Where better to indulge your passion for graduate study than in France. A well-deserved reputation for teaching excellence ensures students flock to one of the cultural capitals of the world.

Where better to indulge your passion for graduate study than in France. A well-deserved reputation for teaching excellence ensures students flock to one of the cultural capitals of the world.


Fine wine, gourmet cheese, beautiful art and world-class sophistication - it's easy to see why France is one of Europe's top destinations for international students. But it's not just the French cuisine and culture that attracts students to study here. France also boasts top graduate education opportunities.

Parlez-vous français? Whether your French extends to being able to buy a pain au chocolate and café au lait or to discuss world politics, studying for a Masters or PhD degree in France is an option - many universities offer bi-lingual French/English based Masters.

French education
France's higher education system is made up of 87 public universities, from the Sorbonne in Paris (founded in 1179) to the new high-tech campus of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis. Based on the European ladder of bachelors, Masters, and PhDs, each degree is awarded on the successful completion of a specified number of semesters or years of study. These are expressed in credits as defined by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Research is an integral function of France's universities. More than 300 doctoral programs, in collaboration with some 1,200 research centres and laboratories, prepare students for scholarly careers. The country's doctoral programs have always been open to international participation - international students earn one of every three doctorates awarded by French universities.

At the core of the French degree system are a set of national diplomas that have the same value, regardless of the institution that grants them. Additionally, the Grandes Écoles are uniquely French institutions. Created in the early 19th century in parallel to the university system, these public or private freestanding institutions of higher education are extremely selective and offer education of a very high standard. Engineering and business are the specialities of most of France's unique and renowned Grandes Écoles. Others, including some of the most famous, are devoted to public administration (the Ecole Nationale d'Administration), military sciences, postsecondary teaching and research (the Écoles Normales Supérieures), agronomy and veterinary medicine.

Specialist education
France is a first-class centre for scientific and technological innovation. It owes this standing to its research capacity and its many achievements in such fields as aerospace, transportation, electronics, telecommunications, chemistry, biotechnology, and health.
Engineering: France has 240 schools of engineering, all of which share certain common characteristics related to the recognised quality of the closely regulated, Master-level diplôme d'ingénieur that signifies advanced achievement in engineering. This national diploma enables holders to apply for admission to a doctoral program.
Business and management: According to Financial Times rankings, seven of the top ten Masters in Management programs come from French business schools. All bring the latest management practices to bear on the changing economic environment. Many are structured around internships and international exchan

French and foreign students: all are beneficiaries of a generous amount of invisible financial aid

ges. France's business schools offer institution-specific degrees (not national diplomas); 71 of the schools are recognised by the French government.
Art: France's schools of art can be divided into two majo

r categories: Écoles supérieures d'art and Écoles supérieures d'arts appliqués are prestigious public institutions that offer three and five-year programs leading to national diplomas at the bachelor and Masters level, respectively. There are also 20 schools of architecture which fall within the harmonised European degree system and confer advanced degrees in architecture.

Admissions requirementsThe classic method of admission to one of France's Grandes Écoles was a competitive examination after two years of preparatory courses, followed by a three-year course of study, but this has changed to meet modern professional needs. For international students, a parallel admission process exists based on degrees and exams, with courses of study between two and five years, depending on the entry level granted by the institution.