Because the French government subsidizes higher education, its cost for students is relatively low.

On 19 November 2018, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe launched the "Choose France/ Bienvenue en France" national plan. The government’s goal is to make France more attractive to international students and to increase the visibility of French Higher education system abroad. 

To inform international students of the new regulations, which will soon be published in the Journal Officiel, information on Campus France website takes into account the Prime Minister’s announcement. 

Tuition Rates in Public Institutions

Choosing to study in France means gaining access to high-quality programmes designed for a wide range of student interests. Tuition rates are low in public Higher education institutions because the French government subsidizes higher education. The true cost of education is the same as it is elsewhere in the world - around 10,000 euros a year. The difference is that in France the government assumes a large share of that cost. 

Tuition Rates for Academic Year 2019/20

For European students (nationals of a member country of the European Union, the European Economic Area, Andorra or Switzerland).

The French government will continue to pay most of the cost of your degree programme in a public institution of higher education. Tuition charges will be similar to those in academic year 2018/19.

170 per year at the licence (bachelor) level

€243 per year at the master level

€601 per year in a school of engineering*

€380 per year at the doctoral level 

*Except for programmes begun after 1 September 2018 at the Ecole Centrale in Lille, Lyon, Marseille, and Nantes, and at the Ecole des Mines in Nancy, where the annual tuition will be €2,500.

Keep in Mind!

Schools of engineering operated by the Ministry of Defense (ENSTA Paris Tech, ISAE, Polytechniaue), the Ministry of the Economy (Mines Paris Tech, the schools of the Institut Mines Telecom), and the Ministry of Agriculture (AgroParisTech, Montpellier Sup Agro) have different tuition charges. Check the rates on the websites of the schools that interest you. You may also be subject to examination fees when applying to schools of engineering. 

For students from other nations

If you were already enrolled in a public institution in 2018/19, your tuition payment will not change. As before, the French government will assume most of the cost of your education until you complete your degree programme. However, you are subject to new differentiated tuition rates if you arrive in France at the beginning of the 2019 academic year and enroll in degree programme at graduate or undergraduate level (first enrollment at Bachelor, Master or Doctorate level). Under this circumstance, France will continue to pay two-thirds of the real cost of your education. Your tuition for 2019/20 will be as follows:

€2,770 per year at the licence (bachelor) leve

€3,770 per year at the master level

If you enroll in a degree at Doctorate level at the beginning of the 2019 academic year, the French government will continue to assume most of the cost of your education until you complete your degree programme. Your tuition for 2019/2020 will be 380. Non-EU doctoral students are not subject to new differentiated tuition rates.

Let's Double Check: Are You Affected By The New Tuition Rates?

You are subject to the new, differentiated tuition rates (that is, rates different from those paid by French nationals) if:

1. You are a national of a country other than those within the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland, or you are a national of a country that does not have an agreement with France providing for payment of tuition at the same rates as French students, and:

- You arrive in France for the 2019 academic year and enroll in a degree programme at graduate or undergraduate level (first enrollment at Bachelor, Master or Doctorate level);

- You enroll in a public Higher education institution overseen by the Ministry of Higher Education (for example, one of France's universities);

2. You are not subject to the new differentiated tuition rates if:

- You are a national of a member country of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland;

- You are a national of a country that has entered into an agreement with France providnig for payment of tution at the same rates as French students : Andorra, Canada (with your legal residence in Quebec); 

- You are a national of a country other than those listed in points 1 and 2 and... :

- ... You were enrolled in a public Higher education institution in 2018/19 and you continue your studies; 

- ... You were enrolled in 2018/19 in a programme to prepare you to begin a licence, master or doctoral programme (such as a programme in French as a foreign language) and you will begin that degree programme in 2019/20. 

- ... You came to France under an inter-university partnership that exempts participants from paying tuition at the host institution - for example, an Erasmus+ exchange programme. 

- ... You are the recipient of a French government scholarship or of a tuition exemption grant awarded by the French embassy in your country of origin, or the country in which you live. 

- ... You are coming to France with a scholarship or tuition exemption awarded by the French institution in which you will enroll. 

- ... You have refugee status or benefit from subsidiary protection. 

- ... You are a legal resident of France or hold a residency permit marked "vie privée et familiale". 

Have we answered all your questions? If not, we invite you to consult our FAQ.

 

Which Public Academic Institutions Are Affected?

France's major public postsecondary institutions are listed below. In all of them, a large part of the real cost of education is subsidized by the state. And all of them are covered by the new system of differentiated tuition.

  • All of France's universities
  • All 25 institutional groupings
  • The three INPs (national polytechnical institutes) in Toulouse, Grenoble and Bordeaux. 
  • The four écoles centrales in Lille, Lyon, Marseille, and Nantes
  • The six INSAs (national institutes of applied sciences) in Lyon, Rennes, Toulouse, Rouen, Strasbourg, and CentreVal de Loire.
  • The three technological universities in Compiègne, BelfortMontbéliard, and Troyes
  • The four ENSs (écoles normales supérieures) in Paris, Cachan, Lyon and Rennes
  • Twenty national institutions, including the Collège de France, CNAM (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers), INALCO (Institut national de langues et de civilisations orientales), and EHESS (École des hautes études en sciences sociales). 
  • Five French institutions abroad: the French schools in Athens, Rome, and the Far East; the Institut français d'archéologie orientale in Cairo; and the Casa de Valázquez in Madrid
  • Twentyfive public research bodies, including the CNRS, CNES, CIRAD, INSERM, INRA, and IFREMER

We urge you to check the official government list to verify whether your institution is covered by the tuition system. 

Tuition Costs In Private Institutions in France

Tuition in private institutions, and particularly in private busienss schools, is substantially higher than in public institutions. Ranging from €3,000 to €10,000 per year. Check the website of the institution to learn the amount of tuition charged for programmes of interest to you. 

 

18% of all students in France attend private institutions. Private status signifies that the institution was not founded by the state. The level of public fundign each receives is variable. In some cases, the state may officially recognise an institution and authorise it to grant national diplomas. In such cases, the government has a say over the instruction offered in those degree programmes, ensuring students of a certain level of service and quality. Among the private institutions recognised by the French government are the five Catholic institutes (in Paris, Lille, Angers, Lyon and Toulouse) and some schools of business or engineering.