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6 best schools in France to prepare for universities in France and abroad

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Every year France attracts many foreign students from all over the world with high-quality educational services, interesting culture and amazing cuisine. SMAPSE offers TOP-5 prestigious French schools and colleges that provide high-quality preparation courses that will help enter prestigious universities in France and in the world. Studying in one of 5 best schools in France gives a great opportunity to get deep knowledge and open wide career prospects in the future.

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Preparation courses at French universities for foreign students

  • Pre-university programs as a guarantee of successful future studies

University preparation in France is tailored to the needs of international students. You can choose only language courses that will help to pull the language to the required level, or academic lessons that will allow to join the foreign academic environment. Often, students are recommended to take combined courses that have long been proven to be effective.

  • Ability to choose the language of studying 

Students have the opportunity to choose the language of instruction - French or English: it all depends on the language of a Bachelor's program, which a foreign student plans to enter.

  • Prestigious certificate of getting education in France 

Fruitful studies will end with an exam and a certificate from a leading school or university in France (on the basis of which such courses are held). It is a great opportunity to increase their chances of admission: holders of certificates from the best educational institutions in France have significant advantages.

  • Studying at TOP educational institutions

Preparatory courses are held on the basis of reputable educational institutions, possibly in the place of the student's future studies. Preparation for a university in France will allow you to get acquainted with the features of the methodology of studying abroad.

  • Getting useful skills

Foreign programs at the university are also good because they are not limited to academic studies - much attention is paid to the personal development and education of students. The children will forget about school life and quickly adapt to new conditions close to university ones, learn independence, master time management and understand how to prioritize correctly.

Higher education in France for foreign students

Higher education in France has centuries-old traditions: this country is known for its highly trained teaching staff, teachers adhere to a communicative approach, the main form of education here is lecture-discussion. Students actively participate, ask questions and take initiatives, are faced with large volumes of independent work.

It is difficult to answer whether studying here is very difficult - it all depends on individual characteristics and preparation, but to enter a university in France is much easier than to other European countries. There are many English-language programs in this country, which attracts students from all over the world. Foreign students can study for free at state universities, but be prepared to pay the annual registration fee, and also consider the cost of living.


Basic preparation courses in France

The name of the program

Course description

Duration and prices in euros €

After grade 9 Pre-IB

The course is focused on students over 15 years old, the purpose is to obtain the necessary academic knowledge and achieve the required level of language proficiency for further studies on the IB course. Age of applicants for the course: from 15 years. Language proficiency level: Intermediate 


1 year

From 1500 euros for 2 weeks

After grade 10 International Baccalaureate

An international 2-year course in front of the university, which includes studying of 6 subjects to choose from, 3 ones at a high level. At the end of 2 years, students pass exams, and then receive a prestigious international diploma. The international level of the program gives additional bonuses when entering a foreign university: with good points, the applicant will enroll without passing the entrance tests. Language proficiency level: Upper-intermediate. Age of applicants for the course: 16-18 years

2 years

From 18.000 per semester

French baccalaureate

National educational program for graduate students who intend to enter universities in France. Preparation for French Baccalaureate in France opens the door to any university in the country, as it guarantees a high level of knowledge and a sufficient level of French proficiency. Students undergo intensive preparation of academic and linguistic nature. In addition to the emphasis on the educational process, teachers strive to develop skills necessary for student life: an ability to think critically, analyze various sources, master time management, etc. Age of applicants for the course: 16-18 years. Language proficiency level: Intermediate

2 years

From 12.000 per term


Students have an opportunity to improve academic and language knowledge to the desired level, pay attention to core subjects and adapt to the new studying environment. Language proficiency level: Intermediate. Applicants age: over 17 years old

1-2 semesters

About 5.000 per semester

Admission requirements for admission to a university in France

  • Prepare for entering a university in France in advance

Students at least need a year before start of studying to get acquainted with the educational services of universities, assess financial capabilities and draw up a curriculum. When choosing a university, consider the rankings and the quality of the university in a particular specialty.

  • After the choice of a university is made, carefully deal with admission conditions

Is it enough to provide only a High School certificate? Or is it necessary to take a Foundation program? What language requirements are accepted at the university? Typically, a certificate is required to confirm language proficiency (TCF, DELF / DALF - French or IELTS , TOEFL - English).

  • Take special language courses before passing language exams

Even with a high level of language proficiency, international exams are difficult tests that require psychological preparation and excellent command of test structure.

  • Collect a package of documents: an application for a chosen university, a document on education from the last place of study (translated and notarized), a certificate of passing the language exam
  • Upon successful enrollment, the student receives a certificate and only visa application remains
  • Choose your accommodation option - far from all universities in France provide accommodation in hostels.

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration, 
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Cost of living in France

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 265 347
Food 246 449
Transportation 55 183
Communications and utilities 73 95
Clothing 27 102
Sports and leisure 27 96
Total 692 1,272
Accommodation in France USD/Month.  
Shared room outside of centre 267  
Shared room in city centre 350  
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 468  
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 602  

Statistics of English courses in France

Programs Intensity Group Language requirements The minimum cost of the week
Standard course 20 10-12 Beginner €230+
Intensive course 30-40 10-12 Beginner €330+
Combination Program 24-30 10 Beginner €390+
DELF/DALFpreparation 26-30 3-10 Pre-Intermediate €330+
University Preparation 26-30 6-10 Intermediate €500+
French + 20-28 10-12 Beginner €375+
Professional French 26-30 2-10 Beginner €500+
Private courses 20-30 1 Beginner €45+/lesson

Estimated Costs

Estimated Costs Min., € Average €
Consular fee of the embassy €35 €100
Service fee €29,50 €29,50
Flight (Moscow - Paris - Moscow) €307 €416
Medical insurance €15/week €35/week
Study material €10 €20
Delivery of invitations by express mail €50 €75
Transfer/Escort €90 €160
Additional payment for accommodation per week, during the high season €30 €45
Additional payment for tuition per week, during the high season €30 €40
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Your comment/review/question:
Hello, you can enter the University of Strasbourg after the lyceum at the age of 17 (we have 2-year education in our lyceum, Uzbekistan), faculties of economics or mathematics, Thank you.
Manager of SMAPS
Hello Nilufar! Yes, admission is possible, for more information you can find it on our website or on the website of the university.
Hello, I would like to find out the deadlines for submitting documents and deadlines to the University of Sofia Antipolis, thanks in advance.
Hello, you better write directly to the university.
Good afternoon, whether it is possible to enter SKEMA BUSINES SCHOOL immediately after grade 11 or a preparatory year is required, thank you.
Manager SMAPSE
Olga, good afternoon! I responded to the mail, duplicating our comments here briefly. Below is a list of questions that need to be clarified in the first place, in order to correctly answer your question and build a further plan for entering the university: • when you plan to start training (this year, next, etc.) • how many full years on Currently • The level of the language at the moment • What are the assessments for the main subjects • Are there any preferences on the territorial basis (only this university in France is interested in SKEMA Business School)? • Are there any other wishes (for the program, accommodation, budget, etc.)? We will be happy to advise on admission to foreign universities, help with the selection of an educational institution and enrollment, by phone or in correspondence.
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