France is of the most popular destination between international students thanks to it charming culture, recherche gastronomy and full, active life. Visit the Loure or the Musée d'Orsay, test ice skating in front of the Hôtel de Ville, walk by the Seine at sunset, try tasty baguettes, croissants abd pain au chocolat – the country has an unlimited number of exciting activities whole year round.

But that's not all. According to UNESCO more than 288 500 foreign students enjoy studying in France, and here're some additional reasons why.

Five causes to choose French higher education

1. Academic excellence. France has a thousand-year history of educational perfection and graduated a hundreds of outstanding scientists, business leaders, politicians, artists and other remarkable personalities. French universities are highly rated in Europe and around the world. Now there're over 3 500 institutions of higher education in the country, offering a variety of programs in different fields – architecture, business, travel industry, fashion, design, IT, social sciences and the humanities as well.

2. French lifestyle. The French believe that life is not only long days at the office or in the lecture-rooms. They do enjoy share their free time with friends and rejoice in life's pleasures – that's a unique conutry's lifestyle. And of course it has a really good food with great taste by the best value. It's a pleasure to degustate something special during the long lunch (eating a taty food is one of the ways to happiness in France!).

3. Parisian chic. Paris is the best students' city for four years running in the QS research. Despite everything, students really adore its beauty, inspiring atmosphere and all great things that modern European city can offer to the youth. There's something particular in drinking a glass of wine (that is cheaper than coke in cafes and restaurants) during your rest in the center of the city, full of handsome views and joyful atmosphere.

4. Industry leading companies that are known all over the world. France is home to 31 of the world’s 500 largest corporations (Fortune Global 500, 2014). Several country's organizations are global leaders, such as Airbus (aeronautics); Total, Areva (energy); Orange (telecommunications); Sanofi (health); Danone (food products). France is also often associated with luxury goods and fashion industry, one can find here headquarters of such brands as Cartier, Chanel, Céline, Dior, Givenchy, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and so on.

5. Learn French for career and life. It's spoken on five continents and the official language of many states and international corporations French is also between five most spoken languages in the world, and most widely studied after English. Furthermore it's third most common used business language (OCIF, 2014).