Available scholarships for School of Management international students
International students looking to pursue their studies in one of the six Pass-World member schools can benefit from partial or total funding via a range of different organizations and set-ups: subsidies from their country of origin, French embassies abroad, foundations, public bodies, collectivities, and Erasmus+ programs, among many options. Below are seven clever ways of securing financial aid for studies abroad.
Tip number 1: a helping hand from your native country
Many countries offer scholarships to their students who are looking to pursue studies abroad: this may be the case for your country of origin. Find out as much as you can in advance of joining the school of your choice via your current institution, ministries and other private or public bodies likely to help you in your search for information.
Tip number 2: scholarships offered by the French state
- French embassies abroad
In a number of countries across the five continents, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers study or internship scholarships aimed at specific international student profiles (most often from Masters level). Eligibility criteria tend to vary: academic excellence of the applicant, quality of their professional project, level in French and/or English. To find out more, including the registration schedule and when to submit your application, you should contact the Cooperation and Cultural Action Department of the French embassy or general consulate of your country.
A few examples:
Indian students: “Charpak” excellence scholarships: monthly scholarships of €300-600 per month and lasting 3-10 months (Masters level).
Thai students: Franco-Thai Scholarship program: social care scholarships or total coverage of tuition fees, for a duration of one year or more (Masters level).
Gabonese students: “Concorde” scholarships, designed to enable an annual contingent of 90 Gabonese students to pursue studies in France at Master or doctoral level, with a double Franco-Gabonese scholarship holder status.
Egyptian students: Tahtawi scholarship: a mobility grant aimed primarily at Masters-level French-speaking Egyptian students.
Korean students: “France Excellence” scholarships, which is aimed at the highest performing students from South Korea, enabling them to pursue studies in France at Masters or doctoral level.
Certain scholarships also exist aimed at students in politically difficult situations (Palestinian and Syrian students, for example).
- National excellence programs
The Eiffel excellence scholarship: amounting to €1 181 per month in 2018 and financed by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, this scholarship may be attributed to the best international students, particularly those studying Economics-Management, and is proposed by their host institution in France. The scholarship is awarded for a maximum duration of 12 months from the moment of registration for a Master 2 program and up to 24 months for a Master 1 program.
Online publication of application files: in October, for receipt in January of the following year. Priority is given to applicants from emerging countries from Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and new EU member states. Bi-national French applicants and/or those already receiving a French institutional scholarship for another program are not eligible.
The Excellence-Major scholarship program awarded by the Agency for French Education Abroad and managed by the Campus-France agency is aimed at the best non-French pupils from French high schools abroad looking to continue their studies in France. Applications are submitted by their institutions. Chinese students receive a scholarship over a maximum period of 5 years (2 years for Bachelors students with distinction, to which a further 3 years of scholarship can be added up to Masters level). Recipients of an Excellence-Major scholarship benefit from French governmental scholarship holder status, thereby facilitating certain administrative tasks (visa application, residence permit etc.) and the allocation of accommodation in a university hall of residence.
Depending upon an applicant’s family situation, three scholarship levels are attributed:
– Beginning-of-year scholarship (annual grant of €500 and social protection),
– Rate 1 scholarship (monthly grant of €222),
– Rate 2 scholarship (monthly grant of €685).
Rate 1 or Rate 2 Excellence-Major scholarships can also provide access to additional services, including assistance in paying tuition fees or covering of travel costs.
Tip number 3: means-tested scholarships
Certain international students may apply for means-tested scholarships offered by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research.
Conditions for allocation:
Be at least 28 years of age on October 1st of the academic year at the time of the initial application (except students with disabilities)
If you are a student from an EU member state country, you must:
- Either have had a full-time or part-time job in France over the course of the reference year (N‐2);
- Or your father, mother or legal guardian must have received income in France over the course of the reference year;
- Or be able to provide proof of over a year spent uninterrupted on French soil, on September 1st of year N.
If you are a student from a non-EU member state country, you must:
- Hold a currently valid residence permit or have refugee status;
- Have lived in France for at least 2 years;
- Have proof of a tax household in France for at least 2 years.
To apply for a scholarship you must set up your student social application file between January 15th and May 31st of the preceding year. Depending upon your situation and resources, the amount of your annual financial support will vary from complete exemption from student social security registration fees to a sum of €5 500.
Tip number 4: Erasmus financial assistance
The Erasmus+ program, an EU initiative, makes available financial assistance to help students pursue studies or internships of 3-12 months in a European country.
Who benefits? Students who have completed their first year of university studies and who are citizens of one of the 33 eligible countries (the 28 EU member states, the 4 member countries of the European Free Trade Association, and also Turkey and Croatia), plus those of a nationality from another country but who are enrolled in a higher education institution located in a country that takes part in the Erasmus scheme.
How much? If you are from an EU member state you are entitled to €200-300 per month. For non-EU students the amount varies: check with your school.
How do I apply? Applications are never submitted personally. To benefit from an Erasmus scholarship you should contact your school who will then be responsible for your application.
NB: over the course of your studies you can only benefit from one period of study mobility and/or a 12-month maximum Erasmus internship per study cycle. However, you may continue to receive your scholarship from your native country.
These scholarships are also available as part of Erasmus Mundus programs.
Who benefits? Masters, doctoral and university students.
How? Erasmus Mundus Masters and Doctorates are offered by an alliance of higher education institutions from at least three different European countries, and potentially from third-party countries. The curricula are delivered across at least two different universities and lead to the awarding of a joint degree.
European Master students: €10 000 per year (+ €3 000 mobility scholarship where applicable);
Third-party country students: €24 000 per year.
For how long?
Two years maximum for Master students.
How do I apply?
Submit your application directly to the Erasmus Mundus alliance Master program of your choice.
Tip number 5 – private foundations
Entreprise Francis Bouygues Foundation Scholarships
The Entreprise Francis Bouygues Foundation assists young French Bachelors students and foreign students but with a French culture (Baccalaureate obtained in a French high school, with distinction), of all nationalities and from all study backgrounds, in order to help them pursue their higher education studies in France and fulfil their academic project. Family income must not exceed €20 000 per year.
Déclics Jeunes Scholarships offered by the Fondation de France. These help young people of all nationalities aged 18-30 to submit a personal project focusing on a wide variety of areas.
The Quai d’Orsay (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs), in association with several major French corporations, offers a scholarship of around € 1000 to students carrying out an internship with one of the participating companies (Orange, Alten, Crédit Agricole S.A., Air Liquide…).
Tip number 6: scholarships from local authorities
Regional and departmental councils frequently offer assistance with a view to attracting students, especially international ones. Contact the regional organizations for the area in which you would like to pursue your studies.
Tip number 7: excellence scholarships and merit-based scholarships from Pass-world schools
These make it possible for the most deserving students to benefit from several months to several years’ worth of tuition fee exemption. Refer to the international department of your school, who will subsequently guide you.
In need of some guidance? Look no further than Campus France!
Campus France, the governmental agency set up to promote the French higher education and vocational training system abroad. It devises and implements made-to-measure scholarship schemes aimed at foreign students and researchers looking to continue their studies or conduct research projects in France. This represents a clear boost for beginning your studies in France in the best possible conditions!
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