Cost of studying in France for foreign students!

The cost of studying in France is one of the lowest in the world. The State covers part of the registration fees for training courses followed by foreign students in public higher education establishments.


Choosing to study in France means accessing quality training accessible to as many people as possible. French university tuition fees are low  because the State covers part of the cost of training provided in public establishments. The actual cost of the studies is the same as elsewhere, around € 10,000 per year. The difference is that in France, the State assumes a large part of it.

Registration fees for the 2019/2020 academic year

You are a European student (national of a country of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland)

The French State will continue to cover most of the cost of your training  in a public higher education establishment. The registration fees will be similar to those for 2018/19, namely:

  • 170  euros for a year in the License cycle   ;
  • 243  euros for a year in the Master’s cycle   ;
  • 601  euros for one year of  engineering training  in an institution under the supervision of the ministry responsible for higher education *;
  • 380  euros for a year of Doctorate.

* With  the exception of the courses started from September 1, 2018 in the Central Schools of Lille, Lyon, Marseille and Nantes, and at the Ecole des Mines de Nancy where the registration fees will be € 2,500.

Good to know

  • The  engineering schools under the supervision of the ministries in charge of defense  (ENSTA Paris Tech, ISAE, Polytechnique, etc.),  the economy  (Mines Paris Tech, the schools of Institut Mines Telecom, etc.) and  agriculture  ( AgroParisTech, Montpellier Sup Agro…) charge  different prices . Find out about the amount of registration fees and tuition fees on the website of the school that interests you.
  • There are also  competition fees  to access engineering schools.

You are a non-European student

If you were  already enrolled in a public institution in 2018/19  and you remain in the same university cycle,  the amount of your enrollment fees does not change . The French State continues to cover most of the cost of your training.

If you  arrive in France at the start of the 2019 academic year with a  VLS-TS visa  for studies  or if you were  already enrolled in a public establishment in 2018/19 and you change cycles  (by going from the License to the Master, or by going from the Master in Doctorate), the French State will cover two thirds of the cost of your training. The amount of your registration fees will be:

  • 2,770 euros  for a year in the License cycle   ;
  • 3,770 euros  for a year in the Master cycle   ;
  • 3,770 euros  for a year in the Doctorate cycle  .

Who is affected by the payment of differentiated registration fees?

Non-European students registering for the first time in a higher education course in France will be required to pay differentiated registration fees. These rights concern establishments under the authority of the French Ministry of Higher Education.

Are not affected by the payment of these differentiated rights

  • Students from a country of the European Economic Area or Switzerland;
  • Students of Canadian nationality domiciled in Quebec, in accordance with Franco-Quebecois agreements;
  • Students coming to France within the framework of a partnership between universities which provides for such an exemption, in particular students who are not nationals of an EU country and who are welcomed within the framework of exchange programs of the type Erasmus +;
  • Refugee students or beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, who will naturally be exempt;
  • Foreigners with resident status in France or in the European Union as well as foreign students present in France for private and family life;
  • Students already enrolled in a study cycle (License, Master or Doctorate) and pursuing it in 2019;
  • Students currently enrolled in a preparatory course for entry into Bachelor, Master or Doctorate (like FLE training) and entering a cycle in 2019.

Also exempt are students benefiting from a grant from the French Government or an exemption from registration fees, granted by the French Embassy in their country of origin or residence. Universities may also grant scholarships and exemptions.

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