Originally Posted by MrHoww
But according to what I know, if scholarship is granted. There will be no need for you to go out from your campus and seeking for a part-time job. So you may concentrate on your studies because it is NOT easy for you to enroll and maintain your satisfactory performance in Classe Preparatoire aux Grande Ecole under SFERE Program , it is considered stressful in the education of France. However, for a scholar filtered from piles of applicants would take advantage because they are the elites among the others.
If you are completely reluctant to work for the organisation granted you the sponsorship, you could repay the debt as you work in French/German speaking countries, the potential is unlimited, no doubt, as far as human can go, so can you. As you earn Euros, I don't think it is a problem for you to clear the debts. For the future 10 years, the debts would probably been cleared and you are free to start your own life in Europe. I guess 33 is not considered as too 'matured' in order to pursue the things you really wanted.
En conclure, a hard life ahead yeah...
Whether it's difficult or not, it's relative. I for one being of this generation will of course complain about it. But our parents generation would definitely have worked and studied at the same time. Further, it's not a full time job. If you can take 2 afternoons off to work, the expenses will be pretty much covered.
Secondly, despite what people might say, I can tell you that our education system prepared us well to handle huge amounts of work. In terms of workload, our Malaysian system beats any western system by any measure. So I don't buy the argument that classe preparatoire is the hardest thing on the planet. It's only as stressful and hard if you make it to be.
Again, it's about calculating and planning for the future. The terms 'poor' and 'modest' are relative. A family of 4 with a household income of RM5k can be considered poor in KL but if it's in Muar, I think it's middle class. With that said, it's possible to study in France, Germany Finland, maybe Sweden if there is proper financial planning.
The point here is not just say, I'm poor and that's it. Because people who say so and do not get a scholarship end up going to IPTS or UTAR while spending a fortune which they do not 'supposedly' have. If one actually do some research, one could have gone overseas with that same amount of money. The point here is to do research for your own education.
Originally Posted by AlternateF4
I think the living cost in France isn't as cheap as you guys think. I have asked my French teacher, and she said she can only barely live by with 1000 euro per month especially in urban areas, and told me not to think that it's a lot of money. I also heard of ppl saying, go get a part time job there to earn a living. As easy as it is said, it's not at all. Basically, it's hard to even get a job there (around 10+ percent of French are unemployed), especially for Asians.
Are you living in France? Well, tell you what? I am.
As I said, if you are not living in Paris, it can become really affordable. I know for a fact that one can get by with just 400 euros per month, rent inclusive. I have 3 friends with that budget. For example, one friend pay 150 per month for rent and 250 for groceries. Another pays like 130 per month inclusive(internet ,water, heat etc), rents a room from the landlord.Of course, if you want to live in a studio with your own balcony then be prepared to pay 700 to 800 euros. Regardless, the point here is that it's possible to get by. It depends on one's spending habits. If one eats out everyday then too bad, you need more than 1k euros.
I could have gotten a job if my french was better. French unemployment rate has been steady around 10% for 20 years. So unless france has been in a perpetual recession, this figure is normal. It doesn't reflect the difficulties of finding student work.