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Education of Journalism in France for international students

Education of Journalism in France for international students

The study of journalism in France is offered by many higher education institutions: public, private, available after graduation or 2/3-year study at the university; some educational institutions accept competitive examinations, others - on application. Courses last from 1 year to 4 years.


Schools of Journalism écoles reconnues

Of the 30 existing schools in France, 14 have been recognized as écoles reconnues by the National Joint Commission for the Hire of Journalists since 1956. Five of these educational institutions are located in Paris or in the Paris area. The remaining nine are located in the provinces (Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lannion, Lille, Marseille, Nice-Cannes, Strasbourg, Toulouse and Tours). Diplomas issued range from DUT (Diplome universitaire de technologie Bac +2) to Master's degrees, including diplomas approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

List of recognized schools:

  • IUT (University Institutes of Technology) of Lanyon and Cannes
  • Private schools (CFJ in Paris, EJT Toulouse, ESJ in Lille, IPJ Paris-Dauphine)
  • Public schools (Celsa, CUEJ, EJCAM, EJDG, EPJT, IFP, IJBA, Sciences Po Paris).

Advantage of recognized high schools

  • Social network, contacts with working industry professionals
  • Internships in exclusive editions
  • Guarantees of availability of suitable technical equipment (microphones, cameras, editing software, layout, etc.)
  • Diploma recognized by the state
  • High appreciation from employers.

Selection in recognized schools

IUT are open to high school graduates after written tests and interviews. Registration is carried out on Parcoursup, candidates often have a higher level than Bac (level of complete secondary education in France).

Admission is carried out on the basis of competitive examinations in private and public universities: the selection is very tough, often admitted students have a minimum of Bac +4 / +5.

The selection includes several tests:

  • testing knowledge about current events, general culture
  • synthesis of documents
  • writing articles
  • review-report
  • testing of knowledge of modern languages
  • motivational interview

Some schools use special methods:

  • CFJ invites candidates to fill out an online eligibility file with four tests (motivation questionnaire, personality traits and predisposition to the profession, collection and writing of information, knowledge of current affairs and creativity) + pass entrance tests
  • IFP asks candidates to complete a one-month internship in the editorial office to participate in the competition.

Education in unrecognized schools

In France, there are schools of journalism, "not recognized as professional" - non reconnues par la profession. These include ISCPA, École de journalisme (EDJ) de Nice, IEJ, ESJ Paris-Grand Lille, HEJ. Admission is selective (but less strict than in a "recognized" school): from bac to bac+3 depending on the schools offered (from 1 to 4 years). Students are accepted on the basis of submitted documents, tests and / or interviews. Please note: their diplomas are not always recognized by the state, and tuition fees can be high.

IEP (Institutes of Political Studies) can also be a good basic preparation for future journalists:

  • IEP Paris, known as Sciences Po, is one of the recognized schools of journalism.
  • IEP Lille and ESJ Lille offer a general course leading to a double degree.

High tuition fees

The cost of studying journalism depends on the chosen course - from 3000 € to 7000 € per year in "recognized" private universities, an average of 7000 € per year for "unrecognized" private universities. The state charges a registration fee (243€ for a master's degree), with the exception of EJDG, which offers journalism courses in conjunction with the IEP of Grenoble (1300€/year).

Thematic specialization of journalism schools

Some high schools offer thematic specialization: at ESJ Lille, M1 holders in exact, natural science or humanities can take a science journalism course in partnership with the University of Lille. It also offers a specialization in sports journalism, a master's degree in legal journalism, in IFP special attention is paid to economic, legal and ethical issues.


IICP is a member of the ESG Group, known in France, as well as a member of Galileo Global Education, the leading private group of higher education in Europe and No. 2 in the world.

Joining the IICP means becoming part of Galileo's global education network. A group of 37 reference schools, located in seven countries of the world and united by a common project, turns the enthusiasm of students into professional success.

For more than 30 years of existence, IICP offers journalism studies from post-bac to bac +5.

IICP is much more than a journalism school: it is a center of communication, journalism and graphic design that fosters interaction between students from three fields and with the professional world.

IiCP attaches great importance to vocational preparation in accordance with the requirements of the labour market. Every year the school implements several joint projects (for example, with Le Figaro, Challenges, Public, etc.), mandatory internship of the 1st year, programs from the 3rd year. IICP offers journalists from post-bac to bac +5, specializing in certain areas of journalism from the 4th year.

Bachelor Journalisme

THE IICP Bachelor of Journalism is a 3-year professional program that provides the skills needed for the profession of journalism.

At the end of the three-year course of study, you receive a bachelor's degree in journalism from the IICP.

Réorientation journalisme BAC+2/+3

This intensive year of reorientation allows you to learn the basics of journalism, join the 4th year and its specializations.

Mastère Podcaster Et Documentariste Sonore

The IICP Master of Journalism offers 4 specializations to complete education.


  • JRI (Image Reporter Journalism)
  • Sports Journalism
  • Written/Online Journalism
  • Television/radio journalism.

Option Journaliste Reporter D'Images

This master's year is a course with a specialization in JRI (Image Reporter Journalist). During the academic year, the modules are organized in such a way that students can acquire all the skills necessary for the profession of journalism. This is what editors expect today – multimedia, versatile journalists who are competent in both web and printed texts, design/production, video or audio editing, etc.

Option Journaliste Sportif

This is a one-year course with a specialization in sports journalism. Graduates of the program are multi-stakeholder journalists competent in both web and print media, design/production, editing video or audio materials.

Option Journaliste Presse Écrite/WEB

The Option Journaliste Presse Écrite/WEB Master's Degree is a course with a specialization in newspaper or online journalism. Specific modules related to the chosen specialization are integrated into this course.

Option Journaliste TV Et Radio

Course with specialization in the study of television and radio journalism. The modules allow you to acquire all the skills necessary for the profession of a journalist: multimedia skills, competence in both web and printed texts, design, production, editing video, audio recordings in front of and behind the camera.

Mastère Journalisme Plurimédia International

The Plurimedia International Journalism Masters program allows you to add an international perspective to the chosen course. Courses are taught in English through professional media and journalism. Students work with international themes. Mandatory internship in the international edition completes education. Thanks to the master's program, students have the opportunity to obtain an international double degree.


This is a partial or full studying on a certificate, diploma, professional program or to obtain a certificate of professional qualification. Candidates must demonstrate that their professional experience matches the knowledge and skills required to obtain the relevant diploma.

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Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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