France scholarships for international students in 2022-2023

Livinfrance team
Published on
October 26, 2022
Last updated on
November 20, 2023

Coming to study in France? Discover all the scholarships available for international students in France !

You are willing to go and study in France as a foreign student. This is an instructive, yet expensive experience. Fortunately, there are many financial aids and scholarships available for foreign students in France. We have listed the scholarships available in France as well as the conditions to be met to obtain them.

Discover Livinfrance's scholarship program for international students: €1000 to be awarded to 10 students in 2022-2023.

The Excellence-Major scholarship: for international students pursuing an undergraduate program

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs awards scholarships to the brightest foreign students willing to pursue an undergraduate degree program in France. The Excellence-Major program is designed for the best high school graduates from a French high school abroad, who can receive a scholarship for up to five years for their studies in France.

How to obtain an Excellence-Major scholarship?

To obtain an Excellence-Major scholarship, you must contact your school, which must forward your application.

The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship, for Master’s or Doctoral (Ph.D.) level studies in France

The Eiffel scholarship program was created by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its purpose is to finance foreign students’ stay in France for a Master's level degree or 10-month mobility within the framework of a Ph.D. The study of science, economics, management, and political science are given priority in obtaining this scholarship.

How to obtain the Eiffel scholarship?

To obtain this scholarship as a foreign student, it is up to your host educational institution in France to submit your application.

The CROUS scholarship for foreign students

Some foreign students may be eligible for the CROUS scholarship. This grant is issued by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. It is intended to finance the studies of students who meet certain social criteria. > Check if you are concerned

How to obtain a CROUS scholarship based on social criteria?

To apply for a scholarship based on social criteria, you must complete a procedure called the Student Social File (DSE). The amount of the grant will be determined according to your situation and your resources.

Scholarships from local authorities for international students

In France, regions, departments, and cities can finance the education of international students on their territory through a scholarship.

How to obtain a scholarship from the local authorities?

To obtain a local government scholarship, you will need to apply to the county, regional or city council of the area in which you plan to study.

Erasmus+ scholarships for foreign students

If you are to study in a country of the European Union, you can benefit from the Erasmus+ program. More than 2 million students benefit from funding for their studies in Europe thanks to Erasmus+.

Erasmus Mundus scholarships are awarded to the best students in the world, regardless of their field of study, for a period of 1 to 2 years.

Finally, Erasmus+ offers mobility scholarships for international students in France. These grants cover the costs of arrival in France and those related to daily life.

How to obtain an Erasmus+ scholarship?

Erasmus Mundus scholarships are dedicated to students pursuing a Master's degree in two countries of the Erasmus program (joint Master's degree). Applicants for this scholarship must apply online, following the procedure of their host institutions.

The Erasmus+ mobility grant will be awarded to you depending on the institution in which you will study. Do not hesitate to ask the international relations department of your future school for information.

International organizations’ scholarships (UN, UNESCO, WHO)

Scholarships may be granted to certain international students by international institutions such as the UN, UNESCO, and WHO. Most of these scholarships are for doctoral or thesis programs and research.

How to obtain a scholarship from international organizations?

You will find on UNESCO’s website the possibilities of scholarships and how to obtain them. Click here to consult the list of scholarships >

On the United Nations directory, you will find the scholarships offered by international organizations.

“Quai d'Orsay / Entreprises" scholarships for international interns in France

For foreign trainees in France, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers a scholarship of about 1000 €. To be eligible, you must be doing an internship in a company member of the “Quai d'Orsay / Entreprises” program.

How to obtain a "Quai d'Orsay / Entreprises" scholarship?

To obtain a "Quai d'Orsay / Entreprises" scholarship, you must send a letter to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. See a sample letter >

How to get my free scholarship online?

If you meet the requirements for a scholarship mentioned in this article, you must either apply for it yourself or have your application sent by your host institution in France.

If you want to apply yourself, please visit the Campus Bourses website. It will give you all the information you need to apply for a scholarship online.

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