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Subsidised education a major draw for Indian students in France, Germany

In French public institutions of higher education, the government bears the bulk of the cost of education

education Updated: Nov 15, 2016 19:45 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Virtually every student in Germany gets a scholarship. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

When studying abroad, an important thing that comes to mind is the high cost of study and living. In French public institutions of higher education, the government bears the bulk of the cost of education, which is an average of euros 10,000 (Rs 7.27 lakh) to euros 13,000 (Rs 9.45 lakh) per student per year. Annual tuition fees at public institutions are set by law. The fee for the 2015–16 academic year is euro 184 (Rs 13,376 approx) for bachelor’s programmes, euro 256 (Rs 18,611 approx) for master’s programmes, and euro 391 (Rs 28,425 approx) for doctoral programmes. Additional fees may be applicable for specific services. Tuition rates at private institutions – particularly schools of business and management – are generally higher from euro 3,000 (Rs 2.18 lakh approx) to euro 15,000 (Rs 10.9 lakh approx) annually.

The average cost of living is euro 700 (Rs 51,100 approx) per month. Students can get up to 30% of their accommodation rent reimbursed by the French government. In Germany, education is subsidised by the state and, therefore, state-funded institutions of higher education charge no tuition fee. Thus, virtually every student in that country gets a scholarship. Certain specialised courses and courses offered by private universities attract a fee.

Students require about euro 790 (Rs 57,433 approx) per month for subsistence ie housing, food, clothing, study material and other expenses such as health insurance and leisure activities. This amount can vary. As an international student, one is permitted to work for 120 full days or 240 half days in a year. In case of part-time work positions such as research/teaching assistantships, these limits may not apply.

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First Published: Nov 15, 2016 19:03 IST