France the new edu destination

Management and engineering  sciences are the current hot favourites for Indian students wanting to pursue higher studies in France


Defined for decades as the Fashion Capital of the World, Paris has been a major draw among students wanting to pursue courses in arts, fashion and tourism. But, of late, the city and in fact, other parts of France as well, now offer a plethora of opportunities for students wanting to pursue disciplines apart from those related to lifestyle.

As far as opportunities for Indian students are concerned, France offers good academic programmes in English, particularly in the fields of management, engineering sciences, hotel management and fashion designing. Generally regarded as the gateway to Europe, France also offers opportunities for customised budgets. Indian students in France also feel that the country has a positive attitude towards them and appreciate the fact that they are treated on par with others. And, last but not least, they are in contact with a culturally stimulating environment as well as a good quality of life.

France’s higher education landscape operates under two different modes — the regular state run universities and institutes and the so-called grandes écoles, which are subsidised universities that enrol students on the basis of stiff entrance exams and charge higher tuition fees as compared to the mainstream ones.

Management tops the list of favourite disciplines of Indian students, particularly in the B-grandes écoles, which account for approximately 40 per cent of the inquiries coming to EduFrance and 30 per cent of students actually going to France. Apart from INSEAD, which strides a purely multi-continental MBA programme, the firsts are HEC, CERAM Sophia Antipolis, ESCP-EAP, ESSEC, ESC Marseilles.

Next comes engineering sciences. Here again the two systems have to be considered separately: grandes écoles, followed by state universities. To name the leading five: INSA, n + 1 (joint program), Ecole des mines (5 campuses), ENSEEIHT and INST Bretagne.  In the number three discipline — hotel and tourism management —the five firsts are ESSEC-IMHI, Le Cordon bleu, Institut Vatel, Ecole Hôtelière Maxim’s and IUP ESTHUA — Angers. Fashion designing absorbs a fairly good amount of Indian students too. Preferred schools are ESMOD, IFM, ESIV, Ecole Duperrée, Chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne de Paris.

So, consider France — when you are thinking of studying abroad. It’s definitely, an opportunity not to be missed.


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