Requirements To Study In France

Requirements To Study In France

Any student wishing to attend a college in France will need to provide proof that they have a Visa to enter the country.

Undergraduate studies (first cycle - Licence)

Students seeking to study first cycle (undergraduate) degrees at universities and institutes of technology in France must hold a French baccalauréat or equivalent and have passed the university entrance exam in their home country. In addition, if you are applying for a study program at an institute of technology, you should be ready to undertake a personal interview.

Master's studies (second cycle)

If you are applying for a master's program at university in France, you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelor's or equivalent degree diploma.

Doctoral studies (third cycle - Doctorat)

In the event you are applying for doctoral studies at university in France, you are required to be in possession of a relevant master's degree diploma.

General requirements for studies at French Grandes Écoles

Unlike public universities, which have the obligation to accept all applicants provided they hold a French baccalauréat or equivalent, Grandes Écoles apply a very rigorous admission process. Students seeking to study at a French Grande École must hold a baccalauréat or equivalent diploma and they are ranked according to the results obtained at very competitive entrance examinations. These examinations take place at the end of a two-year preparation program called "Classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles" (CPGE - Preparatory classes for Grandes Écoles).

Language requirements

Since the language of instruction at French universities and colleges is French, you are required to prove your level of command of the French language. If you are enrolling in the first or second year of a study program at university in France, you must prove you have the adequate level of knowledge of French by either passing a language test or by obtaining a degree in French. If you are applying for studies at a Grande École, or you inted to study in the third year of a study program, or plan to enroll in a master's or PhD program, you will have to check the French language requirement with your school in France since it varies depending on the study program. In general, you are expected to have a level of command of the French language corresponding to B1/B2 in the European Language Passport.

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