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Important visa information

Visa: As of April 2017, there have been recent changes made to student visa applications for students applying to France. Please consult the French Consulate for the most up to date information.
All students planning to study in France for more than 3 months must apply for a student visa before departure from Australia and apply for a residence permit after they arrive.
Students travelling to France must visit the Consulate General in Sydney in person to lodge their application.
Full details, and a lot of other useful information, can be found on the French Embassy website.
Processing times for visas can be up to 3 months.

General information about studying in France

EMLYON Business School

Faculties: Business and Economics only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate

Bachelor in Business Administration (For Undergraduates)

Minimum grade requirement: WAM 60
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: early September – late December
  • Spring Semester: early February – mid May

Full time study load: 30 ECTS
Other: Students can take 3rd and 4th year courses in the fall whereas students can only take 3rd year courses in the spring. All 3rd and 4th year courses are taught in English. Students will also have the opportunity to take language courses. In addition to a full semester, students may alternatively complete The Closing Seminar, a two week option that may include a group project, a business game, a digital review of key learning from the programme, an applied research thesis or a presentation of professional project.

Master of Science in Management (For Postgraduates)

Minimum grade requirement:
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: early September – late December
  • Spring Semester: early January – late April

Full time study load: 3 to 6 courses per semester
Other: If you come to EmLyon for an academic exchange, you are given the status of "Auditor" (Auditeur) for the Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and/or Summer Session, depending on your choice of period. The term ‘Auditor’ means that you take the same classes and the same final exams that the French students take. You are however not eligible for Emlyon Business School Degree. Students can chose from a portfolio of over 180 electives taught each year. Of those electives half of them are taught in English. Access to core courses is subject to availability depending on regular MSc in Management students’ registration.

About Emlyon Business School

The Emlyon Business School was founded in 1872 by entrepreneurs and was ranked the # 2 Business School in France by The Times Higher Education, Global University Ranking in November 2015. Emlyon comprises of three campuses in France: Lyon, St Etienne, and Paris, with two international campuses in Shanghai and Casablanca. The undergraduate BBA program is held in Saint-Etienne, which is approximately an hour from Lyon.

Lyon is located in pleasant surroundings only 15 minutes from the centre of Lyon. Emlyon Business School combines the advantages of a large metropolis with those of a campus in countryside-like surroundings. The modern buildings located in a large 6-acre park are equipped with the latest technologies. The wide variety of restaurants helps to preserve Lyon’s fame as the gastronomic capital of the world. Lyon is not only home to many of France’s large corporations which now operate worldwide; it has also attracted many international firms and organisations.

Saint Etienne is a city home to 12 universities welcoming 25,000 bachelor students annually. Everyday life is easy and secure while living costs are very affordable. The city is well known for its culture and is worldly famous for design, textile, digital economy & medical technologies. Saint The 9500 square meter campus offers all modern facilities and is located downtown in a historical building labeled by the Government as National Monument. The city is surrounded by mountains and is closely located to the French Riviera.

The specifics
The exchange students’ webpage features more detailed information for prospective applicants, including unit information, insurance requirements, accommodation availability and campus life.

ESSEC Business School

Faculties: Business and Economics only
Level: Undergraduate
Language of instruction: French and English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 60
Semester dates:

  • Fall semester: end August - mid December
  • Spring semester: mid Feb - mid June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester

About ESSEC Business School

École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) was founded at the start of the 20th century and has developed into one of the leading business schools in higher learning institutions, placed within the QS International Universities top 150 Social Science and Management Faculties. The main campus is located in Cergy-Pontoise, 35 minutes northwest of Paris on the Oise River.

The specifics

For the most part, it is possible for undergraduates to complete their studies at ESSEC in English, with many courses available in both French and English, however for those who are not Francophiles, French language classes are offered and encouraged. Those Master’s students interested in the Global MBA or Masters of Science in Management should see the relevant course guides for more information.

The International Relations Department fact sheet has all your basic FYIs, covering everything from classes to budget to transport and accommodation options.

Francois-Rabelais University of Tours

Faculties: Arts only
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Language of instruction: French and English (Master’s only)
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • Semester one: early September – mid January
  • Semester two: late January – late May

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: This agreement allows Monash Faculty of Arts students to study in any faculty at Francois Rabelais University, although most exchange students study in the Faculty of Literature and Languages or the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

About Francois-Rabelais University of Tours

Established in 1969, Francois-Rabelais University of Tours is named after the François Rabelais, the famous French Renaissance writer, doctor, humanist, monk and Greek scholar. The university has long specialised in Renaissance studies with a dedicated Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance (Centre d'études supérieures de la Renaissance), as well as studies in food history and culture. In recent years, the university has also incorporated the University Institutes of Technology and the Polytechnic Engineering School. Francois-Rabelais University practices following two foundation mottos: “One is not born as Man, one becomes Man” (Erasmus) and “Knowledge without conscience is but the ruin of the soul” (François Rabelais).

Tours is located on the lower reaches of the Loire River, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast, and less than an hour by train to Paris. Along the banks of the Loire, you can explore the fascinating history of the Touraine province and its many spectacular castles. It is home to the magnificent botanical gardens which contain over 2000 varieties of flora and fauna, as well as the 15th century built Tours Cathedral. Have a look at the promotional video, which features the rich cultural life in Tours, peppered with cafes, bars, cinemas, museums, galleries and various other institutions of the arts.

The specifics

Francois-Rabelais University of Tours offers only a limited selection of Master’s courses in English, however do provide a range of classes popular amongst exchange students, including International Relations and English Translation.

Accommodation can be provided through the Centre Régional des OEuvres Universitaires et Scolaires (website in French – translatable with Google Translator), and include rooms, studios, apartments and even assistance with private renting in Tours. The university also recommends you buy the Students’ Cultural Passport (PCE), which contains listings of over 50 cultural centres in Tours, as well as discounts and special offers for international students.

Jean Moulin University – Lyon III

Faculties: All
Status: DEUF program (taught entirely in French) very limited, only 2-3 spots available per semester.
SELF program(Studies taught in English) is not as limited.
On their Monash Abroad application, students need to indicate clearly which program they are applying for: DEUF or SELF (Studies taught in English).
Students are encouraged to apply for the DEUF program (taught entirely in French). Before doing so though, students should check with their Faculty if their level of French is advanced enough in order to undertake the DEUF program.
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: French and English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • Semester one: mid September – mid January
  • Semester two: late January – mid June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester

About Jean Moulin University – Lyon III

Jean Moulin was founded in the early 1970s following the 1968 splintering of the Lyon Academy into Lyon I, II and III. Lyon III (Jean Moulin) specialises in law, business, languages, literature and philosophy, spread across the three campus locations, Manufacture des Tabacs (in southeast Lyon), Les Quais (on the by the Rhône river) and Bourg-en-Bresse (CEUBA).

Lyon is a historical capital located between Paris and Marseilles, and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The city is famous for its love of food, wine and the cinema as well as the famous light festival 'Fête des Lumieres' which takes place every December.

The specifics

A selection of courses, which span across law, humanities and business, can be studied in English through the universities SELF (Study in English Lyon France) Program, which vary by semester and are subject to demand. These classes have been developed to coordinate both European and international academic perspectives and frameworks. Note that this program is only available to third year Monash students, who have a basic understanding of French.

All the basic where, what and how questions can be answered by the International Relations Office, and can also cover what to do pre-departure, when you arrive etc. The university’s International Association also offers assistance with orientation and how to find accommodation.

New Sorbonne University – Paris III

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: French and some English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • First semester: mid-September – late December
  • Second semester: mid-January – mid May

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester

About New Sorbonne University – Paris III

One of the founding six universities in Paris, the New Sorbonne University (also known as Paris III) was developed from the Paris University of Letters, and founded under its new title in 1970. Today, Paris III continues its commitment to literature, language, humanities and the arts, with the Arts and Humanities faculty ranking 143rd internationally. The university is nestled in the centre of Paris’ vibrant Latin Quarter famous for its lively cafes and student culture.

The specifics

The International Relations Office looks after exchange students at Paris III, and assist you with any enquiries you might have, including how to apply (in English).

There is no on-campus accommodation as such, but the location of Paris III means that living anywhere near the university is essentially living in Paris itself. There are a range of accommodation options including private rentals of apartments as well as housing information provided by student run organisations.

ESC Rennes School of Business

Faculties: Business and Economics only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 60
Semester dates:

  • Fall semester: early September - late December
  • Spring semester: early January / late January - late April / mid May

Full time study load: 30 ECTS credits per semester

Other: Students must have completed two years of undergraduate studies when they commence their exchange at ESC Rennes School of Business. It is not possible to mix under and postgraduate classes.

Teaching method: Students are given a detailed course outline at the beginning of each class (not available beforehand) where the professors provide learning objectives and outcomes, course description and main topics, teaching methods and bibliography, method of assessment. About 50% - 70% of the total mark = final examination. The rest of the % can be assessed on individual and / or group presentations, quizzes, case studies, etc. The final examinations always take place during the last 2- 3 weeks of the semester and are compulsory for all students.

About ESC Rennes School of Business

École Supérieure de Commerce de Rennes (ESC Rennes School of Business) was founded in 1990 and is accredited by international agencies EFMD, AACSB and AMBA. It is part of the ‘‘Grande Ecole'' network in France, a group of 33 elite schools of management, that guarantee a highly selective national admission process and world class education.

The School is one of the most international in Europe, with 82% of the Faculty being non-French nationals. Thanks to its international focus, it offers a wide range of programmes entirely taught in English. International exchange or non-exchange students from all over the world represent one third of the total student population and contribute to a truly cross-cultural experience.

Programs are enriched by the experience of many adjunct professors who are industry leaders or experts from partner universities. This encourages cross-fertilisation of ideas, international teamwork and creative and independent thinking. Strong links with local and international companies and international research cooperation make ESC Rennes School of Business unique in France and abroad.

Video of ESC Rennes

Rennes is a dynamic student city located in the North-West of France, only two hours by regular TGV (high-speed train) from Paris. There are direct flights to Rennes from Paris and the UK.
It is the capital of Brittany, a region with a strong historical background dating back to the Roman era, and boasts many tourist attractions, a strong service industry and a beautiful coastline.
Students will benefit from a very attractive urban, sporting and cultural environment: modern sports facilities, cinemas, theatres, cultural centres, museums, libraries, restaurants and pubs.

The specifics

The orientation week prior to the start of the classes is mandatory for all international students.
Students are required to stay the entire semester. The final examinations always take place during the last 2- 3 weeks of the semester and are compulsory for all students.
While there is no on-campus accommodation, the international student office helps you find accommodation and manage administrative formalities. The Well'Come team, a student organisation, greets you upon arrival at the airport or station. They will help you settle into your home in Rennes, organise administrative matters and integrate into the School. Trips, events and parties are organised all year long and each international student is taken care of by a buddy.

Sciences Po – Paris

Status: LIMITED, one to two spots per semester.
Faculties: Arts & Law only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: French and English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 80
Semester dates:

  • Fall semester: late September – mid February
  • Spring semester: late February – late June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: This is an elite French university in Paris and is ideal for political science, European studies, BA (Global), economics and similar students. It offers a good range of units in English at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Students must have completed 96 credit points (including some history, sociology, law, economics, political science or international relations units) at the time of application to the Monash Abroad office. IECs cannot accept and nominate students who do not have 96 credit points at the time of application. Students that have received any fails grades (F) or near pass grades are NOT eligible to apply for Sciences-Po for exchange. Sciences-Po will not admit students with an average WAM lower than 75% or with any fail grades or near pass grades.
Monash postgraduate students need to have completed an undergraduate degree in one of the above social science disciplines and achieved an average of at least 65 per cent in the final two years of that degree (with no fails grades).

About Sciences Po – Paris

The Paris Institute of Political Studies is France’s specialist institution in social and political sciences. It was established in the late 19th century for the education of the Parisian elite, and continues this tradition with the status of grand établissement, making it one of the most prestigious and selective higher education institutions in France.

In 2012, QS University rankings placed its Political and International Studies 20th internationally. With a focus on internationality and global studies, Sciences Po introduced a compulsory third year abroad in its undergraduate program.

Sciences Po is located in central Paris in the Saint Germaine district, merely walking distance from Notre Dame de Paris, the Grand Palais, the Panthéon, and the Assemblée Nationale.

The specifics

A selection of lecture courses and seminars taught in English across most faculties and departments, and you will be encouraged to take a complementary French language course alongside other studies. For those proficient in French see those lectures and seminars classes offered to exchange students. In addition to your academic commitments, you can also pick one sports class (worth 2 credits). All other details on university life at Sciences Po can be found through their Student Exchange.

While there is no on-campus accommodation, the university’s Student Services offers assistance and resources to help exchange students secure housing.

Sciences Po (Reims campus)

Status: LIMITED, one to two spots per semester.
Faculties: Arts, Business and Economics
Level: Undergraduate
Language of instruction: French and English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 80
Semester dates:

  • Fall semester: late August - end of December
  • Spring semester: mid January - end of May

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: Students must have completed 96 credit points (including some history, sociology, law, economics, political science or international relations units) at the time of application to the Monash Abroad office. IEC cannot accept and nominate students who do not have 96 credit points at the time of application. Monash undergraduate students need an average of at least 70 per cent with no fails or near passes to be eligible for entry to Sciences Po.

This is a certificate awarding exchange which has been specifically designed for international students and will present them with unique opportunities unlike any available on the Paris campus.

About Sciences Po - Reims campus

​Opened in September 2010, Reims Euro-American Campus is the seventh international campus of Sciences Po Paris.

Courses are taught in English, although students may follow some courses in French. The program also includes several hours a week of language classes, the objective being for all students to be English-French bilingual at the end of the first two years. German , Italian and Spanish are taught as supplementary languages.

On the site of the former collège des jésuites, an exceptional architectural complex in the center of the city made available to Sciences Po by the city of Reims, students have the opportunity to enjoy an academic experience connecting both the European model (intellectual content of the courses, methodology) and the American approach (group work and interactive exchanges). Great emphasis is also placed on sport, artistic activities and student organizations.

Reims is the main city of the Champagne-Ardenne region, world renowned for its champagne vineyards. This medium-sized city is located just 45 minutes from Paris by train, close enough for day trips! For those who like to travel, Charles de Gaulle International Airport is located just 30 minutes away by train, great for weekend city breaks in Europe.

Student life on campus is especially lively and the student population is very international. Campus clubs and associations organize fieldtrips in France and in the rest of Europe frequently.

Housing is widely available and guaranteed for students, unlike in Paris. This means that housing will already be reserved for students before their arrival.

The specifics

​Students will be offered tailor-made courses and will choose one of three majors: International Affairs and Strategy, European Affairs and Business and Economics. They will be awarded a 'Certificate in Social Sciences and Humanities' upon successful completion of their semester.​

​Exchange students in Reims will have the opportunity to participate in intensive French-language courses, unlike Paris exchange students whose French classes meet only once a week. This will present students with the opportunity to make significant improvements in their language ability over a short period of time.

The language of instruction for social sciences courses in Reims is English, so there is no minimum French language requirement and complete beginners are welcome. For those who wish, some social science courses will also be available in French.

For students majoring in Business and Economics and who wish to stay two semesters in France and obtain professional experience in the country, internship opportunities will be available on a competitive basis during the second semester. For these students, French B2 level is required.

Students will take part in a field trip in Europe at the end of the semester.​