Students who have decided to Study in France, or thinking about it, would wonder about life in France once they arrive in the country. As exciting as this feeling may be, it can also make some people anxious about the changes that are about to come. Here is what to expect as an international student while studying in France.

What to expect when you Study in France

Cost of Living in France:

Before we talk about the accommodation and other costs, let us see how much does it cost for tuition fees for Universities in France. Many public universities and colleges in France have no tuition fees. Any local or international student can enroll in any of the top universities in France and study for free or minimal fees. If you enroll for a program that is paid, here is the list of degrees and average tuition fees for them.

Average Tuition Fees in France

for international students

Levels of Study

Bachelor’s Degree


Master’s Degree


PhD and Doctorate


Engineering Degrees


Medical Studies



Most of the time, universities will provide dorm rooms. If you want to stay off-campus, in bigger cities that would not be pocket-friendly. The low tuition fees compensate for the higher accommodation cost, though. The average rental for a student apartment having one bedroom would be around €500-€600 per month. Additionally, food and drink will cost around €140-€150.


A Different Culture:

  • If you are going there for more than a year, there is a chance you will like to study and work in France. Moving to another country is always challenging especially when you are not familiar with the language. Most French people take pride in speaking French. Therefore, have some basic knowledge of the language.

  • Learn day-to-day French to start with and use it as often as you can. Even if you are enrolled in an English Speaking University, it will help to learn the language of the place you are studying and earning in.

  • France is full of cultural and historical monuments, and museums. Have a basic knowledge of the history of France, and you will love the culture there and will not feel intimidated by something unknown. Remember, the French culture is extremely rich and there is a lot to learn.


English Language:

Yes, you can study in France in English. France has gradually lowered language barriers when it comes to academics. Many Masters Programs in France are taught in English. Engineering and other technical streams are taught in English. When you will spend an ample amount of time in France, you will get familiar with French, too. That will benefit you in the future if you are planning to stay back.


There are only 2 exams during a semester i.e. 

  • Oral Exam
  • Written Exam

Unlike other universities which organize exams at the end of every week. This reduces student’s pressure and student can indulge in different activities. You might be knowing of the well-known proverb “All work and no play makes jack a dull boy”. This situation implies here.


Student life in France:

Student life is amazing!!! You will get to know about different cultures by meeting new people. It is wonderful to experience for students. They will learn something new each day by learning and experiencing new things from different people. They will come out of their comfort zones. Sports facilities are available to students. There are many Student associations for the development of students which one can join and make new contacts. Free internet connection is given to every student so that they will remain connected to the world.


Top Universities:

  1. Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL)
  2. Ecole Polytechnique (ParisTech)
  3. Sorbonne University
  4. CentraleSupélec
  5. École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

The universities in France boasts of great infrastructure, world-renowned French food, language schools of their own, and a lot of many things. France boasts of 11 of the top universities in the world in the top 300. Some of the top universities are Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL), Sorbonne and Ecole Polytechnique.


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