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13 best French schools where foreign students can obtain secondary education after grade 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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Nowadays, France is really popular destination for educational tourism among international students. Actually, French secondary schools provide very attractive price. In addition, European quality of private and boarding schools is recognized all over the world. SMAPSE offers you 13 best schools to obtain high-quality and advanced seconadry education. It's worth noting that three-year study in French lycée guarantees foreign students entering prestigious university.

Don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts at any time as they are always ready to help you and answer all questions.

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Prestigious lyceums and colleges in France for international students

  • Primary education in France begins when the child reaches the age of six years. At this stage, young students study standard subjects, learn to read, write, learn the basics of mathematics. Studies have semi-intensive level of academic load.
  • Middle school (collège) covers the period from 11 to 15 years. Compulsory collège programs provide 4 years of study. This is the first stage of the school cycle.
  • The next stage is lycee - stage between the middle school and the university. The lyceum provides in-depth studying of special subjects in the chosen direction (for entering the university). In addition, it helps to obtain knowledge necessary for mastering the profession. This is an optional stage of studying up to 18 years.

At the age of 13-14 college students choose future occupation and the profile of the lyceum. Since the age of 13, physics and chemistry have been studied, and at the age of 14, students can optionally study Latin. Also, French secondary schools offer studying of several foreign languages. In the last grade of the college students study profile disciplines and take exams to obtain diplôme national du brevet. Moreover, students determine leading direction of their studies and decide which educational institution theu will enter.

There are three main types of lyceums:

  • general (3 years of study)
  • technological (3 years of study)
  • professional (2 years of study)

General educational or technological lyceum allows to get special certificate that helps enter a higher educational institution. Actually, students often choose design studies, but it's also available to choose astronautics, aeronautics etc.

Professional lyceums certificate allows to work in the service sector.

French schools give an opportunity to study in French or English language. All certificates from French schools and lyceums meet high international standards.

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Tuition fees for studying at private and boarding schools in France

Nowadays, in order to enter French educational institution, international students need study permit that will allow to enter both private and state institutions.

As a part of admission process, parents of the student write a motivation letter and indicate the reasons for choosing this particular school. The school administration offers to pass an interview and take a test in French language and some subjects. The list of disciplines depends on the profile of the school.

Studying at public institutions is relatively free. If you have chosen boarding schools, it is required to pay for accommodation and meals. Private boarding school will cost about 22000 - 35000 EUR per year. Such educational institutions provide full board, offer effective studying programs and courses, many additional classes, electives, sport activities.

How to enter private boarding schools in France as an international student?

In order to have high chances to enter French private boarding schools, it's essential to have strong academic base. It is recommended to receive this academic foundation on the programs like IB or French Baccalaureate, depending on what language the student plans to study. Moreover, applicants should have good command of foreign language and a special language proficiency certificate.

Please, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts at any time as they are always ready to help you and answer all questions.

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