Funding your studies & Visas
a. Opportunities for student loans from local banks.
In some countries, local banks can finance your studies in France. Write to our advisers for more information.
You can download the offer from one of our bank partners: Caisse d’Epargne Languedoc Roussillon.
b. Opportunities for student loans from the ‘Paras Education Foundation’
The ‘Paras Education Foundation (TPEF)’ is a financial consultancy helping all international students to obtain loans to finance their studies abroad, with an interest rate of around 8.5% per year (according to the Wall Street PLR evaluation) and a repayment period of 20 years. TPEF is present in over 40 countries. For more information, click here.
c. Jobs and work: Every foreign student has the right to work
All foreign students have the right to work while studying in France, once they are enrolled at an institution that entitles them to student Social Security coverage (and they have a residence permit if they are not a citizen of the European Union). Foreign students are authorised to work a maximum of 964 hours per year under current legislation, which is 60% of the standard working time in France. Working part-time does not cover all expenses, it should only be considered a supplementary income. Important to know!
d. Student employment within the universities
Foreign students also have the possibility of working within public higher education institutions. This involves contractual recruitment to carry out the following activities: welcoming students, assisting and supporting students with disabilities, tutoring, IT support and help with using new technologies, cultural, scientific, sporting and social events organisation, employment assistance and promoting the training on offer.
I. Scholarships from the French government
a. The Eiffel excellence scholarship
The Eiffel excellence scholarship rewards the best students wishing to pursue their studies in France at Master’s level in engineering, economics and law or political science. The scholarship is worth €1,030 per month. For more information, click here.
b. Need-based scholarships
In addition to merit-based scholarships, the French government offers grants based on social criteria, that is, the resources of the students and their families. For more information, contact the AUF (agence universitaire de francophonie – francophone university agency) office in your country.
c. Mediterranean youth mobility scholarships.
The Mediterranean Office for Youth supports the mobility of students and young professionals in 16 Mediterranean countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.
These countries have teamed up to make the Mediterranean a place for the exchange of knowledge and skills, key factors for development.
II. Scholarships from international organisations
International organisations like the UN, Unesco and the WHO also grant scholarships. Unesco publishes a guide to scholarships called ‘Study Abroad’, available from the website www.unesco.org. See also the special page of the Egide website. For students from the European Union, there are also scholarships awarded by the European Commission. Find out more at www.europa.eu.int.
III. Individual scholarships may apply (up to 2000€ scholarship according to admission results)
Assistance from Montpellier Business School
Specific solutions from Montpellier Business School
a. Discount: You will get a 3% discount if you pay your tuition fees in full by bank transfer within 15 days of the invoice date.
b. Cooperative education job: for students with low resources, Montpellier Business School has a specific curriculum, the cooperative education job, with a limited number of places available. This curriculum allows students to combine study with paid work (temporary, part time, fixed term), with three weeks working and one week studying according to a pre-defined schedule. The only requirement is that there is a proven work contract.
Montpellier Business School Foundation
For five years, under the auspices of the Fondation de France, Montpellier Business School Foundation has been leading initiatives for deserving students from France and developing countries and supporting the school’s young graduates in their business start-up projects.
This is done by offering merit-based scholarships, international scholarships and business start-up scholarships.
The Foundation also funds hosting internationally renowned teacher-researchers for conferences and specialised seminars.
Visas & residence permits
This is a guide to get you started on what you need to know about visas and residence permits.
1. For European citizens, residence permits are not required (nor visas).
2. If you need to get a visa, you should start the application process as soon as you can.
The procedure is the following :
Once you have been accepted by Montpellier Business School, and paid your deposit, you will receive a “lettre d’acceptation” (letter of acceptance) from Montpellier Business School.
Then, you should apply by going to the Campus France website of your country and fill in the on-line form. Campus France will guide you through the rest of the visa application procedure.
Please inform us of your Campus France identification number as soon as you have it.
Check on the link below the CampusFrance offices near you :
If you don’t find you country on the list above, you should contact your nearest French Embassy to apply for a visa once you have received the letter of acceptance from Montpellier Business School.
3. Residence permits
If you need a residence permit, you should apply as soon as you arrive in France. Montpellier Business School will assist you in getting your residence permit.
To obtain a residence permit, you must get together the following documents before your arrival in France, and bring them with you :
- A birth certificate translated into French by a certified translator (you can get this translated once in France- although it may be cheaper to do this in your own country)
- A financial resources certificate from your bank (converted into euros)
- A copy of your vaccination certification
If, during your academic year, you have to do an internship, you can do so without any work permit, you just need an Internship Agreement signed by yourself, the company and Montpellier Business School.