Who would not dream of studying in the south of France, where the sun and the beach are just a few bus stops away? These cities are also with excellent higher education.
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Don’t be masked - Marseille is not THE perfect city to study. Only 6 out of 10 students found the city conducive to study and 1 over 2 would advise a friend to come. It seems that students prefer his little sister Aix-en-Provence for its more secure living environment, its population less popular and prestigious institutions (Sciences Po, IAE, right ..). That being said, Marseille has more than one trick up his sleeve. First, it hosts the largest university in France - Aix-Marseille University - in terms of number of students and budget. Resulting from the merger in 2012 of three universities, the University of Provence, University of the Mediterranean and the University Paul Cézanne, it has more than 10,000 international students.

The municipality now offers an integration week

Patrice Vanelle, Deputy Mayor of Marseille recalled last September that Marseille is ranked 7th in 2015 for a good living according to L’Etudiant. "We moved up 2 places in one year and it is a good sign," he declared to the regional daily newspaper La Provence. The municipality now offers an integration week, guided tours of the city and the campus, free meals in university restaurants, concert tickets and housing assistance for new arrivals.

1. The IAE Aix-Marseille: a program that shocks the business schools

IAE Aix-Marseille has the largest laboratory in management in France and proves to be a more than credible alternative to business schools, financially speaking. While a business school costs between 12 000 and 15 000, the IAE Aix-Marseille offers a formula for 4000 euros. Attention- to integrate, you will need to have an excellent level of English (TOEIC 850 at the entrance). Unlike the others, IAE Aix-Marseille does not provide Bachelor level courses. Small feature: most students come from different backgrounds, so it is not rare to see literary students working with engineers on joint projects.

2. The military school of Aix: prepare yourself for the grandes écoles

"Learn better to serve better" is the motto of the school. It offers 2 –year program of CPGE (Preparatory school to higher education , Classes préparatoires aux études supérieures) to prepare the concours (entrance examination) of grandes écoles (MPSI, PCSI, MP, PC, PSI, ECO and LET stream), as well as programs in CPES. Students of CPES are admitted under recruitment assistance. The tuition fee is on average 25000 euros per year per student (2100 euros for pension and trousseau of 400 euros for particular funds).

3. Kedge: 13 th in the ranking in 2015 of Figaro Student

Kedge Business School is an exception. Its campus is based in Marseille but is born from the merger of Bordeaux Management School and Euromed Management, which was located in Marseille. The school offers a range of 19 management program from bac + 2 to bac + 5/6 level internationally accredited. Its specialties are the taught programs in purchasing, finance, marketing, human resources, and cultural management. It also provides, a general management program called "Grande Ecole Programme" leading to a Master degree of Bac +5 level.

4. Sciences Po: to become senior civil servant

Accessible via entrance examination (1st, 2nd or 4th year), Sciences Po Aix forms its students in five years to exercise management functions in the public and private sectors or by preparing them for the most prestigious examinations such as the ENA, the judiciary or diplomacy. Each institution has their own fee structure, with various tranches calculated on the basis of parental income. Tuition fees will be calculated, depending on your situation.

5. Faculty of Law: a prestigious university since the 15th century

Studying law at Aix-en-Provence allows access to a wide choice of masters 2 (private law and criminal sciences, business law / health law, law of culture and communication, international law, European law and foreign law, public law, property law, real estate law, notarial law, legal history, anthropology and urban planning and development). The university is renowned and has a true legal culture where history and philosophy are considered important.

Published on Le Figaro.fr on 18 February 2016 by Charles-Alexandre Louaas