STUDYING IN FRANCE

NUMBER OF UNIVERSITIES AND STUDENTS 
  • The higher education provision is spread across universities,          IUTs, Lycées (BTS, CPGE and accounting management), the Ecoles (Schools) (the Grandes Ecoles with integrated preparatory sections or entrance competitions, the Schools of Architecture, Art and Fine Arts, social studies, paramédical and others) representing  some 200 institutions.

  • Over 2,5 million students in France.

  • Approximatively 325,000 international students en 2018 (figures from campus France)

QUALIFICATIONS OBTAINED
  • Licence in 3 years, Master in 2 years, Doctorat in 3 years.

  • State diplomas.

  • Grandes Ecoles Ddiplomas.

ADMISSION PROCEDURES
  • Non-selective admission.

  • Or selective admission based on application or on competitive examination, depending on course of study. 

  • Admissions are handled by the Parcoursup online portal or are handled directly by the institutions themselves.

  • The Parcoursup portal allows applicants to apply for up to 10 choices. 

ADMISSION CRITERIA
  • For non-selective courses: French Baccalauréat diploma.

  • For selection based on application: school reports for Classe de Première and the first two terms of Terminale, and depending on the programme applied for, a motivation letter, written references from teachers, and interview.

  • For admissions based on competitive examination: specific tests for each group of instituions, with or without interview for successful candidates.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION
  • For Parcoursup, from mid-January until mid-March of Terminale.

  • For institutions that set competitive examinations and/or interview, these usually take place between April and May of Terminale.

TUITION FEES
  • Between €200 and €18,000 a year depending on institutions and course (2018 figures).

ACCOMMODATION
  • University halls of residence, subject to means testing.

  • Campus, students halls and residences and shared accommodation.