Best Courses to Study in France for Jobs as Non-EU Students [2022]

With nominal tuition fees, post-study work rules, research & venture-capital funding, and a growing number of jobs – especially, in AI & Data Science, Engineering, and Biosciences, studying in France is becoming more popular among international students. In this post, we will look at the best courses to study in France to get jobs for international (non-EU) students.

Why Study in France?

  • Many French higher education institutions invest a lot of resources in their research facilities and staff. If you see yourself spending long hours in laboratories, conducting experiments, and working on humanity’s next breakthrough, France is the place to go.
  • Over 64 Nobel Laureates and 15 Fields Medals highlight the importance that France places on research and progress. France is one of the research-oriented and innovation-driven economies.
  • French is one of the most widely spoken foreign languages in the world. So, studying France could be a great opportunity to learn the language and boost international employment prospects.
  • To attract more international students, both public and private universities in France have been increasing the number of English-taught study programs in their academic offer. There are over 1,500 courses taught in the English language, and the number is growing every year.
  • Even if you come from outside the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), you don’t need to pay more than 500 Euros per year if you are attending a public university in France. Even if you are attending a private French university, France still remains less expensive than in other countries, such as the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, etc.
  • Last but not the least, there are many generous scholarship schemes for international students as well.

Top Government Scholarships to Study in France for International Students

  • Eiffel Excellence Scholarships
  • Ile-de-France Masters Scholarships 
  • École Normale Supérieure International Selection
  • Ampere Scholarships of Excellence at ENS de Lyon
  • Université de Lyon Masters Scholarships
  • Grenoble Institute of Technology Foundation Scholarships
  • Emily Boutmy Scholarships at Sciences Po University
  • INSEAD MBA Scholarships

Labour Market in France

  • The official working week in France lasts 35 hours, employees are guaranteed a 30-day annual vacation and many social benefits.
  • The official minimum wage in France is 1,5554.58 euros per month. The hourly rate is 10.25 euros. The average salary in 2021 in France is about 3,085 euros per month or 2,400 euros net.
  • The unemployment rate in France is slightly higher (~10%) than in countries like Germany and the UK, France is a great place to be for a few specific job categories.
  • France is desperately trying to sort out the problem of worker shortages in a number of varied fields, so much so that it’s just announced that it will introduce economic migrant quotas in an attempt to fill these empty positions. 

France positions seventh on the planet as far as public pay and houses a portion of the top names in the Fortune 500 records. The executive’s area just as the cordiality business stands promising for new alumni.

Top French Companies

  • Orange
  • Peugeot
  • Renault
  • Societe Generale
  • Total
  • AXA
  • BNP Paribas
  • Carrefour
  • Credit Agricole
  • EDF
  • L’Oreal
  • Sanofi
  • Capgemini
  • Michelin

Top Locations

The three cities where demand for emerging jobs is the strongest are Paris, Toulouse, and Lyon. “With about 60% of emerging jobs located in the capital city, Paris dominates the market”, while in other major French cities, “the number of companies employing emerging talents increased by over 40% compared with last year”.

6 Best Degrees to Study in France for Jobs

Co-authored by Milind Singh

Data Science / AI and Business Analytics

In 2018, the French Government committed €1.5 billion to invest in AI research and development. Additionally, the European Commission followed suit and announced that it would also devote €1.5 billion to AI research funding with goals of increasing investments to €20 billion.

Not only do numerous tech companies such as IBM, Amazon, Google, Tableau hold offices in Paris, but the city has also been handpicked by these same companies to serve as innovation hubs. In 2015, Facebook opened an AI lab in the city; however, after meeting with Macron, the company committed another $12.2 million to this facility by 2022. Likewise, Google, Fujitsu, DeepMind, and Samsung also announced that they will be opening AI labs and research centers in the city.

Data Science and AI Jobs in France
Source: VentureBeat

Industries with Most Data Science & AI Job Jobs in France:

  • IT
  • Healthcare
  • Banking & Finance
  • Retail
  • Entertainment
  • Journalism
  • Entertainment

Related Post: Top 6 Countries with Growing Shortage of Data Science, AI & Machine Learning Talent

Biosciences & Biotechnology

When most people think of France’s biopharma industry, the first thought is usually Sanofi. Other companies have bases there, including Takeda and Otsuka, both Japanese companies, as well as Bayer, Eli Lilly, and Ipsen.

France scores highest in patents, ranking second (388 granted and 960 applications in 2017). The nation is third in research funding (3814 grants), and based on France Biotech numbers is third in companies (870) and venture capital (€315 million [$362.2 million]).

France also places third in biopharma employment, with a combined 118,786 jobs—98,786 pharma jobs according to pharma industry group LEEM (Les Enterprises du Medicament), and about 20,000 biotech R&D jobs, according to France Biotech.

In particular, France is noted for its leadership in vaccine development, cancer biology, immunology, cardiovascular medicine, etc. The salaries for research scientists within the biotech-pharma space is also one of the highest in Europe.

Banking & Finance

Since Brexit, bankers’ wages are rising and placement firms say they’re struggling to find promising candidates. At present, Paris is now one of Europe’s hottest job markets for finance professionals.

With everyone from JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley to Bank of America and Citadel beefing up operations in the French capital, the city has become one of the hottest job markets in Europe for finance professionals.

U.S. financial firms that for decades used London as a gateway to Europe’s single market are opening offices or bolstering existing operations on the continent to keep their access to the bloc. By the end of this year, Paris will have added 3,000 finance jobs thanks to Brexit, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in June.

Like Frankfurt and Amsterdam, Paris lobbied hard to attract banks after the 2016 Brexit referendum. Reforms unveiled by President Emmanuel Macron’s government to make hiring more attractive, a talent pool trained at elite engineering schools, and the mix of infrastructure, culture, and schools needed to lure high-flyers were rolled out. The European Banking Authority moved to Paris in 2019, ending its eight-year existence in London. Read Bankers Wanted in Paris as U.S. Firms Stoke Brexit Talent Wars.

Business Management

Due to the job market boom, especially because of AI-Data Science, Biosciences, and Banking & Finance, business management graduates are also going to have a good time in the next few years.

Top Business Degrees to Study in France:

  • MBA
  • MSc Business Analytics (Data Analytics)
  • MSc Finance (particularly Quantitative Finance)
  • MiM / MSc Managemkent
  • MSc International Business (MIB)
  • Supply Chain Management


France is known for being a world leader in Automotive, Metallurgy, and Aerospace. They are in high demand for professionals across the world. Engineering schools in France always tend to attract international students who are looking to expand their knowledge and get a world-class education and become a professional.

Top Engineering Streams to Study in France:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automotive/Automobile Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Related Article: Masters in Engineering and Business Management at Leonardo de Vinci, Paris, France

Computer Science & IT

France is one of the most tech advanced countries in Europe, so experimenting with different kinds of technologies is, of course, always in high demand for Computer Programmers and IT Professionals that can help to send France’s technology to the next level. You will need a degree in computer science or IT to get all the benefits of working in world-class facilities including a great paycheck. 

Other Top Subjects to Study in France

  • Luxury & Brand Management
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Food & Beverage Science / Food Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Medicine
  • Law

Study in France for Indian Students - by Milind Singh

About Milind Singh: Milind is from an Electrical-Electronics background and an MSc International Business (MIB) Graduate from Grenoble Ecole de Management, Business School (France). Currently, he is Country Manager (India) for the French Business School, Ecole de Management Léonard de Vinci.

In the past, Milind has worked with as Admission Counselor. Additionally, he also worked closely with prominent European Universities like Trinity College Dublin, EDHEC Business School, Cranfield, Frankfurt, HAN, Grenoble, EMLYON, Liverpool, Brunel, IESEG, SKEMA, Audencia, Montpellier, Toulouse Business School, Dublin City University, University College Cork, Maynooth, and Jonkoping University.

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