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France offers an exciting multicultural study experience, tying together cultures from different parts of the world.
Being one of the most popular non-English speaking study abroad destination in the world, it’s not surprising that Filipinos who are willing to step outside their comfort zones choose France as their ultimate study abroad destination.
With partner schools in Nantes to name a few, Filipino international students have a lot to choose in pursuing their international studies.
We have 1 French school and universities on our website that you can search and apply from!
France is a great destination for Filipino international students thanks to its rich culture and prestigious universities. There are a handful of reasons why Filipinos should study in France.
France's advanced education system is ranked 6th in the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings 2018.
France is known for its sophisticated culture, art, and choices in food. Filipinos who plan to study in France are in for a treat!
With a valid student permit, international students are entitled to work while studying for up to 964 hours in a year on a part time basis. The number of hours is configured as such so students can work up to 670 hours between September and June, and up to 300 hours between July and August.
There are a wealth of scholarships and financial support available for Filipinos who wish to study in France. The government of France, and French universities offer a handful amount of scholarships.
Being the third most attractive country for foreign students, France undoubtedly offers world-class education for everyone through more than 3,500 institutions of higher education.
The French government’s policy that aims to welcome and support more foreign students simplifies the process of acquiring visas by giving priority to all applying students, both locally and internationally. Students are also able to apply to 20 different universities through a single application process.
Tuition and living costs in France are also far less expensive compared to other countries, with the average cost for a first year degree being as low as 190 euros.
Although French is the native language of France, most colleges offer courses in English too. In fact, every foreign student is required to submit proof that they are proficient in English through a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) test.
Schools in France offer many undergraduate and graduate programs in every academic field. After deciding (1) What your career goals are and (2) What academic programs can help you achieve those goals, it's time to do some research on which school is best for you! There are schools in France that are looking for Filipino students just like you! Explore them here.
Generally, schools in France will ask for your:
Application form (hard copy)
Copy of passport with visa
Proof of English proficiency
Essay (for some colleges)
The specific requirements will vary depending on your school, course, and level of study.
Visit the Edukasyon profile of the school you like to find their specific requirements. For a list of schools in France looking for Filipino students, see here.
There are many scholarships offered by the French government and even the schools themselves. Visit the Edukasyon profiles of the schools you are interested in to check if they are offering any scholarships.
If you are a Philippine passport holder, you will need a student visa to study in France.
The process involves:
Completing the online application form
Gathering all required documents
Sending your official form to the French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) upon your arrival in France
Note that you can’t start processing your student visa until you get accepted by a school in France. For the full list of details, please visit the French embassy website or contact the French embassy in Manila.
Living costs in France vary depending on the location and your lifestyle. For large and densely populated cities like Paris, average monthly costs would span from 1,000 to 1,200 euros per month. On the other hand, smaller cities like Nice would cost you 700-900 euros monthly, while other towns such as Lyon and Bordeaux would cost an average of 600-800 euros.
University representatives are great resources to understand the cost of living in their school's city! Explore our partner schools on Edukasyon.ph, and inquire to get connected with your university representative.
If you choose to study in France, you certainly won’t be alone! According to eaglenews.ph, there were around 20,000 Filipinos living in France, half of which reside in Paris, as of May 2017.
Graduating from a school in France can greatly benefit your future career! Depending on your school and their industry connections, your university could connect you to some of your dream French companies and maybe even internships. Schools in France are also generally high in quality and are recognized all over the world.
All international students have the right to work while studying in the country for a maximum of 964 hours per year. France’s national minimum hourly wage is currently at 9.67 euros. Generally, international students are allowed to work on-campus under a contract – be sure to ask your designated school representative for work options available. Working off-campus may be restricted, depending on your visa.