France: heart of Europe
Central location in Europe
France shares its borders with six European countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain and with the principalities of Andorra and Monaco.
France is one the most easily accessible countries in the world with numerous international airports, one of which is Paris Charles de Gaulle, the second largest airport in Europe. France also has the third largest road network in the world with 11 054 kilometres of roads and boasts a high-performance railway network, including the TGV (high-speed trains) which serves many French and European cities.
Thanks to these networks, you can go from Paris to London by train in 2 hours or from Paris to Brussels in 1h20 and to all the largest European cities (Berlin, Geneva, Rome, Madrid) by airplane in less than 2 hours.
Close political and economic proximity
France is one of the founding members of the European Union (27 member countries) and of the Schengen Area (25 member countries) where people and goods can freely move without taxes or visas.
France is also a member of the Euro Zone which consists of 17 countries which have adopted euro as their common currency. That means that you could use the same money without changing it in all these countries.
Special cultural links
If you go to France, you will discover that many European languages have some common roots with French, whether they come from Latin, German, Slavic or Greek.
You will also explore a continent where common religious influences left their mark on many countries, be they mythological systems or monotheisms like Christianity which spread throughout Europe during the Roman Empire.
You will learn about the influence of Latin and Greek cultural roots on European literature, philosophy, sculpture, music and even psychology.
You will learn that Ancient Rome and Greece were the inspiration behind the European political and legal systems which were further influenced, starting in the Middle Ages, by authors such as Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Montesquieu .
By travelling through France and Europe, you will fall in love with the incredible architectural treasures whose influences stem from the Ancient Greeks, the Celtics, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Normans, the Germanic peoples, and the Arabs, among others.
The opportunity to study anywhere in Europe
Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus programs give you the option of completing a part of your studies or doing the entire program at a post-secondary institution in Europe. You also have the option of obtaining a Master’s or a PhD degree that is jointly awarded by the European universities and your home institution. These programs also offer scholarships that can help you to finance your studies and enjoy your stay in Europe, allowing you to discover its outstanding cultural diversity.