Tips and Info on Studying in France

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Worried about studying in French? Don’t be.

Many universities in France offer programs in English – here’s a link to check out English-taught programs at French universities for both undergraduate and postgraduate level courses.

Even if you’re studying on an English-taught program, don’t miss this great opportunity to learn or improve your French.  Having a second (or third) language looks great on your resume, and will set you apart from your peers when applying for that dream job. It also gives you access to jobs in Canada which require you to be bilingual (government jobs, for example).

If you’re looking to get a head start and learn French before you go – here are some resources for you.

Tuition fees and scholarships?

Higher education in France is heavily subsidized, even for international students, so tuition fees are relatively low.  Special discounted rates also apply for students in Quebec.  Click on this link for an example of what you can expect to pay.

Also, there are many scholarships available for international students – click here for more info.

Visas

To get a student visa, you’ll need to submit your application to a visa centre in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver or Ottawa. Processing times vary depending on the season, so it’s best to apply at least a month before you leave. Check out Campus France’s website for more information on visas.

Budgeting for your stay

Check out this page to help you budget for food, healthcare, transportation and entertainment.  There’s some great info on this page, and it’ll give you an idea of how much you can expect to spend on living expenses.  Of course, everyone’s lifestyle is different, but use this as a baseline.

Accommodation

There are various types of accommodation available for students – this page covers many of the options. The options range from student residences on campus to private accommodation options, homestay (living with a family) to the House of Canadian Students at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris (CIUP), with 123 rooms.

On this page, you’ll also find useful tips on how to find and reserve accommodation, and an idea of what you can expect to pay.

For more information, check the Campus France Canada website.

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