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Applying to Grad School in France - The Main Steps

University Search

Programs in France can be found through CampusFrance Platform:

Preparing University Application

Applications' requirements may differ from one university to another, but the common requirements are:

  • CV/Motivation Letter: Nay can help review your CV or motivation letter (in English). For more information check:

  • Degree document and official Academic Transcript

  • Recommendation Letters

  • Photo

  • If the progrm is in French:

    • Delf B2 Level is required

  • if the program is in English:

      • TOEFL/IELTS are required:

          • To register for TOEFL and GRE, go to the official ETS website:

          • When you register for any of the two exams, make sure to include which universities you want to send the scores to, if you choose the universities during registration, the

results will be sent for free. If you want to send them later (after registration), you

won’t be able to send them for free. You can choose up to 4 universities during


      • Waivers for Students with degrees obtained in English as a language of study: students graduating with a Bachelor degree with English as the teaching language can get a waiver at many schools. This waiver is not typically stated online, reach out to your program contact person to check about this requirement.

  • Deadlines for 2022-2023 academic year:

    • Applications are open: 10/2021 - 12/2021

    • Interview : 01/2022

    • Application Responses from universities: 03/2022 to 04/2022

    • Choosing one of the programs you are accepted in: 05/2022

    • Visa preparation : 07/2022 to 08/2022

Applying for Scholarships

  • Catalog for scholarships in France:

  • The majority of scholarships are merit based

  • French Embassy in Lebanon typically reaches out to top Lebanese students applying to France to offer scholarships


  • International students can work 60% of the working hours of French citizen, this is around 20 hours per week

  • After graduation, a student can apply for a 1 year residency to search for work

  • Students can work on campus or off campus with an average income of ~ 500- 600 per € per month (20 hrs per week) which can cover student expenses in most cities

Tuition Fees & Cost of Living

  • In general, many universities in France are public, so the tuition fees are low:

    • Bachelor : ~ € 280

    • Masters : ~ € 350

    • PhD : ~ € 500

  • Cost of Living varies a lot between one city and another. In general, it is about 600-700 € per month.

Preparing Visa Application

Students must follow the these steps:

  • Online application form, available at:

  • Booking Interview

  • Major Docs:

    1. Passport

    2. CV

    3. Motivation Letter

    4. Admission Letter from the university

    5. Address (any place you will stay in when you travel: friend's house, Airbnb, hotel room, etc. )

    6. Language Certificate (either English or German depending on your program)

    7. Bank Statement for the past 3 months with a minimum balance of 7500

First Steps in France

First Steps in France include:

  • Finding Accommodation:

      • check the student dorms