Tertiary Study in France
French Speakers are numerous throughout the world. Present on all five continents; French is either the first or second language for nearly 200 million people around the world. French is also studied as a foreign language by millions of others. In total, 264 million people share French as a language.
University study in France: diversified, innovative and low fees
French degrees have an excellent international reputation and can be obtained in one of the 3500 tertiary establishments and research centres: universities, engineering schools, business schools and specialised schools (art, fashion design, interior design, architecture, medical studies)
French university fees are amongst the lowest in the world. There is no difference between French and International students: entrance requirements are the same, the degrees are the same and the fees are the same for everyone.
Scientific innovation and technology a priority
France is recognised as a leader in the areas of spatial research, transport, electronics, telecommunications, chemistry, biotechnology and health service.
Studies and degrees
French tertiary study is based on a European model: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and PHD which takes into account the number of semesters studies after the Baccalauréat. All degrees obtained in France have the same value, independently of the institution they were obtained from.
|Number of years after the Baccalauréat
|+ 2 years : L1 et L2 (4 semesters)
||Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie DUT
Brevet de Technicien Supérieur BTS
|+ 3 years : L3 (6 semesters)
Licence (Bachelor’s Degree)
Licence Professionnelle (Professional Master’s Degree)
|+ 5 years : M1 et M2 (10 semesters)
Master de recherche (Master’s Degree in Research)
Master Professionnel (Professional Master’s Degree)
Diplôme d’Ingénieur (Engineering Degree)
Diplôme des Ecoles de Commerce et de Gestion (Degree in Management)
|+ 6 years
Diplôme d’Etat de docteur en Chirurgie Dentaire
(Degree in Dentistry)
Diplôme d’Etat de docteur en Pharmacie (Degree in Pharmacy)
|+ 8 years (18 semesters)
|+ 9 years
Diplôme d’Etat de docteur en Médecine (Doctor’s Degree)
Studying abroad is often something students at French schools abroad wish to do. An experience at a tertiary institution abroad is a great advantage for the students’ future as they will no doubt be required to travel in their future careers. Our students are always well regarded in non-French universities. They often do very well thanks to their solid educational foundation and the working habits they have developed in the French system. Many foreign universities accept students based on application. There is not always an automatic recognition of the French baccalauréat. However, it is well-regarded and accepted by many foreign universities that understand it is a demanding secondary school qualification.
Il faut souligner que de nombreuses formations de l’enseignement supérieur français offrent la possibilité de suivre une année d’études dispensée dans un établissement étranger.