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.


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.

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.

For more general information visit the Campus France website :

The "n+i" registration procedure

1 single application

With one single application you register to all "n+i" member institutions.

The "n+i"registration procedure is very simple, follow these steps.

1. Register on

Follow the instructions given on your personal page, and complete the application form.
It can be completed in either English or French

Online registration is obligatory. No other form of registration is accepted.

2. Upload the official documents to authenticate your "official" form

When your electronic file is complete, assemble your "official" form with a all official documents or certified copies thereof as : "electronic" form printed, signed letters of recommendation, motivation letter, career project, diploma, list of marks per module, etc..). Follow the procedure that will be given on your personal nplusi page.

Do not forget to join your test language proofs and request for exemptions.
Do not send this forms by air-mail. Keep you documents and bring them with you in France, it will requested by your recruiting school at your arrival !

3. Pay the opening of your application file

To start the examination process of your application you must pay €50 of file opening fee.

At that time, you can freely decide to accept the offer or cancel your registration with neither charge nor penalty.

4. Interview

Once your application has been opened and the electronic form is completed, you will be able to be interviewed (online).
The interview is compulsory to received an academic offer.

5. "n+i" validation process

  1. To be processed, your application must have been opened.
  2. To be validated, your online form must be complete and correspond to the official documents uploaded, and your qualifications must be those required by the "n+i" course for which you are applying.
  3. Applications are validated by the Committee mandated by the directors of the engineering schools. The committee's decision is final and no justification will be given.
  4. As soon as your application is validated, it becomes available to the Network "n+i" partners who will then make an offer. Check regularly the schedule for deadlines and results date,
  5. The Network "n+i" can authorise persons to give their opinion on your application (after an interview for example). These opinions will be added to your application but you will not have access to them (see conditions to be signed at the end of the registration form). They will only be accessible by the persons reviewing your application (schools, companies etc.).

The Network "n+i" manages registration and has signed the French Data Protection charter (GDPR), which guarantees the confidentiality of the information you provide.

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