France - Financial Information

Tuition fees

Annual tuition rates at public universities are set by law every year. A Master’s programme is €261.10 (£190) p.a for 2014/15.

Private institutions charge significantly more: From €3,000 (£2,170) to €20,500 (£14,860). The average is around €6,000 (£4,350) - €10,000 (£7,250). The majority of Master’s courses offered in English are found at private institutions.

Loans, Grants & Scholarships

The majority of grants for foreign students are awarded by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and allocated by the Department of Cooperation and Cultural Actions of the French embassies. British students are eligible for the following grants:

  • Excellence-Major Fellowship: Within this programme, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs allocates between 80 and 100 grants a year for foreign students who hold the French Baccalaureate and an Agency for French Education Abroad Excellence grant. Grantees will receive allowance per month with standard rate.
  • Eiffel Scholarships Scheme: British students under the age of 30 may apply for Bourse Eiffel, also known as Eiffel Scholarships Scheme. Each year, the programme awards 400 grants for Master’s students enrolling in courses in engineering, economics, management, law and political sciences at French universities and Grandes Ecoles. The grant does not cover tuition fees, with the exception of fees for language courses (up to 2 months) prior to the studies for which the grant was awarded. Grantees receive a monthly maintenance allowance worth €1,181, a supplemental allowance of €150 and housing assistance.
  • Franco-British Entente Cordiale Scholarships: This bi-lateral scheme funds British postgraduate students who want to study in France and French students who want to study in the UK. Grantees receive one-year funding worth €8000 if they study in Paris, or €7500 if they study outside Paris. In addition, the grant covers up to €3000 of tuition fees. The scheme funds around 20 French and British students each year. These scholarships are open to UK students with a BA or BSc (Hons) 2:1 or first class. Fluent French is required for students in the humanities, and working French for students in science. The application deadline is mid-March. Find out more here: http://www.ambafrance-uk.org/Entente-cordiale-scholarships
  • If you hold a French passport, you may apply for Bourse d’etudes (study grant) through Service des Affaires Sociales (Department of Social Affairs) of the Consulate General of France in London. You can find more information here: http://www.ambafrance-uk.org/Bourses-scolaires-2015-2016. It is in French. The deadline is usually in January.

The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research andFrench Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries allocates a large number of grants to international students. The needs-based grants are mainly for French students but EU passport holders who have previously had a permanent job in France (full or part-time) or whose parents’ earned income in France, or students who have been living as a resident in France for two years, are eligible.

CROUS (Centre regional des œuvres universitaires et scolaires) is the student welfare organisation made-up of 28 regional branches. These branches are responsible for providing student bursaries. British students who have studied in France for at least one year may apply for CROUS need-based bursaries by filling out the Student Social File (Dossier social etudiant) on the CROUS website between 15 January and 30 April. More information: http://www.cnous.fr/bourses/ (in French)

French Regional Councils (Conseils Regionaux) also provide grant schemes to welcome foreign students. Here are some examples:

  • Rhone-Alpes:The “International Cooperation and Mobility Rhone-Alpes” scheme funded by the Rhone-Alpes Council offers around 100 grants each year for foreign students and researchers. One of the sub programmes named ACCUEIL Supoffers scholarships for foreign Master's students. The amount of the grant is of €600 per month.
    • Burgundy: The Burgundy region offers 40 grants each year for students in the second year of a research master's or combined research and professional master's program in the region.
    • Limousin: Limousion region funds research master’s students. Applications should be submitted to one of the doctoral departments at the Universite de Limoges.
    • Champagne-Ardenne: The Champagne-Ardenne region initiates a scholarship programe called “Master without Borders”. For British students, the scholarship cover studies scholarship (€320 per month for 10 months), financial aid for accommodation (€120 per month for 10 months) and transportation (€300).
  • Ile-de-France:The Ile-de-France region offers around 200 scholarships annually for students new to France. The annual amount is €10,500 in 2015, which includes the payment for accommodation allocated by the Region and allowance. The Ile-de-France region scholarships are open to candidates from all countries. However, priority will be given to applicants from the priority areas of decentralized cooperation in the Region, or from emerging countries such as Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East or the new Member States of the European Union.

http://formation.sciences-po.fr/en/content/other-scholarships-0 (information from Science Po)

http://www.iledefrance.fr/aides-regionales-appels-projets/bourse-accueil-master-ile-france (in French)

Research Master’s students can also apply for research grants from French associations. For example, the French National Assembly provides support for master’s theses on French parliamentary history and law (€1650 per month for 1 to 3 years). The Association Francaise contre les Myopathies and the Arthritis Courtin Foundationfunds basic and clinical studies related to specific subjects.