How I Went from Being A Full-Paying Student to Getting Into A Dual Master’s Program Abroad for Free

Alaykka Fowler
6 min readDec 2, 2019

For clarification purposes, I didn’t have a fully-funded scholarship when I came to France to pursue a Master’s degree. But, I might be graduating with a double degree (if I survive this program) for a fraction of the cost. If you’re interested to know how to do this without being buried in crippling scholastic debt, read on.

Hiking at Puy de Pariou: On weekdays, we may work hard. But when there’s time for leisure, we enjoy.

It seems like yesterday when I came home from a normal day at work and my mother opened the idea of me going for a Master’s program abroad. I was in doubt because I didn’t think I could afford it yet, especially that I wanted to do it in France. Luckily enough, my grandmother, who just retired at that time, offered financial help so I could start the initial processes.

(Disclaimer: before you judge me, yes, it’s not for free and I am paying her back for it.)

That being said, let’s take a look at what most of us probably loathe the most — how much does it cost to study a Master’s degree in France?

The thing about France is that fully-funded scholarship opportunities are rare at business schools. And because I wanted to take up a Master in Management or MBA program, getting into one was practically the only choice I had. When the time came that I had to choose a school, I took several things into consideration and the tuition fee was definitely one of them.

Generally, the fees at business schools, no matter which degree you choose, can range from 5,000€ up to a staggering 30,000€ a year. Another option you could take is the “Program Grand École”, which is where I am currently in. The grand écoles are public and private schools that offer highly specialized courses and conduct rigorous selection and admissions processes. The fees normally range from 500€ to 10,000€ a year depending on the nature of the school. In my case, I had to pay 9,250€ a year for the 2-year Master in Management program at a business school in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

The rates are quite hefty… especially when you convert it to Philippine pesos!

If it were that expensive, why then did I still choose

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Alaykka Fowler

Born in the Philippines. Living in France. Writing for the heck of it.