France at the heart of Europe
Now that you have opted for France as your study destination of choice, you should know one thing.
By taking this step you won’t just be experiencing one new country but 28 as France is in close touch with the other European Union member states, geographically, politically, economically and culturally-speaking. Studying in France therefore offers you a gateway to the rest of Europe!
Just 2 hours from many of Europe’s capital cities
The central geographical situation of France makes it THE crossroads of Europe, sharing borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain, as well as the principalities of Andorra and Monaco. Its detailed transport network, which is one of the most effective in the world, connects Paris with the largest capitals in Europe in 2 hours. The high-speed TGV train will have you in London in 2hrs and 15mins (via the Eurostar), in Brussels in 1hr 20mins and in Amsterdam in 3hrs 15mins (via the Thalys). If you take the aerial route, the majority of major European capitals (including Berlin, Geneva, Rome and Madrid) can be reached within 2 hours.
Europe is calling!
- Economic and political proximity with the rest of the continent
In addition, France has been one of the founding members and pillars of the European Union since the 1950s and of the Schengen area since 1985, hence how easy it is to travel visa-free within the 28 EU member countries and 26 Schengen area countries. Needless to say that you won’t have to change your euros throughout this zone either!
- Special cultural links with all of Europe
Along with the European continent as a whole, France was for a long time occupied by the Roman Empire, as well as by the Greeks, Byzantines, Normans, Germans and Arabs. This has resulted in the creation of strong roots between French and the majority of European languages, be they of Latin, Germanic, Slavic or Greek origin, and cultures which, for the main part, share the same Latin alphabet.
In addition, the influence of the Greek and Latin cultures can be felt everywhere, in the arts, architecture and intellectual school of thought, in France and around Europe. Those cultures are also responsible for the way in which European political and legal systems are set up, dating back to the Middle Ages when they were conceptualized by the likes of Saint Thomas d’Aquin, Machiavel, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Montesquieu.
The chance to study throughout Europe
In its capacity as a member of the European Union, France takes full part in Erasmus+, which supports and promotes student mobility around Europe. By choosing to study in France you also benefit from the chance to pursue a part of your education in another European country.
Like the Erasmus scheme, the Erasmus Mundus program (reserved for Master and doctoral levels) enables you to carry out either a part or the entirety of your higher education curriculum in various European countries but also beyond European borders and obtain degrees delivered jointly by different universities. Joint scholarships are also available as part of the two tracks, thereby helping you fund your studies.