BIENVENUE EN FRANCE ! YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!
France is a country that welcomes students from around the world
Each year, over 320,000 international students choose to study in France. According to the UNESCO, it is the fourth-largest host country for international students worldwide and the leading non-English speaking destination for inbound student mobility.
Located at the crossroads of Europe and renowned for its unique art de vivre, France is a global capital of fine arts, literature, gastronomy, fashion, and culture. The country is a melting pot of ideas and cultures, with students and faculty members coming from all corners of the globe.
For today’s mobile and globalized Filipino youth, France is an attractive destination for studying abroad due to its rich culture and history, while also being a modern, innovative, and sustainable country. It is home to a high concentration of internationally-ranked institutions with English as the medium of instruction across various disciplines and academic levels.
Public investments and subsidies (for rent, meals, transportation, healthcare) allow a more reasonable cost of living for international students as compared to other attractive destinations. Each year, the Embassy of France to the Philippines launches a call for scholarships, the PhilFrance Scholarships program. Since its introduction in 2016, the program has sent over 50 Filipino students and researchers to pursue their studies in France.
The Embassy of France to the Philippines’ focus on education and the availability of scholarships, together with the appeal of France, encourages more Filipinos to choose France as their study abroad destination.
The Campus France Manila office brings French higher education opportunities closer to the Filipino public and helps prospective students make a more informed decision about their academic plans through information sessions and personalized consultations.
The French higher education system: structure, credits, types of institutions
The degrees awarded in the French higher education system reflect a common European framework that is recognized globally.
The LMD system — for Licence (bachelor/undergraduate), Master, and Doctorate — is based on the number of semesters completed after leaving secondary school and their equivalent in European credits under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)*:
- Licence = 6 semesters = 180 ECTS (Baccalauréat or equivalent + 3 years)
- Master = 10 semesters = 300 ECTS (Baccalauréat or equivalent + 5 years)
- Doctorat = 16 semesters (Baccalauréat or equivalent + 8 years)
📌 Learn more about the French HE system, credits, and different types of institutions here 👉 French higher education system
Tuition and fees
In public universities, tuition fees are relatively low as the State covers most of the cost of education provided in public institutions. This represents an average annual investment of €14,000 per student regardless of nationality.
Frais d’inscription en université (university registration fees) at public universities are regulated by the French government at the following annual rates (as of the 2021 academic year):
- Licence (undergraduate): €2770 (approximately PHP 166,000)
- Master: €3770 (approximately PHP 266,000)
- Doctorate: €380 (approximately PHP 23,000)
Private institutions and grandes écoles
The average annual tuition fees at private higher education institutions, including some Grandes Écoles, are at €18,000 (approximately PHP 1.1 million)
📌Find more information about the cost of French higher education 👉 Costs - French HE
Additional fees and French social security
Students admitted to a French higher education are subject to a fee known as the CVEC - Contribution Vie Étudiante et de Campus (Student and Campus Life Contribution fee), which helps to finance on-campus programs that enhance the student experience. This annual fee is around €90 for each academic year.
Membership to the French social security plan (national healthcare system) is free for all students, regardless of their nationality, who enrolled in degree programs at higher education institutions.
On average, 70% of health and medical expenses are reimbursed. This provides coverage and protection to students in case of sickness or accidents while they are in France.
Student budget and expenses
Food, rent, utilities, transportation, and entertainment are all part of the student budget. While the cost of living in France can be quite high — especially when compared to the Philippines — government subsidies help lessen some costs. France, for example, is the only country in Europe where students of all nationalities may apply for government housing assistance.
Additionally, students in France (and in the EU in general) enjoy discounts for many different activities and items, from culture and leisure (museums, movies, concerts, expositions) to travel and transportation (student/youth discounted fares).
📌 Sample student budget 👉Preparing your student budget
📌Discounts and subsidies for students 👉 Student discounts and subsidies
Application process for degree-awarding programs (undergraduate and graduate levels)
At present, there are no officially recognized equivalences between French and Philippine degrees.
Students from the Philippines may apply directly to French schools and universities, as long as they are in the final year or have completed a pre-requisite degree:
- high school for undergraduate
- undergraduate for Master’s
- Master’s for PhDs
The application process is almost always done online through the French higher education institution’s website.
Mastery of the French language is not required to be able to study in France. There are over a thousand programs taught in English, for all levels and fields of study, available in schools and universities throughout the country. Many of these programs include mandatory French language courses for international students as part of their curriculum.
Due to the diversity of the French higher education system, there is no one fixed deadline for degree-awarding programs (undergraduate to doctorate). Generally, applications for the first semester (September 2022 intake) start as early as October 2021 and end in May to early June 2022. The best source of information for key dates and requirements are the websites of the institutions.
📌Take a look at our application guides per level for help with your applications 👉 Applying to French HEIs from the Philippines
📌Use our search engine to find English-taught programs 👉Study in English, do it in France!
The community of French-educated Filipinos continues to grow
It is estimated that over 200 Filipino students currently reside in France, with many of them pursuing degrees in world-renowned institutions of higher learning. Most Filipinos studying in France are part of undergraduate exchange programs between partner institutions or pursue graduate degrees in the fields of business, STEM, as well as in political science ad international relations.
📌 Discover what it is like to study and research in France through the experiences of Filipino students and researchers 👉Filipino students share their French experience
Student visa application
All visa applications submitted in the Philippines are processed by the Embassy of France in Manila.
For general information and for preparing, submitting, and tracking applications, please visit France-Visas, the official website for visa application to France 👉 https://france-visas.gouv.fr
The Campus France Manila office has prepared guidelines to help applicants prepare for their student visa applications 👉Applying for a French student visa from the Philippines
Don't forget to register for our country presentation on Friday, 1 October at 2:50 PM. There are also several French higher education institutions participating in the different webinars, take a look at them here 👉 EHEF schedule
Coverage of Scholarship: tuition fee subsidy, monthly allowance, healthcare package, priority access to student housing, one roundtrip flight from Manila to France, exemption from visa fees
Coverage of Scholarship: (From the French Embassy) Exemption from public university registration fees, healthcare package, priority access to student housing, exemption from visa fees (From the DOST) Monthly living allowance, one round-trip ticket (economy fare) from residence to place of study, relocation allowance, pre-travel expenses
Qualifications: Students must first apply to a French higher education institution, who will then decide to nominate them to the Ministry for further evaluation.
Embassy of France to the Philippines and Micronesia - 16th Floor Pacific Star Building, corner Senator Gil Puyat Extension and Makati Avenue, 1200 Makati City