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Application Process in France

Are you excited and ready to apply for your new academic journey in France? We hope you are! The application process for French universities is not demanding at all since we have gathered all the important steps you need to follow in order to get admitted to the French university of your choice. Make sure before you begin to make a plan and create a list with the universities you intend to apply to. Visit the official websites of the universities and don’t hesitate to contact your nearest French Embassy or Consulate for any queries.

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1. Choose your study major

This is probably the most important and maybe difficult step. Choosing your study major will define your life and career. Imagine yourself in the future and take into consideration the numerous degrees French has to offer you in a variety of disciplines. Do you want to study fashion management in one of the fashion capitals of the world or graduate with a business degree from a Grandes écoles? The choice is yours!

2. Check the admission requirements 

Depending on the objective, your nationality and the academic level of your studies, there are particular admission requirements you need to pay special attention to when preparing your application process for French universities. Make a plan, select the universities of your choice and majors and make your online research thoroughly as well. Contact the French Embassy in your home country or contact the universities you aim to apply along with the existing support services such as Campus France in order to find the answers to your potential questions. 

3. Prepare the necessary documents

Start gathering the necessary documents as soon as possible. This is a time consuming step and be careful on the special requirements for documentation regarding your nationality, study level and university of choice. Remember that you might need translations into French of your original documents. The French Embassy in your home country can provide these services. The common paperwork for the application process for French universities include: 

A completed application form signed by the official authorities, Campus France authorization, a civil liability certificate, personal identification photos, passport copies, European Health Insurance Card in case you are a European citizen, high school transcripts, an essay (if asked by the university), proof of language competence in either English or French depending on the program and proof of payment for the application fee. 

For non-European students, you might be asked to provide additional documents such as birth certificate copies of you and your parents, financial support proof for your studies and after admission, your French student visa. Please note that each program might ask for additional documents, so make sure you have the time to evaluate what is needed from your side. 

4. Submit your application

European nationals who wish to apply for a French university Bachelor’s 1st year of studies need to apply through the Parcoursup Platform. However, there is no particular application procedure for enrolling in the 2nd or 3rd year of a Bachelor's, a Master's or Doctorate degree. In that case, contact the universities you want to apply for the application process.

Non-European students need to pass the Preliminary Admission or  "Demande d'Admission Préalable - DAP" for applying in French institutions and should also apply online through Campus France. Exceptions apply to DAP in the following instances: Children of diplomats living in France, students who hold a scholarship from the french government or a French organization, candidates from a partner university where a cooperation agreement among institutions exists or prospective students who hold a French, German, Italian or Spanish baccalaureate.

5. Apply for a French student visa

Félicitations! You are officially a student in France! When you receive your letter of acceptance, contact your university in order to pay the first installment of your tuition fees if applicable. Next, you need to apply for a French student visa as soon as possible. Decide what type of visa you need, short or long term and read carefully the rules that apply depending on your nationality. Contact the French embassy in your home country if you need help with your visa process.

6. Arrive in France 

After you have obtained your French student visa and have prepared all the necessary documents, now it is the time to search for accommodation options. Is it a private house or a shared apartment? Do research before online as well and apply for accommodation at CROUS fast, since it is the most popular option among students. Prepare your luggage and get on the plane for France. This is just the beginning. You are about to live and study in the most sophisticated, modern and romantic countries in the world!

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Study in France - Overview

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter France to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizen status. You will also be required to bring certain documents with you to passport control at the airport, which we cover as well.

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in France.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in France may vary. Both European and international students are expected to pay tuition fees in France. To cover the rest of the costs, there’s plenty of scholarship opportunities available.

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Language & Culture

France is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more!

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Education System 

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in France? France is a popular destination for a variety of students, given its diverse programs, affordable education and its culture and history. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in France!

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Last update: 26 Apr 2021

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