Choose France

France, old perceptions, new realities 


With more than 298,000 international students making up 12% of total enrollments, France remains the third-most-popular destination for internationally mobile students. France's institutions award degrees that comply with the common European architecture known as LMD (for Licence, Master, and Doctorate). French diplomas are therefore recognized and accepted throughout the world.

The quality of French higher education is widely recognized. French institutions figure prominently in the Shanghai Classification of Universities, in the rankings of the Financial Times and Times Higher, and in the European Report on Science and Technologies published by the European Commission. Higher education programs are grounded in accredited research laboratories or the knowledge of seasoned professionals: whatever your field of study, you will always be in contact with renowned experts.

France is a safe and tolerant country. French health-care and transportation systems are unique and broadly recognized. In France,  as an international student you will benefit from the same rights and advantages as French students.

Studying in France also gives an opportunity to learn French or to extend one's command of the language. Doing so allows connection to a global community of 250 million speakers of language of Voltaire, Hugo, and Camus, an official language of the Olympics, the United Nations, and the European Union.

Studying in France also means joining a society rightly renowned for its practice of the  "art of living" . France is a relatively large country of immense geographic variety. Many of higher education institutions are found in city centres that will facilitate your access to a large variety of social and cultural opportunities (museums, bookstores, cinemas, theatres, etc) that your student discount makes very affordable.

Internationalization plays a strong part in the strategy of France’s institutions of higher education. A period of study or work abroad, courses taught in English, joint degrees, programs labeled or accredited by various international organizations or consortia, mobility programs such as Erasmus+, and branch campuses abroad, —each of these facets of institutional internationalization offers students opportunities to get an education with an international dimension.



Choosing a program

Campus France’s online catalog of French higher education includes more than 30,000 programs at the Licence, Master, and Doctoral levels offered by some 3,500 postsecondary institutions.

Campus France’s catalog of programs taught in English includes nearly 1200 programs designed for English-speaking students.

Online access to all the information you need to select a doctoral program or research program in France.