French degrees are granted by a comprehensive network of higher education institutions and world-famous research centers. This network comprises 88 universities, some 500 “Grandes ecoles” – uniquely French institutions that cover more than 240 engineering schools and 220 schools of business and management – 59 public schools of Arts, as well as many specialized schools for specific sectors such as fashion, social work, paramedical disciplines, tourism and sports.
The French degrees awarded are based on the European system of Bachelor, Master, and PhD, expressed in credits as defined by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
France’s 88 public universities cover the entire range of academic disciplines, from the sciences to technology to literature, languages, arts, social sciences, law, economics, management etc. Tuition fees (in fact only registration fees in most institutions) are among the lowest in the world and are kept affordable as public institutions enjoy the financial support of the State. However, the quality of the degree programs is not compromised by low tuition fees; throughout, high international standards are maintained at all levels. In addition, French and foreign students have equal access to student benefits and face similar admission requirements.
Many study programs are available in English (Masters and PhDs). Please contact us to get the complete and updated information.
Private schools of art and those affiliated with chambers of commerce and industry (the latter are known as ecolesconsulaires) confer certificates orprofessional titles. Those that have earned accreditation are listed in the Repertoire National de Certification Professionnelle (national registry of occupational certification, www.cncp.gouv.fr) and classified according to the level of employmentfor which they prepare their students. All such institutions admit students selectively by exam or interview.
More than 3,000 schools and institutes, public and private, are categorized as “specialized schools.” They offer degree programs in very specific areas-among them social work, paramedical fields,tourism, culinary arts, and hotel management, among others.Theseinstitutions offer government-accredited degrees as well as other credentials specific to the institution that confers them. Programs demand from 2 to 5 years of study. Admission is by examination or on the basis of the applicant’s academic record.
Admission Process & Eligibility
Depending on your country of origin you might have to follow all or part of the steps below in order to apply to a French university:
- Complete the university application. You may need to include photo identification.
- Provide proof of a high school diploma.
- Some colleges will require a written essay regarding your interest in the study.
- Provide proof of English language proficiency.
- You should also mention if you are planning on receiving financial aid from the collage.
Each individual college may have additional specific admission criteria.
Non-EU students need to provide the following additional documents:
- A copy of their passport as well as a photograph of passport size
- Proof that you have a long-term study Visa.
- A copy of your birth certificate is needed when you apply to a French university, as well as a certified translation showing the birthplace of both of your parents.
- Proof of sufficient funds in order to cover your expenses while attending college.