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French government grants for international students in France

The French government funds approximately 22,000 students each year. Most of the aid is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministry's programs are of two types:

1 - Scholarship funds made available under bilateral assistance programs between France and foreign governments or under an annual scholarship program. Areas of study are identified in each agreement and generally correspond to the needs expressed by the foreign partner. Many grants are jointly financed. More than 80 percent of French government scholarships fall into this category.

Scholarship information may be obtained from the cultural service of the French embassy in your country, or from the nearest French consulate More...

2 - Scholarships for excellence. Scholarship programs have been set up to enable French institutions of higher education to attract the finest international students and, through them, to develop interuniversity cooperation.

Get more information on two such programs: Programme Eiffel and Programme Major (PDF)

The French Ministry of Education offers occasional grants to international students, subject to the availability of funds. More...

The best source of information on any of these programs is the cultural service of the French embassy in your country. More...