Higher education in France

France Higher Edu

Did you know that in France...

OKflexible admission policy for international students

OKavailability of programs with the possibility of parallel internships in companies

OKtraining is focused on further successful employment

OKquality education with an international component and the opportunity to train in other European countries

OKa wide variety of educational institutions and programs, among which everyone will find something for themselves (from architecture, design and art programs in public universities to engineering and management in private business schools)

What you should know about higher education in France

Degree types:   License 3 (bachelor), Master 1 (technical education), Les Masters

Master 2 Professional (training + practice),  Master 2 Recherches (advanced diploma, scientific work)

Teaching languages:  English French 

Registration deadlines for the program: Undergraduate - from January to May, Master - until January 31

Program cost per year:

Undergraduate:  from € 600 / year (public university), € 8-000 / year (private university)

Master's degree: from € 750/year, € 4-000/year (private university)

Cost of living: from € 500 (accommodation and transport) / month.


Levels of higher education in France

 Bachelor's program 

 Master / PhD 

 MBA in France

Undergraduate (Bachelor) - this is the first stage of higher professional education and is basic; duration of study - 3 years. Magistracy (Master) - This is the second stage of higher education, the duration of study is 2 years.

Graduate School (PhD) - Candidate of Sciences, duration of study - 3-4 years. 

Master of Business Administration (MBA) - professional qualification degree in the field of management.

The Russian certificate of complete secondary education does not give the right to study in France without entrance exams. To enter the first year of a French university, you must confirm this right, i.e. participate in the competition and be enrolled in a Russian university. Thus, Russian citizens can enter a French university only as (usually) students of a Russian university. Enrollment is made in accordance with the number of available seats. 

Entry Requirements

• school certificate
• participate in the competition and be enrolled in a Russian university
• proof of knowledge of French DALF/DELF, TCF level B2 or TEF level B2-C1 and/or English TOEFL iBT 80+, IELTS 6.0+

Variety of programs by areas of study:

Professional Master - attending lectures and seminars + writing a dissertation;

Recherche Master - scientific research and writing a dissertation without attending lectures and seminars;

Correspondence of diplomas of higher education in France and Russia:

Lisance 3 (Licence 3): three years of study, which correspond to the level of a Russian bachelor's degree;

Master 1 (Master 1): one year of study after Lisance 3, which corresponds to a Russian specialist diploma;

Master 2 in scientific research (Master 2 Recherche) or professional master (Master 2 Professionel), which correspond to a Russian master's degree.

Profile of a successful candidate for admission to French master's programs:


• diploma of a specialist in a related specialty or a bachelor's degree + work experience of at least 2 years (for some specialties),
• Diploma average score 4.1.- 5.0
• active academic / scientific activity
• recommendations from teachers and/or employers

Language training

<br>• confirmation of knowledge of the French language DALF / DELF, TCF level C1-C2 or TEF level from C1

<br>• English TOEFL ibt 80+ or ​​IELTS 6.0+

Leadership qualities

• confirmation of an active social, student, sports life
• international experience is welcome

Features of MBA programs in France:

Cost: from €19-35/year
Duration of study: 2 years

Entry conditions:

• bachelor's/specialist diploma (minimum 2 years of study outside France)
• interview in English or French;
• GMAT for teaching in English, TAGE MAGE for teaching in French.

Deadline for submission of documents: until 10 July.


Ranking of universities in France

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Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University     



Universite Lumiere Lyon 2    



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Universite Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier      



Université des Sciences et Technologies Lille 1            



University of Caen Basse Normandie      



University of Bourgogne      



Ecole Normale Superieure Cachan        



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University of Nantes           



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