Affordable and cheap universities in France

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on May 11, 2021 13:35 IST

When you think of affordable education combined with quality then France will be the best bet. It is not just a popular study destination among international students, but equally welcoming to students from across the globe. It offers an excellent quality of academic and research opportunities at the most reasonable prices. As the French government subsidizes higher education, it becomes cost-effective for students to pursue their higher education here. Earlier, we have discussed, top 10 most affordable MBA colleges in France along with the top 10 universities in France

In this article, we will discuss the affordable and cheap universities in France. France is serious about education this is reflected from its budgetary allocation towards education, it spends more than 6% of its GDP on education. This is not far from Norway's 6.6%, which according to OECD is one of the countries that spends the largest share of its GDP on education. Before knowing the most affordable universities in France, one can also learn about the top courses in France.

Can I study for free in France?

Do you need to learn French for studying in France? French is the primary language of France it is also used as the main language of instruction for teaching. However, with the gradual increase in the number of international students coming to France for pursuing higher studies, now there are a lot of programs being taught in English as well. Those who want to study in English need to submit English language proficiency test scores of IELTS or TOEFL.

How much does it cost to study in France?

The average first-year tuition fee for pursuing MBA in France is Rs 20.54 lakh (based on 38 MBA courses in France, source: and average living expenses are Rs 3.19 lakh (based on living expenses of 11 colleges in France, source:

Affordable and cheap universities in France

List of universities offering affordable and quality education in France to international students.

  • University of Paris
  • University de Montpelier
  • University of Burgundy
  • École Polytechnique
  • University of Orleans
  • Université Paris-Saclay
  • University of Strasbourg

University of Paris

The University of Paris is one of the leading French research-intensive universities. Established in 2019, it is a public university created from the merger of Paris Descartes and Paris Diderot, and Institut de physique du globe de Paris. the university offers programs in:

  • Science and Technology
  • Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing
  • Arts, Humanities, and Languages
  • Human, Economic, and Social Sciences

With more than 60,000 students, the university is located in the heart of Paris and has a number of campuses across the city. The university offers undergraduate courses from €170 annually.

University de Montpellier

Established in 1220, it is one of the oldest universities in the world. It is a public research university located in the southeast of France that houses more than 39000 students. The university offers courses in Law, Medicine, Business Administration, Management, Pharmacy, and Engineering. The tuition fee for graduate programs starts from around €180 annually. In addition, the tuition fee for undergraduate programs starts from €180 annually.

University of Burgundy

Established in 1722, The University of Burgundy is a public university located in eastern France. The university has a student population of more than 30,000. Fees for Master and Bachelor programs for international students start from $1000/year and students can still apply for a scholarship.

École Polytechnique

Founded in 1794, École Polytechnique is one of the finest public inditution in France. The institute is under the supervision of the French Ministry of Defence. The institute caters to a graduate school and an integrated undergraduate general engineering teaching curriculum. The tuition fee for master's courses starts from €6,600 and can go up to €24,010.

University of Orléans

The University is known for its popular 'Polytechnique Engineering program'. Apart from this, the university also offers various master's and doctoral programs. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Economics, Social Science, Technology, and Humanities. The tuition fee for bachelors is only $1,000 and students can also apply for scholarships.

Université Paris-Saclay

Université Paris-Saclay is a public research university that is known for its popular program in Mathematics. It offers degrees in Management, Law, Economics, Medicine, and Pharmacy. It is considered one of the cheapest universities in France. The tuition fee for its undergraduate programs starts from €170 annually and graduate programs around €250 per year.

University of Strasbourg

The Strasbourg University is a popular research university housing more than 50,000 students and 3,000 researchers. The university has been ranked as one of the best in the League of European Research Universities. The tuition fee here starts from 180 per year.

You can also look at more universities in France and explore many different options having short and long-term courses.

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With a plethora of knowledge of the education domain, Piyush Kohli has been involved with study abroad for over 5 years and counting. He comes with prior experience on the complexities of the study abroad applicatio... Read Full Bio


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