How to Apply for Study in France
France is without a doubt great country that has always been one of the top study abroad destinations in the world. If you want to study in France, you will definitely have to get admission in a French university first. It can be a little confusing for students to apply to a foreign university sitting at home. This article will teach you complete application process to study in France. Just follow the instructions step by step and there will be no complications in application process to study in France.
1 - Select a Program
Before doing anything else in the process, students must first select a study program which they will be interested to study. It is recommended to select a program in which they wish to make a career. France offers a wide range of courses in two languages, French and English. French universities provides one of the largest range of English taught programs in among Non-English countries. After selecting a program make sure that it is available in English taught programs in France.
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2 - Select a University
Once selected a program, you need to find universities in France that offer this program. Then filter out at least 3 universities that are best in ranking and according to your requirements. More than one universities are selected so if you don’t get admission in one university, you have other alternatives. It is also recommended to also apply in more than one programs to assure your odds of studying in France. Some of the most prestigious French institutes are following.
1. Ecole Normale Supérieure
2. Ecole Polytechnique (ParisTech)
3. Université Pierre et Marie Curie
4. École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
6. Sciences Po
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3 - Check Eligibility Requirements
It is really important that you also check the eligibility requirement to get admission in the selected French institute. Some requirements may vary depending on the university. After selecting a university, visit their official website and see the eligibility criteria for international students to get admission. You may also be required to take part in a standardized test like GRE, GMAT, or LSAT that also depends on the university and your study program.
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4 - Where to Apply?
Application process to study in France is not exactly simple for Non-European students. All European students can just go to the official website of the university and apply for admission. However, it is different for Non-European students. Just to apply to a university, you will first have to pass a preliminary admission test called DAP in cultural service of the French embassy of your country. To get admission in the first year of postsecondary programs, students have to use the online Admission post bac system.
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5 - Language Requirements
You can study in France in two languages English and French. Most international students get admission in English taught programs as French language is not very common around the globe. If you have necessary communication skills in French then you can also study French taught programs. No matter what language you choose as medium of teaching, you will need to prove that you have sufficient communication skills in it. So, you will basically be required to take part in a languages proficiency test.
French Language Test: DELF, DALF, TCF
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6 - Required Documents
Following are the documents required by the university with the application. Normally, these are the only documents that a French institute will ask for. However, depending on the university and program, you may have to submit some additional documents. Make sure you visit official website of the university and confirm all required documents.
1. Pre-registration certificate provided by the university
2. Copy of identity document i.e. ID Card and Passport
3. Passport size photos
4. A civil liability certificate
5. Resume or CV describing all your past certifications, education and experience
6. Cover letter
7. Language proficiency certificate (French/English)
8. Official academic transcript(s) from each university you attended with a minimum 3.0 CGPA or equivalent
9. Proof that you can financially afford your living in France
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7 - University Application Deadlines
Universities in France open admission twice a year called Fall or Spring admissions. Have everything prepared before these dates so there is no problem in admission procedure.
· Fall admission opens from February 1 to April 1 every year.
· Spring admission opens on September 15 and closing depends on the university and number of available seats.
8 - After Receiving Acceptance Letter
Universities notify students between June 15 and September 15 whether they are accepted or not for the programs beginning in October. It you gives only about a month to prepare, get visa and residence permit before departure. University will send you an acceptance letter that will be used to get Student visa to study in France. After reaching France, you will have to personally visit the university and register yourself for classes. There you will receive a certificate of enrollment and a student ID card. Being a Non-European student, you will also be required to get a health insurance.
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