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2019-08-14 16:38:28

TOP-5 important things you need to know about education in France

TOP-5 important things you need to know about education in France

If they want to give their child an international education, parents often decide to send their child to study in France, a modern and developed European country with a prestigious education system. In France there are prestigious and elite educational institutions, where famous European teachers work, having their own unique teaching methods and techniques - positive feedback from graduates confirms the high quality of education for centuries. For admission to French schools and universities, SMAPSE experts will tell you about TOP-5 most important things you need to know to get a French education

TOP-5 important things you need to know about education in France

  1. Foreign students have a chance to enter some universities in France immediately after the end of grade 11, but universities have the right to establish their own conditions for admission, so sometimes you may need to take an international pre-university course to receive additional academic and linguistic knowledge or end several semesters at a university of your country.
  2. In French schools and universities, foreign students often have access to a bilingual education system that allows them to study simultaneously in English and French. However, it is worth noting that the French appreciate the native language and provide all kinds of support for its development, so most of the curricula are taught in French.
  3. For admission to prestigious and elite universities and schools, a high level of knowledge of a foreign language is required: educational institutions require a language certificate with the results of the exam or an oral interview of the student with a representative of the admissions committee of the school.
  4. French law provides for compulsory guardianship for the duration of the stay of students in the country for the purpose of receiving education if the child is sent without parents. It is necessary to find an official guardian in advance and conclude an agreement with him: it must be an adult who is able to bear responsibility and meets certain requirements.
  5. Boarding schools in France for foreign students may have age restrictions - usually children over 11 years old can live full time.

Education in France for foreign students: requirements, cost and prices

Types of schools in France available for foreign students:

French public schools are open to foreign students, even if their family does not reside permanently in the country, which is an exception among many European countries. Most schools recruit new students twice a year, in August and January: in order to start studying in August, the application must be submitted before March 31, for the start of classes in January - until October 31. However, experienced specialists recommend submitting documents one year before starting studies abroad.

Organization of studies in French schools:

Elementary classes

6-10 years

cours preparatoire (preparatory course)

cours elementaire 1

cours elementaire 2

cours moyen 1

cours moyen 2

Middle classes at College

11-15 years old

6th grade

5th grade

4th grade

Grade 3 (passing the exam for the National du Brevet diploma)

High School in Lycee

16-18 years old

2nd grade

1 class

Terminale (trailing class)

Children go to school from 6 years on a preparatory course, the duration of schooling is 12 years. At the end of Lycee, graduates receive one of the diplomas depending on the type of Lycee:

  • Diplome du Baccalaureat General (General)
  • Diplôme du baccalauréat (technological)
  • Baccalauréat (professional).

For admission to a school or university, the results of the French language exam - TCF, TEF, DELF or DALF - not lower than B2 / C1, are often required. If the student will study in English, the results of the IELTS language exam will be required at least level 6.0. It should be borne in mind that not all schools require a certificate - sometimes an oral interview with a representative of the admissions committee is enough to determine the level of knowledge of a foreign language. In some cases, the selection committee may require students to take GMAT or TAGE-MAGE exam results: for successful enrollment, you must first select the educational institution where the student wants to continue their studies and find out a list of documents that will be required when considering the application.

It should be borne in mind that sending a child to study in France is possible not only for a long-term academic program, but also for short-term linguistic or summer courses. For admission, special knowledge is not required, and you can take part even with a minimum level of knowledge of a foreign language - to organize a trip you need to apply to the educational center and get a student visa.


Average French tuition at boarding school:

primary classes

28,000 € / year

middle classes

20,000 € / year

high school

11,000 € / year

The price is not included and is paid additionally:

  • round trip flights
  • round trip transfer
  • visa services and fees
  • compulsory health insurance
  • school entry fee
  • deposit (refundable payment)
  • excursions, entertainment, travel, leisure
  • additional language or academic classes
  • student pocket money
  • school and sports uniform
  • study guides, books, materials.

Send your child to university in France: higher education in Europe

Organization of higher education in France:


3-4 years


2 years

Doctoral studies

3-4 years

Getting a higher education in France in English costs from 8,300 € / year, studying in French will cost foreign students cheaper - from 7,100 € / year. It is possible to fully or partially cover expenses upon receipt of a grant or scholarship.

Popular scholarship programs:

  • Ile de france scholarship
  • Program charcot
  • Program eiffel
  • Ministère de l'Education Nationale scholarship
  • Agence universitaire de la francophonie scholarship.

Admission to the best universities in France on the example of Ecole des Roches

Ecole des Roches is an elite private school where the cost of education is slightly above average, but the school is included in the TOP-20 educational institutions of the country. The main advantage is that the school accepts foreign students without restrictions on the age and level of knowledge of the French language, students are not required to provide certificates for passing the language exam.

Average prices for academic programs:

primary classes

from 28,800 € / year

middle classes

from 35,300 € / year

French baccalaureat

from 12,200 € / term

International baccalaureat

from 18,000 € / semester

Additional costs associated with studies:

entrance fee, educational materials, leisure, sporting events, insurance

from 10,150 € / year

deposit (refundable)

2,700 €

deposit for a student’s personal account

1,500 €

school and sports uniforms

730 €

SMAPSE will help you choose the best school and study program: SMAPSE customers do not pay SMAPSE a fee for enrollment, as SMAPSE work on partnership agreements with the best international educational institutions around the world. SMAPSE employees can take on the entire organizational process: SMAPSE experts have already helped thousands of clients who have successfully completed the educational process abroad. SMAPSE company has extensive experience in obtaining student visas: SMAPSE experts know how to correctly fill out an application for a school or university, they will tell you how to successfully pass an oral interview with a representative of the school, and also will always be in touch if necessary.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
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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