Culture in France

Musée d'Orsay
Musée d'Orsay

The leading tourism destination in the world, France enjoys an exceptionally rich and varied cultural heritage. You will have a front-row seat for it while you are studying here.

An exceptional heritage

There are 43 UNESCO World Heritage sites in France. The variety of the countryside, the historic towns and charming villages have all been a source of inspiration for artists, painters and photographers. Visiting France is an invitation to explore culture and the arts. The European heritage days each year in September are the opportunity to visit the most beautiful gems of French culture.

Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Chambord (région Centre Val de Loire)

Culture that's worth the trip

6,000 municipal libraries, 40,000 protected monuments and sites, 8,000 museums, 5,000 film theatres, 500 theatre, music and dance festivals, not to mention the theatre seasons and countless exhibitions.

The culture found in France is extraordinary. Culture is available year-round throughout the country, and can be enjoyed to excess. The regions of France are home to archaeological, cultural and historic treasures that provide excellent reasons to criss-cross the country.

From the Lascaux caves to the Château of Versailles, Claude Monet's garden in Giverny and the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in Marseille - set off to explore a country where art and history are intimately entwined.6 000 bibliothèques municipales.


MUCEM Marseille
MUCEM (Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée) à Marseille

Cultural, festive and lively summers

Every June 21st, the Fête de la Musique (Festival of Music) launched the summer season of outdoor festivals, concerts and cultural events. Rencontres d’Arles, Paris dance festival, Eurockéennes de Belfort and the Festival d’Avignon there's something for every art and everyone. Lots of students take advantage of the school holidays to join in the festivities.

Join summer festivals

Ask for the programme!

French culture is so vast that it can be difficult to get your bearings. To help you, each town has its own cultural agenda, regularly updated on its Internet site. Many student associations also keep track of good deals for students.

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