How to work and study in France for International Students

In a world where education is dominated by top ranked US universities, France has succeeded to make its place as the top destination for a number of programs. Its unique culture, cuisine, and beautiful cities add to the affinity.

But it will be interesting to point out some peculiarities in applying to French universities and jobs.

  1. CV

The French are generally okay if you put your picture on your CV. They would also be happy to know about your hobbies to get to know you more as a person. However, your CV should most preferably be a one page document.

  1. Grand écoles

These top Business schools & universities are crème de la crème of French institutions. These are prestigious and carry a lot of importance within the French system. Even more so, a significant proportion of French companies only go for graduates from grand écoles. Therefore, you might want to check out these elite institutions while you are looking forward to studying in France.



  1. Tuition fees

Some courses have extremely high tuition fees in France while some others are practically free. It depends on the field and the future job prospects. For example, business courses in France are arguably one of the most expensive programs found in the country.

  1. Language

Like in most countries that have well established native language speaking populations, most French companies deal with their businesses in French. However, with more than 500 MNCs within the Paris region itself, English is fast becoming a major Business language in France. This is why the top Business Schools and Universities of France teach a number of programs in English. As you can easily guess, the influx of international students and job seekers is growing exponentially in France. The French schools & companies sense this and are often preferring applicants from diverse & international backgrounds.

  1. Approaching applications

There are many opportunities in France that can suit your interests. The approach to apply to one would be to dig deeper into the convergence between your long term goals and how your future institution can help you with that. Plenty of information is available on the institutions’ websites and you can always contact them for more. Do your research well in advance if you are a non-European as the visa process takes different amount of time for different countries. Even if you hold a passport that allows you to enter France, you will most probably need a student or work visa to study and work in France.

  1. Life after studies

It might be losing out on opportunities if you study in France but don’t gain professional experience via internships or other longer-term jobs. Make the most of your time in France and add useful credentials to your profile. Once again, applying for studying in France is very different from applying for jobs in France. Even more so if you do not speak French. However, here are 10 tips that will definitely help you with jobs in France as an English speaker.


Good luck for your stay in France!

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