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France is the part of Western Europe and stands as the 2nd biggest economy in the European economic area after Germany. It shares a border with eight countries like Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain. The country offers an amazing educational environment for all international students. Currently, it homes more than 250,000 international students and 10% of all the enrolments in the French universities are international students.
Here is why France should be in your bucket list:
Part-time jobs: as an international student you are entitled to work 20 hours/week part-time work in France – you can get a minimum pay of 9.67 Euros per hour which is set by National Minimum Hourly Wage (SMIC). Tourism is one of the largest economic contributors in France and generates so many part-time jobs in the country. You are free to explore the options both inside as well as outside campus. You can work in the library, computer labs, pubs, bistros, tourist guide and much more.
Two-years work rights: International students are allowed to search for jobs in France for 1-2 years after graduation, especially for Indian students it’s compulsory two years. Two years is a large time to explore your options in the country and around. During this period you are allowed to work full-time and get paid a full-time employee in the country with a rate of 9.67 Euros per hour. You can also explore the internship opportunities around.
Study without IELTS: of course, no all but a good number of schools enrol international students without IELTS or any other exam. One of the strategies they opt is to interview the student to check the credibility and if they find them well, they take them in. However, writing IELTS could offer many advantages. Some of the private business schools do this exercise to recruit international students e.g. Kedge, SKEMA, Rennes, etc.
Affordable education: most public universities in France offer free education to international students or charge a very minimal fee; however, they may not offer the courses in English. If you know French and have proficiency proof, then you are free to apply. The private school, on the other hand, charge some fee to give you a degree but most of them are not so expensive. You can earn a degree is as low as 15,000 Euros a year or even lesser and most courses are just one year long.
Study in English: Although the primary language of the country is French and most nationals love to communicate in English language. Most of the business schools offer the courses in English and you don’t need to know French to get started. However, we recommend that you learn is gradual as it could be hard serving there without knowing French and employment opportunities will be less as companies prefer hiring multilingual candidates.
Internship opportunities: it’s a culture in France to provide the internships in the companies to both domestic and international students. Most of the courses will have a mandatory internship as a part of the program and the internships are mostly paid. You can get covered most part of your spending. All the big to small size companies provide internships in the country.
Schengen visa: France is the part of the EU passport-free zone known as Schengen covers most of the European countries. It means that with just a single visa, you can travel to most European countries without any restriction. It can be a great tool to find internships or jobs in nearby countries. The Schengen visa is a short-stay visa which allows you to stay up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
Employment opportunities: France is leading the world with its businesses – all the big giants either have their operating centres or headquartered in France. Some of the industries that have high job chances and are listed in skills shortage occupation in France are tourism (hotels, catering, restaurants), banking and insurance, IT companies, mechanical, agribusiness, electrical, civil, metallurgy, and health care. The chemical and luxury good industry is also one of the biggest industry in France that you can explore to work with.