Being a student in France gives you many advantages whether you're French or not

Getting Extra incomes

International students have been allowed to work part-time up to 20 hours a day as long as they are enrolled in a higher education institution and are registered in the national student health-care plan. For example, students can work in libraries, fast food chains or restaurants as waiters. International students are eligible for student jobs at universities and other public institutions of higher education. Students are hired to provide the following services: assisting incoming students, helping disabled students, providing tutoring, providing IT support and assistance, etc.

Summer job opportunities also allow students to get extra income during the long vacation period. Grape picking in the countryside could be a great way to replenish your finances, spend some time in the beautiful French countryside and meet other undergraduate students. Better still: why not go with a group of friends or coursemates? More information about Funding your studies

Managing your money

In France, we usually estimate students can live in a proper way with 700 euros - 2800 ringgits. This includes everything, accomodation, food expenses, leisures, travelling. Of course there is a difference in the standard of living whether you choose to live in Paris or outside the capital.

France and 16 other countries of the 27 European Union members use the euro (€) as their currency. The euro zone consists of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. The currency is also used in a further 5 European countries (Montenegro, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican).

International students may open a ‘non-resident’ bank account in Euro or another currency or, if they stay long enough, a ‘resident’ account (in euros or another currency).

You will be asked to provide a bank identity statement, or Relevé d’Identité Bancaire (RIB), which you can obtain from your bank, to enable deposits to or withdrawals from your account.

Major bank cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted by most French businesses for transactions in excess of €15. Cash transactions must be made in Euro. Few businesses will accept cheques drawn on foreign banks.

Medical insurance

Students are obligated to have medical insurance before registering with their institutions. The cost of compulsory medical insurance is approximately €130 to €215 per year depending on the student's age. With an additional insurance premium, students can receive 100% coverage for their medical expenses. If you are above 28 years of age, you can subscribe to a private health insurance.


In France, the world capital of gourmet dining, most people eat three meals a day: breakfast in the morning, lunch at around 1 pm, and dinner at around 8 pm. Lunch and dinner are full meals. For daily meals you can't do better than university restaurants. Prices at the ‘resto-u’ are unbeatable: You get a complete meal for 3€. Anyone holding a student card has free access to the entire network of restaurants. Some are open at night and on weekends.

You'll find many cafés and restaurants everywhere in France. Prices range from about €10 for a full meal up to hundreds of euros at the ‘temples of French gastronomy’ run by internationally famous star chefs such as Paul Bocuse, Alain Ducasse, Joël Robuchon, and Pierre Gagnaire. Between these two extremes you will find a range of friendly establishments that serve fine food.

If you plan to prepare your meals at home you will find no shortage of specialised food shops, halal butchers, large supermarkets and open-air markets.

Wine is an institution in France. In addition to the famous great wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhône Valley you will find many other interesting wine-producing regions, including the Loire Valley, Alsace and the south of France.

Cultural and Sport Activites

With more than 5,000 movie theatres, 33,000 stage performances each year (in national and private theatres and centres for dramatic arts), 1,200 museums, and countless music festivals, concerts, and events appealing to every conceivable interest, you will have no trouble enjoying yourself in France. Remember that all people under 26 years old can enter any national museum for free!

Your student ID card also makes it easy to stay in shape by giving you access to athletic facilities. Active athletic clubs are found at all French universities and nearly every school. Registration and fees for those equipment are almost free -around RM 120-150 for one academic year.

Many of France's higher education institutions are located in city centres, close to cultural and social attractions. There will always be a museum, bookstore, cinema, theatre stage or café just around the corner. All of France's cultural sites and attractions offer student discounts and advantageous subscription rates.