Enrolling in French Higher Education

Please refer to the following table to find the procedure according to your situation.

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  • If you are a citizenship of France or any European country:
    — > to enroll in first year of Licence, in a BTS, in a classe préparatoire (CPGE), in a DUT, in a DU, in an architecture school, you must follow the Admission Post-Bac (APB) procedure.
    — > to enroll in second or third year of Licence, or in Master, you must apply directly to the university.
  • f you are not a French or European citizen:
    — > Please follow the procedure indicated in the table above.
    — > You must apply through the "Études en France" platform on the Campus France USA website. Once your application has been accepted, please contact the closest French consulate to get a student visa: please see this page for more information.
  • The Different Application Procedures
    — > The Admission Post-Bac (APB) procedure is meant for French citizens, or students who hold a European Baccalaureate. Opened from January to March.
    — > The Demande d’Admission Préalable (DAP) and Hors Demande d’Admission Préalable (HorsDAP) procedures go through the Études en France platformestablished by the French government to simplify the application process for foreign students who do not have a French or European Baccalaureate. Please see the Campus France website for more information and application deadlines.
  • Vocabulary
    - BAC (baccalaureate): High school diploma.
    PACES: Première Année Commune aux Etudes de Santé, first year of medical school.
    - IUT: Institut Universitaire de Technologie.
    - DU: Diplôme d’Université. This is a degree that is specific to each university.
    - DUT: 2-year degree obtained in an IUT after the baccalaureate.
    - DEUST: Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires Scientifiques et Techniques.
    - CPGE: Cycle Universitaire Préparatoire aux Grandes Ecoles, aka "prépa". This is an intensive 2 or 3-year program to prepare for a "Grande École" (prestigious schools in sciences, the administration, diplomacy and political science).

For American candidates, please look at Campus France

Last modified on 02/08/2016

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