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The cost of studying in France

Studying in France

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  • The cost of studying

    The cost of studying

    The majority of the cost of studying at a French public institution, which equates to around €10,000 per student per year, is covered by the State. You will, however, be required to pay annual tuition fees of between €181 and €596. © Image Source

According to French law, any foreign student wishing to study in France must be able to prove that they have sufficient resources, estimated at a minimum of €615 a month (€7,318 a year), to support themselves without working. This is, in fact, a bare minimum. The amount of money you are likely to need to live on for a month is closer to €700-850 outside of Paris and €1,100 in Paris, where rent is higher, not to mention the additional expenditure you will require for the first month, making the total for that month more like €1,700.

Annual tuition fees


Public institutions


According to the Agence Française pour la Promotion de l’Enseignement Supérieur ('French Agency for the Promotion of Higher Education'), Campus France, the following annual tuition fee amounts were set for the 2012-2013 academic year:

  • €181 for undergraduate students
  • €250 for post-graduate students
  • €380 for PHD students
  • €596 for students of engineering schools

Private institutions


The cost of enrolling at this type of establishment is higher, particularly in the case of business schools, ranging from €3,000 to €10,000.

Student benefits


Students in France enjoy a variety of preferential rates when it comes to food and accommodation, travel, studying, education and entertainment, including the following:

  • university halls of residence and restaurants
  • public transport
  • libraries
  • cinemas and museums

Monthly expenditure


The CNOUS (‘French National Centre for University and School Affairs’) has estimated the following budget for a single student not living in halls of residence:

  • rent (including additional charges) €300-400
  • food €230
  • transport €35
  • upkeep €35
  • university supplies €50
  • culture €45
  • leisure €30

The total per month is estimated at €725-825. 
It is also important to remember to take into account the taxe d'habitation (the council tax), which can vary significantly depending on the type of accommodation you choose and the location and is payable at the end of the year.

Expenditure to allow for in the first month


You can expect to spend around €1,700 during your first month living in France, broken down as follows:

  • rent €400 (€200 in halls of residence)
  • housing bond €400 (1 month's rent)
  • annual home insurance €50
  • enrolment fees €180-596
  • Social Security membership €203
  • membership of a health mutual €70-285

In addition to this budget of €1,700 estimated by the CNOUS, you might also be required to pay certain utility charges such as gas, electricity, telephone, etc.