Studying for an International Masters in Management in France
Want to study international Masters in Management in France? Here’s what you should know!
Being an international student is an incredibly exciting experience, as it opens doors to many new adventures, cultural exchanges, new friends and acquaintances and gives you a better understanding of the world, all while earning a degree abroad. If you are considering studying for your Masters degree in France, and your mind is set on business and management studies, we are giving you some advice and tips about how it is to study in France, how to prepare and how to make the most of it.
1. How does the higher education landscape look in France?
With a long history in higher education, France is home to many of the world’s oldest and best known universities. 41 French universities are included in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15, of which 11 are in the global top 250. The nation’s two leading universities, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris and Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech, both make the world's top 50. Furthermore, France is also well known for its business schools, having international reputation, and that offer teaching methods in line with the dynamic and constantly changing economic environment as well as top management practices. Among such schools there are HEC Paris, INSEAD, ESCP Europe and ESSEC and if you are interested in business or management Masters, you can research many more in the online directory at QS Course Finder.
When it comes to tuition fees, France’s leading universities are charging among the lowest in the world. For a Masters degree, a student would have to pay around €350. However, the fees are slightly higher at the grandes écoles and grands établissements, as well as in the case of business schools. For business schools (or schools of management), Masters courses fees vary from around €3,000 to up to €25-30,000.
If you are an EU student who is looking to study in Europe outside your home country, it should be relatively straightforward, with tuition fees charged at local rates and no visa requirements. If you come from outside of the EU, however, you will have to apply for a visa. The application procedure will vary depending on whether or not you are from one of the 31 countries in which CampusFrance runs the CEF procedure. More information is available in English on the Campus France website.
Living costs vary considerably depending on the city of study, with Paris being among the most expensive.
Usually Masters programs are taught in French, but many of the business and management programmes offered by business schools in particular have courses in English.
2. Where can I study?
Paris is one of the most popular study destinations in Europe and has been ranked as the best student city in the QS Best Student Cities 2015 ranking, beating London, Berlin, Sydney or Tokyo. If you enjoy living in big cities, Paris is definitely an amazing place to be an international student. It does have a lot in common with London, when it comes to social life. Living ad studying in Paris also gives you the chance to explore the less touristy areas. Also, many universities have campuses outside of the city, which allows you to explore other areas as well. Other popular study destinations in France are Lion, Toulouse, Lille, Bordeaux or Nice. For example, Toulouse has a large student population, and is known for its alternative culture. If you are a nature loving person – Toulouse gives you easy access to the Pyrenees as well as the ocean.
3. What Masters in Management can I opt for?
There is a great variety of business and management-related Masters offered by the French universities and business schools (écoles de management). According to Campus France, there are 230 business schools in France and 40 of them are members of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE).
If you want to be a leader of both men and money, management is for you. You can take either a general approach, with Masters in management, or choose something more specialised. Luxury and Fashion management maybe? If you are looking for more specialised Masters, you can rest assured; you will find a great choice. You can opt for Masters in Events Management, if you are keen on the events industry; or Supply Chain Management – with a focus on logistics, industrial marketing, purchasing and operations management; or even Management and Negotiation which helps you develop skills if you consider a career in business development and sales.
4. Student Lifestyle in France
Lifestyle in France is one of the reasons British and European students choose to study for their Masters degree here. With great historical and cultural heritage, amazing museums, theatres, cinemas and great taste for food, it is definitely an attraction for young students.
While you’re not in your classes, or in the library, studying, you can experience all that France and its cities have to offer! You’ll enjoy the culturally diverse experiences through the museums, theatres, cuisine, and even the nightlife. You will definitely develop a great taste for their amazing coffees and freshly baked croissants in the morning; you will get the chance to taste at least a dozen of their 400 French cheese types, along with their wines, you will want to learn more about the French impressionists, go enjoy the sun on the French Riviera or even try to climb on the highest mountain in Europe: Mont Blanc.
5. Can I work while doing my Masters in France?
If you are an EU student, you would not need a work permit. Working during your studies in France may help you set some money aside, in order to be able to enjoy the lifestyle and explore more of the country, as well as gain work experience and prepare for the post-graduation careers. The Masters programs do focus on the practical aspect of learning and students have to go through an internship during their studies, known as ‘stage’ or ‘stage en entreprise’. This will allow you put your academic learning into practice and earn new skills as well as improve your French.
6. What employment skills and career opportunities can I get after doing my Masters in France?
As an international student, you will gain competitive language skills, networking and communication skills as well as international experience and the power to adapt to new contexts and situations, which are considered strong assets for young graduates looking for employment, whether you want to study in France after graduation or return back home.
One of the biggest advantages of studying in a school of management is the practical aspect and the connection with the professional world. If you consider working in France after finishing your Masters degree, start searching about the job market at least six months before graduating, to learn about the career opportunities and requirements for the specialisations focus on. Please note that, for almost all jobs, it's essential that you have a good understanding of spoken and written French.
There are plenty career opportunities and institutions help students connecting with companies by often hosting employers on campus or organising job fairs, and also through their offices (Bureau d'Aide à l'Insertion Professionnelle – Office for Employability) specialising in helping students finding jobs.
As a student in France, you will one of the millions of students who are yearly coming to learn and gain experience in a country with a strong cultural heritage. It is an important step, so you can start by searching your preferred Masters course on QS Course Finder.