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Capital : Wellington
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Population : 4,393,500
Indian Population : 105,000
Area : 103,483 sq mi
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Language : English
Religion : Christianity
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Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a presidential democracy resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier parliamentary democracies. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common exchange currency, the euro, in January 1999. At present, France is at the forefront of European states seeking to exploit the momentum of monetary union to advance the creation of a more unified and capable European defense and security apparatus.
France is one of the most popular study abroad destinations in the world. Students adorned France, and that s hardly surprising, given the abundance of amazing art, culture, and history—and that s before you even factor Paris into the equation. Keep in mind, however, that your experience in France will vary depending on your ultimate destination.
France s 200+ universities and many specialized postsecondary schools are located throughout the country. Large and venerable universities like the Sorbonne are found alongside the modern campuses of leading schools of business and engineering that may enro200+ universities and many specialized postsecondary schools are located throughout the country. Large and venerable universities like the Sorbonne are found alongside the modern campuses of leading schools of business and engineering that may enroll no more than a few hundred students in close-knit communities of learning. Specialized schools of a similar size are devoted to art, tourism, health, and many other subjects. They all welcome international applicants.
This broad array of institutions—universities and specialized schools large and small-together offer thousands of degree programs at all levels, extending into every corner of the universe of knowledge.
At present, about 190,000 international students (10 percent of French postsecondary enrollments) have chosen France for all or part of their higher education. They enrich the French system with their culture, experience, energy, and accomplishments
France is better known for its high level of technological development, culture and reputation in the education system, which attracts number of young aspirants here every academic year. For many years, France has held its prominent place in subjects like Mathematics, Astrophysics, Biology, Medicine, Genetics, Physics and other science subjects. When we see the past record of the country in relation to its contribution to science and research field, we can see that its achievement is tremendous. Thus, many foreign students choose France for higher studies due to its technological progress.
International students who are not from Europe (that is, students who are not nationals of the countries of the European Economic Region plus Andorra, Monaco, Switzerland, San Marino, and Vatican City) must obtain a long-term visa marked “student” in order to study in France for longer than 3 months.
International students of all nationalities enjoy the right of multiple entries into France. Once granted, their visa is automatically renewed for the duration of their studies in France.
A special visa exists for prospective students. The so-called étudiant-concours visa is granted for stays of no more than 90 days for the purpose of taking an entrance examination or visiting institutions of higher education. Prospective students who pass their examination receive a full student visa without returning to their country of origin. The prospective student visa also may be granted to students whose admission to a higher education institution is contingent upon their completion of a short course of remedial or refresher work.
To obtain a visa, visit the French consulate in your place of residence or the visa office of the French embassy.
Two points to remember
1.Under no circumstances may a tourist visa be converted into a student visa. This is true throughout the European Union.
2.International students of all nationalities intending to stay in France for more than 3 months must obtain a student identification card.
What documentation do I need to get a visa?
The following documents will be accepted as proof:
1. An offer of preliminary admission
2. A statement of pre-registration in a public or private institution of higher education. The document must specify the level of study and the student s subject. If the institution is private, the statement must indicate the number of course hours and state that registration fees have been paid in full.
Proof of financial resources
Each French embassy sets the level of financial resources to be demonstrated by prospective students from that country. The amount is on the order of 3,000 francs for each month to be spent in France.
1.Students receiving scholarship grants must produce a statement indicating the amount and duration of their grant on the letterhead of the granting organization.
2.If the required resources are guaranteed by an individual residing in France the student must produce a signed statement of financial responsibility, a photocopy of the national identity card of the guarantor, and proof of the guarantor s own financial resources (such as the guarantor s three most recent pay stubs and most recent tax return).
3.If the resources come from abroad, the student must demonstrate that a bank account has been opened into which the necessary funds will be deposited and produce a promise of payment, translated into French and bearing the authenticated signature of the individual responsible for making the payments, or a statement of payment of funds from the authorities of the student s country of origin.
Proof of insurance coverage
Proof of insurance must be provided by students over 28 who are nationals of a country that does not have a reciprocity agreement with France or who are enrolled in an institution that is not recognized by the French government to participate in the student health insurance plan.
Minors (individuals under 18 years of age) must furnish proof of consent by the person or persons having parental authority.
In some cases, the consulate may require proof of vaccination (e.g., against yellow fever, cholera…) before a visa will be issued