Every year, there are countless students that opt for universities in France. This is due to the phenomenally low tuition fees as well as the numerous extra-curricular activities that France offers, apart from the rich history. Study in France is an alluring option for so many people. For that purpose, mentioned hereunder is the outline of the admission cycle for your study abroad in France.
Universities to Apply:
Typically, the admission months in France start from February and end by last week of May, give or take a week. Some universities also have the admissions in March, in which case the cycle would commence somewhere in mid-October until January of the next year. Unlike in Germany, there isn’t a unified portal where you can apply to the colleges. You’d have to apply to each college individually. So, if we were to suggest a tentative timeline, from February to March, focus on identifying colleges that fit your portfolio and keep applying. Ideally, you don’t have to write essays or submit your GMAT score until the second and third rounds, the first being an assessment of who you are. Therefore, keep applying to all the colleges there are. You might need some letters of recommendations from two professors, and if you have work experience, then from managers who worked with you the closest in addition to the typical document list. It is best to make a checklist early on so that you won’t forget anything later on.
Exams, Loans and Accommodation:
Once you’re through the first round, you might be required to submit your GMAT or GRE scores along with IELTS or TOEFL scores. Since French universities teach predominantly in French, you might need to show your proficiency in French as well. There are some exams such as Test of Knowledge of French that are acceptable to universities. Once again, you need to check with the universities what requirements they have. Since you were always sure that you would be studying abroad, you should have about 3-4 months of preparation for these exams by Mid April or before the exam score submission date, whichever is your choice. At this time, it is ideal that you if you start looking for funds or scholarships because French universities require proof of funds. Start applying for student international debit/credit cards for when you study in France. Do a tentative search for accommodation as well because study abroad in France can be confusing when it comes to accommodation.
Confirmation and Visa:
You would normally get to know the status of your application by the last week of June, give or take a couple of weeks. Don’t forget to check your mails frequently during this time because you are going to get a lot of them, whether as calls for interview or for confirmation or various other pre-admission requirements. Either way, it is best to apply for a visa about 3-4 months before the start of the academic year- September so as to avoid any last minute rush. Ideally, it is best if you could keep about a 6-month timeline while applying, which would make the procedures for starting at about April. Ensure you finalise your insurance also because France requires that. If you don’t have a work finalised, don’t worry, you’ll get options once a couple of weeks have passed by and you have acclimatised yourself to the surroundings. Finalise a university and communicate the same. Remember, when in France, always keep a copy of your visa and passporton you for safety.