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France at a glance

France at a glance

Student benefits

France is an appealing destination for international students. With more than 295,000 international students at the postsecondary level1, France is one of the most attractive nations of academia.  80% of those who study in France report being satisfied with the quality of education and the value of their French degree. 9 out of 10 international students hold a positive view of their time in France and recommend France as a study destination2.

Students get a great deal of discounts all over the country. Just present your student card and you will receive discounts when you go to museums, theatre and even cinema. For European students under 26 years of age, entry to French national museums is free year-round. Entry to libraries is also free for all students.

Urban transit and inter-urban transit is cheaper, too. Within each city urban transit companies offer preferred rates to students. Taking the train is also cheaper, thanks to the SNCF's carte jeune for the 18-27 age group.

If you're on a tight dining budget, try opening the door to one of the 450 university restaurants in France. For 3.25 euros, you can enjoy a complete meal, with starter, main course and dessert. You must show your student card to enter these restaurants. Some are even open evenings and week-ends.

Assistance in renting an apartment, preventive medicine and family planning is available to the students as well. Lots of electronics and IT stores have special offers for students. Photocopying and printing centres also have significant student discounts.

  1. (MENESR, 2014)
  2. (Baromètre Campus France, 2013)