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INSTITUTION TYPES & CREDENTIALS

Types of higher education institutions:

Université (University)

Institut universitaire de Technologie (IUT) (University Institute of Technology)

Institut national polytechnique (National Polytechnic Institute)

Grand Etablissement (Higher Establishment)

Ecole normale supérieure (Higher Teacher Training College)

Ecole d'Ingénieur (School of Engineering)

Grande Ecole de Commerce et de Gestion (Advanced College of Commerce & Business Administration)

Grande Ecole scientifique (Advanced Scientific College)

Ecole d'Architecture (School of Architecture)

Etablissement d'Enseignement supérieur catholique (Catholic Higher Education Institution)

Etablissement d'Enseignement supérieur artistique (Art Institution of Higher Education)

Etablissement d'Enseignement supérieur agricole (Agricultural Institution of Higher Education)

Ecole nationale vétérinaire (National Veterinary School)

Institut d'Etudes politiques (Political Studies Institute)

Institut universitaire de Formation des Maîtres (Teacher Training University Institute)

Lycée

 

School leaving and higher education credentials:

Baccalauréat

Capacité en Droit

Classe préparatoire aux Grandes Ecoles

Diplôme d' Accès aux Etudes universitaires

Brevet de Technicien supérieur

Diplôme d'Etudes universitaires générales (DEUG)

Diplôme d'Etudes universitaires scientifiques et techniques (DEUST)

Diplôme d'Université Premier Cycle

Diplôme universitaire de Technologie

Diplôme national de Technologie spécialisé

Licence

Licence professionnelle

Diplôme d'Ecole de Commerce et Gestion

Diplôme d'Etat

Diplôme d'Etudes supérieures

Diplôme d'Ingénieur

Maîtrise de Sciences de Gestion

Maîtrise de Sciences et Techniques

Maîtrise des Méthodes informatiques appliquées à la Gestion (MIAGE)

Diplôme d'Etat de Docteur

Diplôme d'Etudes supérieures spécialisées

Diplôme d'Université Deuxième Cycle

Magistère

Maîtrise

Mastère spécialisé

Diplôme d'Etudes approfondies

Diplôme de Recherche technologique

Diplôme d'Université Troisième Cycle

Diplôme de Spécialisation

Diplôme national de Master

Doctorat

Doctorat d'Université

Certificat de Spécialité

Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches

 

 

STRUCTURE OF EDUCATION SYSTEM

Pre-higher education:

Duration of compulsory education:

Age of entry: 6

Age of exit: 16

Structure of school system:

Primary

Type of school providing this education: Ecole Primaire

Length of program in years: 5

Age level from: 6 to: 11

Lower Secondary

Type of school providing this education: Collège

Length of program in years: 4

Age level from: 11 to: 15

Certificate/diploma awarded: Brevet des Collèges

Upper Secondary

Type of school providing this education: Lycée d'Enseignement général, technologique et professionnel

Length of program in years: 3

Age level from: 15 to: 18

Certificate/diploma awarded: Baccalauréat général, Baccalauréat technologique, or Baccalauréat professionnel.

Vocational

Type of school providing this education: Lycée professionnel

Length of program in years: 2

Age level from: 15 to: 17

Certificate/diploma awarded: Certificat d'Aptitude professionnelle (CAP) or Brevet d'Etudes professionnelles (BEP)

Professional

Type of school providing this education: Lycée professionnel

Length of program in years: 2

Age level from: 17 to: 19

Certificate/diploma awarded: Baccalauréat professionnel

School education:

Primary education lasts for five years. After lower secondary education (lasting four years), pupils may opt either for general/technological or professional education in lycées preparing for the Baccalauréat, the Baccalauréat technologique or the Baccalauréat professionnel in three years; or for technical/vocational education in lycées professionnels preparing first for the Certificat d'Aptitude professionnelle (CAP) or the Brevet d'Etudes professionnelles (BEP) in two years and then, for those who want to continue, for the Baccalauréat professionnel in two more years.

Higher education:

Higher education in France is characterized by a dual system : it is provided in universities (including Instituts nationaux polytechniques) open to a large number of students, whose programmes are generally geared towards research and its applications and in "Grandes Ecoles" and other professional higher education institutions with selective admission policies. Lycées also offer non-university higher education courses leading to the Brevet de Technicien supérieur (BTS). Whereas most institutions come under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Research, some "Grandes Ecoles" come under the responsibility of other Ministries. Universities are made up of units offering curricula in academic fields and of various institutes and schools - such as the IUT - offering courses in Engineering and Technology and special programmes in Management, Political Science, Languages and Physical Education, the IUFM (Instituts Universitaires de Formation des Maîtres) which offer training courses for primary and secondary schools teachers, the IUP (Instituts Universitaires Professionalisés) which offer technological courses and practical training with an introduction to research and foreign languages. The "Grandes Ecoles" offer a high standard of professional education in three or more years after two years of  "classes préparatoires" and the passing of a very selective competitive entrance examination. They offer scientific training, teacher training or advanced business studies. Five "Etablissements d'Enseignement supérieur catholique" prepare for either national and professional diplomas or for church diplomas. National diplomas are conferred by universities.

Main laws/decrees governing higher education:

Decree: Decree dated April 23 Year: 2002

Concerns: University studies leading to the Licence degree

Decree: Decree dated April 25 Year: 2002

Concerns: Doctoral studies

Decree: Decree dated November 17 Year: 1999

Concerns: Licence professionnelle

Decree: Law n° 2002-481 Year: 2002

Concerns: University degrees and titles and national diplomas

Decree: Law n° 2002-482 Year: 2002

Concerns: Application of the European Higher Education Area to the French system

Decree: Law n° 84-52 Year: 1984

Concerns: Public higher education

Decree: Law n° 85-1371 Year: 1985

Concerns: Technological and professional higher education

Decree: Law n° 89-486 Year: 1989

Concerns: Education at all levels

Decree: Law n° 99-747 Year: 1999

Concerns: Master

Decree: Law on Private Higher Education (dated July 12) Year: 1987

Concerns: Private higher education

Academic year:

Classes from: Sep to: Jun

Long vacation from: 1 Jul to: 15 Sep

Languages of instruction: French

Stages of studies:

Non-university level post-secondary studies (technical/vocational type):

Non-university level: Technical/vocational:

Short-study courses last for two years after the Baccalauréat and lead to a terminal diploma : Brevet de Technicien supérieur (BTS), a national diploma awarded in vocational and service areas. Courses are provided in Lycées; Diplôme universitaire de technologie (DUT) offered in Instituts universitaires de Technologie to train middle-level managers in Industry and Commerce; Diplôme d'Etudes universitaires scientifiques et techniques (DEUST) offered in various fields related to national or regional needs. DUT and DEUST diplomas are offered in Universités and are equivalent to a first cycle in a Université. A DUT graduate may, in some cases, pursue higher studies leading to the Licence and other degrees.

 

University level studies:

University level first stage: Premier Cycle (2 years in the pre-Bologna system; 3 years in the post-Bologna system):

The first cycle of university courses passed from 2 to 3 years after the implementation of the Bologna Degree structure. It leads, three years after the Baccalauréat, to the Licence corresponding to 180 ECTS. The Diplôme d'Etudes universitaires générales (DEUG) used to be the diploma awarded in the old system after two years of studies, it has been maintained in the new system as an intermediate diploma corresponding to 120 ECTS. In Medicine, the first cycle is called PCEM. Two years in Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles (CPGE) are required to enter a Grande Ecole.

University level second stage: Deuxième Cycle (2 years in the post-Bologna system):

The second cycle in the post-Bologna system leads to the Master Recherche (formerly Diplôme d'études approfondies - DEA) or to the Master Professionnel (formerly Diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées - DESS) corresponding to 120 ECTS after the Licence. In the pre-Bologna system it used to lead to the Licence, one year after the DEUG, and to the Maîtrise one more year after the Licence. The Maîtrise has been maintained as an intermediate diploma and can be awarded one year after the Licence upon request of the student. The “Grade de Master” has been awarded since 1999 to holders of DEA, DESS, of some Engineering degrees (Titres d’ingénieur) and of some écoles de commerce degrees (diplômes visés). In professional fields, the following Maîtrises can still be awarded : Maîtrise des Sciences et Techniques (MST), Maîtrise des Sciences de Gestion (MSG), Maîtrise des Méthodes informatiques appliquées à la gestion (MIAGE). The Magistère was awarded three years directly after the DEUG (or the DUT). It is not a national diploma, but rather a "diplôme d'université" (DU) accredited in the past by the ministry of education. It associates fundamental and scientific knowledge, professional applications and introduction to research. It is possible to distinguish between general magistères, prepared together with a DEA or master recherche, leading to a doctorate, and the professionally oriented magistères, usually prepared together with a DESS or master professionnel. Not being a national diploma, the magistère has no legal protection and accreditation procedures stopped in 1988 - 1989. With the implementation of the Bologna system in 2004, some magistères disappeared. Maîtrise holders of Instituts universitaires professionnalisés and engineering students in their last year of engineering school can be admitted to a Diplôme de Recherche technologique (DRT) (Technological Research Diploma), a third cycle diploma issued after completion of a course centring on innovation through technological research in the industrial sector and service industries. The DRT marks the successful completion of a programme of 18 months to two years that is carried out in an industrial or service-oriented scientific environment. In Medicine this cycle (DCEM) consists of four years of study and hospital internship. In Dentistry and Pharmacy, it leads to the Diplôme d'Etat de Docteur en Chirurgie Dentaire and to the Diplôme d'Etat de Docteur en Pharmacie after six years. In the Grandes Ecoles, a Diploma is awarded in Engineering or Commerce, generally three years after two years at university or at CPGE. The Titre d'Ingénieur is conferred upon successful completion of five years of study beyond the Baccalauréat. Some école d’ingénieur accept students on the basis of a competitive examination generally taken two years after the Baccalauréat (in this case, studies last three years at most) or according to the Baccalauréat results, followed by aptitude tests and an interview (in this case, studies last four or five years). The établissements d'Enseignement supérieur catholique, besides preparing to State diplomas at this level (in agreement with a public university), offer four-year and six-year ecclesiastic canonical qualifications.

University level third stage: Troisième Cycle:

In the pre Bologna system, the third cycle was devoted to specialization and training for research. It offered two paths: a professional one, leading in one year to the Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées (DESS), and a doctoral one leading in one year to the Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) and then to the Doctorat. The latter was obtained three or four years after the DEA and after extensive research, either individual or as part of a group supervised by a Directeur de Thèses (thesis director) and the writing and successful defence of a thesis. In the post Bologna system the third cycle corresponds to doctoral studies; a doctorate is usually obtained after at least three years of extensive research, under the supervision of a thesis director, and the writing and successful defence of a thesis. Several schools of Engineering, Business and Management offer a Mastère spécialisé to students who are recipients of Engineering degrees or the DEA. The Mastère spécialisé is a specialized 12-month programme (including four months' training). It is not recognized by the State. It is a label that is controlled by the "Conférence des Grandes Ecoles", given to a specific programme organized by a school that is a member of the "Conférence des Grandes Ecoles", and after an accreditation procedure. In general Medicine, the third cycle culminates in the Diplôme d'Etat de Docteur en Médecine after two years' further study following DCEM. In specialized Medicine, it leads to the Diplôme d'Etudes spécialisées (DES) after four to five years' further study.

University level fourth stage: Post-doctorat:

The Doctorat may be followed by a post-doctoral degree, the Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches, which constitutes the highest national award and is offered to academics who display the ability to carry out high level scientific research and to supervise thesis.

 

Teacher education:

Training of pre-primary and primary/basic school teachers

Training lasts for one year following success in a competitive examination. “Professorat des écoles” (formerly known as “instituteur”) candidates must hold at least a Licence or a three-year diploma from any state, and they have to be EU citizens to be allowed to sit for the competitive examination. In order to prepare themselves, candidates can decide to be trained in one year at an Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres. They must present a portfolio and/or pass an interview. This year of preparation is not compulsory.

Training of secondary school teachers

Secondary school teachers train for one year following success in a competitive examination. “CAPES”, “CAPET” and “Agrégation” candidates must hold at least a Licence or a three-year diploma from any state, and they have to be EU citizens to be allowed to sit for the competitive examination. In order to prepare themselves, candidates can decide to be trained in one year at an Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres. They must present a portfolio and/or pass an interview. This year of preparation is not compulsory.

Training of higher education teachers

The Doctorat is a prerequisite to sit for competitive examinations leading to the positions of Maître de Conférence and Professeur d'Université. In the fields of Pharmacy, Law and Economics and, now, in many other fields, positions are restricted to holders of an Agrégation de l'Enseignement Supérieur. The Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches is required to become a Professeur d'Université.

 

Non-traditional studies:

Distance higher education

Télé-enseignement universitaire is offered to students who are unable to attend regular courses. 35 universities cooperate in this. The Centre national d'Enseignement à Distance (CNED) provides training leading to a large variety of diplomas, to adult education courses and to competitive examinations for civil service positions.

Lifelong higher education

Education permanente is a system of continuing education allowing people with full-time careers to attend evening classes in universities and thus obtain a degree without interrupting their working schedules. The Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) offers such facilities leading to the award of an Engineering diploma. Catholic universities organize upgrading traineeships and courses leading to diplomas.

Higher education training in industry

Several higher education institutions (public and private ) offer professional training "en alternance" (sandwich courses), consisting in theoretical training and practice periods in business or industry.

Other forms of non-formal higher education

Both private and public institutions have "Universités du Troisième âge". In these universities, senior citizens are offered two options: either to follow university courses with other students or attend seminars and lectures especially devised to improve their life and cultural background; their advice is also sought when it comes to choosing study topics of common interest. Finally, cycles of physical education, handicraft, cultural visits and outings are also organized.

 

 

NATIONAL BODIES

Administration & co-ordination:

Responsible authorities:

Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research)

Head: Gilles de Robien, Minister

110, rue de Grenelle
75357 Paris 07 SP
France

Tel: +33(1) 55551010

Fax: +33(1) 55553065

EMail: sp.ca@education.gouv.fr

WWW: http://www.education.gouv.fr

 

Role of governing body: Administers and controls public institutions, supervises private ones and maintains a coherence on regulation of national diplomas.

 

CPU - Conférence des Présidents d'Université (Conference of University Presidents)

Head: François Goulard, President

Administrative officer: Yannick Vallée, First Vice-President

International relations: Elodie Vivet, Chargée de Mission

103, blvd. Saint Michel
75005 Paris
France

Tel: +33(1) 44329000

Fax: +33(1) 44329102

EMail: cpu@cpu.fr

WWW: http://www.cpu.fr

 

Role of governing body: Examines matters concerning university system.

 

Conférence des Directeurs d'Ecoles et de Formations d'Ingénieurs (CDEFI)

Head: Gilles de Robien, Minister

Administrative officer: Paul Jacquet, 1st Vice-President

International relations: Jacques Gelas, Délégué

151 bd de l'Hopital
75013 Paris
France

Tel: +33(1) 44246449

Fax: +33(1) 44246451

EMail: cdefi@cdefi.fr

WWW: http://www.cdefi.fr

 

Role of governing body: The CDEFI is one of the two permanent consultative bodies for higher education institutions and both are presided over by the Minister. The mission of the Conference is to give well-grounded opinions on questions submitted to it by the Minister. The Conference can also present him with wishes and projects regarding subjects of interest to all the colleges concerned.

 

Office national d'Information sur les Enseignements et les Professions (ONISEP)(National Office for Information on Study and the Professions)

Head: Hervé de Monts de Savasse, Director

BP 86 Lognes
12, Mail Barthélemy-Thimonnier
77423 Marne-la-Vallée Cedex 2
France

Tel: +33(1) 64803500

Fax: +33(1) 64803501

WWW: http://www.onisep.fr

 

Role of governing body: Onisep offers information on studies and professions to young people, to their families and to educational staff.

 

CTI - Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur

Head: Michelle Gelin, President

135 av. de Rangueil
31077 Toulouse
France

Tel: +33(4) 72431720

EMail: secretariat@commisssion-cti.fr

WWW: http://www.commission-cti.fr

 

Role of governing body: Allows schools to deliver the title of engineer.

 

Union des Etablissements d'Enseignement supérieur catholique (UDESCA)(Union of Catholic Establishments of Higher Education)

Head: Thérèse Lebrun, President

21, rue d'Assas
75270 Paris Cedex 06
France

Tel: +33(1) 44395202

Fax: +33(1) 45442714

 

Role of governing body: Coordinates relations between Catholic universities and coherence of their policies.

 

 

ADMISSIONS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Admission to non university higher education studies

Name of secondary school credential required: Baccalauréat

Minimum score/requirement: 10 out of 20

Alternatives to credentials:

Equivalent to the Baccalauréat.

Other admission requirements:

Admission to most short cycle vocational courses is based upon portfolio (e.g. for University Institutes of Technology) or entrance examination (e.g. for Catholic higher education institutes).

Admission to university-level studies

Name of secondary school credential required: Baccalauréat

Minimum score/requirement: 10/20

Alternatives to credentials: Diplomas or titles accepted in place of Baccalauréat. Diplôme d'Accès aux Etudes universitaires (DAEU). Capacité en Droit for Law studies only.

Other admission requirements: Competitive entrance examination to some Grandes Ecoles and other institutions following two years of preparatory courses given in lycées or integrated in the institution itself.

Foreign students admission

Definition of foreign student: Foreign student holding a foreign Secondary School-Leaving Certificate.

Admission requirements: Students must hold the Baccalauréat or a diploma giving access to higher education in their country. For the first registration in 1st cycle, preliminary application files are collected from French Embassies between 1 Dec. and 15 Jan. of the preceding academic year. A birth certificate, degree certificate and transcripts are necessary.

Entry regulations: Student visa issued by French consulates abroad (long-stay visa: more than 3 months) except for EU, Andorra, Holy See, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Swiss students who must present a valid passport. Students must ask for a "carte de séjour" (except for EU students). Other documents to be presented: proof of provisional registration in a university; proof of sufficient resources (at least 4584 euros per year); health insurance; proof of residence (address).

Health requirements: 3 photos and a medical certificate.

Language requirements: Foreign students (except EEA students) must hold either the DALF (diplôme approfondi de langue française), or pass TCF DAP (test de connaissance du français pour une demande d’admission préalable) to register for a 1st university cycle, or another test of French as a foreign language for other higher education institutions or registration to higher university levels.

Application procedures:

Apply to individual institution for entry to: Grandes Ecoles, IUTs, university 2nd and 3rd cycles and most private intitutions (e.g. Catholic Inst.); closing date: 1st April.

Apply to national body for entry to: Universities (1st cycle) and other public institutions.

Apply to:

Cultural Services of French Embassies Abroad or universities themselves for those who are already in France.

 

 

Application closing dates:

For non-university level (technical/vocational type) studies: 1 Apr

For university level studies: 15 Jan

For advanced/doctoral studies: 1 Apr

Recognition of studies & qualifications:

Studies pursued in home country (System of recognition/accreditation): State diplomas/degrees are validated/accredited by one of the following ministries: Ministry of Education; Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Employment; Ministry of Culture; Ministry of Interior; Ministry of Equipment; Ministry of Defence. Universities and Grandes Ecoles are evaluated by the Comité national d'Evaluation (http://www.cne-evaluation.fr).

Studies pursued in foreign countries (bodies dealing with recognition of foreign credentials):

ENIC-NARIC, Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP)

Head: Françoise Profit, Director

Administrative officer: Argentina Britos, Assistant

4 rue Danton
75006 Paris
France

Tel: +33 (1) 55550428

Fax: +33 (1) 55550039

EMail: enic-naric@ciep.fr

WWW: http://www.ciep.fr/enic-naricfr/

 

Deals with credential recognition for entry to: Profession

Services provided & students dealt with: Academic recognition of studies completed and qualifications awarded in higher education abroad for access to the professions.

 

Other information sources on recognition of foreign studies: 1) Higher education institutions  for students who wish to pursue their studies. 2) Specific ministries for regulated professions: medical doctors, agronomists, veterinary doctors, lawyers, architects, nurses, chartered public accountants, etc. 3) Rectorates in each region

Multilateral agreements concerning recognition of foreign studies

Name of agreement: Council of Europe Agreement on Access to Establishments of Higher Education

Year of signature: 1953

Name of agreement: Council of Europe Agreement on the Academic Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education

Year of signature: 1959

Name of agreement: Council of Europe Agreement on the Equivalence of Study Periods

Year of signature: 1956

Name of agreement: Council of Europe/UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region (Lisbon Convention)

Year of signature: 1999

Name of agreement: UNESCO Agreement on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees Concerning Higher Education in the States belonging To the Europe Region

Year of signature: 1979

Name of agreement: UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas & Degrees in Higher Education in the European States Bordering the Mediterranean

Year of signature: 1976

Bilateral agreements concerning recognition of foreign credentials

Name of agreement: Additional agreement on Higher Education Admission in the partner country in the following fields: economics, management, political sciences, law

Year of signature: 1986

Country/state involved: Germany

Name of agreement: Additional agreement on Higher Education Admission in the partner country in the following fields: technology and engineering

Year of signature: 1997

Country/state involved: Germany

Name of agreement: Administrative arrangement on Higher Education Admission in the partner country

Year of signature: 2003

Country/state involved: China

Name of agreement: Agreement between Conférence des Présidents d'Université (CPU), Conférence des Directeurs d'Ecoles et Formations d'Ingénieurs (CDEFI) and Österreichische Rektorenkonferenz (ÖRK), Österreichische Fachhochschul-Konferenz (FHK)

Year of signature: 2002

Country/state involved: Austria

Name of agreement: Agreement between CPU and ANUIES

Year of signature: 1996

Country/state involved: Mexico

Name of agreement: Agreement between CPU and CRUI on diploma recognition and accreditation of prior learning

Year of signature: 1996

Country/state involved: Italy

Name of agreement: Agreement between CPU and CRUS on diploma recognition and accreditation of prior learning

Year of signature: 1994

Country/state involved: Switzerland

Name of agreement: Agreement between CPU, CDEFI and CREPUQ on diploma recognition and accreditation of prior learning

Year of signature: 1996

Country/state involved: Canada (Quebec / Québec)

Name of agreement: Agreement of mutual diploma and title recognition

Year of signature: 2003

Country/state involved: Russian Federation

Name of agreement: Agreement on Higher Education Admission in the partner country

Year of signature: 2004

Country/state involved: Vietnam

Name of agreement: Agreement on Higher Education Admission in the partner country

Year of signature: 1997

Country/state involved: Andorra

Name of agreement: Agreement on Higher Education Admission in the partner country in the following fields: sciences, arts and humanities

Year of signature: 1980

Country/state involved: Germany

Name of agreement: Constitutive convention between Conférence des Présidents d'Université (CPU) and Conseil des Recteurs des Universités chiliennes (CRUCH)

Year of signature: 1999

Country/state involved: Chile

Name of agreement: Constitutive convention of the franco-brazilian university network

Country/state involved: Brazil

References to further information on foreign student admissions and recognition of studies

Title: Je vais en France/I'm going to France (2004-2005)

Publisher: CNOUS

Title: Venir étudier en France

Author: www.education.gouv.fr/int/venir.htm

Publisher: Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l4enseignement supérieur et de la Recherc

 

STUDENT LIFE

Main student services at national level

Bureau de la Vie étudiante, Ministère de l'Education nationale

110 rue de Grenelle
75357 Paris 07 SP
France

Tel: +33(1) 55551010

 

Category of services provided: Social and welfare services; Academic and career counselling services

Services available to foreign Students: Yes

 

Centre National des Oeuvres universitaires et scolaires (CNOUS)

69, Quai d'Orsay
75007 Paris
France

Tel: +33(1) 44185300

Fax: +33(1) 45554849

WWW: http://www.cnous.fr

 

Category of services provided: Social and welfare services

Services available to foreign Students: No

 

La Mutuelle des Etudiants

 

EMail: president@lmde.com

WWW: http://www.lmde.com

 

Category of services provided: Social and welfare services

 

Office national d'Information sur les Enseignements et les Professions (ONISEP)

12, Mail Barthélemy-Thimonnier
BP 86 Lognes
77423 Marne la Vallée
France

Tel: +33(1) 64803500

Fax: +33(1) 64803501

 

Category of services provided: Academic and career counselling services; Employment services

Services available to foreign Students: Yes

 

National student associations and unions

Union Nationale des Etudiants de France (UNEF)

112 bd de la Villette
75019 Paris
France

Tel: +33(1) 42022555

Fax: +33(1) 42020122

WWW: http://www.unef.asso.fr

 

Health/social provisions

Social security for home students: Yes

Cost/fee (per year): 180 (Euro)

Social security for foreign students: Yes

Cost/fee (per year): 180 (Euro)

Foreign student social security provisions: Only students from EC countries (or from a country having an agreement with France) duly registered in a university may draw benefit from the social security system. Others must take out their own insurance.

Special student travel fares:

By rail: Yes

By air: Yes

Available to foreign students: Yes

Student expenses and financial aid

Student costs:

Average living costs: 6100 (Euro)

Home students tuition fees: Minimum: 183 (Euro)

Maximum: 6860 (Euro)

Foreign students tuition fees: Minimum: 183 (Euro)

Maximum: 6860 (Euro)

Bodies providing information on student financial aid:

Centre national des Oeuvres universitaires et scolaires (CNOUS)

69, Quai d'Orsay
75007 Paris
France

Tel: +33(1) 44185300

Fax: +33(1) 45554849

 

Deals with: Grants and Loans

Category of students: Administers scholarships awarded by the Government within cooperation agreements.

Publications on student services and financial aid:

Title: Guide de l'étudiant : "Enseignement supérieur dans la Communauté européenne"

Author: Commission des Communautés européennes

Publisher: Commission des Communautés européennes, Office des publications

Title: Je vais en France. Guide à l'intention des étudiants étrangers

Publisher: Centre national des Oeuvres universitaires et scolaires

Title: Study Abroad 2006-2006

Author: UNESCO

Year of publication: 2005

 

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION & EXCHANGES

Principal national bodies responsible for dealing with international cooperation and exchanges in higher education:

Direction des Relations internationales et de la Coopération, Ministère de l'Education nationale

Head: Marc Foucault, Directeur des Relations internationales et de la Coopération

110 rue de Grenelle
75357 Paris
France

Tel: +33(1) 55551010

EMail: sup-info@education.gouv.fr

WWW: http://www.education.gouv.fr/syst/direction_international.htm

 

Participation of country in multilateral or bilateral higher education programmes

Name of exchange programme: SOCRATES (EEC Programmes)

 

GRADING SYSTEM

Usual grading system in secondary school

Full Description: 0-20; 10-12 : Passable; 12-14 : Assez Bien; 14-16 : Bien; 16-20 : Très-Bien.

Highest on scale: 20

Pass/fail level: 10

Lowest on scale: 0

Main grading system used by higher education institutions

Full Description: 0/20, 10-12 Passable, 12-14 Assez-Bien, 14-16 Bien, 16-20 Très Bien. Highest : 20, Pass : 10, Lowest : 0.

Highest on scale: 20

Pass/fail level: 10

Lowest on scale: 0

 

NOTES ON HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM

 

 

Data for academic year: 2005-2006

Source: IAU from CIEP, ENIC-NARIC France, 2006



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