Programs are available in such diverse locations as cosmopolitan Paris or medieval Avignon, with options in either French or English. Even if you chose to enrol in a study abroad program in France taught in English, some prior French language study is highly recommended, especially if you are living outside of the main centres. Be aware that occasional union protests can shut the country down. But hey, it’s all part of the experience.
The top universities in France vary according to the rankings. But Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris stay on top among all the major universities in France across all three lists. France also has five of the top 100 student-friendly cities in the world. Paris alone has approximately 18 universities that cater to students from France as well as around the world. Living costs in France are also relatively affordable compared to other European countries.
Students can live reasonably well on around €800 a month (other than Paris, which is more like €1,000): accommodation €215–€450; food €210; books/stationery €50 and other €250, depending on location and lifestyle. An accommodation grant may be available for international students from the 2nd month (the amount varies according to rent, e.g., for a university room at €215, the grant is around €95). Tuition fees vary considerably, €7000–€15,000 per year.