Study in France

Study in France


Ahmed considers that continuing his university studies in France added a lot of scientific knowledge to him, deepened his human experience, and acquired the cognitive skills required by the labor market in France.

"I did all the administrative procedures through the Campus de France in Morocco, and I did not find any difficulty because the procedures were smooth, and within a year you found me in France," the 26-year-old told Al-Jazeera Net.

Ahmed continues to study a master's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Paris-Oriental Creteil, known as "UPEC", after he had completed his studies for the same specialty at the University of Fez, Morocco.

A remarkable student movement

Ahmed is one of 44,933 Moroccan students continuing their studies in Paris, and among 365,000 foreign students studying in France in the academic year 2020-2021, according to the latest statistics published by the Campus de France, a center for providing information on studying in France, that helps foreign students define their academic project and pave their studies in France.

The European Union ranked first in the world as a preferred destination for study, and at the country level, France ranked seventh in the world.

A favorite destination for foreigners

After a decline of 17% in 2020 as a result of the Corona crisis, the number of foreign students in France increased and rebounded by 25% in 2021, according to figures obtained by Al Jazeera Net from "Combis de France".

In the 2020-2021 academic year, the total number of foreign students in France reached 365,000, an 18% increase over 5 years ago. Over the past 20 years, the proportion of foreign students in France has increased by nearly 70%.

The higher schools of commerce, business administration and engineering colleges are the most attractive to foreign students, with a rate of 66%.

Foreign students account for 13% of the total students enrolled in higher education, while France ranks third in the world in doctoral students after the United States and the United Kingdom, as the percentage rises to 40% of the total number of students in France, according to the same source.

French universities receive 75% of international students who choose France to pursue post-secondary studies.

Anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent can enroll in the first year in all majors, such as medicine, languages, sciences, literature, arts, humanities, and sports. There is no discrimination between French and foreign students in admission requirements and competitions (competition for university seats).

Arab students are at the fore

Arab students occupy the first place in the percentage of foreign students in France, as the figures and statistics of the “Combis de France” for the year 2020-2021 showed that the North Africa and the Middle East region occupies 29% of the foreign students in France, and their number is 29 thousand and 650 students, ahead of European students, who came in second place with a rate of 24%.

study FEES

The French authorities support a large percentage of the actual cost of higher education, which is estimated at about 14 thousand euros per student per year, and there is no distinction between international students and French students.

Post-secondary degrees based on the European structure of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees are organized by the government, ensuring international recognition of the degrees obtained by the student.

As for the costs of the academic year, foreign students used to pay the same fees as the French, but since the beginning of the academic year 2019-2020, the French state has raised tuition fees for foreign students to reach 2,770 euros per year for a BA degree, 3,770 euros for a master's degree, and 380 euros for a doctorate. And approximately 9 thousand euros in private universities.


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