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Finance Studies in France

Capitol of Toulouse square, FrancePursuing a degree in finance can open up an unlimited number of professional and educational opportunities, including the chance to study abroad in the beautiful country of France. Located in Western Europe, with several overseas regions and territories, the French Republic offers many advantages for students studying abroad, giving them the unique opportunity to combine a world-class education with a fun and interesting European vacation in one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world.
The country of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and North Sea and from the Rhine River to the Atlantic Ocean.  A highly developed country, it possesses Europe’s second-largest economy by nominal GDP and the 5th-leargest economy in the world.  The citizens of this great nation enjoy a very high standard of living, high public education level and one of the world’s longest life expectancies.  The capital and largest city in France is Paris—the largest French-speaking city in the world.

Finance Education in France

Finance education is a very important area of study in France’s higher education system and is offered by most of the country’s major colleges and universities.  Among the many French institutions that offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Finance is HEC Paris, home to the largest and best Finance program in France and the 17th-best program in the world, according to a Forbes list of Finance Schools.
The Finance department at HEC Paris has 16-full-time faculty members on staff.  Over the past three years, these members have had 24 published or accepted papers in the top finance and economic journals.
Students studying at HEC Paris (and other top Finance schools in France) receive a quality education from some of the top professors in the world.  At every level, students have the opportunity to engage in research activities that span many different areas of the finance discipline, including asset pricing, corporate finance, international finance, market microstructure and banking.  The department also runs a highly successful PhD program, with a strong placement record for its students, and hosts visiting faculty from leading US and European schools.  In addition, it sponsors approximately 30 research seminars per year by leading academics from around the world.
In short, the academic programs at HEC Paris aim to fulfill two objectives within a relatively short period of time: lay the necessary foundations for any career in finance and provide in-depth knowledge in each student’s field of specialization. They achieve this goal by leveraging on the specific knowledge and experience their students have acquired, both before and during their time at HEC Paris.

Why Study Abroad in France

The education students receive while studying abroad in France is second to none, but that is not the only benefit to studying in this wonderful country.  France is a land bursting with history and culture and is home to an abundance of world-class sights and attractions, including hundreds of museums, galleries, and commemorative monuments, some dating back hundreds of years.  Others reasons to choose France as your study abroad destination include:
  • Inspiration.  France is home to some of the world’s best artists and thinkers, whose ideas and accomplishments just seem to inspire students to excel.
  • Exploration.  Studying in France offers students the opportunity to explore all that the country has to offer, and because France is so centrally located, it makes the perfect starting point for exploring other Western European countries as well.
  • The shops and cuisine.  France is famous for its amazing shops and cuisine.  Considered the fashion capital of the world, with some of the finest gastronomic treats, France gives students all they could hope for in a study abroad destination.
As you can see, an educational adventure in France offers far more than just great universities and faculty, but a unique chance to explore and enjoy one of the most popular destinations in the world for holiday travelers.