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Why study in France?
According to students reporting on what it was like study in France, the country offers a great multicultural study experience, bringing together cultures from all over the world. Students appreciate the beautiful, developed cities and the great variety of social life available. Impressions about French culture and city life were overall more positive than the European average. Even the smaller cities offered opportunities for fun student activities.

1. Training funded and certified by the French government
No distinction is made between international students and French students: the admission requirements, the degrees awarded, and the attractive tuition rates are the same. Post-secondary degrees, based on the European structure of Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate, are regulated by the government, ensuring international recognition. Degrees recognized on a national level French government are equivalent from anywhere in France regardless of the institution that grants them.

2. Quality higher education, adapted to students’ needs
France’s system of higher education comprises 3,500 public and private institutions. The system as a whole offers excellent programs at all levels in every discipline. More than 1,300 programs are taught in English!

3. A sophisticated research enterprise
France ranks sixth in the world in terms of domestic spending on research and development. The country’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) is the world’s leading research organization (Nature Index, 2015). 13 of 55 Fields medals (the equivalent of the Nobel prize for mathematics) have been awarded to French nationals.
42% of the doctoral candidates in France are internationals.

4. A world-class economic power
France has the world’s sixth-largest economy. Its gross domestic product ranks second in Europe, and the country is Europe’s second-largest market, with 66 million consumers. France is also the world’s fourth-largest exporter of services and Europe’s leading destination for manufacturing investments (EY, 2014).

5. Advanced industries and international corporations that are leaders in their field
France is home to 31 of the world’s 500 largest corporations (Fortune Global 500, 2014). Several French industrial groups are leaders in their sector and have operations all over the world: Airbus (aeronautics); Total (energy); Orange (telecommunications); Sanofi (health); LVMH (luxury goods); L’Oreal (cosmetics); Danone (food products).

6. An environment favourable to innovation and to young entrepreneurs
France is home to more of the world’s top 100 most innovative companies than any other country in Europe. It ranks sixth in the world in number of international patent applications. 71 competitiveness clusters around the country form an appealing ecosystems of startups, laboratories, universities, and major corporations.
French Tech, with €200 million invested, supports the development of digital enterprises and attracts young talent.

7. A pleasant, fulfilling living environment in the heart of Europe
Situated in the very heart of Europe, France is the world’s top tourist destination in terms of number of foreign visitors. For the third consecutive year, Paris has been named the world’s best city for students. France ranks fifth in the world in the responsiveness of its health services to the needs of the population

8. The art of living “à la française”
More than 40,000 monuments and protected sites, 41 cultural sites appearing on UNESCO’s world heritage list, 8,00 museum, 2,000 cinemas, and more than 500 festivals attest to the richness of French cultural life. French artists are influential in every creative field. With 15 winners, France is home to the largest number of the laureates of the Nobel prize in literature (Patrick Modiano won 2014).

9. French, an international language
Spoken on all five continents and the official language of many states and international organizations, French is the world’s fifth most widely used language, with 274 million speakers. After English, French is the most widely studied language in the world. It is the world’s third most common business language and second most common language of international news.

10. An appealing destination for international students
With more than 295,000 international students at the post-secondary level France trails only the United States and United Kingdom 80% of those who study in France report being satisfied with the quality of education and the value of their French degree. 9 out of 10 international students hold a positive view of their time in France and recommend France as a study destination.