Though many universities in France do not apply any registration fee, yet there are some institutions that charge a minimum amount to process your application. The registration Fees is generally mentioned in the universities admission page.

 

Expenses of Language Proficiency Course and Test:

As French is the major medium of teaching in most of these universities, therefore, an Asian student has to qualify a French proficiency course prior getting the admission. This became very necessary if the student is enrolled in a French taught program. A comprehensive French course in Pakistan costs between 20k-30k. However, the original complete French proficiency test with all sections called TEF is around 60thousand PRs .Moreover, if you are enrolled in English taught program then you have to show scores of English language proficiency tests like IELTS or TOEFL. If the student can prepare the test himself then only examination fee is estimated. Many students join some institute to practice their English proficiency course. This course enrollment cost around 29 thousand. Plus the examination fees for IELTS or TOEFL is also applied. Presently it cost around 30 thousand PRs. to attend an IELT test while the cost for the TOEFL test also cost around 25-28K.

 

Visa Fee of France Student isa for Pakistani Students 2020:

To apply for a French student visa, the student has to pay a visa fee. This is a non- refundable amount. Most of the students have to attend the French university for 3-4 years to complete their degree program. Thus, they need a long stay visa with a residence permit.  This visa will cost you 99 Euro which is equal to 15,749.57 PRs. other short- stay visa categories normally charge around 60 Euros as visa application fees. 

 

Air Fare:

There are many airlines which commute between Pakistan and France. The airfare is not fixed for every airline. On an average, the flight to Paris costs you between 75K-1 MPRs.

 

Personal Costs: 

 

In addition to the above mentioned pre-departure costs, a student needs some money to buy his personal stuff to take abroad including clothes, accessories, baggage. Keep these things in mind and make a budget for your personal expenditures. 

 

Study Costs Upon Arrival in France

 

Tuition Fees at Public Universities:

Pakistan belongs to a non -European country, therefore, tuition charges for the non-EU nations are officially applied. From September 2019 French educational administrators have revised the tuition fees for international students. The current tuition costs in French public universities are as follows. 

  • for Bachelor’s (Licence) programs, 2,770 Euros per year

  • for Master’s programs,3,770 Euros per year

  • for Doctorate (PhD) programs,3,770 Euros per year

The cost of tuition at private universities is quite high as compared to public institutions .They can even cost around 20,000 Euros per year. The private institutes include Grand Ecoles and business institutions.

 

Latest Scholarships in France for Pakistani Students 2020:

French Consulates and various universities in France offer exceptional scholarships to eligible students. Most of these scholarship programs are fully funded. These scholarships offer enough funds to cover the studies as well as the other living costs. However, there are some French scholarships that only offer fully funded tuition fee and the student has to bear all the living cost personally.

 

Living Expenses: 

Besides the study costs, the student has to bear all living expenses including residence, food, transport etc. He needs to buy clothes, stationary and if he owns a vehicle he needs fuel. Thus a minimum of 500 Euro per month is necessary to study in France as an international student. This does not include the tuition cost.

 

A place to live is very important part of life where you can relax and feel comfortable. Accommodation is particularly a question from the students who are planning to study abroad. However, it is a problem to arrange a good place to live when you not in the yourself. You are in your homeland and have to arrange an accommodation in France where you can go after the long flight. This article will guide you in this issue of student accommodation in France.

 

 

How to Get Accommodation in France?

If you think that you can search a place right after landing in France, that’s not possible. It takes time to find a good comfortable accommodation. Solution to that is to find a place in advance before you move in. But the problem is, how do we know if the place that we booked online by paying few month’s rent in advance is not a scam or fraud. It can be difficult to get an accommodation in admission days so it is recommended to register one for yourself several month in advance.

 

University Administration:

First try to see if university is offering any accommodation. Universities have On campus or Off campus student accommodations. If you can get one of those it is best. Otherwise acquire university administration’s help in getting you an accommodation.

 

Personal Contact in France:

If you have a contact in France, get their help. They can see and register a place for yourself. They can also be your guarantor for the accommodation otherwise you will have to pay a big security fees.

 

Register a Temporary Place:

You can book a temporary place for about 3 months. Move in temporary place and then find a good place to live without any hustle. These temporary places can be an apartment or hostel which can be booked online.

 

Real Estate Agent:

Getting help of a real estate agent in France is also one way to go. But you have to find a trustworthy agent for that because you will be transferring some online money. You will also have to pay them commission equivalent to about one month’s rent.

 

Study Abroad Consultants in Pakistan:

This is the safest, most comfortable and recommended option. You can simply acquire the services of a study abroad consultant in Pakistan. They will not only help you get a visa but will also set things for you in France. They also have contacts to get you an accommodation according to your requirements. They also don’t charge much. If you compare their fees to real estate agent in France, you will feel like they are doing it for free.

Click the link to see Pakistan’s Best Study Abroad Consultants registered with studyabroad.pk. You can also fill the form on right and our expert study abroad consultants will contact and guide free of charge.

 

There are more than one options to select as accommodation in France.  Let’s get to know them so you can select one most suitable for you.

 

 

1 -   Private Hostels

Hostel is any house or building where a room or a seat is assigned to live with all basic facilities. You can either rent a whole room for yourself or get a seat which means that you will share a room. In hostels, rooms are provided with facilities like a bed, fan or AC, lights, closet, Internet and sometimes a mess or a kitchen. Good thing about hostels is that you don’t have to worry about any cleaning, bill, utilities or management as it is all the hostel administration. Some hostels even provide the service of laundry.

There are plenty of hostels in France particularly in student cities. These hostel are also established near a university to make it easier for students. You can find a lot of hostels online. Private hostels can cost between 300 – 800 EUR per month.

 

2 -   Apartment/ Flat

An apartment or flat is a private personal place to live. You can rent an apartment of one or more room according to your need. An apartment will have a proper kitchen and bathroom. You will have to arrange beds and other living needs yourself. You can also share a flat with someone who is already living. If you have more friends with you then simply rent a whole place so you don’t have to live with any stranger. If you rent or share or apartment it will cost about 300 and 700 EUR per month.

 

 

3 -   Student Halls of Residence

Students halls of residence are the hostels provided by the university to its students. Usually these halls are built inside in the campus which makes life even easier for students. These student halls of residence are also cheaper than any other accommodation. Since it is on campus, it will easier for you to move and you will find all your university fellows there too. This way you always have buddies and seniors to help you in all matter including studies. Student halls of residence often also provide the facility of mess that is not only cheaper but you also get quality food. These halls usually cost between 150 and 600 EUR month.

 

 

4 -   Society or Greek Houses

It is a long shot and not recommended to depend on however I must inform you of this option too. In big universities of France you will also find Greek houses, student societies and clubs. They usually have a house of their own inside the campus. Only members are allowed to live there. The problem is that you don’t easily get to be in one of them. First you will have to start studying university and then fulfill certain conditions to be eligible to join them. If you live with them, living cost will only go up and you will also have to manage the place yourself with other members.

 

 

4 -   Paying Guest

If you can find a family in France who may have an extra room then you can also live as a paying guest. However, this usually requires personal contact with the family. There are some people in France that have taken paying guest but they need some guarantee first. Living as a paying guest gives you the feeling of home and you get to live a real French life in French society instead of in hostel with all other students and foreigners. Paying guest are usually also provided with homemade. How much does the family charge you depends on them and your relation with them.

 

A place to live is very important part of life where you can relax and feel comfortable. Accommodation is particularly a question from the students who are planning to study abroad. However, it is a problem to arrange a good place to live when you are not in the country yourself. You are in your homeland and have to arrange an accommodation in France where you can go only after a long flight. This article will guide you in this issue of student accommodation in France. 

 

SEE ALSO: How to Apply for Study in France? See Complete Application Process

 


 

How to Get Accommodation in France?

If you think that you can search a place right after landing in France, that’s not possible. It takes time to find a good comfortable accommodation. Solution to that is to find a place in advance before you move. But the problem is, how do we know if the place that we booked online by paying few month’s rent in advance is not a scam or fraud. It can be difficult to get an accommodation in admission days so it is also recommended to register one for yourself several month in advance.

 

University Administration:

First try to see if university is offering any accommodation. Universities have On campus or Off campus student accommodations. If you can get one of those it is best. Otherwise acquire university administration’s help in getting you an accommodation.

 

Personal Contact in France:

If you have a contact in France, get their help. They can see and register a place for you. They can also be your guarantor for the accommodation otherwise you will have to pay a big security fees.

 

Register a Temporary Place:

You can book a temporary place for about 3 months. Move in a temporary place and then find a good place to live without any hustle. These temporary places can be an apartment or hostel which can be booked online. 

 

Real Estate Agent:

Getting help of a real estate agent in France is also one way to go. But you have to find a trustworthy agent for that because you will be transferring some online money. You will also have to pay them commission equivalent to about one month’s rent.

 

Study Abroad Consultants in Pakistan:

This is the safest, most comfortable and recommended option. You can simply acquire the services of a study abroad consultant in Pakistan. They will not only help you get a visa but also set things for you in France. They also have contacts to get you an accommodation according to your requirements. They don’t even charge much. If you compare their fees to real estate agent in France, you will feel like they are doing it for free. 

Click the link to see Pakistan’s Best Study Abroad Consultants registered with studyabroad.pk. You can also fill the inquiry form on right and our expert study abroad consultants will contact and guide free of charge.

 

There are more than one options to select as accommodation in France.  Let’s get to know them so you can select one most suitable for you.

 

SEE ALSO: Best Students Cities in France

 


1 -   Private Hostels

Hostel is any house or building where a room or a seat is assigned to live with all basic facilities. You can either rent a whole room for yourself or get a seat which means that you will share a room. In hostels, rooms are provided with facilities like a bed, fan or AC, lights, closet, Internet and sometimes a mess or a kitchen. Good thing about hostels is that you don’t have to worry about any cleaning, bill, utilities or management as it is all done by hostel administration. Some hostels even provide the service of laundry.

There are plenty of hostels in France particularly in student cities. These hostel are also established near a university to make it easier for students. You can find a lot of hostels online. Private hostels can cost between 300 – 800 EUR per month.

 

SEE ALSO: How to Get Student Visa for France

 


 

2 -   Apartment/ Flat

An apartment or flat is a private personal place to live. You can rent an apartment of one or more rooms according to your need. An apartment will have a proper kitchen and bathroom. You will have to arrange beds and other living needs yourself. You can also share a flat with someone who is already living. If you have more friends with you then simply rent a whole place so you don’t have to live with any stranger. If you rent or share or apartment it will cost between 300 and 700 EUR per month.

 

SEE ALSO: Benefits and Challenges of Studying in France

 


 

3 -   Student Halls of Residence

Students halls of residence are the hostels provided by the university to its students. Usually these halls are built inside in the campus which makes life even easier for students. These student halls of residence are also cheaper than any other accommodation. Since it is on campus, it will be easier for you to move and you will find all your university fellows there too. This way you always have buddies and seniors to help you in all matter including studies. Student halls of residence often also provide the facility of mess that is not only cheaper but you also get quality food. These halls usually cost between 150 to 600 EUR month.

 

SEE ALSO: Getting Jobs and Residency in France

 


 

4 -   Society or Greek Houses

It is a long shot and not recommended to depend on however I must inform you of this option too. In big universities of France you will find Greek houses, student societies and clubs. They usually have a house of their own inside the campus. Only members are allowed to live there. The problem is that you don’t easily get to be in one of them. First you will have to start studying in university and then fulfill certain conditions to be eligible to join them. If you live with them, living cost will only go up and you will also have to manage the place yourself with other members.

 

SEE ALSO: Study and Living Cost in France

 


 

4 -   Paying Guest

If you can find a family in France who may have an extra room then you can also live as a paying guest. However, this usually requires personal contact with the host family. There are some people in France that have taken paying guest but they need some guarantee first. Living as a paying guest gives you the feeling of home and you get to live a real French life in French society instead of in hostel with all other students and foreigners. Paying guest are usually also provided with homemade food. How much does the family charge you, depends on them and your relation with them.

 

HERE SEE: Complete Guide to Study in France

 


 

If you want to get out of your country’s boundaries or enter another country, most probably a visa will be required. A visa can be taken as a permit or certification to enter certain country or countries. Some countries that have good relation with other nations don’t really need a visa. For example, all countries in European Union can visit each other visa-free.

However, it is not the case if Pakistani or Indian citizens want to enter France. If you want to study in France a visa of student category will be required. This article will guide you how to get student visa for France with complete details including all student visa categories, required documents and visa application process. Just follow this guide step by step and you will have no issue.

 

SEE ALSO: Latest Top Ranked Universities in France

 


 

1 -    Get an Acceptance Letter

Acceptance letter is a proof by university that they have enrolled you as their student. Of course, for that you will first have to apply for admission in a French university. After completing admission application process, they will send you acceptance letter. It is based on this letter that you get a student visa.

The acceptance letter will be submitted, along with all other documents discussed below, to French embassy in home country. Make sure that you select a good university for admission and know complete application procedure to study in France.

 

SEE ALSO: How to Apply for Study in France? See Complete Application Process

 


 

2 -   Decide a Student Visa Category

There are numerous visa categories to enter France like student visa, tourist visa etc. Among these categories, student visa is further divided into 3 more categories. All these sub-categories are divided according to duration of your stay in France for studies. Each of these visas has their own purpose and time limits. These France student visas are known as:

 

1.    Visa de court séjour pour etudes

2.    Visa de long séjour temporaire pour etudes

3.    Visa de long séjour etudes

 

Visa de court séjour pour etudes:

We will call this visa short stay student visa as French names are hard to understand and memorize. This visa is for those students who are going to France to attend some short course and they will stay only up to 3 months in France for that. No residence permit is required for these visa holder as they will be back within 3 months.

 

Visa de long séjour temporaire pour etudes:

This visa is also temporary long-stay visa. This visa allows students to stay up to 6 months in France. This visa is for those students who either have short course of more than 3 months and less than or equal to 6 months or an exchange semester in a French university. When you apply for this visa, you will also have to apply for a residence permit to live in France.

 

Visa de long séjour etudes:

This is the long stay visa for those who wish to study in France. This visa allows students to stay in France until the completion of their course. Bachelor's course in France takes about 3 years, Master’s 2 years and PhD 4 years. This visa is valid for all these programs. This is why you will need to submit acceptance letter from the university with complete details of your study program. Another good thing about this visa is that you won’t need any residence permit. 

 

SEE ALSO: Study and Living Cost in France

 


 

3 -   Gather Required Document for France Student Visa

Once you have received the acceptance letter and decided your visa category, you will need to start gathering documents that are required by the embassy before issuing you a student visa.

1.     Filled and signed visa application form. Here you can download the Application Form for Long-Stay French Visa

2.    Original Passport with at least two blank visa pages. Must be valid for at least three more months from the planned date of departure.

3.    All previous passports whether used for travel or not. For lost or stolen passports, a police report with English translation.

4.    Two passport size photos

5.    Acceptance Letter from the university

6.    Photocopies of academic documents

7.    Bank Statement as proof that you can cover your expenses during stay in France (around 615 EUR per month)

8.    Airline ticket or its reservation showing date of departure

9.    Medical insurance with a minimum cover of EUR 30,000.

10.  Proof of arranges accommodation in France

11.  Language Proficiency certificate (English/ French)

12.  Proof of payment of the visa fee

 

SEE ALSO: Best Students Cities in France

 


 

When to Apply?

It is recommended to schedule an appointment as soon as you get your acceptance letter from the university. Earlier you apply, easier it is for you particularly in case of a mistake or problem. However, your visa appointment shouldn’t be before 90 days of your departure date to France. Universities in France open admission twice a year. In case you don’t know when to apply for admission in university, make sure you read How to Apply for Study in France

 

SEE ALSO: Benefits and Challenges of Studying in France

 


 

Where and How to Apply?

Students will have to submit their visa applications directly at the French Consulate in your country. Now that you know when to apply for visa, prepare all above mentioned documents along with your complete filled application. Make sure that there is no mistake or anything left in your application.

 

Contact French Consulate in Pakistan:

Address:   

Diplomatic Enclave – G5 – GPO Box 1068 – Islamabad.

Email:

ambafrance.islamabad-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Telephone/Fax:

            (+92) 51 201 14 14 / (+92) 51 201 14 00

 

HERE SEE: Complete Guide to Study in France

 


 

France is home to some of world’s best cities for not only tourists but also students. These cities are not only amazingly beautiful with high lifestyle but also provide every facility and opportunity that a student can possible need. It is recommended by study abroad counselors to select a city instead of whole country as study abroad destination. Every year QS Ranking publishes a list of cities that are best for students to study in coming year. These cities are ranked keeping student’s point of view in consideration. Living conditions, overall university ranks, study and living cost; all are researched about a city and then it is ranked accordingly. Following are the French cities that are always ranked among best cities for students in the world.

 

SEE ALSO: How to Apply for Study in France? See Complete Application Process

 


 

1 -   Paris

Paris has always been among best cities for international students. It was ranked the 2nd best student city for international students to study in 2018. Before this, Paris was continuously ranked the Best student city in the world for the last 4 years. It is also referred to as fashion capital of the world. There are a lot of great universities in this city. Highest ranked institution of Paris is ENS Paris. It was ranked 33rd best university in the world to study in 2018.

Since Paris is home to most universities of its country, one will find a number of flats, apartments and hostels in this city. Universities also offer On campus residence for students. Still, it can be difficult to find an apartment right away particularly in admission days. Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world to make a living. According to Numbeo, it is about 227 times costlier than Karachi.

Good thing for international students that tuition fees in France is very low. A student needs between US$1,100 to US$1,300 per month to cover all his/ her living expenses including accommodation if they live in university hostels. Moreover, Paris was also ranked 6th in the world for Employer Activity.

 

Top Universities of Paris:

1    Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (ENS Paris)

2    Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech

3    Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

4    CentraleSupélec; Université Paris-Sorbonne (ParisIV)

5    Sciences Po Paris

6    Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne

7    Université Paris-Sud 11

8    Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7

9    Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan

10  École des Ponts ParisTech

11  Université Paris Dauphine

12  Université Paris Descartes

13  Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2)

14  Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

15  ESCP Europe; ESSEC Business School, Paris

16  HEC Paris

 

SEE ALSO: Study and Living Cost in France

 


 

2 -   Lyon

Lyon is also ranked one of the best cities in France for international students. QS Ranking positioned Lyon 34th best city in the world to study in 2018. There are 5 universities in this city that are always ranked by QS Top Universities. Top ranked institute of Lyon is Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon ranked 177th globally to study in in 2018.

This city has a very high quality of life and its cost of living is a lot lower compared to Paris. Lyon is a small city but full of great industries with amazing culture and music praised by international students. Students also enjoy refreshing nightlife in this city because.

 

Top Universities of Lyon:

1.     Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

2.    Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA)

3.    Université Claude Bernard Lyon

4.    Université Lumière Lyon

5.    Université Jean Moulin Lyon

 

SEE ALSO: How to Get Student Visa for France

 


 

3 -   Toulouse

Toulouse is ranked 3rd best student city of the France and 68th best in the world to study in 2018. Most of the buildings in this city are built of pink bricks making a beautiful architectural style which gave Toulouse name of “Pink City”. If you love art, you will be glad to know that Toulouse is cultural hub for ballet and Opera. It is also a major center for aerospace.

Toulouse is fourth-largest city in France with every facility available for international students that one would find in Paris. However, only 3 of the universities in Toulouse are ranked by QS Top Universities. Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III was the highest ranked university of Toulouse with a rank between 461-470 in 2017. Toulouse has a very low cost of living compared Paris and Lyon with same quality of high lifestyle.

 

Top Universities of Toulouse:

1.     Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III

2.    Université Toulouse 1, Capitole

3.    University Toulouse – Jean Jaurès

 

SEE ALSO: Benefits and Challenges of Studying in France

 


 

4 -   Montpellier

One of the largest cities in France, Montpellier is very young city with one-third student population. This city is not as ancient as other cities but quite praised for its gorgeous white sand beaches. Montpellier is 4th best student city of France and ranked 90th best in world to study in 2018. Compared to Paris and Lyon, Montpellier has very low living cost. Two higher educational institutes in this city were ranked by QS Top Universities in 2017.

 

Top Universities of Montpellier:

1.     Université de Montpellier

2.    Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier

 

SEE ALSO: Student Accommodation Options in France

 


 

5 -   Lille

Ranked 97th in world, Lille is 5th best student city of France. Lille offers a great environment for all international students with a very diverse culture. It also has a number of great universities even ranked by QS. Lifestyle of Lille is also as amazing as any other of France but the best advantage you get is cost of living here. Tuition fees in whole France are low but living cost in Lille is also very reasonable. Numbeo estimated this city to be 172 percent costlier than Karachi but almost 50 percent cheaper than Paris. There is also never much problem of finding place to live as there are plenty of hostels and flats in this city particularly near universities.

 

Top Universities of Lille:

1.     Université Lille 1, Sciences et Technologie

2.    Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille

3.    Université Lille 2 Droit et Santé

 

HERE SEE: Complete Guide to Study in France

 


 

No matter how good of a study abroad destination a country is, there is always something that can be a problem for some students. It doesn’t mean that these countries only have difficulties waiting for us. Every study abroad destination also has at least one benefit that makes it worth going there. Just like any other study abroad destination France also has some benefits and challenges ready for international students. Extra benefits are always warmly welcomed but challenges and difficulties are something we just have to deal with. In this article, you will see all the benefits and challenges for international students in France and how to cope with them.

 

SEE ALSO: How to Apply for Study in France? See Complete Application Process

 


 

Benefit: Best Tourist Destination

It is no secret that France is one of the biggest tourist destination attracting people from all around the world. France is said to have been visited by most tourists in the world. Tourists have to wait for holidays and collect a great deal of finances to visit France. Even after all the trouble, tourist only get see outer shell of this magnificence and only for a short amount of time.

It is an extra benefit for international students that they not only get quality higher education at one of world’s best education system but they also get to live in a beautiful tourist destination. They have years until the completion of their program to visit any place in France without any hindrance. Students don’t just visit the famous places or see French culture but they get to live it and experience it to its core. We can’t deny that it is one of the best benefits of studying in France.

 

SEE ALSO: How to Get Student Visa for France

 


 

Challenge: Difficult to Afford

As great study abroad destination and tourist spot France is, it is also a challenge for international students to afford it. Studying abroad is already very expensive particularly for students from developing countries. France adds up more difficulty because it is a little more expensive than other study abroad destinations. It also depends on the city of France that you live in. Some cities like Paris are too expensive. On the other hand, there are also French student cities available that are almost 50 percent cheaper compared to Paris. Still France is not the most expensive country and it is still affordable with the help of below discussed benefit.

 

SEE ALSO: Study and Living Cost in France

 


 

Benefit: Very Low Tuition Fees:

France is one of the countries to offer one of the most low cost study programs. Though French currency is more than 100 times stronger and it is also over 200 times more expensive compared to Pakistan, still there tuition fees in public universities are equal or less than the fees in Pakistani universities. Private universities in France can be expensive but public universities charge only about 200 – 1,000 EUR per academic year.

 

SEE ALSO: Best Students Cities in France

 


 

Challenge: Non-English Population

France is not an English speaking country. Most population in France speaks French language. It is not that people are illiterate or can’t speak English in France but English is not that common. It is an issue in Non-English countries like France that not everyone can or will communicate in English. Waiters, shopkeeper or employers won’t prefer English as their communication language.

This causes a great deal of problem in daily life routine. Since you will be studying English-taught courses, you won’t get to learn much French. It can especially be a problem if you want to work part time with studies or after completing studies. How would you find a job that requires only English language in a French country. If you are a little optimistic, this challenge can be turned into benefit because you will get a chance to learn and practice a new language. This would also be great in future for residency and employment.

 

SEE ALSO: Student Accommodation Options in France

 


 

Benefit: After Study Job Opportunities

This is a great benefit for students who want to make career in their selected study abroad destination. Usually students are required to move back to their home country as soon their course ends. On the other hand, France provides an opportunity to extend residence for 12 months and gain professional experience. You just have to get a residence permit and find a job related to your study field. 

This 12 months permit is not renewable. In this period you can either do a job or start a business of your own that must be related to what you studied in France. You not only get to earn money, gain experience but you also build good professional contacts. If you perform good at job and get a an employment contract then you can change your status from “student” to “employee” and further extend your stay in France. It is based on this job that you can live in France and apply for residency after a certain amount of time.

 

SEE ALSO: Latest Top Ranked Universities of France

 


 

Challenge: Difficult Application Process

It is a given fact though not much of a problem but application process to get admission in a French university is difficult. You first have to pass a test at French embassy in your country only then you are allowed to apply for admission. University then sometimes also requires you to send some additional documents to further proceed with the admission. There is usually also a requirement to take part in a standardized test. Once you get admission and acceptance letter from the institute then you can apply for visa.

It may require a little extra effort, students still do it even without any help. If you find the application process too complex for yourself, you always have study abroad consultants for assistance. They don’t charge as much, get you admission, help you in visa and also provide facilities for after you have moved to France. If you have any question about studying in France, just fill the inquiry form on this page and our registered consultants will contact and guide you free of cost.

 

SEE ALSO: Getting Jobs and Residency in France

 


 

All smart students always look for the career opportunities in their study abroad destination in addition to study and living environment. It is also recommended by study and career counselors to see if they have the option of staying in the study destination for work or business. Not all countries let students stay after they have completed their course. In some countries students have to leave within a month after completing their study course. there are also some countries who never give anyone their citizenship and it is next to impossible to get permanent residency.

Most students depend on the part time job to finance their studies. In such case, they should also research if their selected study abroad destination lets international students work or not. Here you will see the complete guide on student work and after study opportunities in France. This article will provide information regarding work, career and living in France for a student. In this article you will get answers to following.

 

1.  Can International Students Work in France?

2.  Can They Work After Completing the Education?

3.  How is Job Market of France?

4.  Getting Work Visa in France

5.  Getting Permanent Residency in France

6.  Getting Citizenship in France

 

SEE ALSO: How to Apply for Study in France? See Complete Application Process

 


 

Can International Students Work in France?

YES! As most international students need a part time work to support their living, France allows them to work while continuing their studies. However, you must be enrolled in a recognized institution and studying a proper course. International students can work up to 19.5 hours a week during their study term and full time during their holidays. France has also set a minimum wage which makes sure that no one gets underpaid.

Before you start to work, you will need to get APT (Autorisation Provisoire de Travail) from DDTEFP (Direction Départementale du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle). It is a permit from government that allows international students to work. There is also no strictness to have stayed in France for some time before applying for job. You can apply for work in France as soon as you get there. Just make sure you get your APT first.

 

SEE ALSO: Study and Living Cost in France

 


 

Can They Work After Completing the Education?

It is one of benefits of studying France that they offer you the opportunity to stay in France even after completing your studies. However, it also depends on your study program. There are three types of degrees that give you this authorization.

1.     Degree at least equivalent to the Masters

2.    Degree categorized as level I by the CGE, equivalent to a 5-years studies course

3.    Professional License

 

Once you have completed your course, you will have to get a residence permit form DDTEFP and find a job related to your study field. You are allowed to stay in France for more 12 months and then your permit is not renewable. However, you can get a new permit and visa for work.

You are given whole year to find a job and make good professional contacts. If you work good and get employment contract then you extend your stay by changing your status from “student” to “employee”. It gives you a chance to work as long you want and later apply for permanent residency in France.

 

 

SEE ALSO: How to Get Student Visa for France

 


 

How is Job Market of France?

France is a developed country. There are plenty of corporations and multinational companies. ‘How job market is’, particularly depends on your work field. If you are a student then you only work part time and not in a serious job. For that you can simply work at any hotel, restaurant, bar or do freelancing. If you don’t know French language that will definitely be a problem whether your status is student or employee. If you can learn at least basic French while studying there, it will open doors to more opportunities.

Later comes the job that you apply for after completing your studies. That kind of job mostly depends your skills and chosen study field. As of 2017, unemployment rate in France is between 9 – 11 percent. Taxes in France are very high for employers and employees as well. There is more work in technological fields than others and you also can’t apply for government jobs unless you have French citizenship. There are job opportunities in France but most of it depends your skills.

 

SEE ALSO: Best Students Cities in France

 


 

Getting French Work Visa

After a company has decided to hire you only then you can apply for work visa of France. The company that is hiring you will have to send the position to the Employment Office. If they approve your work contact then they will send it to OFII (Office Francais de l’Immigration et de l'Integration). OFFII will check and approve it again. Once your contract with the company is confirmed in OFII, it will be sent to French Consulate or embassy of your country and they will issue you a visa if they don’t reject you. You will also have to get the residence permit that will allow to work full time.

 

SEE ALSO: Student Accommodation Options in France

 


 

Getting French Permanent Residency

Once you have lived in France about 5 years or a little less in some cases, only then you are eligible to apply for permanent residency in France. They will check your position, stability and language skills to decide whether to give permanent residency or not. Permanent residency allows you to live for 10 years in France. After expiration, you can renew the residency. Permanent residents have almost same right as citizens excepts for voting and holding a public office. In order to apply for permanent residency, you will need to go to your local French prefecture and provide proper documents and information. You can also apply for EU long-term residence which allows you to move and live freely in all EU members states.

 

SEE ALSO: Benefits and Challenges of Studying in France

 


 

Getting French Citizenship

Anyone can apply for citizenship in France as long as he/ she fulfill the eligibility criteria. The good news is that France also allows the dual citizenship. It means you don’t have to leave your homeland’s citizenship to achieve French citizenship. French citizens have more rights than French permanent residents. Citizens can also vote and hold a public office. In order to apply for French citizenship, you must have lived at least 5 years in France and must be in a good position. However, getting French citizenship is more difficult than permanent residency.

 

HERE SEE: Complete Guide to Study in France

 


 

benefits for Pakistani students to study in France

Studying abroad is a bankable future investment. To avail what it offers, making right choice is imperative. According to a survey conducted by Campus France, 64% students out of 14,245 international students chose France as best study destination over UK, Germany and the US. The features making France as best study abroad destination are enlisted below:

 

Low Average Tuition Fee for Foreign Students:

The French Government has subsidized tuition fee for foreign students. The average per annum fee for EU residents and non-EU residents is as low as 200 EUR. The cost also fluctuates depending on the course or programme you have chosen. 

 

Foreign Students Enjoy Same Privileges as French Students: 

A foreign policy initiated by French Government in 1998, allowed same subsidies and benefits to foreign students as French students. That means subsidies on living cost, public transport, social insurance, and student’s discounts on health care facilities. 

 

Study Visitor Visa of 5 Years Allowed for Master and Phd Students:

Whether you want to search for a job or are deciding on settling in France, you will have a 5 years visa after completion of Master or Phd degree in France. 

 

World’s Best Educational Institutes of France 2020 for International Students : 

Short term diplomas, master or PhD degrees all offered by French educational institutes are top rated. French educational institutions are offering a variety of courses and various scholarships programmes are run by French Government to accommodate international and French students.  France comes 3rd in terms of world’s best educational system, after UK and the US. 

 

Employment Options for International Students 2020 in France:

France is gaining popularity among international students because of wide and accessible employment options. Where countries like UK and US have made attaining of work permit difficult for international students. France gives work permit of at least 24 months to international students. Besides French Universities have close collaboration with businesses and firms. You might even gain a job position while studying.

 

Geographical Position:

Having a French visa gives you a pass to travel anywhere in Europe. After attaining your degree you can settle anywhere in Europe. 

 

undergraduate and postgraduate latest admission procedure guide in french universities for Pakistani students

Applying in French Universities demands some attentive strategies. If you are planning to study abroad in France, and want to get admission in a French institution, you should proceed by keeping each and every formality in consideration.

 

Pre Admission Planning:

  • Remember that the European students, Schengen countries residents and students from those countries that come under Campus France category can easily get a French student visa than a non -European citizen. 

  • For more professional advice you can take help from a reliable consultant listed at our site. You can also search authorized websites or visit the French embassy to get the correct details o admission requirements 

  • Plan your budget   before applying in any university or scholarship in France and pick the institution which is affordable for you.

 

Choose the appropriate program:

Once you are determined to take admission in a French university, it’s better to pick those study fields which are relevant to the subjects you have studied before or the career option you want to adopt in future. Check the advantages and disadvantages of selecting that field and then research for the admission prospects. Don’t forget to calculate the cost for each and every process leading to Admission in a French institution.

 

Pick the right institution:

Once you are determined about the field of study, it’s time to select the best institution. Apply in more than one institution to avoid rejection risk. Don’t just go for high-ranked university instead explore affordable good institutions with an accredited degree program

 

Academic Year and Degree Programs:

French academic year is divided into two semesters. It generally starts in September and lasts until June. 

 

Degree programs in France are divided between:

  • Undergraduate: Bachelor's degree or License (3 years)

  • Postgraduate: Master (2 years), Doctorate 3-4 yrs. PhD program 

 

Intakes for Bachelor’s Degree (Undergraduate Program)

Browse the educational sites to check admission announcements from French universities. Generally, Universities in France open admission twice a year. According to the latest 2019 announcement the admission pattern as follows:

 

Admission Calendar:

  • Fall admission begins by 1 February and will continue till 1 April. However, in some specific cases, admission may continue after this date if the seats are still vacant.

  • spring admission initiates by September 15, and the closing date is again based the available seats

  • Applications for Parcoursup program commence from 22nd January to 13th March

  • You will need to submit a preliminary application at your local French embassy in Parcoursup program before applying to one or more French universities.

Parcoursup  is an online  application designed by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation in 2018.Parcoursup now replaces the former Admission Post-Bac (APB) system. 

 

Eligibility Criteria of French Universities 2020

  • To take admission in a French university undergraduate program, you need to have graduated from High School. It means the students have to pass his/her intermediate/A-level/ grade 12 exams with good grades 

  • The student will then apply on the Parcoursup website for taking admission in the first year of a 3-year Licence (Bachelor’s) degree at public and private French universities. 

  • Students who want to apply to the second or third year for the completion of Bachelor’s(Undergraduate) License (L2, L3) program do not apply at Parcoursup, rather they directly contact the international student’s office at the chosen university. 

  • Consider that different procedures apply depending on the student’s nationality and high-school/intermediate College leaving certificate. Moreover, the criteria also depend upon the study program the candidate wants to study.

 

Step by Step Application Process:

 

Applying for DAP

Previously, Non-EU students have to pass the compulsory Preliminary Admission ("demande d’admission préalable" - DAP) exam taking admission or visa. You can apply for DAP at the Culture and Cooperation Service of the French embassy in Pakistan. Students applying in a scholarship program from the French government or a French organization are exempted from this test. Since 2018, Parcoursup program takes over the international admission responsibility, therefore you have to check for DAP eligibility at Parcoursup website .

  1. Students applying after their intermediate classes in first year undergraduate program have to follow the policies of Parcoursup Admission.

  2. They have to apply at the Parcoursup website or directly to the institutes  online application 

  3. The universities have set up their entrance exams. Prospective students have to pass those tests.

 

Language Criteria:

  1. Pakistani students who want to study in France, obviously look for English taught programs in French universities, therefore, they are required to pass some English language proficiency tests: TOEIC, IELTS or TOEFL

  2. However, most of the undergraduate  programs are offered in French therefore those who are interested in French medium courses have to pass French Language Test like: DELF DALF or TCF 

 

Required Documents

After filling the online admission form, gather the required documents to attach with the application.

 The requirements for documents vary with institutions but as a general rule, the following documents are required. 

  • Valid Passport  and  ID card 

  • Specified sized photos 

  • University specific entrance exam score

  • French and/or English Language proficiency certificate 

  • All transcripts issued by previous home country institutions.

  • Co/extra- curricular certificates, diplomas and internship certificates with their French translation

  • Registration fee 

  • Social security deposits

  • Financial eligibility proof (with a minimum of 800 euros per month)

  • A civil certificate

  • Proof o valid health insurance plan

  • In some cases, the institution might demand a cover letter and  Resume with the details of your certifications and experience

  • letter of recommendations: universities ask for two-three letter of recommendations to verify that your teachers and professors recognize you and acknowledge your personal traits and academic proficiencies

  • Personal Statement: It is a precise essay reflecting the writing proficiency of the student as well as it demonstrates why the student has chosen the institute to pursue his study. 

 

Further Process

  • Once the documents are collected, the application along with all attached documents and bank drafts are submitted at the university website before the announced deadline.

  • The French University or respective college will then assess your submitted documents and if they approved everything, the university will then send the “Admission Confirmation Email” 

  • After receiving this confirmation, the student will apply for the French visa and residence permit before leaving his country. The University confirmation email will help the student to get Student visa to study in France. 

 

Intakes for the Master’s Degree (Post-graduate Program)

  • France offers Masters program in almost all discipline. Every institution has its own admission criteria but the general structure as follows:

 

Academic Calendar:

  • French academic year starts either from September or October and ends in June or July. French Masters degrees are completed in two years. However, the closing date for applications to most of the Masters Degree programs in French universities is January 31st.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or 'Licence') holders from International countries are eligible to apply for admission onto a Masters degree. However every university sets its own criteria and decision making policies regarding Master’s admission.

  • The general procedure of application is same as o the undergraduate or Bachelor’s program. However, the following things are added in the eligibility criteria

  • An interview is generally conducted with the applicant  

  • Subject specific Admissions tests scores are required for example satisfying scores in standardized admissions test like GRE or GMAT. 

  • Certified  Academic transcripts of your bachelor degree examinations  

  • Valid evidence of language proficiency

  • Three letters of recommendations

  • Personal Statement

  • Evidence showing the financial resources needed to spend while studying in France. The French government demands that students should have access to at least €600 month. In fact, it is the amount paid to French students by government grants.

 

Intakes for Post Graduate Doctoral (PhD Program) in French Universities 2020

A doctorate program in France is a third-cycle degree. It is completed after a Masters (second-cycle qualification) and students who pursue research studies take admission in the PhD program

 

Academic Calendar

A PhD course in France runs for 3-4 years for a full-time student. It runs on six semesters that includes two teaching/ research) semesters per year.

  • The autumn semester starts in late September and runs till January 

  • The spring semester starts in early February and runs till June.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

Students applying for a PhD program should have a Masters degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Students who are enroll in Masters degree program and will have graduated prior to the doctoral program start date can also apply.

 

Language Criteria

Most PhD programs in France are in French, therefore, every institutes has its set language requirements policies. Some ask international students to submit a thesis abstract in French as a component o final assessment.

Candidates have to pass a French proficiency test 

It is better to learn basic levels of French, even if your PhD is delivered in English. 

 

Documents Required:

  • Copies of your degree certified from authorized officials with original stamps.

  • French translated transcripts approved by a lawyer.

  • In some cases you have to submit a Research proposal 

  • Two academic references

 

Grandes Écoles

These are the private yet elite French higher education institutions almost equal to the Ivy League or Russell Group universities in the USA and UK.

This program does not comply with the Government program and includes more specific institutes like high-class publically-funded universities (Écoles Normales Supérieures) and high profiles business and engineering schools (Grandes Écoles de Commerce and Grandes Écoles d’Ingénieurs). These institutions have their set admission criteria which can be accessed at their official websites.

 

latest student visa guide for Pakistani students

Once your admission is accepted in a French Institution, you have to pursue the visa formalities. Students have to submit their visa applications to the French Consulate in their country. France has designed different categories of depending upon the period of stay. Let’s check the eligibility and category of each French Visa.

 

Main Categories of French Student Visa:

The French Government offers two broad categories of student visa for non- European students

  • Short stay visa

  • Long stay visa

 

Short-stay student visa

This type of visa is generally not intended or students who wish to complete years -long degree programs in France . However, those students who are registered in a short course like language course or other short-term program in France can apply for short term visa. This type of visa allows simple transit through France, once outside “international zone” at any airport:: This visa allowed you to stay in France for a  maximum period of 90 days. No residential permit is obligatory with this visa .However, this free of charge visa could not be renewed and. This free of charge visa could not be renewed and the student has to return back to his home country when the 90 days, approx 3 months of his/her stay are over. Schengen counties citizens are exempted from this visa and they can enjoy visa free travel. However non-European visitors who want to travel in other Schengen countries in addition to France, for less than 90 days can apply for a Uniform Schengen short stay visa.

 

The "Student Contest" short stay visa

This short stay visa is issued to students who visit France for attempting an entrance exam, interview or competition in France. It is issued to the non-European students. It allows you to visit France to pass an entrance exam, a competition or admission interview in a higher education institution. If the exam is qualified and admission is accepted, the student with the "Student Contest" short stay visa can apply for a student residence permit or long stay visa without returning to the home country. However, in case of failure, student will have to leave France as soon as he/she got the disqualifying result.

 

Long Stay Visa

 

Temporary long-stay visa

This is a non-renewable visa. It allows the student to stay in France for a period of three to six months. It does not require any residential permit. Students who are in France for completion of a short course within duration of 3 to 6 months or studying in France on an exchange semester can apply for this temporary visa.

 

VLS-TS' Long-Stay Visa: Visa de long séjour etudes

These types of visas are called VLS-TS' visa. Students who have applied in French Universities to complete their degree programs like bachelors, Master’s or doctoral program require this category of visa. In this case, students have to stay in France for more than six months. This long stay visa allows the students to stay in France till their study program is completed. This visa period will cover three years for bachelors program stay, two years for a Master's degree program and four year-PhD program. Long-stay visa itself acts as a residence permit. 

 

 Extended stay research scholar visa

The Master’s degree or doctorate program enrolled students who are pursuing research or teaching at French universities can apply for this specific visa category. This is, in fact, an extended stay research scholar visa VLT-TS. A valid hosting agreement from the relevant institution is required to apply for this visa. The stamped agreement defines the student’s assigned work during the stay in France. This stamped agreement is the mailed to the respective French consulate of student’s home country along with a proper visa application VLT-TS. 

Visa Fee: The applicants have to pay the amount in dollars for single entry the amount is 112 dollars or 99€ however this amount is subject to change according to Origen currency exchange rates.

Visa Processing Time: The processing time of visa takes around 12-15 days. In case of incomplete or faulty documents the period might extends.

 

Important Points to Be Noted

  • Remember that the long stay VLS-TS visa is initially valid for around 3 months. Students need to renew the visa who wants to stay for the entire degree program completion period. Students in fact need a renewal every year. 

  • Moreover students who want to stay in France after completion of their degree program have to apply for a different visa through the immigration office.

  • Students should apply at least 3 months before the beginning of their study course

  • Students have to wait for  a maximum of 60 days to receive the final decision

 

The France Visa Application Process for Pakistani Students:

After receiving the Admission acceptance Email, the study abroad students have to apply for the student visa 

  • Applicants who have filled the online application form will access the automated visa application procedure.

  • Pakistani students are asked to provide biometrics during the visa application process.(fingerprinting or pictures)

  • At the interview session, the student has to submit a Hard copy of filled visa application form.

  • The interview session will be held at the French Consulate. Prospective study in France student has to appear with required documents and visa processing fee.

  • Visa appointment should be completed 90 days before the Departure to France.

 

Documents to present at the Visa office:

The following documents are submitted to the French visa officer to seek a student visa.

  1. Completely and accurately filled and signed visa application form. 

  2. Passport, valid for at least three more months from the tentative date of departure, with at least two blank visa pages

  3. Previous passports whether used or not. 

  4. Two passport or specific  sized photos

  5. University acceptance Letter 

  6. Attested  Photocopies of transcripts

  7. Bank Statement of (approx. 615 EUR per month expenditure) confirming your affordability while staying in France.  

  8. Airfare ticket with date of departure

  9. Health insurance coverage of EUR 30,000. 

  10. Accommodation proofs 

  11. Language Proficiency certification either in English or  French

  12. visa fee receipt

The visa officer will either to accept or reject your visa application. Students can fight back for the visa approval if they are rejected for the first time. 

If you are studying in France on your own expenses or even on a scholarship, you have to bear the living expenses. These expenses, in fact, include many things like food, health, entertainment, transport etc. Let’s make a budget and check the expenses which a student bears while studying in France  .You have to spend more if you are living in metro city liker Paris, however, remote and small town cost a bit low.

 

Accommodation:

The Regional Centers of University and Academic Services (CROUS) offers the accommodation to international students in the cheapest rates. A big portion of foreign students reside in CROUS –housing. This residence can costs a student between150-600 Euro per month. However, if you are opting for a shared or rented apartment, the cost will proportionally rise to 300 to 700 EUR per month. In French suburbs, as a student, you can rent an apartment for a minimum of 300 EUR per month. Expensive and elite class universities like Grand Ecoles have student lodging within the institutes. These institutes however charge high prices for accommodation as they offer many high-class facilities. Staying in French homes is another option for international students. A cost ranging €200-€800 per month is applied in this case depending on the location and type of residence. Home-stay generally includes at least one meal per day.

 

Food and grocery:

Besides the accommodation, there are various other living expenses in France for an international student. A student approximately requires 1 100€ in Paris if he lives totally on his own expenses.

Food items can cost around 4 Euro at a time as generally 1 meal at a University restaurant costs 3.25 € while around 15 Euro is required to buy a meal at a local French restaurant. Bread and milk together will cost around 3 Euros per day. In general, food and other accessories would cost a student € 200 to € 500 per month.

The monthly food costs will depend on the place where you shop. In a big supermarket or at a local grocery store, prices are generally high. However, grocery and food stores in most towns are small. It is recommended to visit a boulangerie (bakery). Bulk buying at a supermarket is budget saving. You can buy fresh items and bargain on prices in small markets.

For other expenses the cost is pretty high as a good branded jeans will cost 99Euro.Similarly branded shoes have almost the same rates. It is, therefore, better not to go on brands or bring most of your personal items from the home country.

 

Health and Utility Costs:

You have to pay some cash to buy ‘over the counter drugs’ if you are ill. Cold and fever medicine costs around 5 Euro, while 12 doses of antibiotics cost around7 Euro. For students who are living in separate apartments has to pay utility bills which are around 150 euro. You can share this expense with your room -mate. School material can also cost around Euro 50.

 

Student’s Discounts:

Students can also avail discounts on various features. At university restaurants (Universitaires) prices are much lower for students than outside eateries. You can avail some discounts in the library, photocopy or printing which will save you up to 50-70% off the normal price. Moreover, there are many effective discounts on cultural and other activities like sports club, theatre, museum, skating and swimming pools etc.

 

Social Security or Insurance:

Sometimes the student has to pay around 200€ for Social Security. While in some cases a student will also pay for the mutual fund. The cost varies between 6€ -50€ per month. Moreover, international students are generally eligible to benefit from France’s universal health care coverage; however, it depends on age, home country, and the duration of your French degree program. Private insurance can cost you approximately € 130 to € 500 per year.

 

Transportation: 

Transportation cost per month costs around 50 Euro per month is. There may be some discounts for students on public transport, yet private transportation costs good enough. In fact, 1litre of gas costs Euro 1.47.

 

Entertainment: 

Students will certainly entertain themselves while studying in France .A cinema ticket will cost you around 10 Euro. While internet connections and phone usage will approximately cost Euro 130.

To spent stress free life in France as a student on a degree program, it is a good idea to open an account in a French bank. Having a bank savings account, can in fact help you save money for future and the student can keep track of his expenses. Thus a list of expenses runs when you are living in France as an international student. But on an average minimum 450-600 Euro is needed to live a simple life as an international student in France.

 

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French Government allows international students to work during and after their studies. For students who want to bear their academic expenses as well as who want to settle in France can benefit from this working flexibility. Students with Long- Stay Study Visa can stay in the country after completing the study course. In this case, the pass-out has to get a job with a residence permit.

 

Latest Part –Time Job Options for International Students 2020

International students belonging to non-European countries can work part time up to 20 hours a week. It means foreign students can work for a maximum of 964 hours per year.  France has fixed a national minimum hourly wage. According to the recent update, the minimum wage, in fact, is €10.03 per hour. International students, in fact, can apply for part-time job while studying in France. During the regular semester, a student can work for a maximum of 19.5 hours/week. However, during holidays, you have no restrictions on working hours and a student can work full-time. Students who are enrolled in a 6- month program can work 472 per year.

 

Internships for International Students 2020 in France:

Many students take internships during or after the study programs. These internships are generally conducted in the same field which the student is studying at the university. A student internship, however, is not classified as employment. You do not need any work permit to continue the internship. An agreement is signed among you, the company and your institution. The internship follows set policies like working hours, allowances etc. 

These internships are often unpaid. It is good to join an internship program because it augments the work experience in your Resume and you are linked with some French professional portals that will help you in future. However, internships for more than two months offer some remuneration. These internships will pay you €508. The company may also provide special allowances such as transport, meals or accommodation.

 

Types of Part- Time Jobs in  France

There are several part time jobs available for international students studying in France. These students can do both on-campus and off-campus jobs. The following jobs are highly in trend these days for international students.

  • French teaching

  • Foreign language teaching,

  • Freelance web work

  • Translations 

  • Telemarketing work 

  • Software Development

  • videogame analysis 

  • Restaurant jobs

  • Gas station jobs

  • Tutor for school going students

  • English teacher

 

On-Campus Part-Time Jobs for International Students 2020

There are many on-campus jobs available for international students in France. At your French university, you can work with university's marketing team, work as a Teacher’s Assistance, Support physically disabled students, organize university-based social or cultural events etc. You can also work part- time at the university library. University job contracts are limited and allow only 670 working hours between Sep to 30 June while a student can work on –campus for 300 hours between Jul & Aug.

 

Full-time Jobs in France for International Students 2020

Once you complete your masters or a professional bachelor’s degree, you can apply for a temporary residence permit. This one year permit will allow you to search for a job in France related to your study field. Once you get a job in France, you can apply for a residence permit or work visa. You can now transform your student status into “employee”.

There are certain limitations for a bachelor’s degree holder but a master’s graduate can look for a job in any field Job prospects in France are high in Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic industries, aerospace, automobile companies, metallurgy, electronics, textiles, tourism and food and beverages. Major growth is also seen in the IT and banking sectors with higher employability rates. Moreover, there are many openings at the management, sales, engineering and business marketing.

 

Tips for Pakistani Students to Find Jobs in France

The campus France has given some effective tips to find a job in France:

  • Browse job offering websites and create an email alert. Pôle Emploi (Employment Centre) and The APEC (the Association Pour l'Emploi des Cadres the Management Employment Association) are good sites to search 

  • Try to build your CV in French and update your CV according to the job’s demand 

  • Send on-time applications to prospective companies.

  • Exploit Social Media Sites to upload your CV 

  • Provide correct and precise information

  • Attend job fairs 

  • Build contacts while doing the internships 

  • Contact Alumni associations, Bureau d’Aide à l’Insertion Professionnelle (BAIP - Professional Insertion Assistance Offices), and from several recruitment forums.

Once you get a full -time job with salary equal or more than other French citizens in the same company, you can change your status to a one-year salaried worker 

 

Getting French Work Visa

Once you are hired by a French organization as a full-time employer with a satisfactory output, you can ask your employer to apply for your work visa and residence permit of France. Authorities in France will check and approve your employment contract and after reconfirmation from your host country, the French government will issue a work visa for the full-time employer. Moreover, foreigners who have completed 5 continuous years staying in France can apply for permanent residency and citizenship

 

 

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According to the French law, a person aged 18 or above can apply for French citizenship. The application process however, demands French naturalization. The French naturalization means that the applicant has spent five continuous years in France.

 

Students on Long-Stay Visa

Most of the international students are studying on a French long –stay visa to complete their 3-4 year degree program. French Government has allowed foreigners to apply for French citizenship if they have spent five years in France. In some cases, however, you can apply after 3 years. This is a great option for French students because if you’ve completed two years of higher education in France, the five-year residency obligation is reduced to two years. 

 

French Residence Permit Guide 2020

There are two modes to settle down in France: French permanent residence and French citizenship. The residence permit allows you to stay in France for 10 years. However, you can renew this permit after the given time and can stay in France for longer years. With a residence permit in hand, you can enjoy most of the legal rights which are authorized to French citizens. It includes education, employee rights and basic healthcare, However there are some limitations for the residence permit holder like, you cannot vote in the elections etc. 

 

French Citizenship 2020

On the other hand, there is a vast horizon to explore for a French citizen. After becoming a French citizen you are also regarded as the citizen of the European Union (EU). This citizenship will give you the liberty to travel in the European Union states without any visa .Moreover, you can enjoy dual citizenship, one from your home country and other from France. Citizenship will provide you the right to reside in any of the 28 EU member countries without any visa. Moreover, French citizenship gives you the right to study in schools and universities lying in the 28 member countries of the European Union. In addition, it also gives the citizen the right to establish a business in any of the 28 EU member countries. You can contact reliable consultants in your home country to get details about French Citizenship.

 

The “Talent Passport” Permit

In an attempt to attract more foreigners, the French government has taken a functional decision in 2016. Now it is easier to obtain certain working permits for non-EU citizens, through the ‘passport talent’ permit. This permit includes the following categories:

  • skilled recent graduates

  • employees of an innovative company

  • High achievers in science, literature, arts, education, sports,

  • researchers/scientists

  • leaders of an innovative economic project

  • economic or financial investors

  • company representatives

  • artist/performers

To apply for a residence permit for talent passport category, students have to submit some documents including. A bachelor’s or higher degree, CV/resume, information about the work and validated evidence of funding. 

 

Immigration Prospects For a Master’s Graduate:

Generally, a Masters graduate can search for work during a year after graduation. When the graduate succeeded to get a job under a CDI contract, he can apply for naturalization. Students who want to get a work visa or residency permit has to undergo an interview and in some cases, the applicant has to prove his French language proficiency. The process, in fact, takes about 12 - 18 months. Besides Masters and post -graduate students, simple bachelor degree holders can also apply for residence permit. But the French authorities generally prefer those students who have completed their 5-years studies course with level 1 Degree from Grand Ecoles or if you have achieved your bachelor’s degree in a professional course, for example, medicine and Engineering.

The Applicant must receive at least one and a half times the minimum wage (2,220 euros per month in 2017)

 

Research Work Permit

International research students or teachers at  French universities can apply for temporary ‘scientific activity’ residence permit (carte de séjour temporaire ‘mention scientifique’). This work permit is valid for one year but can be renewed yearly for up to four years.

 

Marriage with a French National: 

If you are married to a French national you can apply for the citizenship after spending three continuous years as the spouse. In this case, it is not necessary that the applicant stays in France for the whole period of three years.

 

Getting French Work Visa

It is easier for a foreign student to get a work visa or residence permit as an employee. Moreover, if your employer is happy with your work, he will allow you or personally process the formalities to get a long-stay work visa with residence permit. And with this work permit you can take a full- time job in France.

International Pass –outs, employed with a seasonal contract of more than three months can apply for a residence permit valid for three years. This seasonal work- permit is renewable for more three-year periods. 

 

Documents Needed To Apply For Citizenship

You have to certainly undergo some processes and document submission at local French prefecture if you want to acquire French citizenship. Some of them are listed below

  1.  Official copy of birth certificate.

  2. Parents’ birth certificates 

  3.  Parents’ marriage certificate 

  4.  Applicant’s marriage certificate if applicable

  5.  Photocopy of your spouse’s ID 

  6.  Criminal record check from home country

  7.  Document confirming that you have no criminal record in France

  8.  ID photos.

  9.  Copy of your passport

  10.  postal stamps  amounting to €55 pasted on an envelope

  11.  Proof of B1 knowledge of the French language

  12.  Proof of residence for the last 3 months

  13.  copy of utility bills

  14.  Certificate of employment

  15.  tax bills 

 The interview session is, however, the next step in the citizenship formalities. Officials will ask about the French lifestyle and history in the interview. The whole citizenship process might take more than 1 year but the benefits of French citizenship are quite paying as compared to the waiting period. 

 

Frequently Ask Questions

Quick Facts About France

  • Population

    67.12 million

  • National language

    French

  • Top 3 religion

    Catholic Church, Islam

  • International Students

    250,000

  • Capital

    Paris

  • largest 3 cities

    Paris, Marseille, Nice

  • Currency

    Euro = 160.08 Pakistani Rupee

  • Time difference with Pakistan

    Pakistan is 4 hours ahead of France

  • Work rule for International students

    20 hours/week

  • Wages for students

    9.76 Euros

  • Economy

    6th ranked

  • Per capita income

    $43,720

  • Immigrant population

    19%

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The Pakistani students who want to procure the French visa must apply for it at the France embassy. After receiving the admission letter from the French University the Pakistani student must apply for the visa. The processing visa for France takes time therefore the Pakistani student must apply as soon as possible.

 

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