Higher education in France

After the baccalaureate

The French university curriculum is organised around three degrees - license (3 years), master (5 years) and doctorate - recognised at the national and European level. There are also other shorter study programmes like the BTS (advanced technician certificate), DUT (technology university diploma), DEUST (scientific and technical university diploma) and the professional license.
There is also a system unique to France, namely the extremely selective "grandes écoles" leading to highly regarded diplomas in business, science and engineering. To be admitted, students must take two years of preparatory classes after the baccalaureate.

Foreigners wishing to pursue higher education in France can find all the information here.

Recognition of diplomas

In France, there is no automatic recognition of foreign degrees and diplomas. However, you can obtain a statement of comparability of your diplomas by contacting the ENIC-NARIC centre by telephone (+33-1 45 07 63 21) or by email.


University of Nantes Saint-Nazaire

The University of Nantes, which has several campuses in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and La Roche-sur-Yon, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in France, with over 50,000 students. It offers degrees in all fields, from human and social sciences to natural sciences. All the information you need about the University of Nantes is available here.
The University of Nantes has a campus in Saint-Nazaire, located right on the coast. It offers DUT diplomas, general and professional license degrees and masters degrees.



Grandes Écoles

Nantes Saint-Nazaire boasts a large number of grandes écoles in a variety of fields, including engineering, business, design and communications.