France offers a great multicultural study experience, bringing together cultures from all over the world. France currently is inviting international students to study here as the education sector is booming and the government is facilitating it. For more details click here.
Students also enjoy the beautiful,& developed cities and the great variety of social life available. French culture and city life were overall more positive than the European average.
French culture gives a lot of importance to social life and work-life balance. For more details click here.
France also offers close proximity to other European countries and major cities, which gives opportunities to explore the country and its surroundings. For more details click here.
Schools organize a lot of events and extracurricular activities in France that gives opportunities to make friends during international study experience.
Students rarely complain about the weather in France, considering it better than in many other parts of Europe.
Universities in France provide good opportunities to conduct research in modern facilities and offer a wide range of study subjects. Most classes are conducted in French, but there exists a good amount of courses taught in English.
The classes are not necessarily better than at your home university. But most of the professors are interested in you as a person and will support you in your academic goals.
The French government also offers a scholarship to the deserving students and subsidises the living cost by extending CAF (reimbursement up to 50% of the rent) for students. Indian student can also apply for APS visa, a kind of visa that gives you the opportunity to live in France and look for jobs for 2 years, renewable yearly. For more details click here.
Best bread, patisserie & wine was one of the strong reasons I chose France. Also, France is an offbeat choice and yet stands to be explored compared to US, UK and conventional English speaking countries.
Language is one of the biggest barriers to study here even in the international environment as 80% of the class will consist of French students who tend to speak in French. The teaching style of professors in the country can be conservative and not open to discussions. A recommendation would be to at least learn the basics before coming. It will also be required to break through social circles as French people are very respectful of the people at least trying to speak the language.
French food can be difficult for the Indian palette in the beginning. Finding Indian food can be challenging especially in smaller cities.