Study In France - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities


This is a comprehensive guide on studying in France as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in France as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as

 

How to study in France

Why study in France

Cost of studying in France

Universities in France for international students

Cost of living in France for international students

How to get a visa to study in France

How to apply and study in France

Tuition fees to study in France

Applying to study in France

 

 

 

 

How to apply and study in France

There are many universities in France which you can apply to directly from the website. You have to check for the entry standardized tests such as the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT because these tests are required for both undergraduate and graduate admissions.

Apply to 3 or more institutions to increase the chance of getting admitted. Non EU students will be required to pass the compulsory preliminary admission test.

Selecting the universities to apply to

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuition fees and cost of studying in France for international students


The cost of studying in France actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in France have different tuition fees.


University education in public universities is very cheap in France even for international students. The tuition fees in public universities in France is about US$210 per year for international students who want to enroll  for a bachelor’s degree although some professional courses such as medicine and engineering will be slightly higher.

As an international student you will still have to pay some administrative charges but that is minimal and does not cost much.

Private universities in France are very expensive,they also have a very high standard for any international student to get admitted. Top private universities in France cost about US $33,500 per year for tuition which also depends on the course because courses like medicine and pharmacy will be expensive.

 

Cost of living in France according to expatistan

 

 

Food   

            Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district  €15

            Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)   €8

            500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast           €6

            1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk   €1.25

            12 eggs, large   €4.12

            1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.94

            500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese  €9

            1 kg (2 lb.) of apples    €2.71

            1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.73

            0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket  €1.85

            1 bottle of red table wine, good quality  €8

            2 liters of Coca-Cola    €2.01

            Bread for 2 people for 1 day     €1.13

Housing           

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area        €2,177

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area            €1,697

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat     €141

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area        €1,309

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area            €987

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio      €92

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)        €25

            40” flat screen TV        €444

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)            €128

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)         €9

            Hourly rate for cleaning help      €15

Clothes

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)     €96

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)  €39

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)         €97

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes   €125

Transportation 

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new  €23,441

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas           €1.32

            Monthly ticket public transport  €71

Personal Care  

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)      €4.27

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)  €5.51

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)          €24

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €4.70

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)      €5.04

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €4.27

            4 rolls of toilet paper     €2.28

            Tube of toothpaste        €2.67

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city  €25

 

Visa to study in France

 

As an international student, you will require a visa to study in France. Below are the requirements and process of getting a France visa.

 

Submitting and processing visa applications:

Regulations on entry to and staying in the French territory differ whether you hold a regular passport, a diplomatic passport or an official duty passport. Your passport must be valid long enough to cover your stay in the Schengen Area. Application or “visa” fees are payable on submitting your application; these application fees are not refunded if the visa is refused. When the visa application is being processed, certain formalities such as the making of appointments or submission of the application may be entrusted to service providers. You should allow additional costs for this. Information is available from the relevant French consulate.

 

You must tell the visa official the precise reasons for your journey to France. This is because the type of visa required to enter France depends on both the length of your stay and your reasons ; except for special cases :

           for stays equal to or shorter than 90 days, the visa to be issued is a short-stay visa, often known as a “Schengen visa”;

           for stays longer than 90 days, the visa to be issued is a long-stay visa appropriate to the duration of and reasons for your stay.

This information must be accurate, because:

           once you are in France, you cannot have your visa modified or change your immigration status ;

           in addition, exercising a salaried activity is subject to specific procedures that require getting a work permit before getting a visa. This applies to all employees, including artists and sportspeople.

In the French overseas territories, the rules applicable may vary from those applied in Metropolitan France. When applying for a visa, you must carefully specify the destination and details of your flight.

What documents will be required?

To apply for a Schengen short-stay visa, you are required to present one visa application per person, including the following items:

           A passport which is valid for at least 3 months after the date of the requested visa;

           duly completed and signed;

           A maximum of 3 photographs meeting requirements;

           Application fees. Visa application forms for a child under 18 years of age must be signed by a parent or legal guardian

If any of the items you provide do not fulfill our criteria, consular personnel will not accept your application and will ask you to present items which do. If you insist on submitting your application anyway, your application will be recorded but a visa will not be issued and the other items in the application will not be studied.

Proof

           Proof of the purpose of your stay in the Schengen area;

           Proof of your means of support during your stay and accommodation;

           Proof of travel and repatriation insurance;

           Guarantees of repatriation to your country of residence (return ticket or adequate personal means to purchase one);

           For children under 18 years of age, specific proof;

           Any documents helping to convince the consular authority of your intention to leave the Schengen area when your visa expires.

Certain diplomatic and consular authorities that issue visas on ordinary passports may include more detailed information taking local specificities into account. These items providing proof that are required are to be presented to the consular authority.

 

The consular authority will accept your application as provided by you and will make his decision on the basis of the guarantees and proof attached to your application. If you have failed to attach the proof included in the list, the consular authority will assume that you are unable to do so unless you effectively explain why such proof was omitted in a separate letter attached to the application.

How much does a visa cost?

Application fees are:

           60 euros for a short-stay visa (one or more stays totaling to less than 3 months per period of 6 months in the Schengen Area) except for nationals of certain countries who benefit from a special rate agreed with the European Union (Bosnia, Moldavia, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia).

           99 euros for a long-stay visa.

These application fees are not refunded if the visa is refused.

Visa processing time

Processing time varies according to the nationality of the applicant and local conditions of the issuing department. Please consult the consular website. For certain types of visa that require verification or consultation with the French authorities (visas for a stay of more than 3 months in France, adoption visas, for example), response times may be much longer.

 

List and ranking of all universities in France

 

This is the list and ranking of all the universities in France. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in France and their ranking

 

 

Rank    University         Location

1          Université de Strasbourg

Strasbourg

2          Université de Lorraine

Nancy

3          Université de Bordeaux

Bordeaux ...

4          École Normale Supérieure

Paris

5          Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis

Nice

6          Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1

Villeurbanne

7          Université de Caen Normandie

Caen

8          Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Paris

9          Université de Nantes

Nantes ...

10        Université Grenoble Alpes

Saint Martin d'Hères

11        Université Paris Sud - Paris 11

Orsay ...

12        Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Paris

13        École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Lyon

14        Aix-Marseille Université

Marseille

15        Université Paris Descartes

Paris

16        Université de Rennes 1

Rennes ...

17        École Centrale de Lyon

Ecully

18        École Polytechnique

Palaiseau

19        Université Lille 1 Sciences et Technologies

Villeneuve-d'Ascq

20        Université Lumiere Lyon 2

Lyon

21        Université de Montpellier

Montpellier

22        Université de Poitiers

Poitiers

23        Université Paris Diderot

Paris

24        Université François Rabelais

Tours

25        Université d'Angers

Angers

26        Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Nanterre

27        Université de Franche-Comté

Besançon

28        Université de Bourgogne

Dijon

29        Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble

Grenoble ...

30        Université Paris-Sorbonne

Paris

31        École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Paris

32        Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris

Paris ...

33        Université de Technologie de Compiègne

Compiegne

34        Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès

Toulouse

35        Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis

St-Denis ...

36        Université Paris 13

Villetaneuse

37        Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon

Lyon

38        Université de Rouen Normandie

Mont-Saint-Aignan

39        Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3

Villeneuve-d'Ascq

40        MINES ParisTech

Paris

41        Université Paris Dauphine

Paris

42        Université de Picardie Jules Verne

Amiens

43        Université de Bretagne Occidentale

Brest

44        Université d'Orléans

Orléans

45        Université de Limoges

Limoges

46        Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne

Reims

47        Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3

Paris

48        Université Rennes 2

Rennes

49        Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier

Toulouse

50        Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Versailles

51        Université Blaise Pascal

Clermont Ferrand ...

52        École Normale Supérieure de Cachan

Cachan

53        Université du Maine

Le Mans

54        Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne

Créteil

55        École Centrale Paris

Châtenay-Malabry

56        Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3

Montpellier

57        Université Savoie Mont Blanc

Chambéry ...

58        Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3

Lyon

59        Université de Haute-Alsace

Mulhouse ...

60        Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée

Marne-la-Vallée

61        Université de Cergy-Pontoise

Cergy Pontoise

62        École Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales

Cergy Pontoise

63        École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales

Jouy-en-Josas

64        Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour

Pau ...

65        Université Lille 2 Droit et Santé

Lille

66        Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II

Paris

67        Université de Perpignan Via Domitia

Perpignan

68        Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Pessac ...

69        École des Ponts ParisTech

Champs sur Marne ...

70        TELECOM ParisTech

Paris ...

71        Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne

Saint-Étienne ...

72        ESCP Europe

Paris ...

73        Université de Toulon

La Garde ...

74        École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l'Information et des Bibliothèques

Villeurbanne

75        IMT Atlantique

Brest ...

76        AgroParisTech

Paris ...

77        Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis

Valenciennes ...

78        EMLYON Business School

Lyon

79        Université d'Avignon et des pays de Vaucluse

Avignon

80        Université Toulouse 1 Capitole

Toulouse

81        Arts et Métiers ParisTech

Paris ...

82        École Supérieure d'Electricité

Gif-sur-Yvette ...

83        Université de Bretagne Sud

Lorient ...

84        Grenoble École de Management

Grenoble ...

85        Université d'Auvergne

Clermont Ferrand ...

86        École Centrale de Nantes

Nantes

87        Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale

Dunkerque ...

88        Université de la Rochelle

La Rochelle

89        École Nationale d'Administration

Strasbourg

90        École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de St-Etienne

Saint-Étienne

91        Université de Technologie de Troyes

Troyes

92        École des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique

Rennes

93        Université du Havre

Le Havre

94        ESPCI ParisTech

Paris

95        École Nationale de l'Aviation Civile

Toulouse

96        Université d'Évry-Val d'Essonne

Evry

97        Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse

Toulouse

98        Université d'Artois

Arras ...

99        École Nationale des Sciences Géographiques

Marne-la-Vallée ...

100      École pour l'Informatique et les Techniques Avancées

Le Kremlin-Bicêtre ...

101      Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse

Toulouse

102      EDHEC Business School

Roubaix ...

103      ESIEE Paris

Noisy-le-Grand

104      École Centrale de Lille

Lille

105      École Nationale de la Météorologie

Toulouse

106      Institut National supérieur des sciences agronomiques, de l'alimentation et de l'environnement

Dijon

107      Eurecom

Biot Sophia Antipolis

108      École Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort

Maisons-Alfort

109      Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard

Belfort ...

110      The American University of Paris

Paris

111       Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rouen

Saint Etienne du Rouvray

112      Montpellier SupAgro

Montpellier

113      NEOMA Business School

Rouen

114      Kedge Business School

Bordeaux ...

115      Audencia Nantes École de Management

Nantes

116      TELECOM and Management SudParis

Evry

117      École des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux

Albi

118      Agrocampus Ouest

Rennes

119      Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rennes

Rennes

120      École Supérieure d'Informatique, Electronique, Automatique

Paris

121      ENSTA ParisTech

Paris

122      Université Catholique de l'Ouest

Angers

123      Université de Corse Pascal Paoli

Corte

124      Université Catholique de Lyon

Lyon

125      École Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Caen

Caen

126      Université Catholique de Lille

Lille ...

127      ECE Paris École d'Ingénieurs

Paris

128      L'École de design Nantes Atlantique

Nantes ...

129      TELECOM SudParis

Evry

130      École normale supérieure de Rennes

Bruz

131      École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers

Angers ...

132      Toulouse Business School

Toulouse ...

133      Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace

Toulouse

134      VetAgro Sup

Lyon ...

135      Institut Catholique de Paris

Paris

136      ENSAE ParisTech

Malakoff

137      École d'ingénieurs des Technologies de l'information et de la Communication

Villejuif

138      École des Mines d'Alès

Alès

139      Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Strasbourg

Strasbourg

140      Institut d'Optique Graduate School

Palaiseau ...

141      École Nationale Vétérinaire, Agroalimentaire et de l'alimentation de Nantes-Atlantique

Nantes

142      École Spéciale des Travaux Publics, du Bâtiment et de l'Industrie

Paris

143      SKEMA Business School

Lille ...

144      École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat

Vaulx-en-Velin

145      École des Mines de Douai

Douai

146      Institut National Universitaire Champollion

Albi ...

147      INSEEC Alpes-Savoie

Le Bourget-du-Lac

148      École Nationale Supérieure de l'Electronique et de ses Applications

Cergy Pontoise

149      Burgundy School of Business

Dijon

150      Université de Nîmes

Nîmes

151      Institut Supérieur d'Électronique et du Numérique

Lille

152      École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d'Aérotechnique

Futuroscope

153      École Internationale des Sciences du Traitement de l'Information

Cergy Pontoise ...

154      École Supérieure de Chimie, Physique, Electronique de Lyon

Villeurbanne

155      École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Nancy

Nancy

156      École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers

Angers

157      École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Brest

Plouzané

158      École Centrale de Marseille

Marseille

159      École Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse

Toulouse

160      École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles

Roubaix

161      Groupe ICN École de Management

Nancy ...

162      Institut Supérieur d'Électronique de Paris

Paris

163      École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Génie Electrique

Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray ...

164      EPF École d'Ingénieurs

Sceaux

165      EIL Côte d'Opale

Longuenesse

167      École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Analyse de l'information

Bruz ...

168      École de Management de Normandie

Le Havre ...

169      École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées Bretagne

Brest

170      École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Tarbes

Tarbes

171      Institut Supérieur d'Agriculture et d'Agroalimentaire Rhone-Alpes

Lyon

172      École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier

Montpellier

173      École Catholique d'Arts et Métiers

Lyon

174      École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes

Rennes

175      École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse

Toulouse ...

176      UniLaSalle

Beauvais ...

177      Hautes Études d'Ingénieur

Lille

178      École Supérieure d'Electronique de l'Ouest

Angers

179      École Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées

Bidart

180      École Supérieure des Techniques Aéronautiques et de Construction Automobile

Levallois-Perret ...

181      École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Saint-Etienne

Saint-Étienne

182      Montpellier Business School

Montpellier

183      École Nationale Supérieure de Mécaniques et des Microtechniques

Besançon

184      École d'Ingénieurs Généralistes La Rochelle

La Rochelle

185      ICAM - Institut Catholiques d'Arts et Métiers

Lille ...

186      SIGMA Clermont

Clermont-Ferrand

187      École des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris

Paris

188      Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées

Ivry sur Seine ...

189      Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux

Pessac

190      École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Metz

Metz

191      École Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique pour l'Industrie et l'Entreprise

Evry

192      Supméca - Institut Supérieur de Mécanique

Saint-Ouen

193      Groupe ISA

Lille

194      IFP School

Rueil-Malmaison

195      Esaip École d'Ingénieurs

Angers ...

196      TELECOM Lille 1

Villeneuve d'Ascq

197      ESME Sudria

Ivry sur Seine

198      École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris

Paris

199      ITECH Institut Textile et Chimique de Lyon

Lyon

200      École Nationale Supérieure de Céramique Industrielle

Limoges

201      École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs Léonard de Vinci

Paris

202      École Supérieure du Bois

Nantes

203      École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques de Bordeaux-Aquitaine

Gradignan

204      Esitpa, École d'Ingénieurs en Agriculture

Mont-Saint-Aignan

205      École Supérieure de Commerce de Pau

Pau

206      École Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale

Compiègne

207      École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille

Villeneuve-d'Ascq ...

208      École d'Ingénieurs de Purpan

Toulouse

209      France Business School

Brest ...

210      École Supérieure d'Ingenieurs en Informatique et Génie des Télécommunications

Villejuif

211      Brest Business School

Brest ...

212      Institut Catholique de Toulouse

Toulouse

213      École Louis de Broglie

Bruz

214      Institut National des Sciences Appliquées Centre Val de Loire

Blois ...

215      École Supérieure de Commerce de Saint-Etienne

Saint-Étienne

216      École des Métiers de l'Environnement

Bruz

217      École Nationale Supérieure de la Nature et du Paysage

Blois

218      École Supérieure d'Agro-développement International

Cergy Pontoise

219      ECAM-EPMI

Cergy-Pontoise

220      École Supérieure de Fonderie et de Forge

Sèvres

221      École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs des Travaux de la Construction de Caen

Epron

222      3iL École d'ingénieurs

Limoges

223      École de Biologie Industrielle

Cergy

224      Campus Adventiste du Salève

Collonges-sous-Saleve

225      Institut Supérieur des Matériaux et Mécaniques Avancés du Mans

Le Mans

226      École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs des Travaux de la Construction de Cachan

Cachan

227      École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs des Travaux de la Construction de Metz

Metz

228      Institut Supérieur du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics

Marseille

 

Courses you can study at universities in France

 

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering

Agriculture

Anatomy

Physiology

Anthropology

Architecture

Art and Design

Oral science

Biochemistry

Biological sciences

Building

Business management

Chemical engineering

Chemistry

Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science

Counselling

Creative writing

Criminology

Dentistry

Cinematics

Economics

Education

Electrical engineering

Fashion

Film making

Food science

Geography

General engineering

German

History

Law

Linguistics

Marketing

Material technology

Mathematics

Mechanical engineering

Medical technology

Medicine

Microbiology

Music

Nursing

Optometry

Pharmacy

Philosophy

Psychology

Robotics

Sociology

Theology

Veterinary medicine

 

Items to pack while going to study in France

 

In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card

           Deodorant

           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes

           Gum

           Hand sanitizer

           Headphones

           Health insurance card

           Passport

           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)

           Wallet

Toiletries

           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer

           Makeup

           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)

           Toothbrush

           Toothpaste

 

Supplies

           Bobby pins

           Comb

           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties

           Hairbrush

           Headbands

           Nail clipper

           Razor(s)

           Sunglasses

           Sunscreen

           Tampons and pads

           Tweezers

Laundry

You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)

Clothing

           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)

Electronics

Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive

           iPod

           Laptop

           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable

Medical

           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine

           Vitamins

Miscellaneous

           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)

           Journal

           Language dictionary

           Map

           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)

 

Benefits of study abroad in France or any other study abroad destination

 

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.


8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

 

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