Guide to Work and Study in France

April 11, 2016

France is essentially a country that many people select for their education. If you are interested in moving to France and want to start an undergraduate programme, you must take a glimpse of the areas where French really excel.


Top Educational programs

There are many areas in which French universities are ranked best as compared to other European universities. They excel most in science. However, the programmes offered by universities are difficult and hence only a true learner can earn a degree. Another arena is medicine. This field is easy to enter as far as French universities are concerned, however, in final years, it gets highly challenging. Other choices available include international law, sociology and linguistics.


Working in France while studying

If you are an international student thinking to relocate to France, you must consider educational and living expenses before taking a big decision. France, in principle is an expensive country with high cost of living. You need minimum of 450 Euro per month for initial survival. Legally, you can work 20 hours a week while you are studying. However, with just a 4-hour day job you might not be able to generate money required to surpass your expenses. So you’ll need to find out other ways.


Working after graduation

If you are an EU national, you can work in France without any restriction. However if you are not an EU national, you’ll have to pass through a generalised procedure. International students, who obtain a master’s degree in France, can apply for temporary residency for 12 months. If you manage to obtain a job related to your academic background, you can apply for change of status.


Finding a full-time Job

After you are done with your post graduate programme, the major challenge is to find a permanent full time job. Here are few tips to increase chances of getting employed. The first is to prepare your resume in a way French people want to see. Make it as concise as you can and attach a professional photograph. Second is to increase your circle. Review business journals and magazines regularly and meet people. Search out the pubs and arenas where you can find potential people and go for informal interviews. Third thing is to do your homework before going to interview. French legal and taxation system is highly complex and it is very important to understand legal consequences of signing a long term contact with any firm. Fourth thing to do is getting your things and documents arranged properly so that you can avoid any kind of bad luck during an interview. Last thing is respect the interviewer as French bosses like to be respected more than anything else.


Work place environment

Before you start working with any French firm, you must learn French. Not speaking in French will not potentially stop you from working but will surely hinder in obtaining a full-time job. Be flexible and accept French working style as you are not the same high-powered as you were back home.




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