France | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
12/20 *See notes
A Minus GPA
14/20
B Plus GPA
13/20 *See notes
Instruction Languages
French
Bachelors Equiv.
Bachelor’s degree or licence requiring four years of study, Diplôme de Grande École, Diplôme d’Ingénieur
Masters Equiv.
Maitrise, Mastère Specialisée
Grading System

16-20   Mention Tres bien
14-15    Mention Bien
12-13    Mention Assez bien
10-11    Passable
0-9        Failure

Recognized Universities

École Centrale de Nantes
École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy
École Polytechnique
Euromed Management – Marseille
Lumière University (Lyons II)
Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV)
TELECOM École de Management
Université D`Aix-Marseille
Université de Bordeaux I
Université de Bordeaux II
Université de Bordeaux III
Université de Caen
Université de Clermont-Ferrand II
Université de Corse
Université de Dijon
Université de Droit, d`Economie et des Sciences d`Aix-Marseille III
Université de Franche-Comté
Université de Montpellier I
Université de Nantes
Université de Nice
Université de Paris
Université de Poitiers
Université de Provence
Université de Reims
Université de Rennes
Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail
Université de Vincennes à Saint-DenisUniversité de Vincennes à Saint-Denis
Université Francois Rabelaise de Tours
Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
Université Joseph Fourier
Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg I)
Université Paris-Dauphine
Université Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne
Université Paris X Nanterre
Université Paris-Sud 11
Université Paul-Sabatier Univ. de Clermont-Ferrand I
Université Pierre-Mendès-France
Université Rene Descartes (Paris V)

Notes for France

*In addition to all Diplomes or Attestations de Reussite, applicants must submit Releve de Notes Annuels or l’Examen Final (academic transcripts) issued in French showing all subjects taken and examination results obtained for each year of study.

Bachelor programmes last for 6-8 semesters (180 to 240 ECTS credits). The Licence is awarded upon completion of 3 years of study beyond the Baccalaureat. Applications from students with a bachelor’s degree (and Licence) of three years duration (180 ECTS) are considered on a case-by-case basis for graduate admission eligibility by the School of Graduate Studies. A non-standard admission case must be submitted to SGS for review and consideration.

The grandes ecoles are higher education institutions outside the French university system. Degrees from the grandes ecoles are normally awarded upon completion of 5 years of study (300 ECTS). They are usually focused on one subject specialization, such as engineering or business, and are highly selective in the admission of students. The classes preparatoires aux grandes ecoles are classes which prepare students for admission into the specific grande ecole subject specialization. Classes preparatoires usually require 2 years of study and may be offered in a high school or at the grande ecole. These classes are considered post-secondary in level, regardless of where they are held. Upon completion of the classes preparatoires, the student takes a concours (entrance examination) for admission to the grande ecole.

Master programmes normally last for 4 semesters (120 ECTS credits). The Mastere is awarded upon completion of 2 years of study beyond the Licence.

Bologna Note:

France joined Bologna process in 1999.

Since 2003 most universities started to offer three cycle degree system, known as LMD, representing Licence, Master, Doctorat:

First cycle (Licence): 3-4 years (180-240 ECTS)
Second cycle (Master): 2 years (120 ECTS)
Third cycle (Doctorat): Minimum 3 years (180 ECTS)

Diploma Supplements have been issued by institutions since 2002.

ECTS grading system is being used in addition to the local grades.

Last Update: August 30, 2020

Last modified: August 30, 2020