Although France gets a rep for being on the expensive side, it does have some pretty sweet discounts for students (student discounts on 3-course lunch menus? Trains? Free museum passes? Yes, yes, yes!) and, as long as you're under 26, spending a semester in France actually isn't as expensive as it might seem. Granted, Paris will be more expensive than just about everywhere else in the country, but here's a roundabout estimate of how much a semester in France will cost:
How much can you expect to spend in tuition for a semester in France?
Technically, you could spend a semester studying French at the University of Montpellier or the Sorbonne for less than $4,000 -- possibly even as little as $1,000. However, go with a private program provider and that rate automatically triples -- with rates ranging from about $15,000 - $28,000.
Tuition for direct enrollment for a semester at:
- American University of Paris: $15,316 (2015/2016)
- Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne: Ranges between $1,000 and $3,750 depending on area of study (2016)
- University of Montpellier: $1,600
Tuition for a semester with a program provider:
- IES Abroad Paris - French Studies: $19,900 (2016)
- Study Abroad in Grenoble with API!: $17,780 (2016)
- Syracuse University Strasbourg Center: $28,397 (2016)
- AIFS Study Abroad in Paris, Sorbonne: Semester or Year: $14,995 (2016)
- CEA Study Abroad on the French Riviera: $15,895 (2016)
How much does it cost to live in France for a semester?
Again, Paris will be the most expensive city to live in, but smaller cities -- like Montpellier and Lyon -- are far much more reasonable.
Even so, with student discounts and the like, you'll be looking at about $1,800 for bare minimum living expenses for one semester plus about $1,500 - $2,000 in housing. Budget more if you plan on eating out once or twice a week, traveling, or if you're living in Paris.
|Monthly rent||$375 - $600 for a dorm room or a room in a shared apartment.|
|Utilities||About $159 per month|
|Cell phone||About $22 per month|
|Local transportation||Monthly pass about $53|
|Total||Expect to spend about $3,500 - 4,500 for one semester in France after airfare and program fees.|
|Source: France Numbeo|
What's the average price of a flight to France?
To get to Paris from the United States, flights will range from $550 - $915. That number goes up if you're flying elsewhere in France.
How much does it cost to study abroad for a semester in France?
If, for example, you're spending a semester studying French at the University of Montpellier and get a super good deal on flights, you could get by with spending roughly $5,500 - $8,665 would be a more generous estimate for students directly enrolling in a French university. On the high end, a program with a third party provider could cost as much as $33,215. A more middle range number if going through a program provider is somewhere between $20,000 - $25,000.
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