Higher education in France: educational excellence

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Studying in France, at university or one of the Grandes Ecoles, has many advantages. In particular it means benefiting from one of the world's best and most accessible systems of higher education.

An internationally-renowned system of higher education

The excellence in higher education and research in France is widely acknowledged around the world. Numerous French universities and Grandes Ecoles place highly in the most reputable international rankings, such as the Times Higher Education, the Financial Times ranking, the QS, the Shanghai ranking and the European Union’s U-Multirank. Studying in France means benefiting from this recognition.

This renown is in particular due to the exceptional achievements of French researchers. With thirteen Fields Medals, France is second in the world in mathematics. It has also had sixty-two Nobel Prize winners, including Marie Curie. The first woman to receive a Nobel, for Physics in 1903, in 1911 she became the first researcher in the world to obtain a second, this time for Chemistry.

Universities and Grandes Ecoles that are accessible to all

The quality of higher education in France is the result of long-term and continuous political vision. Each year, public authorities invest massively in education and research. Education is the State's biggest budget item, representing over 20% of the budget.

This policy has enabled France to provide students with one of the best systems of higher education in the world and, above all, one of the most accessible. French universities and Grandes Ecoles offer high-quality training without imposing unaffordable tuition and fees 

So what more are you waiting for? All of the training provided in our universities is associated with accredited research laboratories and the expertise of experienced professors. Regardless of what you are studying, in France, you will always be alongside committed experts.

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