Is it cheap to study in France?

Studying in France: tuition fees, costs and financing options

Studying in France is a good chance to think outside the box and gain international experience. But what does it cost to study in France?

Are there any tuition fees? What are the rental prices in Paris and other university cities in France? Which financial support programs can German students take advantage of to study in France? You can find answers to all of these questions here.

Tuition fees in France

For a Studied in France you have to reckon with a total monthly budget of at least 430 €, but on average you need about 600 € per month. The actual amount of the monthly expenses depends heavily on the respective situation and also the field of study of the students. Of course, students benefit from special conditions for rent and meals (RU = restaurant universitaire = Cafeteria), but they still have to be for the Registration fees come up.

There have been no tuition fees in France since 2011. However, there are enrollment fees once a year. This applies to all French state universities, as well as the German universities in France. These differ depending on the degree program in the state institutions. For a bachelor's degree, students have to pay around € 175, for a master's degree € 240 and for a doctoral degree € 360. Some are separate Admission or processing fees charged for special tests.

Tuition fees in the narrower sense only apply to the Grandes Ecoles at. The cost can in private institutions between € 3,000 and € 7,000 or even more per academic year. Here you can find out what makes France so attractive for German students: What France offers for students

Amount of living costs in France

Here is an overview of the most important monthly expenses that you as Student in France have to calculate (these estimates do not cover the costs that you will have to face in the first month after your arrival in France, which can be up to 1500 €).

  • Flat: between € 150 and € 350 (in a student residence) / between € 350 and € 800 (one-room apartment in Paris)
  • Food: 295 €
  • Means of transport: between 15 and 50 €
  • School fees: 92 €
  • Telephone costs: 30 €
  • Other expenses (Leisure / dresses)

In addition to these costs, contributions for student social insurance (Régime étudiant de la sécurité sociale) may be added. All students must either be insured there or present another proof of insurance when they enroll (proof of German health insurance is sufficient for German students). More on this: How is one insured as a student in France?

Financing opportunities in France

There are numerous options financial support while studying in France to apply for, also for foreign students. As soon as you have proof of housing and a French bank account, you can, for example, apply for housing allowance (CAF). Furthermore, the french government or that French student union financial support.

Financing options in Germany

Also from the German side Study abroad sponsored in many ways. If you take part in university exchange programs, you can benefit from (Partial) scholarships come from public organizations such as the DAAD within the framework of ERASMUS or other programs, the Franco-German university college, or other foundations and centers. It is also possible Auslandsbafög or Education loans in Germany to apply. According to the new one Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) This can now also be funded more easily: All information about BAföG at a glance

You can find more information and a list of the responsible offices for training grants here:

Save taxes retrospectively

Numerous Costs during your semester abroad can you State them as income-related expenses in your tax return. Similar to Germany, you can too study-related costs are tax deductible in France.

This includes besides tuition fee, Semester fees or Specialist literature also expenses for the additional home in France. Through the double housekeeping and the additional expenses for meals abroad can quickly add up to several thousand euros, which either in the same or in the next year Tax relief to lead. Here you will find a concrete tax example of how to declare a semester abroad in the tax return: Tax example - Master student with a semester abroad in France.

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