OVERVIEW OF FRANCE
France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman Theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history. A total of 39 French universities are included in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, of which 10 are within the global top 250.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT FRANCE
France is officially known as the French Republic.
The name France comes from the Latin word Francia, which means 'country of the Franks'.
French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion are also recognized as a part of France.
In 2012, the population of mainland France was just under 63 million (62,814,233). Another 2.8 million (2,816,459) are split between French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte and Reunion.
Mainland France belongs to the continent of Europe. Bordering countries are Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain, and Switzerland.
The Alps mountain range on the border of France and Italy is home to France’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, which stands at 4,807m high (15,771 ft).
The official language is French.
French is the second most studied language in the world after English.
The capital city is Paris. Other major cities include Marseille, Lyon, Lille, and Nice-Cannes.
France is the most visited country in the world, with over 80 million visitors every year.
The Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world. The famous Mona Lisa painting is on display in this museum.
The famous Eiffel Tower in Paris was built as the entrance point for the 1889 World Fair. It is one of the most visited monuments in the world.
The Millau Bridge in southern France is the world's tallest bridge and France's tallest structure. At its highest point, it stands 343m (1125 ft) above the ground.
France was the second country to host the modern Olympic Games in 1900 in Paris. Paris also hosted the games again in 1924. Three winter Olympics have been hosted in France.
The most famous road bicycle race in the world, the Tour de France zig zags through the French landscape.
One of the four grand slam tennis events, the French Open, is held in Paris every year.
WHY STUDY IN FRANCE?
France is the most popular non-English speaking destination for international students in the world, and the fourth most popular overall. A thousand-year academic history of excellence, an on-going national commitment to higher education and an unparalleled linguistic and cultural tradition are some of the reasons international students study in France and for its enduring popularity as a study destination.
Postsecondary programs are subsidized and guaranteed by the French government.
Quality higher education, adapted to students’ needs.
France is a world-class economic power.
There are advanced industries and international corporations in France.
The environment in France is favourable to innovation and to young entrepreneurs.
The programs and degrees offer by institutions in France are accredited and well recognised around the world.
The standard of living in France is high.
APPLICATION AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
There are two major intakes in France which are September and February. International students interested in studying in institutions in France must apply to the institution that he or she wishes to attend.
In general, the main requirement for admission to a bachelor's programme is a secondary-school diploma. Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent to be admitted for a masters’ programme. And if you are applying for a doctorate degree, you must have relevant diploma or master’s degree.