Studying Abroad in France: An Introduction

So you want to study in France?

You’re not alone: In 2011, France hosted approximately 268,000 foreign students of higher education¹. Known for its robust educational system (there are often multiple universities even in smaller French towns), France continues to be a popular destination for both tourists and students alike.

And why not? You’ll be studying at some of the most respected schools in the world surrounded by the rich history of the home of Jeanne d’Arc, Napoléon, Guillaume le Conquérant, Victor Hugo, Claude Monet, Charles de Gaulle, and countless other luminaries from France’s past. Whether you’re going in order to attain the fluency you’ve always dreamed of or you just want to soak in the je ne sais quoi of French culture, studying abroad in France is one of the best decisions you can make for your education and your personal growth.

The process of moving abroad to any country is daunting, but having done so myself twice, I can tell you it’s not as unattainable as it might seem—and it only gets easier with practice. In the next several installments, I’ll explain what it takes to study in France as an American, the French educational system, what to expect from French housing, how the French score their students, the cost of living as a student in France (with some notable perks!), and more.

So, without further ado… allons-y !

Quick Links:

  1. Getting Started
  2. The French Visa Process
  3. French Housing
  4. French Universities
  5. Life as a Student in France

¹http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=RFOREIGN

One thought on “Studying Abroad in France: An Introduction”

  1. Glad you are writing again. Hope this gets to kids that are interested in trying to go overseas. It’s a wonderful experience. Keep wriiing. It’s YOU

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