Work and Study in France
Do you know that you can work and study in France at the same time even as an international student?
Every foreign student has the right to work while studying in France. This right applies to all students in France. If you are not a citizen of the European Union, you must have a student resident permit.
France is a beautiful country with a long history of higher education. Located in Western Europe, it occupies a geographically diverse area from the Mediterranean Sea to the North Sea and the English Channel.
This gives France stunning natural beauties you may wish to explore. Culturally, France is a country with a long history as well as rich artistic, philosophical and scientific tradition. France is one of the major centers of culture, cuisine, and literature. All these reasons make it an exciting destination for international students across the world.
Work in France
French law authorizes international students to an auxiliary work of 964 hours during the year, the equivalent of 60% of the legal work year. It can only be auxiliary income.
When you work in France, if you are a student or not, you are guaranteed a minimum wage by law. It is commonly called the SMIC (Salaire Minimum Interprofessionnel de Croissance – the minimum wage). It is 9.76 Euros gross per hour as of January 1st, 2018. This wage is gross; you have to deduct mandatory social charges (about 20%) to find out how much you really take home: €7.61/hour. If you work 10 hours per week for the minimum wage, you will earn about 78 Euros net.
The Autorisation Provisoire de Travail (APT – Temporary Work Permit) is no longer needed to work while studying, except for Algerian students, whose status remains defined by the Franco-Algerian agreement of December 27th, 1968.
Study in France
The standard of living in France is remarkably high, and one thing is certain: Studying in France is going to be a great, life-changing experience for you.
France caters to every taste – and that does not only mean wine and cheese enthusiasts. Whether you prefer a bustling urban environment, quiet mountains, or the relaxed atmosphere on the Mediterranean shore, you will find a fitting destination for yourself. Paris offers a unique metropolitan vibe in a charming environment.
Marseille and Montpellier are directly off the Mediterranean coast; summer beaches included. Rennes or Nantes are close to the rougher Atlantic coasts. And from Grenoble or Lyon, the Alps are within reach.
universities in France are low tuition. Most of the schools charge tuition fee as low as S400 USD, that is very cheap you will agree with me apart from the low tuition, the other benefit of studying in France is that as a student you can work to support your education.
Students usually are allowed to work part-time to support their education.
However, if you don’t have enough funds to pursue your study in the U.K and U.S where tuition fee is high then you can think of enrolling to study in France.
UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION PROCESS
Application for undergraduate study in France is usually done in the French consulate office, so you need to visit any French consulate office in your home country to start your application. You need to go with your O` level (WASSCE) results, international passport, and French language certificate if you have any.
Remember that applicant with no knowledge of French language will be expected to undergo French language training in France and will cost roughly 500 USD.
POST GRADUATE APPLICATION PROCESS
All postgraduate admissions are handled by individuals universities in France. You do not need to pass through the consulate office as is the case with the undergraduate application.
All you need to do is get your supporting document ready, search for schools offering your course and start your application, most of the universities in France accept online application. Do not forget to attach or send notarized copies of your results and transcripts to the school after your application. These document must be presented either in French or English language.
WHEN TO APPLY
Well, the application period varies and is dependent on the school you are applying to. My advice is that you start as early as possible to process your application because most universities in Europe stop accepting applications from July to Maybe September so you have to check the school website to know when they will stop accepting an application for study. If you have any question about studying in France, please put it down in the comment Box below.
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