Academic life in France

Higher education in France

 

Whether private and independent or affiliated with a chamber of commerce and industry, France’s 230 B-schools offer curricula and teaching methods that are attuned to the changing economic environment and the latest management practices.

Most programs rely heavily on internships and advanced technology. Open to the world through intensive programs of international exchange, France’s business schools offer international students up-close access to the European market.

B-school degrees are national degrees regulated by the French government in accord with the highest international standards.

Most programs require 3 years of study and are capped by the award of the school’s diploma. Graduates often continue on for a specialized advanced degree such as the MBA for example (Source: Campus France).

With 278,000 international students (12% of the country’s total postsecondary enrollment), including 25,000 doctoral candidates

France is the world’s fourth-largest host country after the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

French diplomas are therefore recognized and accepted throughout the world.

In France, international students of all nationalities enjoy the same rights and advantages as French students.

In the last 10 years the number of international students in France has grown by 75%!

France’s institutions award degrees that adhere to the common European architecture known as LMD (for Licence, Master, and Doctorate). French diplomas are therefore recognized and accepted throughout the world.

The French universities have harmonized the qualifications they award with those of other European countries by adopting the LMD (Licence Master Doctorat or Bachelor’s/Master’s/Doctorate) system.

Each level is now attained by acquiring ECTS credits :

  • Bachelor’s degree: 6 semesters = 180 ECTS (Baccalaureate + 3 years)
  • Master’s degree: 10 semesters = 300 ECTS (Baccalaureate + 5 years)
  • Doctorate: 16 semesters (Baccalaureate + 8 years)

 

 

Academic calendar and important information

In France, the academic year begins in September or October and usually ends in May or June.

The year is punctuated by vacations, including two weeks at the end of the year (Christmas and New Year’s).

The two semesters are divided by a short break following final examinations at the end of the first semester.

The summer vacation lasts more than two months and always includes the months of July and August.

 

Type of courses and teaching

Public universities in France offer a more research oriented teaching with large lecture courses paired with sections and labs. Large lecture are given in lecture hall for 100 up to 1000 learners. Teachers are speaking and students are listening and taking notes.

Our schools offer a strong focus on the business world with professionals as teachers only. Courses are given in small groups of 20-30 students which makes it easier to have guidance and follow up if any question arises.

The French grading system is based on a 20-point grading scale: passing grade is 10/20.