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France is closer than you think!

Learn everything you need to know about studying
in France and get end to end expert guidance from us.

Your dream of studying in France is closer than you think!

Learn everything you need to know about studying in France and get end to end expert guidance from us.

Turn your Study Abroad Dream to Degrees Abroad in France



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Why Study in France?

As for a student from Singapore or elsewhere, France is an exciting destination that offers a blend of historical culture and modern education. Studying in France is not just about obtaining a degree; it is also about immersing oneself in European art, literature, philosophy, and history. The whole deal of studying here makes it an enriching experience academically and personally. France is a beacon for international higher education with world-famous institutions and a unique lifestyle. Plus, for Singaporeans, studying in France presents a chance to gain global perspectives while absorbing a broad understanding of cultures and traditions.

The long history of France means that it has stunning architecture, which includes the Louvre Museum Pyramid, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame. You will see modern and Renaissance-style architecture through French cathedrals, chateaux, and plazas. The Monet Gardens and the Palace of Versailles are also great attractions that add to the curb appeal of France as a study destination.

Key Facts to Study in France

Languages Spoken

French, English

Cost of Study

Varies (Avg: SGD 12,000/year)

Sources of Funding

Scholarships, other financial grants, loans

Exams Required

TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, GRE

Degrees

Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

Intakes

September, January

Visa

Student Visa

 

Benefits of Studying in France for Singaporean Students

France is among the best destinations for foreign nationals who wish to pursue bachelor’s, master’s, and/or doctor’s degrees. France's higher education system uniquely appeals to Singaporean students, especially. Here are some of the reasons to study in France as a foreign national:

  • World-class Institutions: French universities consistently rank among the top institutions worldwide. Many top universities in France produce highly employable graduates, an indicator of their quality of education.
  • Cultural Richness: France provides an immersive experience in the heart of Europe. It is known for its culture, films, art, lifestyle, and music. French culture continues to have a big impact on the international audience.
  • Affordable Education: Compared to other Western countries, France offers quality education at a fraction of the cost. At the same time, the quality of education at many French universities is up there with the best.
  • Bilingual Advantage: Studying in France makes you proficient in a global language. This is especially the case if you also share accommodation with French host families or classmates.
  • Rich Alumni Network: Many global leaders are alumni of French institutions, and becoming one of them allows for unparalleled networking opportunities.
  • Strategic Location: With France being positioned at the heart of Europe, travelling across the continent is easy and affordable.

To learn more about why studying in France makes sense, contact an AECC counsellor today!

 

Popular Courses to Study in France for Singaporean Students

More than 3,500 private and public institutions in France offer an array of educational options for foreign students. It generally takes four years of study to earn a French bachelor’s degree, but there are shorter bachelor’s programs in the country. Conversely, a master’s degree takes one to two years in France. Here are some of the best subjects to study in France, especially for a bachelor’s or master’s degree:

  • Business Management and Administration
  • Fashion and Design
  • Culinary Arts
  • Engineering
  • International Relations and Diplomacy,
  • Computer Science and Information Technology.

French universities offer courses in more subjects that cater to global trends and demands. For Singaporean students, courses in fields like business management, fashion, and culinary arts are especially popular, given France's reputation in these domains. Engineering and IT continue to remain popular among the international student contingent in France, given the country's technological advancements.

Want to learn which the best subjects to study in France are for you? If so, fill out the following form to get in touch with a counsellor at AECC.

Top Universities in France for Singaporean Students

France offers an array of world-class universities which attract international students, including scholars from Singapore. The following table shows a list of universities in France as per QS and Times Higher Education rankings. These institutions are celebrated not just for their academic excellence but also for their specialised courses and diverse environments. There are more top schools in France, such as Le Cordon Bleu, Ecole Ducasse, and Ecole Nationale Superieure de Patisserie, to name a few.

Name of the University

University Best Known For

QS ranking 2024

THE ranking 2023

Sorbonne University

Humanities and Social Sciences

59

90

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Science and Literature

184

301-350

Sciences Po

Political Science and Humanities

319

501-600

Grenoble Alpes University

Technology and Innovation

294

401-500

University of Bordeaux

Life Sciences

465

301-350

Aix-Marseille University

Arts and Humanities

387

301-350

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Requirements for Studying in France for Singaporean Students

Embarking on an academic journey in France demands an understanding of the specific requirements for various levels of education. Here is a breakdown of university-level admission requirements to study in France:

Graduate Diploma

  • A recognised bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Proficiency in the French language (for programs taught in French)
  • A Statement of Purpose (SOP) detailing the reason for choosing the course and the institution
  • Letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support living and education expenses

Bachelor's Degree

  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Proof of proficiency in French (for programs taught in French)
  • A brief essay or SOP on why you chose the course
  • Academic transcripts from high school
  • Letters of recommendation, preferably from high school teachers
  • Some courses might require an entrance examination or an interview

Master’s Degree

  • A recognised bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the relevant field
  • A detailed SOP, explaining academic interests and the reason for choosing France
  • Letters of recommendation, ideally from professors or employers
  • Updated CV showcasing academic achievements, projects, and any professional experience
  • Proof of proficiency in French (for courses taught in French)
  • Some specialised courses might demand work experience or a portfolio

Doctorate

  • A recognised master’s degree in the relevant domain
  • A detailed research proposal showcasing the aim, methodology, and significance of the intended research
  • An SOP elucidating the reason to pursue a doctorate in France and the choice of the institution
  • Letters of recommendation, ideally from academic advisors or professionals in the field of study
  • A comprehensive CV highlighting academic qualifications, research projects, publications, and any professional or teaching experience
  • An interview might be mandatory with potential research advisors or a department panel

The requirements mentioned above are generic and might slightly vary based on specific institutions or courses. Always consult an AECC counsellor for detailed and up-to-date information.


Exams Required to Study at French Universities for Singaporean Students

For aspiring students from Singapore, understanding the necessary examinations to study in France can smooth out the admission process.

English Language Proficiency Tests (Undergraduate and Graduate)

  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 90 for Undergraduate, 100 for Graduate
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 for Undergraduate, 7.0 for Graduate

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

  • SAT: Minimum score of 1200
  • Advanced Placement Tests: Score of 3 or above in relevant subjects

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • GRE: Minimum combined score of 300
  • GMAT: Minimum score of 650 for business programs


Documents Required to Study in France for Singaporean Students

Getting your paperwork in order is essential for a seamless application process to study in France.

  • Passport with valid expiry
  • Academic transcripts and certificates from all attended institutions
  • Two Letters of Recommendation from professors or professionals
  • Statement of Purpose detailing your aspirations and reasons for choosing France
  • CV or Resume showcasing your academic and professional journey
  • Proof of funds showcasing ability to cover tuition and living expenses

 

Requirements for the France Study Visa from Singapore

Applying for a student visa to study in France from Singapore? Here's a primer:

  • Valid passport with at least 6 months remaining validity
  • Acceptance letter from a French institution
  • Proof of sufficient funds showing ability to cover tuition and a minimum of €8,000 for yearly living expenses
  • Proof of accommodation in France (dorm, rent agreement, or letter from host)
  • Health insurance coverage valid for the duration of your stay in France
  • Birth certificate (translated to French if in English)
  • Two passport-sized photos complying with French visa photo guidelines
  • Academic transcripts and diplomas
  • Visa application form duly filled and signed
  • Police clearance certificate showing no criminal record

Need further assistance in meeting requirements to study in France for international students? Contact AECC for FREE assistance in application to visa processing and more!

Intakes to Study in France for Singaporean Students

University intakes in France typically occur in two main sessions: the fall intake (September/October) and the spring intake (January/February). September or October marks the start of the French academic year, making the fall intake France’s primary intake. Knowing the academic calendar is paramount for those aiming to study in France, especially from the perspective of university admissions.

Intakes

Duration (deadline)

September

Apply by April 30th

January

Apply by October 31st

 

Cost of Studying in France for Singaporean Students

Government universities are more affordable for foreigners who want to study in France. Now, how much money is required to study in France? The tuition fee is the biggest factor determining foreign students' cost of studying in France. The government subsidises higher education in France, making it relatively affordable for foreigners. Private universities have considerably higher tuition fees in France, but these are lower than their American, British, or Canadian counterparts.

Level of Education in France

Costs for Singaporean students in SGD (Per year) (approx.)

UG (Undergraduate)

SGD 12,000

PG (Postgraduate)

SGD 15,000

PhD

SGD 16,000

Diploma

SGD 11,000

Certificate

SGD 10,000

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Scholarships in France for Singaporean Students

Many French institutions award scholarships to deserving Singaporean students seeking postsecondary education in the country. Considering the scholarships available makes it more enticing to study in France from Singapore. Here are some of the best options for Singaporean students:

Name of Scholarship

Description

Eligibility

Amount in SGD (approx.)

French Merit Scholarship

For top-tier students in science fields

GPA above 3.5, Pursuing a science degree

SGD 8,000

Paris Excellence Grant

For those studying in Parisian institutions

Admission to a Paris-based institution

SGD 6,000

Franco-Singaporea Fellowship

Joint funding by both countries

Singaporean nationality, Accepted in a French uni

SGD 7,500

HEC Paris Financial Aid

For students in HEC Paris

Admission to HEC Paris

SGD 9,000

Lyon Scholar's Program

For students in University of Lyon

Admission to University of Lyon

SGD 7,000

Bordeaux Research Grant

For research students in Bordeaux

Enrolled in a research program

SGD 10,000

Alpes Achievement Grant

For academic achievers in Grenoble Alpes

GPA above 3.7, Enrolled in Grenoble Alpes

SGD 8,500

Strasbourg Success Scholarship

For well-performing students in Strasbourg

GPA above 3.6, Enrolled in University of Strasbourg

SGD 8,000

Descartes Talent Grant

For all-rounders in Paris Descartes University

Extracurriculars, Enrolled in Paris Descartes

SGD 7,500

Polytechnique Elite Scholarship

For engineering students in Ecole Polytechnique

Admission to Ecole Polytechnique

SGD 9,500

 

Contact an AECC counsellor for more information about how to finance your higher education in France.

Living Expenses to Study in France for Singaporean Students

Understanding living expenses in France is crucial for foreign students to budget their finances efficiently. Below is an approximate breakdown of the average monthly costs for those studying in France from Singapore or another foreign nation.

Living Expense Items

Average Cost Per Month (SGD) (approx.)

Accommodation (Rent)

SGD 800 - SGD 1,200

Utilities (Electricity, Water, Gas)

SGD 50 - SGD 100

Internet

SGD 30 - SGD 50

Mobile Phone

SGD 20 - SGD 40

Groceries

SGD 250 - SGD 400

Food

SGD 300 - SGD 500

Public Transportation

SGD 50 - SGD 100

Health Insurance

SGD 40 - SGD 70

Entertainment (Movies, Events, etc.)

SGD 60 - SGD 150

The above-mentioned costs are approximations and can vary based on the city, lifestyle, and personal spending habits. Paris is often on the higher side of the expense spectrum. However, living in cities like Lille, Nantes, Toulouse, or Bordeaux is more affordable than other prominent cities in Europe.

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Post-study Work Opportunities in France for Singaporean Students

Securing a job after you graduate from a French university is important for international students. With a diverse economy and commitment to innovation, France provides ample opportunities across various sectors. The following table provides insight into the approximate annual salaries for some of the popular fields among Singaporean students.

 

Fields of Work

Approximate Annual Salary (in SGD) (approx.)

Business Management

SGD 50,000 - SGD 70,000

Education and Training

SGD 40,000 - SGD 60,000

Healthcare

SGD 60,000 - SGD 80,000

IT & Computer Science

SGD 55,000 - SGD 75,000

Statistics and Data Science

SGD 58,000 - SGD 78,000

A French master’s degree allows you to live and work here for a temporary period and earn about 150% more money than the country’s minimum wage. Obtaining permanent residency (PR) in France requires living in the country for five years or more.

Need further information about post-study work in France? Connect with an AECC counsellor, your study-abroad expert, today!

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Why is France the Best Country for International Students?

France offers world-class education, a rich cultural experience, and numerous opportunities for post-study work and research.

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