Application Procedure for France
The application procedure for France contains the following steps:
Step 1 – Research: The students should do their research on the universities or their colleges that they wish to apply to along with the programs that they are interested in applying for. Each university is known for a certain specialization in which they rank high. So the university selection will depend on the course is the student interested in.
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Step 2 – Taking the Required Tests: IELTS is not compulsory to apply for studying in France as long as you can prove that you have completed your education in the English language. However some universities might require you to appear for the IELTS test. Also the GRE is not needed in order to apply for MS in France but a GMAT is required in order to apply for an MBA to the top business schools in France.
Step 3 – Preparing the Documents: Next the students need to put together the following documents for the application process:
Transcripts & Degree Certificate: Transcripts are mark sheets presented in a certain format. A student will need to apply at their respective schools or colleges for getting their transcripts issued. Each transcript will be stamped & signed, and then sealed in an envelope which also needs to be stamped and signed.
Statement of Purpose/Essays: Each university will need the student to submit a Statement of Purpose (SOP) as part of the application packet. The SOP is a life story of a student in around 800 words which allows the admission committee to separate the best applications from the average ones. An SOP will contain answers to questions such as what have you studied till now and why? Why are you interested in the particular course that you are applying for? What have you chosen that university? What are you short and long term goals? And so on. All the students applying for a Bachelor’s degree as well as a Master’s degree will need to submit their Statement of Purpose specific to each university. MBA applicants will have to answer 3-4 university specific essay questions. An SOP can make or break a student’s application and is one of the most important parts of the application process, especially when a student is targeting the top 10-15 universities. A crisp and well-crafted SOP can make up for a low GRE or GMAT score or even low academics. French universities have specific questions for each of their Masters programs.
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Letters of Recommendation: Universities require you to submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation (LOR) as a part of your application. One is a professional one and the other is an academic one. You need to nominate your manager at your workplace and a professor at your college for writing these letters for you. These LORs are also one of the most important parts of your application wherein your referees make a case for your selection to that particular university. You need to nominate referees who know your well and under whom you have grown professionally or academically. The LOR’s have to be written on the company letterhead and signed by the referee.
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Resume: The students need to prepare a professional looking resume which is no more than 2 pages, as part of their application. The resume should contain the student’s academic as well as professional information.
Proof of Work Experience/Internships/Social Work: In order to strengthen the application, a student can submit additional documents such as an offer letter, internship experience letter or a certificate for completion of social work done at a local non-governmental organization (NGO).
Other Documents: A student will also need to submit their passport copies, 2-3 photos and the university application form.
Step 4 – Application submission: The application needs to be submitted by filing in the application forms and submitting the documents along with paying the university application fees.
Step 5 – Test Score Reporting: After applying to the universities, the student will need to report his or her GRE/GMAT and the IELTS/TOEFL scores to the various universities that they have applied to. The universities ask for the scores to be directly sent to them via the testing authorities. Reporting to each university will require a certain fee to be paid to the testing authorities.
Step 6 – Finalizing the University: After receiving admits from universities, finalize one university and the required deposit there thereby confirming your place.
Step 7 – Visa Application: Now you need to apply for the student visa for France after filing in all the required forms and submitting all the required documents.
Step 8 – Get ready to Fly: Now you need to book your flight ticket, apply for your travel insurance, buy foreign exchange, pack your bags and get ready to embark on your study abroad journey.
Intakes: Students can apply for the September or the January intake for studying in France.
- Passport Copies (The first and last pages)
- Degree Mark sheets & Transcripts
- Degree certificate or provisional degree certificate (if you are currently studying in your final year, then you can submit this later)
- Statement of Purpose (SOP)
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Portfolio in case of application to a design or a fashion related course
- IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) – you can submit this at a later date.
- Extra-curricular activity certificates
- Skype ID. Some French universities might require an online interview.
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