The cost of studying in France is among the lowest in the world. For both French and foreign students, the government pays most of the tuition fees for education in higher public institutions.
Affordable Education (Even for International Students!)
Studying in France means having access to quality academic programs open to most people. French tuition fees are low as the government pays most of the cost of education provided in public institutions. The real cost of studying is the same as elsewhere. The difference is that in France, whether you are French or an international student, the French government pays for most of the cost. This represents an average annual investment of 14,000 Euros per student.
Same Tuition Fees for Everyone
|Tuition fees (per year)|
Bachelor’s - $220
|Public engineering school||$720|
Find out the cost of tuition in Euros for all programs provided in French public institutes on the site of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
Cost of Living
|Cost of living per month||Paris||Rest of France|
|Housing (all charges included)||$800||$500|
|Cultural and social activities||$150||$100|
|TOTAL per month||$1,350||$940|
|TOTAL per academic year (10 months)||$13,500||$9,400|
Find Your Funding with Campus Bourses
Campus Bourses (Campus Scholarships) provides information on the scholarships offered to foreign students. The tool lists all of the assistance provided by governments (French and foreign), regional authorities, companies, foundations and institutes of higher education. Filter your search by citizenship, field and level of studies to find the assistance that corresponds to your profile.
Other Financial & Social Benefits
Three types of assistance are available from the CAF (Caisse des Allocations Familiales - the Family Allowances Fund) that can reduce the rent you pay:
- Allocation de Logement Sociale (ALS - the social housing assistance)
- Aide Personnalisée au Logement (APL - the personal accommodation assistance)
- Allocation de Logement Familial (ALF - the family accommodation assistance)
To find out if you qualify for any of this assistance, do a simulation on the CAF website. To meet one of the advisors, go to the CAF Facebook page dedicated to student accommodation.
Each university has a health department, the Service Universitaire de Médecine Préventive et de Promotion de la Santé (SUMPPS). Every student may see a doctor there, have a medical check-up and obtain advice. Some visits are free, including for contraception, screening, vaccination, nutrition and psychological counselling.
You can also obtain help for subscribing to complementary health insurance and thus receive a higher rate of reimbursement of your medical expenses.
If you have any questions about sexuality, sexual relationships or contraception, visit Planning Familial - family planning association - which provides free and confidential appointments. Women may also obtain a suitable prescription for contraception there as well as the day-after pill if necessary. Family planning has offices throughout France.