Benefits of Studying in France for Indian Students

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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Jan 20, 2022 13:04 IST
Benefits of Studying in France for Indian Students

Reasons to study in France: France has become one of the top destinations for Indian students wanting to study abroad. In 2019, the country welcomed 10,000 Indian students, wanting to pursue their higher education. In 2020 and 2021, the country provided special assistance via remote learning and online classes to allow students to continue their education in the country. So apart from being home to some of the top universities in the world, what makes France a preferred study destination among Indian students? Let’s find out.

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Here are the top reasons for candidates looking to study in France. Candidates should note that the below benefits of studying in France for Indian students are selected from a larger pool of top reasons to study in France. Your reasons may not feature below, but that should not take away from the goodness of the country. 

  • World-Class Universities
  • India-France Knowledge Summit - 2018
  • English Taught Programmes
  • Cost of Studying in France
  • Cost of Living in France
  • Scholarships
  • France Alumni Programme
  • Easy visa process
  • Economic Power House
  • Appealing destination

Let us discuss the above in detail

World-Class Universities

France is home to the top universities and colleges in the world. By choosing to study in France, students are assuring themselves of world-class education coupled with practical training at state-of-the-art universities across the country. A globally recognized degree after graduating from France would also lead to higher job prospects across France and in the international jobs market. Candidates can check out the top 10 universities in France on our website. 

B-Schools in France enjoy Triple Accreditation

Multiple business schools in France enjoy Triple Accreditation. Triple accreditation more commonly referred to as the Triple Crown is a quality assurance provided for specific study programmes, or for a specific time. Accreditation is provided by an independent organization that assesses the educational quality of a specific study programme or educational institution.

The Triple Accreditation attributed to business schools in France implies that three organizations, namely, AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (based in Tampa, Florida, USA), AMBA - The Association of MBAs (based in London, United Kingdom) and the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) (based in Brussels, Belgium) with its EQUIS accreditation, short for “EFMD Quality Improvement System” have accredited the following business schools in France.

EDHEC Business School

Lille, France

EMLYON Business School

Lyon, France

ESC Rennes School of Business

Rennes, France

ESSCA - School of Management

Angers, France

ESSEC Business School

Paris, France


La Rochelle, France

Grenoble Ecole de Management

Grenoble, France

HEC Paris

Paris, France

ICN Business School

Paris, France

IESEG School of Management

Lille, France


Paris, France

KEDGE Business School

Bordeaux, France

Montpellier Business School

Montpellier, France

NEOMA Business School


TBS Education

Toulouse, France

India-France Knowledge Summit - 2018

Indian students would be thrilled to know about the mutual recognition of the academic qualifications agreement that has been signed between France and India. Inked on March 10, 2018, during the India-France Knowledge Summit, the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees as well as All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) (CBSE, state boards, pre-university (PU) or any equivalent qualification recognised by the Government of India) are now recognised by the French government. Reciprocally, the French Baccalauréat, License, Master and Doctorat (the equivalent of PhD) are recognised by the Indian government.

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Wide range of English Taught Programmes

France does not only boast top universities but also a wide range of courses for students looking to pursue any level of higher education. Campus France - the national agency for the promotion of French higher education abroad, has over 1,360 courses that are 100% taught in English. Campus France also organizes live events and education fairs for direct interactions between students, teachers, and representatives from French institutions. Candidates can also know about the top courses in France from our website.

Cost of studying in France

Public Universities vs Private Universities: Candidates applying to public universities in France would have to shell out €2,770 per year at the Licence (Bachelor) level and €3,770 per year at the Master level of studies. Tuition costs in private institutions, and particularly in private business schools, is substantially higher than in public institutions, ranging from €3,000 to €10,000 per year for both Bachelors and Master's level.

The cost of studying in France is low compared to countries such as the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA). The table below shows us the tuition fee comparison between popular courses in France, the UK and the USA. Kindly note that while the fees shown below is the average first-year tuition fee, however, it does set the tone of how much a student would be required to shell out during his entire tenure. Know all about affordable and cheap universities in France on our website.


Cost of studying in France

Cost of Studying in the UK

Cost of Studying in the USA

Average Tuition Fee by Course (First Year)

BE / B.Tech

INR 4.56Lakhs


INR 24.96Lakhs


INR 7.62Lakhs

INR 21.26Lakhs

INR 22.26Lakhs


INR 20.79Lakhs

INR 20.90Lakhs

INR 26.83Lakhs


Cost of living in France

Similarly, the cost of living in France is low compared to countries such as the USA and the UK. The figures provided below would increase or decrease depending on your location of stay i.e. accommodation/ single stay in the city would be more expensive compared to accommodation in the suburbs and on sharing basis.


The average cost of living (First Year)

Cost of living in France

INR 3.15Lakhs

Cost of living in the UK

INR 5.80Lakhs

Cost of living in the USA

INR 8.01Lakhs



Every year, the French Embassy in India along with French companies awards scholarships totalling up to 11 crore Indian rupees to more than 500 meritorious Indian students who wish to pursue their higher education in France. Indian applicants with outstanding academic records have a number of funding options for their studies in France. Popular scholarships for Indian students looking to pursue higher education in France are as follows:

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France Alumni Programme

A lot of times, students opting to study in France or any country abroad are not sure about being able to get access to the right organizations. Campus France, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has launched the France Alumni programme which is aimed at building an engaging and supportive alumni network. It is a platform that enables Indian students, who studied in French higher education institutions, to network, get together, organize events and share experiences. The network also provides support with work placements to help students launch their careers and continue to develop knowledge of professional links. Candidates can get access to the France Alumni portal – India chapter, from the Campus France official website: 

Easy visa process

The France study visa is presented in a simple and easy manner for all the students, regardless of their programme level. Candidates who wish to pursue their studies in a higher education institution for a period exceeding 3 months must apply for a long-stay visa for studies. It is recommended to apply well in advance and make sure that your passport is valid for a sufficiently long period when you submit the application. Candidates can know more about Visa requirements or get assistance on university application by contacting our Shiksha Study Abroad Counsellors

Economic Power House

Referred to as an economic powerhouse of Europe, France is a country of traditional, very high-quality craftsmanship. Renowned for its outstanding research and development opportunities. France is home to the world's fifth-largest economy and 31 of the world's 500 most powerful companies. France is home to international corporations such as Airbus, Total, Orange, Sanofi, LVMH, L’Oréal and Danone, to name a few. Hence such a thriving economy would only mean a strong jobs marketplace for young graduating individuals. 

Appealing Destination

Apart from the country’s excellent higher education and research being acknowledged around the world, France is a picturesque destination. The country and its territories are home to UNESCO World Heritage sites, seas and oceans and the nightlife in France are all straight out of a Hollywood movie. An extraordinary personal adventure awaits candidates that visit France for their higher education.

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With over 8 years of experience in overseas education, Rahul Singha has been previously associated with prominent education houses. He is also responsible for keeping a sharp eye on education policies of major study... Read Full Bio


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