How to Apply at Universities in France for International Students 2019-2020?
Last Updated: 04/04/2019
If you want to Study in France, the first thing you will need to know is How to Apply? Here is the systematic guide to Admission Process and general Entry Requirements for Universities in France.
1. Top Courses to Study in France
There are number of courses that you can apply for, with a number of range in the fields of Study in France. From pure sciences to management, and engineering to humanities, there are number of courses to look forward to. Here are top courses to Study in France you can choose. Management / MBA courses Pure Sciences Linguistics Philosophy Engineering To know more about courses to choose from: Top Courses to Study in France 2019
2. Apply to the Universities in France:
The first thing to start with is to apply for a University in France. Mostly the process will be done online. You need to shortlist the course and Universities in France that suit your academic and career needs the best. You can check University Ranking in France, available programs and courses, eligibility requirements for the same and placement details online, or on the website of University itself. Make sure you go through every aspect and details of University requirements for admission. You have to apply through “Study in France Procedure” if you are a non-EU student. The website will also help you with France Visa Application.
List of Universities in France that feature in World Rankings (Top 5):
- PSL Research Universities
- Ecole Polytechnique
- Sorbonne University
- Ecole normale superieure of Lyon
Where to Apply?
For non-EU students, they will have to apply through “Campus France”, depending on their country. Campus France is an organisation under the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Higher Education of France, Helping international students with application, universities and visa to study in France and other destinations in Europe. There are also Campus France Scholarships available for the international students. Read more on Campus France here: Campus France: What it is and What it does
For students who want to study at technical universities and Grande Ecoles, they have to apply for their Post-Bac (a kind of second level masters degree) on the online application platform: Parcoursup. The platform offers to fulfil the wishes and guide the graduates through the application process for higher education. It is a replacement to APB system, called Admission Post-Bac.
3. Academic Transcripts:
This is a general process no matter where you want to Study Abroad. Make sure your Degree Certificates (if applicable), transcripts and all the academic mark sheets are in place. Any institution will ask for them at the time of admission process for merit, scholarship or for the evaluation of your application.
4. Study in France Requirements:
The required documents to be submitted by student will include a copy of her / his passport. A passport size photograph will be required, too. In case of a long duration study, a course running longer than three month, you will have to apply for a student permit or student visa in France.
- Acceptance Letter from the University
- Authorisation from Campus France
- A valid Passport
- Passport size photos
- Previous Education certificates, Translated in French
- Registration Fees paid for the bachelor's masters or PhD
- Document of Social Security Registration
- Certificate of Civil liability
- If the student is from EU, copy of European Health Insurance
- CV / Resume
- Cover Letter
- Language Proficiency Proof
- Previous Mark sheets and transcripts
- Monetary Proof that the student can sustain themselves
5. Application Essays or SOP:
This part of the process does not apply for all the admission processes, however, some colleges and universities ask for application essays or statement of purpose as part of their admission criteria. This will contain your academic background, why you want to study in that particular university and how the university will help you in the future. An application essay should be written to best of your abilities, as it is also a deciding factor for your admission. Some Universities have their own entrance exams and personal interviews as application process.
6. Language Proficiency and Admission Tests:
Language Proficiency requirements depend on the language of the instruction for the course you have chosen. Some Universities in France let you study in them without IELTS. However, if the language is French, you need to take a language course first, and / or have to take following Test:
- DELF, DALF and TCF: Students taking admission where language of instruction or a Degree in French, are asked to take these tests.
- IELTS or TOEFL: Some Universities in France where the courses are taken in English, and you want to study in France in English, take IELTS and TOEFL tests.
- GMAT and GRE are some of the competitive Entrance Exams some Universities may ask you to take.
It is very important to check your course details first before applying whether a test is needed or not, and if needed, which one you should be sitting for. There are also some exemptions as we have mentioned: Study in France without IELTS
7. Application Deadlines for Universities in France:
Here are the deadlines for the different Intakes and levels of study in France, before which, a student should apply.
|Fall Intake||1 February to 1 April|
|Post-Bac||22 January to 13 March|
|TCF Application for DAP||November to January 22.|
6. After Application: French Student Visa 2019
If the program you have chosen has a duration of more than six months, you will need a study permit or Student Visa in France. The non-EU students can apply through “Studying in France” procedure for both Universities and France Visa.
Documents Required for France Visa:
- France Visa Application Form
- 2 Photographs
- A Valid Passport
- Letter of Acceptance from the University
- You will need to prove your economical independency, too. A student must have minimum funds of 800 Euro a month for the duration of the program to cover for the living and tuition expenses.
If you are willing to Study and Work in France, there will be a work permit requires for the same. Working while study in France will not only ease the financial aspect of the tuition fees, but also will help you with living expenses.
Also Check Out: Scholarships Available to Study in France 2019
You should follow these steps for admission process in France. It might look intimidating at first, but it is not complex at all.
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