Latest Admission Requirements for International Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD Students at the Universities in France

Requirements listed here include English language and French, academic qualifications and other requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Undergraduate / Bachelors  Entry Requirements

  • French baccalauréat or equivalent

The baccalauréat, often known in France colloquially as bac, is an academic qualification which French students take at the end of high school. It can be compared to a secondary/high school certificate/result.

  • You must pass the university entrance exam in your home country
  • If you are applying for a study program at an institute of technology, you should be ready to undertake a personal interview.

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Postgraduate / Masters Entry Requirements

  • A relevant bachelor’s or equivalent degree diploma.

Doctorate / (PhD) Entry Requirements

  • A relevant master’s degree diploma.

General requirements for studies at French Grandes Écoles

Grandes Écoles unlike public universities which have the obligation to accept all applicants provided they hold a French baccalauréat or equivalent,  use a very rigorous admission process. Students seeking to study at a French Grande École must be in possession of

  • A baccalauréat or equivalent diploma and they are ranked according to the results obtained at very competitive entrance examinations. These examinations is always conducted at the end of a two-year preparation program called “Classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles” (CPGE – Preparatory classes for Grandes Écoles).

Language requirements for studies at universities and colleges in France


The language of instruction at French universities and colleges is French. Thus, 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 your proficiency in 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 intend 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 university 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.

Language Tests;

  • TCF (Test de connaissance du français – Test of knowledge of French)
  • Le TEF (Test d’évaluation de français – French assessment test)
  • Degrees in French
  • The DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française – Diploma of French-language studies)
  • DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française – Advanced diploma in French language)

If you are a student from any of these categories, you are exempted from the requirement to demonstrate proficiency in the French language

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  • Holders of the French baccalauréat, the international or European baccalauréat, and the Franco-German baccalauréat
  • International recipients of scholarships from the French government, international organizations, or foreign governments whose grants are administered by an approved French entity
  • Nationals of states where French is the official language: Benin, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte dʼIvoire, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Republic of CongoSenegal, and Togo
  • Nationals of multilingual states where French is one of the official languages and they have completed all of their secondary education in a French language institution: Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Haiti, Madagascar, Mauritania (except for students in the Arabic-language curriculum), Rwanda, Seychelles, Switzerland, and Vanuatu
  • Students graduating from bilingual programs in which French was one of the languages
  • Nationals of states in which final examinations for graduation from secondary school/high school are conducted primarily in French

For list of universities in France please visit /List_of_universities_and_colleges_in_France

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