"The Paris region has much to offer to international students – history, arts, culture – on top of its academic and scientific excellence. It is a unique place to learn, discover, study, engage and exchange, a place where dialogue, fraternity and freedom shall always prevail.” Jacques Biot, president of École Polytechnique.
9. You can experience the French "art de vivre"
With central Paris just 25km away, l'X puts within easy reach one of the world's top tourist and cultural destinations. Paris is a vibrant city and the perfect setting for an unforgettable student experience. International students relish in the opportunity to be immersed in the distinctly French way of life, one that prioritizes freedom and creativity, and welcomes the exchange of ideas.
Beyond Paris, France is a culturally rich and incredibly diverse country, whether you are interested in music or architecture, classical design or contemporary styles. You are sure to find something of interest in the hundreds of cities offering numerous museums, galleries, cinemas and festivals. Each of the 22 regions has something unique to offer, a singular landscape, rhythm, heritage or cuisine – this is after all the land of 450 different types of cheese.
Should you crave a change of scenery and a more adventurous experience, you can easily travel between the 26 countries of the Schengen area on a single visa, eight of which share a border with France.
10. You will discover why France is an ideal destination for international students
Over 278,000 international students choose to study in France each year and l’X was ranked the 28th Most International University Worldwide by the Times Higher Education Guide in 2014. Part of the reason for this popularity is the fact that international students are eligible to receive government funding to support costs of room and board, and health insurance, just like French students. This helps to cement France’s status as the most popular international student destination four years running. In 2016, Paris has come out on top in the QS best student cities rankings for the fourth year running.
“Paris is proud to be ranked as the best world student city. Our youth represents our greatest strength and incarnates our greatest hope. We carry an ambitious politic to make youth able to blossom, be successful, be able to choose and to build its future. We will continue to support students by offering them opportunities, in an open, dynamic and creative city.” Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris.
In addition to those benefits, l'X will provide assistance to help you settle in before coursework begins. There is much to love about France and many of our international students opt to remain here to begin their professional lives.