France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.

  • Capital:Paris
  • Dialing Code:+33
  • President: Emmanuel Macron

Education System in France

There are more than 3,500 public and private institutes of higher education in France: 72 universities, 25 multi-institute campuses, 271 Doctoral schools, 227 engineering schools authorized to award the title of engineer, 220 business and management schools, 45 post-secondary public schools of art, 22 schools of architecture and 3,000 private schools and institutes.
In France, the academic year begins in September or October, depending on the institution and programme. It is punctuated by holidays, including two weeks at year-end. At the end of the first semester, classes are briefly interrupted for exams. The summer holidays start in May or June at the end of the second semester exams. In general, these holidays last at least two months.

Cost of Studying in France, Living Costs, Tuition Fees For Study in France:

Tuition fees
  • • At Universities: are very nominal & can vary between EURO 120 to EURO 680 per annum.
  • • At Grand Ecoles: the fees ranges between EURO 3,800 to EURO 15,500 per annum.
Living Expenses
  • • Accommodation: EURO 120 to EURO380 per month
  • • Food: EURO 130 to EURO 150 at university restaurants per month.
  • • Health Care: EURO 380 to EURO 750 per month.
  • • Miscellaneous (transport & leisure): EURO 100 per month
  • • The above costs are indicative and can vary from person to person & between universities.


All persons who wish to study at a high school, college or university in Germany are required to obtain a residence permit.

A visa is absolutely necessary under the immigration laws there; Citizens of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, as well as EU citizens may apply for their residence permit after entering Germany without a visa. All visas are not the same. A tourist visa cannot be converted into a student visa and as a tourist, you are not eligible to study in Germany.

The visa must be issued before you can enter the country; you should therefore apply for it in good time. The responsible body is the German Embassy or Consulate General in your country, which can also provide you with further information.

Three Types of Visa for International Students

  • A language course visa, which cannot be subsequently converted into a student visa. It is valid only for the duration of the course.
  • A three-month study applicants visa, which is valid if you have not yet obtained university admission. After admission, it must be converted as quickly as possible into a resident permit for student purposes at the office for foreigners? affairs.
  • The visa for study purposes, valid for one year. In order to obtain this visa, you must provide proof of admission and financial support for the duration of study.
  • A national Visa (student visa) is issued for stays lasting longer than three months (for example, to study a full program).
  • The Schengen Visa is issued for a short stay (for example, tourism, participation in a summer language course) of up to three months per half-yearly period).


France is introducing a special two-year residence permit for Indian graduates who have studied in the country, it announced during a summit between President Francois Hollande and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Work permissions in France post study

You will find that for France, you need to know the different kind of student visas applicable here. You can say that students opting for short term or small courses in France are not able to stay here. The whole scenario changes when you have decided on a long term course like masters, or even a bachelors and also have the Visa de long sejour Etudes, in other words, a visa for long stay in France. You can think of staying in France in this scenario.

Procedure for work permits for students

Once you get admission in a French university and opt for a course, which is recognised by the French government, you need to apply for the student visa at the embassy. Once you arrive, you need to apply for residency permit for a ‘student’. After you have completed your studies you get a time span of 6 to 12 months to look for employment, which is a ‘full-time contract’. You can think of ‘part-time’ jobs when you are studying. Your employer will need to inform the department of labour once the ‘full-time’ contract is signed. The immigration department is also to be informed besides the labour department. After the immigration department pays you a medical visit you will be issued the ‘employed’ residence permit.

Getting a work permit for Indians post study is easier as compared to the other sectors. Now, students who can find employment more than 1.5 of the guarantee of the minimum wage he/she needs to apply for the work permit. Now, since the French government has decided to make it easy for Indian students to stay in France the procedures seem to have eased out. MOST demanded Jobs in FRANCE:

The top ten jobs in France for 2017

  • 1. Winegrowers and tree surgeons
  • 2. Maintenance technicians
  • 3. Waiters
  • 4. Restaurant workers
  • 5. Community workers
  • 6. Farmers
  • 7. Domestic helpers
  • 8. Carers
  • 9. Packing and warehouse work
  • 10. Musicians and dancers


10. Marketing Managers

What They Earn: Marketing managers in France can earn an average of €72,000 (£61,778). Bear in mind that working for a SME could mean a significantly lower salary, while bigger companies are usually more generous.
How to Become One: To become a marketing manager, you’ll generally need a Bachelor’s degree in marketing, while an MBA with a marketing specialisation can open more doors to you. Marketing managers also need to be highly-focused, detail-oriented and extremely enthusiastic.

9. Police Officers

What They Earn: As is the case in most European countries, being a government employee pays well, and police officers can most definitely not argue with that as they earn an average of €74,000 (£63,500) a year.
How to Become One: To become a police officer in France, you need to be a French national. Other requirements include good eyesight and an excellent physical condition. People interested in this profession need to also pass written exams, interviews and physical exams.

8. Lawyers

What They Earn: Lawyers generally earn as much as police officers: €74,000 (£63,500) per year. However, they need to take significantly less risks, and with everything going on in France over the past few years, lawyers definitely lead less stressful lives than police officers do.
How to Become One: You’ll need to spend a total of four years at university. The first three years will allow you to get a license, while the final year is essentially a Master’s which is essential to gain access to client representation, etc. Bear in mind that if you have a law degree from another country, you can get licensed once you pass the French Bar.

7. Financial Advisers

What They Earn: Due to their expertise in the financial sector, financial advisers can earn an average of €75,000 (£64,400).
How to Become One: You’ll need to gain a Bachelor’s degree in the financial sector. A master’s degree and a specialisation might improve your employment chances, so it’s definitely worth considering. Bear in mind that you’ll also need to be regulated in order to work in this profession.

6. Airplane Pilots

What They Earn: As one of the most lucrative professions in France, pilots earn an average of €88,000 (£75,570).
How to Become One: To become an airplane pilot, you’ll need to find a piloting school (there are many in France) and commit to their vigorous training.

5. Civil Service Officers

What They Earn: The civil service in France is highly hierarchical and in order to become a top earner, one must patiently climb the ranks. Once you do, however, there’s high earning potential and civil service officers can make an average of €103,000 (£88,000) a year.
How to Become One: Most positions in the civil service are open to European nationals and, depending on the rank of the position you’re interested in, you may or may not need a degree. You will, however, need to pass a very competitive exam.

4. Company Directors

What They Earn: As company directors have many responsibilities, they get paid well. The average salary in France is approximately €115,000 (£98,700).
How to Become One: To become a company director, you’ll generally need to start as an entry-level employee and work your way up. To accomplish that, you’ll need determination and commitment to your goal. Bear in mind that a Bachelor’s degree can help you get a job at one of the best companies in the country, while getting an MBA will go a long way to help push your career.

3. Brokers

What They Earn: Although a relatively new profession, brokers have quickly made their way to the top and can earn an average of €115,000 (£98,700) a year.
How to Become One: Brokers are generally expected to have a Bachelor’s degree in the finance sector. However, in order to become a licensed broker, you’ll also need to pass an exam, while the more industry-related qualifications and experience you possess, the better are your chances.

2. Medical Practitioners

What They Earn: Being the second highest paid job in France, medical practitioners earn quite a lot. Experienced doctors can earn an average of €118,000 (£101,000) a year.
How to Become One: To become a doctor in France, one must study between 9 to 11 years, depending on the specialty they wish to pursue. Studies are broken into three-year cycles, with the last one ranging from three to five years.

1. Members of the Board of Directors

What They Earn: Since the board of directors is on top of the food chain, they also earn the most lucrative salaries. In France, this translates into €250,000 (£214,000) on a yearly basis.
How to Become One: Members of a board of directors are usually also shareholders, meaning that if you want to become one, you’ll need to work your way up a company’s ladder to claim this position. Having academic qualifications like a Master’s will definitely come in handy, but what truly matters is that you can prove your forward thinking throughout your career.