Study Abroad in France

Study Abroad in France

France is one of the most popular places to study in Europe with world famous cities, tasty cuisine, lots of courses available to international students and also amazing places to see in your spare time. Popular places to study in France include Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Perpignan, Provence and Toulouse. 


Study Abroad Programs in France

A Guide to Studying in France

Study Abroad in France

France is one of the most popular study abroad destinations in the world. Here are some good reasons to choose this destination:

  • World famous cosmopolitan cities
  • See famous sights like the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triompe
  • Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world
  • Fashion/art/culture capital
  • Home to legendary artists, poets, politicians and scientists
  • There are some of the best museums in the world located here
  • Tasty cuisine
  • Excellent universities
  • Great location for exploring more of Europe
  • Perfect if you would like to study French in France and speak with native speakers


Options for Studying in France

Study abroad programs France

  • Full Academic Year
  • Fall 
  • May Term 
  • Spring 
  • Summer 
  • Trimester 
  • Winter 


Best Places to Study Abroad in France

There are options throughout the country, these are some of the most popular locations:

  • Bordeaux
  • Paris
  • Nice
  • Lyon
  • Grenoble 
  • Orleans
  • Caen
  • Nice


Other Popular Locations to Choose 

  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Amboise
  • Angers
  • Annecy
  • Antibes
  • Argenteuil
  • Arles
  • Avignon
  • Besancon
  • Béziers
  • Bordeaux
  • Caen
  • Cannes
  • Cap-d'Agde,Le
  • Cassis
  • Chamonix
  • Chamonix Mont-Blanc
  • Chartres
  • Clermont-Ferrand
  • Corsica
  • Dijon
  • Eze
  • Gap
  • Grenoble
  • La Rochelle
  • Le Puy-en-Velay
  • Lille
  • Loire Valley
  • Lyon
  • Marseille
  • Metz
  • Monaco
  • Montpellier
  • Morze
  • Nancy
  • Nantes
  • Nice
  • Nimes
  • Paris
  • Pau
  • Perpignan
  • Poitiers
  • Rennes
  • Roubaix
  • Rouen
  • Roussillon
  • Rural Areas
  • Sat-Laurent-du-Var
  • Sat-Malo
  • St-Laurent-du-Var (French Riviera)
  • St. Tropez
  • St.Tropez
  • Strasbourg
  • Toulouse
  • Tours
  • Val-d'Isere
  • Versailles
  • Villefranche


Best Universities in France for International Students

As a student, one of your main concerns with a study abroad program is the quality of the school you will be attending. 

There are over 82 state universities in France as well as five Catholic universities and various private institutes. Most of these award diplomas and degrees including - Licence (UG), Masters (PG) and Doctorate (PhD). These are the top ranking universities:

  • University of Paris
  • Ecole Polytechnique
  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) 
  • Ecole normale supérieure, Paris 
  • Ecole Centrale de Paris 
  • École Normale Supérieure de Lyon 
  • Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) 
  • Sciences Po Paris
  • Université Joseph Fourier - Grenoble 1 
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne 
  • Université de Strasbourg 
  • Université Paris-Sud 
  • Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7 
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan 
  • École des Ponts ParisTech 
  • Aix-Marseille University 
  • Université Paris Dauphine 
  • Université de Montpellier 
  • Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA) 
  • Université Paris Descartes 
  • Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III 
  • University of Bordeaux 
  • Université Lille 1, Sciences et Technologies 
  • Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 
  • Université de Rennes 1 
  • Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis 
  • Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2) 
  • University of Lorraine 
  • Université de Nantes 
  • Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3 
  • Université de Caen Basse-Normandie 
  • Université de Cergy-Pontoise  
  • Université de Poitiers 
  • Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 
  • Université Lille 2 Droit et Santé 
  • Université Lumière Lyon 2 
  • Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense 
  • Universit Paul-Valery Montpellier 3 
  • Université Pierre Mendès France - Grenoble 2 
  • Université Stendhal Grenoble 3 
  • Université Toulouse 1 Capitole 
  • Université de Toulouse II-Le Mirail 
  • HEC Paris School of Management
  • ESSEC Business School
  • ESCP EuropeESCP Europe 
  • Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC)


Recommended Subjects to Study

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Languages
  • Tourism and Hotel Management


Help / Advice

If you need any help arranging a study abroad experience in France please get in touch, you might also like to view all of our study abroad programs in Europe.


France Study Abroad Reviews

If you have ever been to study in France and would like to add a review, write about your experience or share any recommendations please contact us.

"I studied abroad in France back in the spring of 2016 and loved it so much I went back the following December.I arranged my experience through IES Abroad and had a great experience." - Juliana, USA


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