Tag Archives: France

How to write an effective Motivation Letter

How to write an effective motivation letter for French universities?

 The motivation letter is one of the requirements for your ‘student visa’ in France. Although it will not be the only criterion to approve or deny your visa, this letter is important for Campus France since it is the way to get to know who you are, what your academic and professional career is, as well as your interest in studying in France and how This motivation is part of your professional project in the medium and/or long term.

Some tips:

Try not to write more than one page, people from some countries like to extend a lot in explanations, but it’s not a good idea for lettre de motivation.

Another important tip is not to copy and paste. On the internet, you will find many examples, which are fine to guide you in the writing of your letter, but the writing should come from yourself according to your experience and your motivation. If your French is not good enough, there is no problem, it is normal and I do not think it will negatively affect your request, on the contrary, it will show them that you wrote it yourself.

The motivation letter has three main sections:

Presentation: In this part, you introduce yourself, who you are, what your studies are, your professional career, etc.

Motivation: What are the reasons and why you chose this program and why you chose France as your destination to study?

Your project: What is your professional project and how your studies will help you carry it out.


Example of the motivation letter
(never use this letter! It’s a mix of everything! just to show you the structure)

Surname, Names 

                                                                     Campus France
                                                                     XX / XX / XXXX

Madame, Monsieur
Titulaire d’une license/Master in Biologie à l’Université National de FranceEtCroissantDotCom, j’ai toujours été très intéressé par les sujets de Biologie, et de la recherche. L’intérêt pour ces domaines a défini le choix de ma licence, pendant laquelle j’ai eu l’opportunité de les développer d’une manière ………… .

Lors de mes études j’ai pu participer à des événements académiques internationaux où mon travail de recherche à été reconnu. Ces expériences internationales m’ont donné l’opportunité de partager des idées avec des personnes de nationalités differentes, reconnues dans le domaine académique et professionnel. Cela m’a donné aussi un perspective global de biologie, et m’a donné the certitude que ce type d’expériences est enrichissant et essentiel pour mon développement au niveau personnel et professionnel.

J’ai débuté ma carrière professionnelle dans le secteur biologie des animaux, en tant qu’analyste dans la Laboratoire FranceEtCroissant d’une Laboratoire nationale célèbre! Actuellement, je suis R&D chez une des quatre plus large entreprises de Pharmaceutique.

Je suis très intéressé for the ………………………………… . J’ai décidé de les étudier plus en détail dans ma mémoire de fin d’études, ………………………………………. .

Je voudrais travailler dans promulgation et l’application des principes of GE et RSE dans les entreprises et participer à la création d’entreprises durables, bien gouvernées, responsible avec la société et l’environnement, tout en maintenant l’équilibre entre les intérêts of toutes les parties.

Par conséquent, j’ai choisi la France comme destin, car ce pays est …….. . In addition, la France a une très bonne réputation académique grâce à la qualité de ses offres de formation. 

J’ai the certitude cette formation me donnera a référent très important sur les meilleures pratiques des entreprises Européennes qui peuvent être appliquées dans mon pays d’origine pour contribuer à é développement économique et social.

Dans l’attente d’une réponse favorable de votre part, je vous prie Madame, Monsieur, de recevoir mes salutations distinguées.





Scholarships for international students

The French government announced that they would increase the availability of scholarships alongside the new higher tuition fees.

The official CampusBourses tool offers an overview of grants scholarships to study in France.

There are lots of bourses  for L1 to Master and post-Doctorat for different domain of study. 

Bourses de doctorat en cotutelle

Programme de bourses de doctorat en cotutelle

Scholarship for dual doctoral degree courses between France and Iran: 2021

This program is for Iranian doctoral students who want to do their dissertation jointly with a French university and is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of Iran and the French Embassy in Iran.

The dual doctoral scholarship program (cotutelle) between France and Iran provides the possibility of receiving two separate degrees, one issued by an Iranian university and the other by a French university.

During the 12-month period of this exchange, the expenses of the first six months will be paid by the French side and the other 6 months by Iran.

For more information please click here.


How to find a job in France?

There are many ways for foreign graduates to find work in France.

When you are student, you may check your university website for the new announces, the best job offers are there for you. Then, there are many sites for students and non-students which can help you to find a good job, like:

  1. https://www.jobaviz.fr/rechercher-un-job-etudiant
  2. https://www.studentjob.fr/job-etudiant
  3. https://jobs-stages.letudiant.fr/jobs-etudiants/offres
  4. https://fr.indeed.com/emplois?q=Etudiant&l=

 Staying In France When You Graduate And Finding A Job

Non-European students

To stay in France after graduating, non-European students must have a promise of employment or a work contract and be paid at least one and a half times the minimum wage (2,220 euros gross per month in 2017).

Without the promise of employment, a foreign, non-European graduate may request an Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour (APS – temporary resident permit) valid for twelve months and non-renewable, while they seek employment in France. To do this, they must have a professional Bachelor’s or a Master’s-level degree or be in the process of starting a company.

Some practical advices when looking for work in france

Before starting to look for a job, identify the type of position you’re looking for. Then prepare your CV and a cover letter to meet French expectations.

Keep an eye on sites with job opportunities and create email alerts by saving your search criteria. Pôle Emploi , APEC and other sites mentioned in above.

Take the time to update your CV and adapt it to the job offer you are applying for.

Be sure to send in spontaneous applications to companies that interest you, so they get to know you.

Be careful with your ereputation and the information about you that everyone can access. Recruiters are more and more frequently using the social networks to form an idea about the applicants they’re thinking of calling in.

Go to job fairs to meet recruiters. CV and cover letter in hand, you will have several interviews in one day. As you won’t have much time to win them over, make sure you are well-prepared.

Use Your End-Of-Studies Internship Well

The end-of-studies internship is often mandatory. It lets you develop some understanding of the work world and apply the theory and skills you learnt during your years of studying. If your programme does not require an internship, nothing is stopping you from doing one anyway: it is a good way to pad out your CV and develop a professional network that you can later mobilise.

Get Help Looking For Work

There are many establishments offer graduates help finding work.

Graduates (four years after A-levels/high school) can contact the APEC (Association pour l’emploi des cadres). They can help you look for work. Otherwise, contact the Pôle Emploi agency: they assist all job-seekers, regardless of their level of studies.

Activate Your Professional Networks

Let those around you know that you are looking for work and find out about the companies that are recruiting in your field. The professional social networks, such as LinkedIn, will let you put your CV on line, maintain and develop a professional network and respond to job offers.

The alumni networks such as France Alumni, a platform for foreign graduates of the French system, are highly-effective tools when it comes to finding work or for learning about the companies that interest you.

APS – Temporary Resident Permit

At the end of your studies and after obtaining a degree of French higher education, you can request a Temporary Resident Permit to look for work or start a company.

The Temporary Resident Permit, or APS (for “Autorisation Provisioire de Séjour”), allows foreign students to remain in France for one year after the end of their studies. During this period, they may look for a job (without restriction) or prepare for the creation of a company in a field corresponding to their training.

Until a work contract has been signed, for a fixed period of time (CDD) or indefinite (CDI), foreign graduates with an APS are authorised to work under the same conditions as if they were students, meaning to a maximum of 964 hours per year, or approximately 20 hours per week.

The Temporary Resident Permit is accessible to foreign students who:

  • have a Licence Professionelle (vocational degree);
  • have a Master’s-level degree or equivalent such as an Engineering degree, a degree from an institute of political studies (IEP), a higher accounting and management degree, a veterinary degree, etc;
  • have a specialist Master’s;
  • have a Master’s of Science (MSc) certified by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles;
  • wish to start their own company.

To obtain this Visa You must send your request for a Temporary Resident Permit to the Prefecture.


À la fin de vos études et après l’obtention d’un diplôme de l’enseignement supérieur français, vous pouvez faire une demande d’autorisation provisoire de séjour pour chercher un travail ou créer votre entreprise.

L’autorisation provisoire de séjour, ou APS, permet aux étudiants étrangers de rester en France pendant un an après la fin de leurs études. Pendant cette période, ils peuvent chercher un poste salarié sans que la situation de l’emploi en France ne leur soit opposable ou préparer la création d’une entreprise dans un domaine qui correspond à leur formation.

Pour obtenir cette Visa, Il faut vous présenter à la préfecture de votre lieu de résidence 15 jours avant l’expiration de votre titre de séjour avec les documents suivants (originaux et photocopies) :
lettre de votre établissement indiquant la date de votre soutenance,
titre de séjour,
justificatif de domicile de moins de 3 mois.


Finding a house and accommodation for foreign students, especially Iranians, is one of the biggest problems. We suggest that you finalize your housing status before entering to France. Many students just need a temporary (and unfortunately sometimes fake) certificate or attestation to get a visa, which after, a very small number of them may be lucky and find a place to rent soon, but often they have to spend weeks in hotels. It will cost them a fortune, and they will have some administrative problems due to not having a fixed address.

We suggest that you start your search as soon as possible. And be sure to book a place, even temporarily, to have a place to stay and put your belongings upon arrival. Then you have the opportunity to seek a suitable housing for your permanent residence more comfortable.

To find suitable accommodation:
First, contact your university. Some large institutions and universities offer accommodation or places for housing of their students. So, to register for an accommodation, you must contact the CROUS Accommodation Center of the university where you are enrolled. Check also the “Housing” or “International” section of the CROUS website for information on room allocation at your university residence.

You can also get information through the following sites (priority is given to scholarship students):


To take advantage of this, you must complete your “International Residence” file between January 15 and May 31 before the start of your school year.

Cross dormitories are the most popular accommodation for students due to many advantages, such as no charge, no separate water and electricity, and no separate internet, etc. As well as benefits such as low rent (about 400 euros in Paris and an average of 200 euros in other cities) and the possibility of benefiting from the CAF housing allowance.

And if you can not register for the CROUS, consider a private and/or a semi-private accommodation. Private student dormitories are a good choice, with prices slightly higher than CROUS, but have relatively more advantages, including group living, furnished rooms, internet, laundry, gym and …

You may use these sites also to find you desired house:



The colocation is also one of the solutions, in which you will be living with a student or other students, which will have a relatively lower rental cost, and if your roommates are from other countries, you will get acquainted with other languages ​​and cultures.

This method also has advantages and disadvantages that I will explain to you in the future.
One of the best sites for collection:


The next solution is to stay with a French family:
Some international students choose to live with a French family to learn about French culture and language. You will have a room in this system, with all the necessary facilities for a normal life. You will have one or more French speakers and many other benefits. And of course, you have to respect the internal laws of that family such as arrival and departure times, and so on.
There are many sites in this field, one of which we introduce is CoHomly

To book a house, it is better to have the following documents:
These documents can vary depending on the type of residence and the requirements of the owner, but in general, a copy of the following documents is required in most cases:

Identification documents:
Residence card, if you came to France with a visa,
Student card or certificate for the current year,
A letter from your guarantor and his identification documents.

Find a guarantor
In France, people who want to rent an apartment, whether foreign or French, almost always have to have a guarantor. Your guarantor must be French. If you do not have a guarantor, other solutions are available to you, for example, VISALE, which is a free deposit for renting an apartment or room in a student dormitory. We recommend that you start this process as soon as possible, even before you arrive in France, as you do not need to have an address in France to obtain a VISALE certificate.

If you do not have VISALE conditions or the owner of your accommodation does not know it, you can also use the services of the Garant Me site.

Good luck 🙂