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Education System in France

Over and above the universal system of universities, France is home to the ‘Grandes Ecoles’ – elite and prestigious public and private institutes of higher education. Study programs at these premier education institutes are usually focused on a single subject area. They are exhaustive and demanding.

Institutes under Grandes Ecoles confer degrees for five years of undergraduate studies, while some also award a Masters degree. Admission is rather selective; conferred after a competitive entrance exam and an appropriate degree. The tuition fees are consequently higher than those of a regular university.

A third choice for students aspiring to study abroad in France is specialised schools and institutes that offer courses in specific specialties such as medicine, audio-visual, journalism, agronomy, fashion and design. There are about 3,000 institutes offering progressive alternative career choices. However, do note that the State may not recognise all these institutes since they mix both public and private institutes. Confirm before you seek admission.

Academic intakes

Winter intake:

Starting in September / October, colleges and universities in France accept admission applications for a vast number of study programs during this primary intake. Being a more popular study intake, students are expected to start application process 6-8 months in advance.

Summer intake:

This is a secondary intake offering programs in various disciplines. This is also a popular intake for students aspiring to pursue higher education in France.

Colleges and universities start accepting applications for summer intake in the month of April. Students would be well-advised to start application process 6-8 months in advance for this intake as well.

Popular Courses

Arts, fashion, science, technology, business. The French have been at the helm of affairs in these areas since centuries. Invention and innovation are seeped in their culture and lifestyle. From stethoscope to hairdryer, cinematography to parachute and more than 60 inventions, the French have played a pivotal role in changing the world.

Investing in research and development in their education framework has been the main reason for these life changing inventions. And this emphasis continues to date. The French educational institutes design, build and evolve the study programs in accordance with times, and some of the most popular ones are:

  • Economics
  • International Business 
  • Finance
  • Engineering
  • Big Data & Data Science
  • Fashion & Arts
  • Luxury Brand Management
  • Law
  • Social Sciences
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