Funding your studies in France


If you’re planning to study in France, then there’s great news for you! There are different sources of funding available to foreign students :kissing_heart:

Value for money
In national universities and public great schools, the French government pays a very large part of each student’s tuition fees (about 11,000 euros per year). This should be seen as an automatic scholarship and applies to both French and international students. Students pay registration fees instead of tuition feees.

The annual registration fee rates at public institutions are set by law.

  • 177 euros for License (bachelor’s degree) programmes
  • 245 euros for master’s programmes
  • 372 euros for doctoral programmes
  • 584 euros for programmes leading to the diplome d ingenieur

Where to get scholarships

Foreign students may qualify for 4 types of financial award: granted either by the French government or by the government of their home country, by the European Union and by the international and non-government organisations.

  • French government scholarships - Most of the scholarships financed by the French government are administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the amount to approximately 22,000 grants each year. These grant programmes are of two types:* 1.)* Scholarships offered under bilateral assistance programmes between France and foreign governments are offered mainly for PhD programmes. Eighty per cent (80%) of French government grants are of this type. Prospective applicants may obtain information from the office of culture and cooperation at the French embassy. 2.) Eiffel grants need to be applied in advance, as early as December for the following September intake. Applications should be made directly to the French University itself. The programmes applied for need to be within the framework of the specific programmes run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its department in Paris.

  • Universities - certain universities in France also offer sponsorships to international students. These may be particularly worth looking into if you already have a clear picture of where and what you would like to study and possess good academic qualifications in that area.

For instance, INSA Lyon awards grants of 2,000 euros per year over three years - sometimes four - to its foreign students. The programme lasts 5 years and leads to an engineering degree (two-year common-core syllabus followed by three years in specialised field of engineering). The study grants help foreign students finance their studies at INSA and are awarded according to social criteria. Applications need to be submitted after admission to INSA Lyon has been granted. The school will then contact successful candidates.

  • International and European Union programmes and initiatives - scholarships are also available from other sources. For instance, the Erasmus Mundus programme under the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) offers scholarships to international students with the intended purpose of encouraging students from other nations to study in EU countries such as France. The programme encourages personal mobility and cooperation between EU and non-EU academic institutions. Its goal is to promote the EU as a world-class region of academic excellence and to enhance students’ career prospects. The application process for this grant is very selective and students need to apply nearly one year ahead for the next incoming intake. The application deadline is usually in December.