Entering prestigious French universities and studying in this country can be a wonderful experience for international students. Its universities have played a prominent role in European culture and industry. The history of some of these universities dates back to the 12th century, which, along with the Universities of Bologna and Oxford, are among the oldest and most famous universities in the world.

Admission to French universities does not require an entrance exam (for most universities), so students who can be admitted to the university with the required qualifications and without defects can attend university classes. All of the above advantages make studying in France a popular option for international students from all over the world.

Free education in France

If you visit the official website of studying in France www.campusfrance.org you can see that the cost of studying in France has undergone fundamental changes for international students since the beginning of autumn 2019. And international students will “probably” have to pay more for tuition from this date onwards (not yet decided). The new tuition offered by international students from September 2019 is as follows:

€ 2770 per year for undergraduate courses
€ 3770 per year for postgraduate courses
€ 380 for doctoral courses

Of course, the above amounts are only for French public universities, the cost of studying in French private universities is a little higher and typically between 3,000 to 20,000 euros per year. Of course, since this law has recently been introduced in this field, many French public universities still operate following previous policies and receive only about 200 Euros from students for registration, insurance, etc.


 Introducing some French universities

1- University of Paris PSL: Université PSL (Paris, Sciences & Lettres)

The university is made up of 25 institutes of higher education and research centers in Paris. The goal of this university is to become one of the top research institutes in the world. One of the positive points of this university is establishing effective relations with other universities in the world, including the University of Cambridge, UCL University, and Peking University. So far, more than 26 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to researchers in disruptive fields such as physics, chemistry, literature, physiology, medicine, and economics. The university currently has more than 17,000 students, about 25 percent of whom are international students. PSL is ranked 53rd in the world.

2- école Polytechnique

École Polytechnique is one of the best universities in France, ranked 60th in the world. This école is located on the outskirts of Palaiseau, about 10 miles from Paris. École Polytechnique focuses specifically on science and technology and offers special education programs in this field. The educational programs of this university are offered in three levels: bachelor, master, and doctorate.

Although less than 3,000 students study at the Polytechnic University, about 30% of them are international students. It is interesting that the students of this university, in addition to their courses, must also participate in courses related to humanities as well as sports activities. To be. This famous French university was founded in 1794 and since then, its researchers, professors, and graduates have succeeded in winning many awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize. Diversity of fields of study, personal development, and research-oriented education are the key features of this famous university.

3- Sorbonne University

The Sorbonne is one of the most famous universities in France and you have probably heard of it before. The university is known as a center for public research in Paris. The current Sorbonne University was formed in 2018 from the merger of the Sorbonne University in Paris, the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, and many smaller institutions, and currently has three faculties, including the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine. The Sorbonne is a high-level educational institution with global goals and vision.

The Sorbonne has many campuses throughout Paris and also has one campus in Abu Dhabi. The university currently has about 43,000 students, more than 10,000 of whom are international students. This famous French state university is ranked among the 77 best universities in the world.

4- University (Ecole) normcole normale supérieure de Lyon

Located in Lyon, this University (école) is one of the leading institutions in the field of education and research. The students of this university are often selected from among the students of French schools, but several students of this university also enter it through the entrance exam. These students are mostly from France and some other European countries and are being trained as future government employees. These individuals are therefore expected to work for the French government in exchange for financial support during their studies. The École Normale Supérieure de Lyon is located close to Lyon city center and has great access. Besides, the facilities of this university and holding various events in it are other important points. The university is ranked 160th in the world.

5- Télécom Paris University

Télécom University in Paris is another world-renowned university in France, and the French hope to become MIT France. The university has an entrance exam and about a third of its students are foreigners. The university has four different departments, including electronics and communications, computer and network science, signal and image processing, and economic and social sciences. High-level educational facilities, including specialized laboratories, are among the positive points of this university. Télécom Paris is ranked 242nd in the world.

6- Ecole des Ponts ParisTech

The “Ecole des Ponts ParisTech” is one of the leading universities in France in the field of technology, offering its undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering and technology. The university grew and flourished during the twentieth century and during the time of Napoleon. One of the important points about this university is its close links with world-famous international universities. For example, we can offer various training courses in collaboration with some of the most famous technical colleges in the world, such as Berkeley, Georgia Tech, and Imperial College. The university is currently ranked 250th in the world.

7- University of Paris University of Paris

The University of Paris is one of the leading multidisciplinary universities in France. This university was created in 2019 from the merger of several different universities and institutes, and in a short time, it has been able to achieve a good international position. Various educational courses are offered by this university, which is classified as follows:

Art, Humanities, and Language
Economic and social sciences
Science and technology
Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing

The existence of educational facilities in the city of Paris and the number of 14 different faculties have made the University of Paris among students

Be very popular. Also, most of the faculties of this university are located in the city center and are easily accessible.

8- University of Paris-Sud

The University of Paris-Sud is a multidisciplinary university focusing on science and health, located among the most prestigious universities in France. One of the reasons for the university’s reputation is its high level of basic research, especially in mathematics and physics. The university also supports various research programs in computer science, chemistry, and biology.

The University of Paris-Sud has 82 international laboratories and 32,000 students, 5,000 of whom are international students.

In addition to scientific research, we should also mention other issues, such as the appropriate environment and the quality of university facilities. The curricula of the University of Paris-Sud are offered in three levels: undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral. Due to the characteristics of this university, it has provided the best possible conditions for students and young researchers to achieve a high level of knowledge and skills. The university is ranked 262nd in the world.

9- University of Grenoble Alpes

The University of Grenoble Alpes began its work in 1939 in four areas: medicine, science and literature, law and civil law. From the beginning, the university has tried to imitate Sorbonne and has always competed with the University of Lyon. The university is known as a comprehensive university that offers its educational programs at three levels: bachelor, master, and doctorate. As the name implies, this university is located in the city of Grenoble. Grenoble is a city with international characteristics in the Alps, known as a great city to live, work, and study. The high quality of education at this university has made it famous and attracts international students. The university is currently ranked 351st in the world.

10. University of Strasbourg University of Strasbourg

The University of Strasbourg dates back to the 16th century, but the university has been in its current format since 2009 after the merger of the universities of Louise Pasteur, Mark Bloch, and Robert Schumann. The university also offers its curricula in three levels: undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral. Law, economics, management and political science students account for the largest share of the university’s students. The university also offers programs in the fields of art, humanities, social sciences, technology, literature, and language.

Many international students are studying at this university, most of whom have come from other EU countries.

Of course, in addition to them, Asian, African, and American students are also studying at this university. The students of this university have won the Nobel Prize several times. The University of Strasbourg is ranked 379th in the world.

11- University of Bordeaux University of Bordeaux
The University of Bordeaux is one of the best universities in France for offering quality educational and research courses. This university is known as one of the best universities in France, especially in the field of research and innovation. The university has 57,000 students, 7,200 of whom are international. The curriculum at the University of Bordeaux is presented in several main areas:

Agriculture (production and cultivation of grapes for wine production)
Science and technology
Law, Political Science, Economics and Management
Life sciences and health
Social sciences and humanities

The University of Bordeaux has good relations with other universities in the world and has also provided students with the opportunity to study in English. Due to the characteristics of Bordeaux, all the necessary facilities for students to live in this city are available. If you want to enjoy living in France while studying in France, the University of Bordeaux will be a good choice. It is ranked 458th in the world.

12- University of Aix-Marseille
The University of Aix-Marseille is one of the youngest universities in France, founded in 2011. The university is also known as one of the largest universities in France with 78,000 students and 8,000 staff. Currently, the university’s educational programs are offered in six different areas:

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Linguistics
Law and Political Science
Economics and Management
science and technology

Aix-Marseille courses are offered at different levels. Investing in innovative projects is one of the important features of this university. The university is currently ranked 491st in the world.

13. University of Montpellier University of Montpellier
The University of Montpellier is one of the oldest universities in France. The university has more than 15,000 students and is a multidisciplinary university. The University of Montpellier has eight faculties and its main focus is on science and technology research.