The French Republic (French: française), is a unitary sovereign state comprising territory in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean; due to its shape, it is often referred to in French. France is one of only three countries (with Morocco and Spain) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. France is the 42nd largest country in the world but the largest country in Western Europe and the European Union (EU), and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. With a population approaching 67 million, it is the 20th most populated country in the world and the second-most populated country in the EU. France is a semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the nation's largest city and the main cultural and commercial center.

  • Full Name : French Republic                        

  • Population: 66,616,416

  • Capital / Largest city : Paris

  • Area : 640,679 km (43rd)  246,201 sq m

Other Cities:  
Bordeaux, Cannes, Chamonix, Chartres, Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges, Marseille

The north and northwest have a temperate climate, while a combination of maritime influences, latitude and altitude produce a varied climate in the rest of Metropolitan France.[63] Most of France in the south has a Mediterranean climate that prevails. In the west, the climate is predominantly oceanic with a high level of rainfall, mild winters and warm summers. Inland the climate becomes more continental with hot, stormy summers, colder winters and less rain. The climate of the Alps and other mountainous regions is mainly alpine, with the number of days with temperatures below freezing over 150 per year and snow cover lasting for up to six months.
In France, the conception of citizenship teeters between universalism and multiculturalism, especially in recent years. French citizenship has been defined for a long time by three factors: integration, individual adherence, and the primacy of the soil (jus soli). Political integration (which includes but is not limited to racial integration) is based on voluntary policies which aim at creating a common identity and the exteriorization by each individual of a common cultural and historic legacy. Since in France, the state preceded the nation, voluntary policies have taken an important place in the creation of this common cultural identity
French, German dialects, Celtic, Gallo-Romance languages. 
If all of the things that we’ve already told you about France were not enough, what if we told you that the country has one of the most prestigious education systems in the world, as well? Whether you are an individual seeking undergraduate studies, postgraduate schooling or something else, an amazing education can easily be found in the country. No matter what region that you go to there are numerous universities and educational institutions offering world-class education for people far and wide. There is a reason that so many people choose to come to France to receive their education and when it is the best education that you require, it is well worth your time to look at the colleges and universities that are available throughout the country.
One of these institutions you can rest assured that you will receive an amazing education, while also enjoying the many other things that are to be loved in the country.  The universities in France offer students the chance to attend their institutions on a full and part time basis, with a number of class schedules and courses available.  These courses will all vary by the college, as will the times that you can attend. However, it is quite easy to find something that accommodates your schedule and allows you to go to university in your own time


The French educational system is highly centralized. It is divided into three different stages: primary education, or enseignement primaries, corresponding to grade school in the United States; secondary education, or college and lycée, corresponding to middle and high school in the United States; and higher education (l'universitéor les Grandees écoles).
Primary and secondary education is predominantly public (private schools also exist, in particular a strong nationwide network of primary and secondary Catholic education), while higher education has both public and private elements. At the end of secondary education, students take the baccalauréat exam, which allows them to pursue higher education. The baccalauréat pass rate in 2012 was 84.5%.
In 1999–2000, educational spending amounted to 7% of the French GDP and 37% of the national budget.
France's performance in math and science at the middle school level was ranked 23 in the 1995 Trends in International Math and Science Study.[21]
Since the Jules Ferry laws of 1881-2, named after the then Minister of Public Instruction, all state-funded schools, including universities, are independent from the (Roman Catholic) Church. Education in these institutions is free. Non-secular institutions are allowed to organize education as well. The French educational system differs strongly from Northern-European and American systems in that it stresses the importance of partaking in a society as opposed to being responsibly independent.
Secular educational policy has become critical in recent issues of French multiculturalism, as in the "affair of the Islamic headscarf".
The Library on the campus of the University of Strasbourg. In 1802, Napoleon created the lycée Nevertheless it is Jules Ferry who is considered to be the father of the French modern school, which is free, secular, and compulsory until the age of 13 since 1882 (school attendance in France is now compulsory until the age of 16 .Nowadays, the schooling system in France is centralized, and is composed of three stages, primary education, secondary education, and higher education. The Programme for International Student Assessment, coordinated by the OECD, currently ranks France's education as the 25th best in the world, being neither significantly higher nor lower than the OECD average. Primary and secondary education is predominantly public, run by the Ministry of National Education. Higher education in France is divided between public universities and the prestigious and selective Grandees écoles, such as Science for Political studies, HEC Paris for Economics, Poly technique and the École national supérieure des mines de Paris that produces high-profile engineers, or the École national d'administration for careers in the great corps of the State. The Grandees écoles have been criticized for alleged elitism; nevertheless they have produced many if not most of France's high-ranking civil servants, CEOs, and politicians.
The French public higher education system includes universities and other higher education institutes that provide both education curricula and related degrees up to doctoral degree and also contribute to research activities. They are the backbone of the tertiary education institutions in France. They are listed as different categories, depending on their administrative status, size and extents of research activity compared to educational activities.
Aside from the nationally funded public education system that provides recognized degrees to the vast majority of students in France and that keeps tuition fees low, there exist private institutes.
France has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal figures and the ninth largest economy by PPP figures.[8] It has the second-largest economy in Europe (behind its main economic partner Germany) in nominal figures, based on the dynamic industrial structure of the French economy OECD is headquartered in Paris, the nation's financial capital. After the turn of the millennium, wealth per adult grew very strongly in France, tripling in value between 2000 and 2007. France's economy entered the recession of the late 2000s later and appeared to leave it earlier than most comparable economies
Working Rights for Students:
All foreign students have the right to work while they are studying in France if they are registered with an establishment affiliating them to the student social security scheme (and where they have a residence permit if they are not a national of the E.U.)
This rights concern all students, including those arriving in France for the first time or enrolled in their first year. French law authorizes students to work a maximum of 964 hours a year. This represents about twenty hours a week. In France, there is a minimum wage, SMIC (minimum growth wage), which is €8, 86, gross (i.e. before compulsory social contributions are taken off - approximatively 20%) per hour of work carried out. It is no longer necessary to obtain an APT (temporary work permit) in order to have a part-time job when studying except for Algerian students, whose status is defined by the Franco-Algerian agreement, dated on 27 December 1968.
International students have rights to work in France if they have a student residency permit (carte de séjour d'étudiant) and are enrolled in a recognized institution (this includes practically all universities, most business schools and other higher education institutions). Many language schools are also recognized, but there are supplementary requirements, such as a minimum of 12 hours of courses per week.
An international student cannot work more than 884 hours/year. During term-time, part-time employment (i.e. maximum of 19.5 hours/week) is permitted. During holidays, you can work full-time.
All non EU/EEA students need an APT (Authorization Proviso ire de Travail), which authorizes temporary employment. You should apply personally at a DDTEFP (Direction Departmental du Travail, de l'Emploi ET de la Formation Professionally) office
Work rights for your spouse:

If you are employed with a seasonal contract lasting more than three months, then you are eligible for a residence permit valid for three years, which is renewable for further three-year periods. It allows you to work in seasonal employment for a maximum of 6 months out of every 12. You are only allowed to stay in France for six months each year