Study in France with EF and immerse yourself in the endless charms of French culture.
France is the most visited country on earth, but most trips here only last for a week or two. Study in France for a longer period and make eating freshly baked croissants and chatting with locals part of your daily routine. Your morning commute to school will take you past the postcard-worthy monuments of Paris’ gilded opera or Nice’s quaint old port. Gaining fluency in French will be your focus, but you’ll also learn the basics of French cooking and how to navigate the expansive cheese section in the local supermarket. As an EF student, you’ll have the time to discover all that Europe’s culture capital has to offer. Dine al fresco on the docks of the River Seine, within view of Notre Dame Cathedral’s gothic spires. Ski the powdery slopes of the French Alps and spot yachts off the St. Tropez coast. And, of course, make time for a trip to the top of the sparkling Eiffel Tower. Ooh la la, indeed.
Study in France at our Nice or Paris language centers.
Why study in France?
France is home to several world-renowned academic institutions that have helped shape the modern world. From prestigious art schools to business-focused institutions, French universities have been providing students with a first-class education for centuries. Today, students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, small class sizes, low tuition fees and leading professors in universities across the country.
Education in France
French students first attend school at the age of 6 and stay in L’École Primaire until the age of 10. Between 11 and 15, students attend Le Collège, which is equivalent to middle school. Students must pass a test called Le Brevet to graduate from Le Collège and progress to Le Lycée. At Le Lycée, students spend three years studying for their Baccalauréat général, which is the qualification required to enter university.
Students can apply to their chosen public and private universities once they have gained the necessary academic and language qualifications. Public universities accept all applicants who have the Baccalauréat général or international equivalent; private institutions, however, have a much stricter application process, including an entrance exam. Tuition fees also vary depending on the type of university and course. Undergraduate degrees usually last for three years and focus on one subject. Students collect up to 60 ECTS (credits) per year and need 180 to graduate.
A master’s degree in France lasts for two years. After the first year of study, students must decide between working toward a teacher-led master’s degree or a master’s degree in research, with the latter option viewed as a PhD gateway. Depending on your course and institution, you’ll have to complete a dissertation or research project to graduate with a master’s degree.