University and Academic Cooperation
On the one hand, the Cultural and Scientific Service of the French Embassy promotes and develops agreements between French and Irish higher education institutions (Erasmus+ agreements, PhDs joint supervision, joint and double degrees) and on the other hand advises students on trainings, grants and higher education in France. In February 2013, a Campus France office was launched, with the aim of promotinf French higher education in Ireland, international mobility and give guidance to students wishing to study in France.
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With more than 70 universities, 50 business schools, 200 engineering schools, 20 schools of Arts, French higher education, one of the best in the world, offers a large range of courses to students. France has a large number of international research centres. Tuitions fees for universities are very low (184€/year for a Bachelor, 256€ /year for a Master, 391€/year for a Phd) whatever the student’s nationality. The French “art de vivre” offers a good quality of living and studying for students in France. For the 2012-2013 academic year, 596 Irish students were registred in the French higher education institutions, making France the first hosting country of Irish students (excluding English-speaking countries).