The western European country France presents a unique mix of tradition, modernity, art, and culture. With world-renowned philosophers and artists gracing its lands, France has a history that dates back several thousand years. Over the last few decades, France has established itself as a prestigious European hub for higher education in streams beyond art and literature. Whether it's engineering, life sciences, or world-renowned business degrees, the country has something for every aspirant. In this article, we take a deep dive into higher studies in France. Let's take a look at whether France is a great study-abroad destination for international students including Bangladesh. Read More: Best Countries for Bachelor's Degree in 2023 Why Study in France? France hosts some of the highest numbers of international students in the entire European region. Currently, the country is home to 300,000 students from all over the world pursuing a degree in multilateral streams. France offers a robust and dynamic culture that will enthrall many, whether it’s the picturesque prefectures or the fast-paced city life. Of the 71 accredited universities in France, 57 make it to the global top 1000 institutions for higher education. And the trend has been upward for several years now. France also has some of the lowest tuition fees in all of Europe. As a result, it can also be a great opportunity for self-funded students, as most streams fall within an affordable limit. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t scholarship opportunities in France. Read More: Study in Denmark: Costs, opportunities for international students In this article, we’ll go over the application process, admission requirements, and the associated cost of studying in France as a self-funded student. How to Apply for Higher Studies in France Required Documents for Higher Studies in France The documents required for application are standard and are in line with other European countries. If you are opting for bachelors, you should provide your LSAT scores based on the stream. The same goes for masters and MBA, which might require a GMAT or a GRE score. These are circumstantial, and several institutes don’t even require them. However, there are a few key documents that you will need to prepare beforehand. Read More: Study in Japan: Scholarships, Tuitions, Application Process for Bangladeshi Students The required documents include – -High School transcript certified by the appropriate authority ( For bachelors)-Bachelor’s transcripts certified by the issuing university (For masters and Ph.D.)-Campus France authorization-Passport-Language proficiency score (IELTS/TOEFL iBT/ DELF/DALF)-SOP-Letter of Recommendation-Application fee payment receipt. Additional documents might be required, depending on the application process. For example, if you are opting for a thesis-based masters, you might want to contact a professor beforehand in your desired university with whom your research interest matches. In that case, you might need to prepare a research plan along with other documents. Read More: Study in Belgium: Bachelor's, Masters and PhD options for Bangladeshi students What Documents are Required for Campus France Authorization? For non-EU citizens, the process of studying in France starts with obtaining a Campus France authorization. This essentially allows a prospective student to be eligible for “Etudes en France” or study in France. Campus France authority even has a separate web portal where a prospect needs to register to obtain an authorization letter. The required documents for the authorization include – -Passport-Proof of funding for the studies and accommodation-Letter of application-Proof of accommodation-Medical insurance-Air ticket. Read More: Cheapest countries for Bangladeshi students for higher studies Once you’ve got all that, you’re all set for the Campus France authorization. It is to be noted that Campus France authorization isn't required for the application to the universities themselves. Rather it's required to get a student visa after acceptance into a French university. Application Period There are two main intakes on the French higher education curriculum – fall and spring. The fall intake generally has a deadline of September 15th of the previous year, with the classes expected to commence in the first week of January. For the fall session, early enrolment can start as early as January 17th and last till April first based on the rolling admission process. Classes are expected to start in the first week of September. Read More: SoP for Higher Studies: How to write an unfailing Statement of Purpose? Application Process The application process is pretty simple. Each French university has its application process, which you need to go through individually. The application process starts with selecting the desired major. Students can visit Campus France to explore all the different streams and majors available at the bachelors, masters, and P levels. After that, check whether you meet the admission criteria and simply follow the guidelines to complete the application process. Cost of Studying in France As we already mentioned, the cost of higher studies in France is fairly reasonable. The cost can be broken down into three different types based on bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. Read More: Student Loans in Bangladesh: Banks Offering Education Loans for Higher Studies The cost of bachelors is actually pretty low at about 170 to 600 Euros per year. But that’s only limited to EU, EEA countries, and Switzerland. If you’re from anywhere other than these places, you would have to pay around 2700s euros or 288,035 BDT per year (1 EUR = 106 BDT). The story is somewhat similar with masters too as the cost may run up to 3700 Euros or 394,714 BDT per year. The cost of a Ph.D. is fairly nominal at around 380 Euros or 40,538 BDT per year. But these are estimates in public universities. If you opt for a private one, the cost might go as high as 20,000 Euros or 21,33,594 BDT per year. Read More: Overcoming Study Gap: How to Start Studying after a Long Break Living and Work Opportunities in France The cost of living, however, is far greater than the students' tuition. The annual cost of living may range from 10,000 and 15,000 euros, depending on the cities. The price may even go up if the student resides in Paris. A Bangladeshi student should be able to afford around Tk106500 to 16,00,000 each year. The French government requires the students to demonstrate their ability to pay for their study and remain in France without the aid of a job or scholarship. The amount is close to at least 1000 euros or Tk106500 per month. In short, a student will roughly require 800 to 1000 Euros or Tk85,000 to 1,06,500 per month as living expenses depending on where they are staying. Read More: Higher Study in China: Scholarship Opportunities for Bangladeshi Students The work opportunities are also ample with high wages being available in big cities. Generally, a student can expect to make 7900 Euros or 842,769 BDT annually based on working hours. There are also many on-campus jobs available including GTA and GRA positions. Final Words France has been one of those countries that have been disseminating knowledge for centuries. Their rich culture, history, conspicuous mannerisms, globalization, and unique education system made France one of the best destinations in the world for higher studies. So far we have discussed how to study in France from Bangladesh with self-funding. Whether France is a good study destination for international students depends on many factors. Overall, studying in France would be a wonderful opportunity for international students including Bangladesh. It will not only provide the students with global perspectives but also provide hands-on experience in problem-solving, critical thinking, and being a global citizen with an illustrative career. Read More: Study in the Netherlands: Scholarship Opportunities for Bangladeshi Students
Dhaka University has taken all preparations to hold its 53rd convocation with great enthusiasm on Saturday. Chancellor of the university President Abdul Hamid will preside over the grand event while Nobel laureate French economist Prof. Jean Tirole will join it as the convocation speaker. Prof. Jean Tirole, work had a significant impact across a wide range of fields within economics, including microeconomics, game theory, and industrial organization will be awarded with Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) Degree at the event as the 53rd awardee. Graduates, postgraduate students who registered for the convocation and the invitees will only be allowed to attend the program in-person. A total of 30,348 students have registered for the convocation of which 22,287 are from Dhaka University and 7,796 students from the affiliated colleges. A total of 153 gold medals will be conferred on teachers, researchers and students for the research and academic excellences. Besides, 97 will receive doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree while 35 academics MPhil degree. The convocation rally is scheduled to start at 11: 55 am and the main program is expected to start on 12 pm, DU Vice Chancellor Prof. Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman said at a press conference. Read: Alumni Association in UK to celebrate Dhaka University’s birth centenary The students of affiliated colleges will join the convocation virtually. However, a faction of the students of DU affiliated seven college staged a rally in front of the main gate of Dhaka College boycotting the virtual convocation. Enthusiastic DU student, who have registered for the convocation, were seen moving together in groups on the campus wearing convocation gown and caps and they are busy with photo session in different postures to make the convocation memorable. Jahirul Islam, a Dhaka University graduate who registered for the convocation, said, " Undoubtedly it is a very joyous occasion for me. I have been waiting for the day for long and it seems that I am about to touch my dream." Read: Centenary celebration of Dhaka University begins Wednesday "However, the convocation also reminds us that our days on this campus will end soon," he added.
The students of Institute of Fine Arts of Chattogram University (CU) Wednesday locked its main gate demanding shifting of the institute to the university’s main campus. The students took position at the main gate of the institute in the city around 11am today. All academic activities have come to a standstill at the institute following their protest. Read more: 22-point demand: CU fine arts students on indefinite class boycott No teachers’ bus and staff could enter the campus since morning due to the protest. The students have been staging demonstrations since November 2 to press home their 22-point demand, including renovation of dormitories and the library.
Bangladeshi students who want to create bank profiles, in order to go abroad for higher studies, cannot do this due to a foreign exchange crisis, students and bank officials have said. Several students and bank officials have confirmed to UNB that the situation arose following restrictions on opening LC and limitations on services related to foreign exchange. Bangladesh Bank spokesperson Md. Abul Kalam Azad told UNB that the central bank has not imposed any ban on creating student profiles, but banks may not open the profiles due to foreign exchange crisis. “This is a temporary problem, which will be resolved soon,” he hoped. READ: Study in Japan: Scholarships, Tuitions, Application Process for Bangladeshi Students Muaz Ahmed, from Dhaka’s Eskaton area, wants to go to the Netherlands for a master’s programme. He went to a private bank to open a student profile, which is a must for going to EU countries for higher studies. But the bank authorities told Muaz that they cannot open such a profile at the moment. He went to two other banks to open a student profile, but those banks too responded in the negative. Private and foreign banks in Bangladesh open profiles for students going abroad. However, due to the ongoing dollar crisis, most banks have stopped opening these files recently. Sources in the financial sector said that some banks are still opening student profiles but only based on lobbying by influential individuals. Last year, City Bank opened 5,390 files for students going abroad. The bank has opened 7,840 new files till October this year. However, they have stopped opening new student files since the end of last month. Masrur Arefin, Managing Director of City Bank, told UNB that there is an acute crisis of dollars in the country. Because of this, banks have stopped opening new student files for now. Existing or previously opened files are still active. READ: SoP for Higher Studies: How to write an unfailing Statement of Purpose? Many students complain that admission process at universities overseas is being cancelled due to not being able to send dollars after completing all preparations. According to the “Global Flow of Tertiary Level Students” report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 49,151 students from Bangladesh went abroad for higher education in 2021. Bangladesh Bank data says that the volume of dollars sent abroad for higher education in the first quarter of the 2021-22 financial year (July-September) was $98.8 million. In the first quarter of the current fiscal year (2022-23), it exceeded $153.1 million. In the last fiscal year 2021-22, about $321 million was sent abroad for higher studies.
Bangladesh Chhatra Union staged a human chain protesting the price hike of education materials in the last few months. The protest rally was organised at the foot of anti-terrorist Raju Bhaskarzya intersection of Dhaka University at 4 pm on Monday. Bangladesh Students Union general member Saif Rudad presided over the programme while the organisation's assistant general secretary Mahir Shahriar conducted it.
The High Court on Monday issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the authorities concerned should not be directed to take steps to elevate the grade of assistant teachers of Government Primary Schools across the country to 10th grade from the existing 13th grade. The HC bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Md Shohrowardi issued the rule following a writ petition. Read: Bill to provide free education to minor child of dead primary school teachers placed in JS The HC also asked the petition, submitted to the Director General of the Directorate of Primary Education in November last pointing rational views to upgrade the position of the assistant teachers to 10th grade, to dispose of within one month. Education Secretary, Director General of the Directorate of Primary Education and others have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in four weeks. On November 10, 15 teachers including the assistant teacher of Barguna Primary Assistant Teacher filed the writ petition seeking to upgrade the scale to 10th grade from the existing 13th grade. Read: Primary schools to have one shift from Jan 2023: Secretary Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman and Advocate Zahirul Islam stood for the petitioner. Barrister Sumon said according to the petition several lakh assistant teachers of primary schools were getting salary under 13th grade of the pay scale but at the same eligibility many senior staff nurses, computer operators have been drawing their salary under 10th grade, which is a discrimination against teachers.
The Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education on Monday issued a showcause notice to Habibullah Bahar University College for alleged irregularities in its examination center. In the showcause notice sent by the board on Monday, it is mentioned that Additional Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Department under the Education Ministry Abu Yusuf inspected the examination hall of the college on Sunday (November 13). During the inspection, he found irregularities in the examination hall. He found that in some rooms two examinees were seated on a 4 feet bench and in some rooms three examinees were seated on a 6 feet bench. The additional secretary also found an environment where the examinees were talking among themselves and looking at each other's answer sheets in some rooms, the notice said. Read: ‘5 Jashore Board teachers involved in making controversial HSC question to be show-caused’ Hall observers were not properly performing their duties, which is a clear violation of the HSC Examination Conduct Policy-2022, the showcause notice says. The showcause notice also asked Habibullah Bahar College to inform the board about its new seating plan of examination halls. Besides, officer in-charge of the college was also asked to give written reply within the next 3 working days. The written reply has to send to Controller of Examination Prof. Md. Abul Bashar of the Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education-Dhaka.
Eminent citizens of the country have urged the government to turn the Dhaka School of Economics (DSE) into a specialised public university. The request was made at the reception for new undergraduate students and farewell for the departing students of the institution held at the office of the Economic Reporter’s Forum (ERF) on Saturday. If DSE becomes a full-fledged university, it’ll safeguard monetary, fiscal and external economy and develop more human resources through capacity building with modern inductive learning techniques, said speakers. Pranab Saha, editor of DBC News was present as the chief guest. Economist and IT expert Professor Muhammad Mahbub Ali was the session chair of the event, while Shaheda Parveen Trisha, Vice Chairperson of Prime Bank Investment Limited, was the special guest. Read more: First Biotechnology Olympiad in Bangladesh held at JU First Biotechnology Olympiad in Bangladesh held at JU Speaking as chief guest, Pranab said that there is no alternative to create entrepreneurs for the development of the country. “If Masters and PGD courses are introduced for professionals through online in the current scenario like other Global universities, it will be more helpful in creating entrepreneurs,” Pranab said. Talking as a special guest, Trisha said that to be an entrepreneur, concentration and dedication are required along with hard work. Later, she encouraged the students with a motivational speech. The event was followed by a cultural programme.
A fourth year student of the Pharmacy department of Jahangirnagar University was allegedly beaten up by a student in Bangabandhub Sheikh Mujibur hall on Saturday morning. Victim Md Abrarul Haque Abrar said that he was assaulted on 3rd floor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall which is his residence by a fellow student Mubtasin Fuad of Law and Justice Department as he called him by mistaken name"Rifat".Abrar added he was beaten three times. Abrar lodged a verbal complaint to hall authority. According to the verbal complaint, hall provost, warden and other teachers called an immediate meeting and heard both complainant and accused on that day around 2:45 pm. Read: Complaint lodged against JU VC for graft Hall authority urged deescalation between them and dismissed the case. Accused student Fuad didn’t deny the accusation. Provost Dr.Israfil Ahmed said: "We didn’t receive any written complaint from the victim. If he submits any then we will proceed according to the Student Act of Jahangirnagar University." However, victim Abrarul Haque said,"l agreed to highlight mutual positives due to the hall provost and other teachers' insistence and pressure. I was pressurised to do it and don’t want to talk anymore about it."
A day long Biotechnology Olympiad was organised at Jahangirnagar University with the theme "Jibon Dharay Notun Beg, Somriddhir Biotech" (New Velocity in Lifestyle, Biotech for Prosperity). Biotech Club of the Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering in collaboration with the National Institute of Biotechnology and Farming Future-Bangladesh Organized the day-long Olympiad. For the first time in Bangladesh Jahangirnagar University organised the National Biotechnology Olympiad.The Olympiad inaugurated on Friday (November 11) at 9 am. There were a total of six categories of tests from 8th grade to university level, question and answer session, career chat, popular talk and prize giving ceremony. At the beginning of the day at 10 am, an hour-long examination is conducted in six categories at the Jahangirnagar University School and College. About one and a half thousand students from various schools, colleges and universities of the country participated in the examination. After that, a question and answer session was organized at Zahir Raihan Auditorium of the University at 12:00 PM. Teachers and researchers from different universities of the country answered the written questions of the participating students about biotechnology. At the beginning of the question and answer session, the Chairman of the Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Professor Umme Salma Zohra said, For the first time the Department of Biotechnology organized the Olympiad. We are overwhelmed with such response from students from all over the country. This event will continue in the future. Swadhinata Padak-winning scientist Professor Hasina Khan was felicitated at the popular talk session at 2:30 pm. This scientist, who discovered the genome sequence of the national fish Hilsa, said, "A microorganism has been found in jute that can be used as an antibiotic. How many doors of possibilities are opening for us. When someone asks me what I have found in my long research life, I want to say, I learned from researching about cells that cells work in such a controlled manner, it's amazing. Another thing I learned is the chain of command. Everything in a cell is organized. These have influenced my personal life too." Professor Nazneen Nahar, Professor of Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology Department of Chittagong University, said, "When I came as a teacher in my department, very few students were admitted. Gradually the students increased, our research activities also increased. I think to bring more expansion at the job level. We feel its prevalence in our daily lives as well. We wouldn't have got the Covid vaccine if it wasn't for the genome sequence." Read more: Bangladesh team shines at 15th International Earth Science Olympiad 2022 Finally at 4 pm the result announcement and prize distribution ceremony was held. Total 30 students were awarded in six Category, five students each. Abhinandan Pal, Shadman Zaman, Fahim Monayem, Prayas Ahmed and Fuad Bin Asadullah were awarded in class eight category. Saifa Sultana, Sanjida Arfan, Albak Atiq, Marzia Khanum Molly and Swarna Biswas in Class nine; Samiul Islam Fagun, Mahjabin Afrin, Mariam Manwara, Abdullah Al Nahian Russo and Nishat Tasneem in class ten, Bisarga Saha, Irfan Hasan, Mrinmoy Sarkar Dhruba, Maliha Lahin and Rashid Shahriar in class twelve, Afrina Jahan Suchinta, Mohammad Osman, Ekramul Islam, Ashfaq, and Nibir Ahmed were awarded in the category of class 12. At the university level, out of students from 30 universities, Fazlul Karim Chowdhury, Samaita Sarkar Tuli, Jawata Afnan Sahara, Farhan Ishrat Rafi, and Anika Humaira were awarded. Pro- Vice-Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University Professor Sheikh Md. Manjurul Haque was present at the time. Also, Dean of the Faculty of Biology of Jahangirnagar University Prof. Dr. Md. Nuhu Alam and President of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Department Prof. Dr. Umme Salma Zohra, Vice Chancellor of Sylhet Agricultural University Mehedi Hasan Khan, Chairman of Biotechnology Department of Chittagong University Nazneen Nahar, Sabina Yasmin of Dhaka University, Prof. Matiur Rahman of Rajshahi University, CIVASU Dean Ashutosh Das, Shaheen Mahmood, teacher of MBSTU, Shahab Uddin, teacher of BSMRSTU and other renowned faculties and students of biotechnology and genetic engineering departments of various universities in Bangladesh were present. Read more: Bangladesh women's team clinch silver medal in Group C category of Chess Olympiad