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Finance your studies

Presentation of the different types of grant

Study grant

The study grant, or “bourse d’études”, is awarded to students enrolled on a standard course at a French higher education institution with a view to gaining the diploma awarded by the institution.

Course grant

The course grant or “bourse de stage”, for a duration ranging on average from 3 to 12 months, is awarded towards a training, improvement or reskilling course or specialist studies relating to a professional activity. It may also be applied to a short language course or a short educational course (3 months), in the case of courses approved by the Ministry of Education.

High-level scientific study programme grant

The “bourse de séjour scientifique de haut niveau”, which generally covers a period of between one and three months, is awarded as part of a programme of high-level cultural, scientific, technical or industrial research and exchange. The French government grant is made in respect of one or more of the following costs :
social security cover,
subsistence allowance,
training or tuition fees,
all or part of travel and baggage transport costs.

Furthermore, it should be noted that foreign students not in receipt of grants nonetheless benefit, on the same footing as French students, from the particularly low enrolment fees charged by universities and public establishments under the auspices of the Ministry of Education (from 135 € to 400 € a year). The actual cost of tuition, which is considerably higher (from 6,000 € to 15,000 € a year), is State-funded, which means that each foreign student enrolled at one of these establishments is effectively receiving a grant equivalent to that amount each year.

More information on (in French) :

-  CampusFrance

-  Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

-  CNOUS

-  France.fr

Updated on March 2011

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