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Erudera's Complete Guide to Studying Physics in France

Reasons to Study Physics in France

Excellent Universities

The top factor that has brought thousands of students to study physics in France is the quality of education delivered by the French universities. These institutions have created an education system that benefits all students, regardless of their nationality. These universities are also some of the best universities in the world, leading the list not only in physics but in many other fields. Each student that chooses France as their study destination will receive great quality of education at an affordable cost.

Great Research Facilities

As a country that excels in physics, the existence of great research facilities in the country is undeniable. Considering that some of the most famous discoveries have been done through university research the French government makes sure that its universities have excellent research facilities and that students have the chance to engage in research and become the next generation of leaders, scientists, physicists, and teachers.

A Variety of Courses

Universities in a country may be all great, but that would be useless to you if they do not deliver courses in the field that interests you the most. Luckily, France has both universities and a large number of courses in the field of physics which you can choose from. These courses include but are not limited to Wave Physics and Acoustics; Soft Nanosciences; High Energy Physics; Quantum, Light, Materials, and Nanoscience; Quantum Devices; Nuclear Energy, and many others.

Immersion in the French Culture

Studying abroad is not all about spending your time in closed spaces without giving yourself a chance to explore your new destination. So, while you are not studying, France has many tourist attractions that you can visit. On top of that, you can also spend some of your time chatting and making friends with the locals, that way you can brush up on your French skills.


Physics is quite a sought-after subject in France and the competition may be quite intense. This is why it is of great importance that you meet the requirements set by the university in which you plan to undertake your studies. If you are planning to pursue an undergraduate degree in physics you should submit your previous academic qualifications, transcripts, CV, letters of recommendation, and apersonal statement.

If you are planning to pursue a postgraduate degree in physics then you should submit a copy of an undergraduate diploma in a field related to physics, transcripts, work experience, letters of recommendation, and personal statement.

Note that as an international student you may be required to obtain a visa to be allowed to study in France. Students that need a visa to study in the country are those students who come from a third country. Students coming from an EU/EEA country do not need a visa to study in France.

Application Process

Applying for physics courses in France is done either through the national platform ParcoursUp or directly to the universities of your choice. If you apply through ParcoursUp make sure that you read the instructions on the website carefully. Before you go to ParcoursUp spend time researching the universities to which you are interested to apply. The second method - applying directly to the university of your choice is done through the university’s website. There you can find all the information about the application process.

In general, the application procedure is more or less the same:

  • First, you choose the university to which you want to apply
  • Make sure you meet the requirements in order to be eligible for admission
  • You prepare all the supporting documents stated in the application requirements
  • Apply

For international students coming from a non-EU/EEA country: You should first file for a DAP (Demande d’Admission Prealable) in the French embassy in the country of your origin. In English, this is a preliminary request for admission.

After graduation, you apply for a student visa, look for accommodation, and begin with your study abroad journey.

Degree Duration: How Long Does It Take to Study Physics in France?

Courses in France follow the same length structure:

Degree Length of Studies
Bachelor’s Degree Three years of full-time study (the least)
Master’s Degree Two years of full-time study
Ph.D. Three to five years of full-time study

Tuition Fees: How Much Does It Cost to Study Physics in France?

In France, how much you will pay in tuition fees will vary depending on the country of your origin and the level of education you plan to undertake. An undergraduate degree in physics will cost you around EUR 170 ($202) per year. Tuition fees for postgraduate degrees range from EUR 240 ($286) to EUR 380 ($454) per year. Note that these fees apply to public schools.

You can also study physics in private schools. However, the cost of tuition fees here will be higher than studying the field in public schools. Private higher education institutions set their own fees so you must check with the university of your choice for information on the cost of your yearly tuition.

Physics Career Prospects in France

Studying physics will put you at an advantage considering that during your studies you will gain knowledge over all natural sciences. This will increase your chances of employment. As a physics graduate you will have the opportunity of working as a:

  • Teacher
  • Astronomer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Meteorologist
  • Clinical Scientist
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Actuary
  • Applications developer

Your salary as a physicist will vary depending on your profession. However, the salaries of physics graduates in France range between EUR 55,000 ($65,670) to EUR 150,000($179,100).

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