A Guide on the Educational Expenses in France

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Preparing to study in a foreign country can be very stressful. Many foreign institutions provide strict eligibility requirements on top of the expensive tuition fees.

The best option to find affordable and convenient learning from a highly renowned institution in France is to consider taking online classes.

Learning remotely offers students an opportunity to get the same quality of education at an affordable price.

If this is you and you’re considering the option of E-Learning I recommend that you go through reviews before deciding what institution to take your studies from.

A website like Amon Avis in France offers tons of customer feedback from French students about online universities in France.

When you’re going through that the reviews look at what other people have to say about their pricing and certifications as well as the quality of education offered by the institution that has taken your interest.

A good place to start if you’re feeling stuck is by looking at his about School Online University.

For those of you who want to proceed with face-to-face learning, in this article I will break down all the educational expenses for you.

1.  Tuition fees

First of all, the tuition fees. Tuition fees in France are significantly less compared to other European countries like the UK. Even so, tuition fees are generally higher compared to other expenses you may incur.

The amount of fees you will have to pay will depend on;

  • The type of program

The cost of enrolling in a bachelor’s program is different from enrolling in a master’s program or a PhD program. The Bachelor’s programs are cheaper than Masters while PhD programs are expensive compared to Masters programs

  • Type of course

Some courses are generally more expensive than others. This may be because of the research and academic materials needed to teach the course.

Another reason may be because the personnel needed to teach are few and therefore very expensive to pay.

  • Nationality

French nationals get an overall low tuition fee compared to international and regional students. The cost also tends to be lower for EEA and EU students, which means moving from the UK to study in France will be advantageous.

The tuition fees for international students tend to be a lot more compared. However, students can still find financial aid from scholarship grants.

2.  The type of university

There are two types of universities in France public universities and private universities.  The tuition fees for public universities are the same countrywide because they are regulated by the same body and tend to be cheaper than from private institutions.

The cost of studying at a private institution may be well over €10,000 annually.

3.  Accommodation costs

Accommodation cost is not that expensive in France compared to other top EU countries.

The cheapest form of accommodation you may get is living in the student halls of residence which may range between  Є500 to Є1000 per month.

It is also possible to rent out an apartment or share a rented apartment with someone to reduce the cost of accommodation.

4.  Living costs

  • Food

Food and groceries will cost you about 400 Euros per month and may fluctuate depending on your shopping habits.

  • Travel

It is almost impossible to study in France without exploring the beautiful country. You may want to factor in travel costs depending on where you want to visit how much you want to spend during your visits.

  • Extra costs

The extra cost to keep in mind includes emergency money among other needs.

  • Visa cost

A student visa to France will cost about Є50 which is relatively cheap.

5.  Financial aid

The most important part is definitely whether or not you can get academic funding when studying in France. Yes, it is possible to get scholarships and grants to aid with academic expenses.

There is an academic scholarship offered by the front government to international students. In addition to that, you may also find funding from other types of scholarships offered for international students studying in France.

The type of scholarship and the amount of funding you get will depend on the type of course you take and the type of program you’re enrolling in.

Some scholarships will offer fully-funded tuition fees while others will offer partly funding.

It is also possible to get a fully funded scholarship including an expense fee.

The most common denominator to enrol or to be eligible for a France scholarship is to ensure that you have valid admission to a university or an institution in France.