Enroll in higher education
How should I make contact with institutions that offer the programs that interest me?
Almost all French institutions of higher education have a Web site and those sites are listed in the CampusFrance catalog. The Web, therefore, is your first point of contact.
If you seek to enter French higher education in the first or second year of university study (licence/bachelor level), in the common first year of study for the health professions (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, midwifery), or in the first year at a national school of architecture, you must submit an application for preliminary admission (DAP, demande d'admission préalable) to the cultural service of the French embassy in your country of residence.
The procedure of DAP is only for schools which do not hold any individual interview/entry exam/selection.
For most admission (including language courses or master level), it is easy and simple.
You can apply directly with the schools that you are interested in. You can get the admission details/ requirements by visiting their website.
To how many institutions should I apply?
It's a good idea to apply to at least three different institutions. Doing so will really improve your chances!
Keep in mind that some institutions receive far more applications than they can accept. Fortunately, France's higher education system is large and diverse, so you can nearly always find alternatives that will offer you the quality education you seek.
When will I get their decision?
Institutions inform students of their admission decisions between June 15 and September 15 for programs beginning in October.
It's possible, therefore, that you may have no more than a month to make arrangements for your departure.
The last step: registering for classes
On arriving France, you—and every other student—will have to take the last step before classes begin. That last step to register in person at your new institution. As part of the registration process, you will choose your courses for the upcoming term and pay any balance due for tuition and fees.
When you register, you will receive a certificate of enrollment and a student ID card. These are important—they confirm your legal status as a student. These documents are delivered in person, and generally only after you have settled any outstanding balances.