Interview with Loan Forgeron

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Why is France a country of choice for students wanting to study abroad?
There are several key reasons why France is the third top country which attracts International students. After English, French is the most widely studied language in the world. It is the world’s third most common business language and the second most common language of international news (OIF, 2014). In saying this, speaking French is not a requirement to study there. You can start out in English as there’s a choice of over 1,200 programmes which are available in English. There are over 3,500 public and private Higher Education Institutions made up of 75 universities, 227 engineering schools, 220 management schools, 20 schools of architecture, 120 colleges of arts and about 3000 specialised schools. Furthermore, after studying in France, students also have the possibility to access the Provisional Residence Authorisation (Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour, APS).

Here are ten significant reasons to study in France:

1. The training is funded and certified by the Government.
2. France offers quality higher education which is adapted to the students’ needs.
3. French is an international language and is the fifth most widely used language in the world, with 274 million speakers.
4. Advanced research programmes are available with 31 of the world’s 500 largest corporations located in France.
5. France is a global economic power with the world’s sixth largest economy.
6. It is home to cutting-edge industries and world-leading firms.
7. The country offers an environment which is conductive to innovation and young entrepreneurs.
8. It also offers a pleasant environment which is located at the heart of Europe. In fact 9 out of 10 international students have a positive view of their time spent in France and would recommend France as a study destination (Baromètre Campus France, 2013).
9. The richness of French culture and the inimitable way of life.
10. France is an attractive destination with more than 295,000 international students at the postsecondary level (MENESR, 2014).

Tell us about some of the courses available in your country that people may not necessarily be aware of.
All of the major areas of study are available like engineering, business and languages, as well as other areas such as fashion, gastronomy and architecture. More information on other study options can be found on the website: http://www.singapore.campusfrance.org

What sort of budget would an international student need for living expenses and tuition fees per year?
One of the great advantages of studying in France is that the French government subsidises a very large share of the actual cost of higher education for students. No distinction is made between international students and French students: the admission requirements, the degrees awarded, and the attractive tuition rates are the same.

Licence (Bachelor) programme: 184 euros (BND280) per year

Master programme: 256 euros (BND390) per year

PhD programme: 391 euros (BND595) per year

The average monthly cost of living in Paris is 1000 euros (BND1,520) per month while the average cost drops to 800 euros (BND1,215) per month in other French cities.

For more information, go to http://www.singapore.campusfrance.org, visit the Facebook page; Study in France – Singapore Office or email study@ambafrance.sg.

This article was published in the Oct-Dec 2016 issue of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!