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Studying in France doesn't cost a fortune, but which fields should students embark on?

Career and Study

It is generally believed that studying abroad will cost a fortune. However, according to data from the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau released in 2014, undergraduate programs of French public institutions cost approximately HK$1,900 (Euro€ 189.1) a year, while the annual tuition fees of private institutions range from HK$36,000 to HK$270,000. Despite such a huge difference in tuition fees, the programs are relatively cheaper when compared with those in popular countries including Britain and America. 

Students may be concerned about possible communication barriers when studying in France. Some universities, especially nearly 900 institutions in France will offer courses taught in English, mostly are private institutions providing courses of commerce and arts. In addition to arts, science, engineering, business, law, medicine and art, internationally-recognized programs including fashion management, brand management, cultural event management, oenology, museum study, cookery, hairstyling, fashion and underwear design are also offered in post-secondary education in France. In addition to the regular courses, these universities also offer internship opportunities around the world, putting theories into practice and sharpening students' competitive edge for future career. The France government also provides a lot of support for international students, including housing allowances, simply the same support as the locals. With the allowance, students just need to pay around 100 euros per month for the rent in places outside Paris.   

Nevertheless, students are reminded to make clear of the recognition of the curricula before signing up, as not all courses offered by French universities are recognized by Hong Kong government. Students can also consider applying to the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications for qualification accreditation.