How French Higher Education works?

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In France, a large number of higher education programmes is available, accessible to foreign students whether they speak French or not.

Find out which higher education institutions have their doors open.

A wide academic offer

We are 2.5 million students in France. 12% of them are international. All of them are benefiting from highly diversified training, and they are enrolled in every field, at every level. One principle in France: everyone benefits from the same advantages!

3,500+ public and private institutes of higher education: 72 universities, 25 multi-institute campuses, 271 Doctoral schools, 227 engineering schools, 220 business and management schools, 45 post-secondary public schools of art, 22 schools of architecture and 3,000 private schools and institutes.

Don't feel comfortable with French? 1,200+ classes are provided in English. FInd out which in the catalogue Programs taught in English. Short programmes that consist of learning French thanks to cultural visits are also offered to foreign students. They are detailed in the catalogue of short programmes and in our Immersion France application.

The acronym FUN, for France Université Numérique  (Digital University France), refers to the first French online course platform. It provides nearly 300 courses from over 80 institutes, with enrolment near the one million mark.

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Welcome to the French Institutions

"Je parle un peu français, is it okay?"

Well, depends!

If you are taking a course provided in English, French is not required. However, the institution may test your level of English.

If you are taking programmes taught in French, you will have to show your French proficiency. How to do it? You can obtain one by sitting an official French exam or test - DELF/DALF.

Level B1 or B2 is recommended for studying at the undergraduate and Master level. Some French higher education institutions require a C1 or C2 level.

Where to take the DELF/DALF exam? in Alliance française - more information on