In France, you can choose to study in:
- Universities which offer programs in all disciplines
- « Grandes Ecoles » which are selective schools and offer specialized top-level trainings to the students. (i.e engineering schools, business schools, Architecture veterinary schools, etc).
Organization of studies: BMD scheme
The Higher Education System in France is based on the European educational system called BMD (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate)…
It can be defined as follows:
- An organization around 3 degrees: Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctorate (PhD)
- A course- and semester-based organization (1 year = 2 semesters) validated by ECTS (European Credit* Transfer System).
1 semester is equal to 30 ECTS
*Credits represent a work-load including lectures, tutorials, internships, home work, projects, stays abroad etc.
The framework is based on course credit transfer allowing common recognition by any French or European university:
- A Bachelor's degree (3 years of study) = 6 semesters validated by 180 ECTS.
- A Master's degree (2 years of study after the Bachelor's degree) = 4 semesters validated by 120 ECTS
- A Doctorate (3 years of study after the Master's degree) = 6 semesters validated by 180 ECTS
Note:there is no systematic equivalence between foreign and French diplomas or degrees. When applying in a French university, the holders of a foreign diploma must also apply for the equivalence. Only the host institution is entitled to assess foreign diplomas.