sastel Campus France supports international students in their study plans in France and abroad through its network of more than 260 locations and offices in 123 countries around the world.
Pastel Campus France is a public institution attached to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and is responsible for promoting French higher education abroad and for welcoming foreign students and researchers to France.
Registration procedures may vary according to the student’s nationality, the level of studies he has reached, and the type of university or school he wishes to enroll in.
All information about higher education in France, scholarship programs, enrollment requirements and visa application procedures is available on the Campus France website…
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Why choose France?
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After leaving your country, you will join a new culture, a new art of living, and meet new people. You may need to speak and write in a language that you are not yet fluent in. The choice is not easy and the temptations are many…
“France is a comfortable country. The people are kind and hospitable. They have an open mind! Their institutes welcome you…” (Caroline, Canada).
“I also came to France to study because they do a lot of things to make life easier for foreign students…” (Marusha, Croatia)
Let us walk you through France, so that you will have proof of the advantages of choosing France as your study destination… and then, when you have made up your mind, give us the advantage you get in ours… your new country!
Welcome to France!
Because of the quality of his education
Higher education in France has a long history, with universities established since the Middle Ages. Throughout world history, these universities, their professors and students have greatly influenced all areas of knowledge.
French education with established traditions is hospitable. In France, there is no distinction between foreign students and French students: admission requirements are identical, and degrees awarded are the same, under French law. France, a country of human rights, rejects all forms of discrimination.
“We traditionally select employees of all nationalities. There is no doubt that these students, graduates of French universities and institutes, are highly desirable and well paid. (Pierre Demaisonneuve – Recruitment Manager at IBM)
“The level of education in France is amazing” (Jane, USA)
French higher education is modern and dynamic: it prepares the actors of a leading country in science, administration and culture. Today, France is the world’s fourth largest economy and second largest exporter of services.
The French successes are numerous: Airbus, high-speed TGV trains, the Ariane rocket, the luxury fashion industry, the discovery of the virus that causes AIDS (AIDS) and many other successes…
At the heart of these successes are the skilled men and women of France. Engineering, Management, Political Science, Arts and Humanities: France will also offer you the opportunity to pursue an exceptional course.
Today, the number of foreign students who have chosen to conduct all or part of their studies in France is approximately 240,000 (10% of the total student population), and they enrich French higher education with their culture, enthusiasm and expertise. .
for the rich qualifications that he offers
Higher education institutions in France are numerous and harmoniously distributed throughout France. Along with world-renowned major universities such as the Sorbonne, there are modern campuses of high-level management or engineering institutes: they bring together several hundred students and professors in a scientific but friendly atmosphere. There are also institutes specializing in arts, tourism, health and many other fields. They are all open to you.
“Of course, higher education is more available in France than in many other countries” (Yarinis, Venezuela)
This wide range of educational institutions, universities, institutes of higher learning and specialist institutions offer thousands of forms of qualifications at all levels and cover most areas of knowledge.
Excellence in higher education in France is important. Every year the French Republic devotes about 20% of its resources to education. Carefully monitors the quality of education provided and national certifications. In public educational institutions such as universities, the state directly covers a large part of the tuition costs for each student, regardless of their country of origin!
on quality of life
Studying in France also means living in a society famous for its art de vivre. Did you know that France is the number one tourist destination in the world? We French are happy and proud to share our cultural heritage, our landscapes, our cities … and the quality of our gastronomy with those who wish.
“France is a beautiful country. It is also a major cultural center, and this is very important. You cannot choose to study here without considering the cultural and historical richness of this country.” (Nandita, India)
France is a relatively large and geographically diverse country with state-of-the-art transportation and health infrastructure. It is also a very safe and tolerant country.
In France, you can participate in many sports, tourism and cultural activities that your student status makes you financially within your reach.
Here, higher education institutions are often located in the heart of cities, close to the rich cultural and social life of French cities: museums, libraries, cinemas, theaters, and cafés are not far away.
To be in the heart of Europe
If courses in France are mainly taught in French – a language spoken by more than 200 million Francophones in about fifty countries – you can still get a diploma or practice speaking other languages. Especially in the English language, where high-level education has entered many sectors, in the areas of management and engineering sciences in particular.
France is a prime place to discover Europe. It is very easy to travel to many major European cities: Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Barcelona and Milan are waiting for you for a weekend or more.
Studying in France often means studying outside France, because many educational institutions engage in European courses to qualify them: Periods of study or training in a European company are an opportunity to enrich the French student’s experience with new discoveries and new formations.
Welcome to France!
Conditions of study in France
You must be 18 years old;
You must choose your training or course. For complete information on the training preparations and the certifications offered to you, consult Campus France (French / English / Spanish);
You must be accepted into a higher education institution. Registration procedures vary depending on your nationality, check Studies in France (French / English / Spanish) if the online registration service includes your country or territory. For other countries or territories, see the enrollment procedures by specialization and level of study at Campus France (French / English / Spanish).
Pay attention to certain conditions (age, enrollment in the first year of university), registration via the procedure available in the “Parcoursup” system is mandatory, and you must respect a precise timetable.
Higher education in France offers many opportunities
France has a network of about 3,900 public and private educational institutions distributed as follows:
Universities and educational institutions gatherings
- Universities and similar educational institutions
- Doctoral schools
- Engineering schools
- Business schools
- Schools of Art and Architecture
- Private schools and institutes in all fields of study
Refer to the Handbook of Studies available at By clicking on this link
France ranks fourth in the list of countries that welcome foreign students in the world
France is one of the countries that attract the most students in the context of international mobility. France ranks fourth in the list of countries that welcome foreign students in the world after the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Hence, it tops the list of non-English speaking countries that welcome students.
In 2023, 325,000 foreign students choose to come to France, and this number continues to increase.
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Ten years ago, the number of students worldwide increased by more than 50%*
In 2025, there will be an additional 80 million students worldwide*
In 2018, the number of international students in France reached 325,000**.
French higher education institutions abroad welcome 370,000 students. *
* According to UNESCO data / ** According to Ministry of Higher Education data
Financial aid for foreign students
Scholarships are offered to host students who do not have sufficient resources to study in France:
The French government, through the embassies, offers 12,000 scholarships and training aids. These scholarships allow the student to be exempt from tuition fees in France. The student must take the necessary steps with Campus France.
As part of the tuition reform process, 14,000 tuition fee waivers have been identified and granted by embassies to foreign students from outside the European Union. These exemptions mainly target students from the Maghreb region and sub-Saharan Africa. Also in this case, the student must take the necessary steps with Campus France.
Universities and schools can enter into bilateral agreements with foreign educational institutions to receive students who, in this case, pay, subject to reciprocity, the same amount of tuition fees applicable to European students.
In addition, universities or schools offer tuition waivers based on their international strategies, up to a maximum of 10% of the number of students enrolled.
There are other exemptions from tuition fees. It is particularly aimed at refugees or beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, asylum seekers and persons with long-term stay in France and their children, spouses or partners.
Erasmus Plus programme
Erasmus+ is a European program that allows students, trainees and young people under the age of 30, whether graduate or not, to stay in a foreign country to enhance their skills.
Every year, approximately 30,000 young people reside in France under the Erasmus+ programme. France ranks fourth in the list of youth host countries under the Erasmus programme.