The cost of studying in France

Do not confuse “cost of studies” and “tuition fees”

The studies in engineering are very expensive all around the world because they need a well qualified staff, as well as laboratories and top equipments, which justify the high cost of these training in all countries (USA, Australia, England, France, Germany, etc.) around €15,000 a year.

The moderate costs of registration which the schools of the Network "n+i" propose thus take into account these financing (automatic scholarships) of the French State.

A generous help from French Government

if many countries ask the students to pay the totality of the cost of studies through “tuition fees” so € 15 000 per year, France has decided to subsidise these studies and so reduce the “tuition fees for all the French students as well as foreign students regularly registered to obtain a national degree as proposed by the Network "n+i".

An example: if a student is accepted into a French school that requires €2,000 “tuition fees” per year while training costs are €15,000, it is because France directly funds the school for the difference i.e €13,000 ! As an automatic scholarship.

The cost of studying in France includes:

  • Day-to-day living expenses (housing, food) which are not affected by the type of degree,
  • Academic costs, which depend on the type of degree:
    1. The tuition costs,
    2. The cost of specific services. The specific services (packages) are offered to foreign students to help them settle in.

In the proposal that "n+i" sends to candidates who are selected, the costs for each establishment are clearly stated (living expenses, special services and tuition fees) including any grants or subsidies.

Students therefore have all the necessary information to make their decision.

The cost of living in France

Living as a student in France

To cover the cost of living in private accommodation in France, you need a monthly revenue of €1,200 (minimum wage).
As a student, you have access to university halls of residence and restaurants.

These lodgings receive state subsidies and the cost to students is therefore upwards of €770.

Students studying in France benefit from a state support for living, estimated to €500 per month, regardless of nationality.

You will therefore require a minimum of €8,000 per year to live in France with student status, but these costs may be covered by grants.

If you wish to have a place in halls of residence, it is IMPORTANT to specify your request as soon as you accept a place, as demand is very high.

Eat to live and make friends

In France, mealtimes are important. We speak, discuss, laugh, make friends, celebrate special events and so on. The French mealtime is an institution.

Just like French people, you can make your meals and buy all sorts of ingredients in supermarkets or go to open air markets, or to local shops to buy fresh fruit, vegetables or cheese etc. Most towns have several small shops that stay open until late evening.

Invite fellow students to taste your country's dishes. French people like eating so it's a great way to make friends.


It is difficult to find lodgings quickly. That is why the Network "n+i" takes care of your lodgings for the first few months.

We offer reservations (compulsory for PIC packages) and the cost is clearly shown on the invoice that you will be required to pay before you depart.
In this case you will have to pay an advance of the average cost of housing (see cost of PIL).

For the remainder of your stay in France, you may choose whichever accommodation you choose. Your school will provide assistance to find lodgings, especially in the inexpensive halls of residence.

This applies to you only and if you decide to come to France as a family, the "n+i" network cannot be held responsible for finding accommodation for you.

For more general information visit the Campus France website :