PhD Study in France– 2024
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PhD Study in France – 2024

Thinking of doing a PhD in France? The country has produced the likes of Claude Monet, René Descartes and Gustave Eiffel (to name a few) and is steeped in art, history and culture. No wonder more than 250,000 international students choose to complete their postgraduate study in France. From a variety of specialised courses to affordable tuition fees, France has a lot to offer.

Why study a PhD in France?

  • Research and innovation hub – Did you know that France has produced 72 Nobel laureates? It’s not surprising given the French government’s emphasis on supporting research at higher education institutions in the country. This means more opportunities for innovation, research and funding wherever you study.
  • Affordability – PhD fees in France are fixed by the State, and international students pay the same amount as French students, making it one of the more affordable study destinations in Europe.
  • Specialisations – The French higher education system is proud of its specialisations. Many institutions, like the Grandes Ecoles and Schools of Arts and Applied Sciences, focus solely on providing teaching and courses in specialised areas.
  • Live à la Française – Good food (primarily wine and cheese!) are an essential part of French culture and as a PhD student you’ll have the chance to experience it all. Not to forget the art and culture you’ll be exposed to on a daily basis. After all, France is not just a country, it’s a lifestyle!

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What our guides cover

If you’re interested in studying your PhD in France, we’ve covered everything you need to know in our guides including:

  • Applications: Find out whether you meet the entry requirements for a French PhD, and what you'll need to apply!
  • Funding: Learn about the scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities on offer for PhD students in France.
  • Student accommodation: The accommodation available for PhD students in France, and typical costs.
  • Working in France as a student: How to work in France during your PhD, and post-study work opportunities.
  • Visas: What visa you'll need to study a PhD in France and how to apply.
Applying for a PhD in France

This guide tells you everything you need to know to apply for a PhD programme in France.

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What a PhD in France Actually Looks Like

Interested in studying a PhD degree in France? We tell you all about how a PhD in France is structured, covering supervision, assessments and more.

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Scholarships for PhD Students in France

Our guide tells you exactly how much a PhD in France costs and how you can find the right funding for it.

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Guide to Student Visas for PhD in France

Want to study a PhD in France? This guide gives a detailed introduction to the kind of visa you need to study in France and how to apply for it.

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Last Updated: 13 November 2023