Studying in Paris, France

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France

Paris at a glance

The capital of France, Paris, has been ranked one of the world’s top cities for students. Elite universities in Paris have a comprehensive study offer, with various business schools, engineering colleges and research institutes. As a student in Paris, your job prospects will increase greatly, you will have superb access to international networking and you will gain an unforgettable study abroad experience. Situated on the Seine River, in the north of France, Paris has a population of 2.25 million and it is one of Europe’s largest university cities, welcoming over 95,000 foreign students annually.

Studying

Studying in Paris

Higher education in Paris is extremely competitive, with leading academics credentials, numerous resources, small class sizes, intensive teaching and internationally recognized faculties. There is an increasing number of English-taught degrees in Paris, with currently around 400 English-taught degrees, at both undergraduate and graduate level.

In Paris, you will find an exhaustive range of degree types and subjects, from double degree Bachelors and professional certificates, to Erasmus Mundus Master’s programmes, MBAs and PhD studies, and many other non-degree programmes.

Many universities offer French language courses for academic purposes, aimed at international and exchange students who wish to pursue a French-taught degree, but do not have the necessary language level required by schools or colleges.

Universities in Paris are strong across a wide range of subjects, including international business, economics and management, engineering science, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, mechanics and environmental science, mathematics, medicine, dentistry, fashion, art and humanities and the social sciences.

The highly esteemed universities in Paris and their specialised academic programmes produced some of the most influential theorists, scientists, mathematicians, business leaders, politicians and philosophers in the world.

Career

Career opportunities in Paris

Statistics show that Parisian graduates are targeted by a vast range of employers across the continent.

Many Parisian universities provide information about available placements and have internship arrangements with important employers in Paris, coming from various industries and economic sectors. Some of the most common student part-time jobs include: foreign language teaching, translations, telemarketing, telesurveys, software or videogame testing, etc.

Some of the companies and organisations that employ large numbers of foreigners working in Paris include: Mars, Pepsico, Microsoft, UNESCO, OECD and ICC, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, Leroy Merlin, EY, BNP Paribas, HSBC, Societe Generale and Schneider Electric.

Life

Paris city life

Paris is surely a great place to acquire many fine memories and some of the most diverse experiences. Here is a list of thing to do in Paris, even on a low budget:

  • Wander down the Seine and around Canal Saint Martin.
  • Have a picnic or do sports in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
  • Watch the sun set on top of the Ferris wheel at Place de La Concorde
  • Sip coffee at Café Procope (the oldest restaurant in Paris).
  • Thrift shopping in the 13th arrondissement.
  • Take a cycling tour from Fat Tire Paris.
  • Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral for free, climb its tower and touch a gargoyle.
  • Make the most of free first Sundays and visit the Louvre or Musée d'Orsay.
  • Cast an eye at the Love Wall, where "I Love You" is scrawled in hundreds of different languages.

Other important tourist attraction in Paris include: Centre Georges Pompidou, the Eiffel Tower, Hôtel de Ville, Musée de l'Orangerie, Musée Rodin, Carnavalet Museum, L'Opera Garnier, Maisons de Victor Hugo, the Promenade Plantée, Montparnasse Cemetery, and Jardin du Luxembourg, among many others.

To ensure a cheap night out, go to student hotspots like Place Monge in the 5th, Parmentier in the 11th and Rue de Lappe near Bastille, where plenty of bars are offering happy hour deals, and free concerts. The metro is the easiest and cheapest mode of transport, but they have closing hours at 12.40 AM in the week, 2 AM during weekends.

International atmosphere in Paris

Paris is a true melting pot, welcoming foreign students, tourists and large communities of expats alike. Some of the most common countries of origin international students in Paris include Morocco, China, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Germany, Italy, Cameroun, Vietnam and Spain.

The capital of France is also one of the most visited places on earth and diverse foreign communities found their home in Paris. Apart French and English, the main languages spoken in the city are Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Chinese and German.

Weather Paris

The weather is temperate year-round, and from June-September there are pleasant average temperatures of 20°C (68°F). July is the warmest month, while December is the coldest, with average temperatures that drop to 5°C (41°F).

Costs

Accommodation costs in Paris

Monthly housing prices vary a lot, depending on the accommodation type, location and facilities offered; rents are typically lower in the metropolitan area of Paris. Accommodation options include:

1. The most economical university halls of residence (300-400 EUR/month),

2. Studio apartments (400-700 EUR/month)

3. Colocation/rooms for rent in shared flats (400-700 EUR/month).

4. Many students choose to rent a room with a Parisian family (homestay), which involves the possibility of a babysitting job. Breakfast and dinner are sometimes included in the price, which can amount to 850 EUR/month.

Living costs in Paris

Paris does have a reputation for being a pricy place to live, and rent makes up 50% of a student’s monthly expenditure. You will need an average budget of 900-1000 EUR per month to cover all living expenses.

The monthly food budget will take you at around 250 EUR/month, while the monthly Paris transport pass ranges from approx. 65 to 115 EUR. A meal at a university restaurant costs about 2.90 EUR, and between 10-20 EUR in a neighborhood café or restaurant.

Universities in Paris

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