As a result of its fiscal strategy and priorities, France is able to provide a low-cost, high-quality university education to its citizens as well as to a large number of people from around the world. France’s commitment to affordable education remains part of French values: a truly public education and an educated populace, informed and engaged in the processes of a democratic society.

How much does it cost to study in France?

French tuition costs are fixed by the state for all public universities, including the Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA). International undergraduates pay less than €3,000 per year in tuition, far less than most European universities. Students also contribute at a lower rate to France’s health care system, the sécurité sociale, paying less that €250 per academic year for coverage.

In addition, students with fewer financial means can obtain a bourse sur critères sociaux, paying even lower tuition, and receiving support for housing and other costs and additional specific aid for study abroad. Students who are not French may also be eligible if they have lived or worked in France, or if they are refugees.

What about housing?

The French government also provides students with financial support for housing, with the goal of enabling full-time study. Eligibility depends on visa status, and staff at the university’s International Students and Scholars Office are available to help with the application process.

Housing costs are reasonable throughout Grenoble; apartments in the private sector range from about €450 to €600 per month, and student housing costs from €150 to €380 per month. The university’s housing office can help international students find housing, understand their agreement, and manage the process of finding a guarantor (required for most rentals in France).

And the cost of living?

Students enjoy reduced rates for transport, meals, sports, and cultural and arts events. Renting a bike costs only €132 a year – even less if you’re under 25 – and monthly tram/bus passes for students under 25 are only €15. With a meal card, a complete meal on campus costs as little as €3.50.

Finally, the UGA offers a rich and varied student life, with intellectual, cultural, and athletic activities open to everyone. On-campus events and performance spaces like the Amphidice, L’Aquarium, and the student union, EVE, provide film, theater, live music, art, dance, and more. Over 30 different sports courses are available, and mountain sports such as skiing and snowboarding are open to students at vastly reduced costs.