Of all the higher education destinations around the world, France currently stands among the most popular for Indian students, thanks to its specialized undergraduate and postgraduate programs and the various French Government policies in favor of Indian students.
The excellence and global reputation of the French higher education system are the main driving factors for attracting international students to pursue their studies in France. Here are some reasons for opting to Study in France keeping in mind the Indian students.

4th Most Popular Study Destination
After the US, UK, and Australia, France stands as the 4th most popular study destination for International students. In fact, it is the most popular non-English-speaking country attracting international students. A whopping 325,000 international students chose France as their study destination in 2018.

Wide Range of Institutions offering Specialized Courses
With 73 public universities, 200+ engineering schools, 150 business, and management schools, 20 schools of architecture and 3000 other specialized institutions, there’s a plethora of institutions to choose from, each with its own advantage. French Higher Education Institutions offer students a gamut of academic and professional opportunities at affordable fees. In addition, France is globally acclaimed for its specialized courses in domains such as Luxury, Fashion, Hospitality, Business, and Management.

Scholarships for Indian Students
There are unprecedented scholarship opportunities for Indian students in France. Scholarships worth 7.1 crore Indian rupees were awarded by the French government to more than 500 meritorious Indian students. The scholarship at Bachelor and Master level programs, also known as the “Charpak Programme” is run by the Embassy of France in India while the Ph.D. candidate scholarships (the “Raman Charpak Programme”) is jointly run with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The past 5 years have seen a 49% increase in the number of scholarships offered to Indian students.

Part-time work Opportunities
International students, irrespective of which year they are studying in, are allowed 20 hours per week of part-time work. Students are not restricted regarding the nature of the job that they wish to pursue. This is an important point in favor of pursuing Study in France for International Students.

24-month Post-study Visa
Following the Indian Prime Minister’s 2015 visit, an agreement was signed between the two nations allowing Indian students to stay for a period of up to 24 months in France. In order to relevant gain work experience, post their period of study in France, students can apply for a 12-month work visa which can be extended for a further period of 12 months.

Extensive Support for Indian Students
Some additional steps taken by the French government to support and nurture Indian students, facilitating their influx into France are:
500 Indian institutions and universities have been connected with the French higher education institutes to foster attractive exchange programs.
13 Campus France offices across India function to provide guidance to Indian students.

France Alumni India network is an initiative to digitally connect former students from France and provides a platform to connect to 400 French companies operating in India.
To help students in University and course selection and provide extensive support right from Application assistance to assistance for visa application and end to end education loan assistance, students may seek the services of the Best Overseas Education Consultants in India.

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Learn about specialized undergraduate and postgraduate programs and the various French Government policies for Indian students who want to Study in France.