France | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
A Minus GPA
B Plus GPA
Instruction Languages
French, English
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

Mention très bien           16-20

Mention bien                   14-15.99

Mention assez bien         12-13.99

Passable                           10-11

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 écoles are higher education institutions outside the French university system. Degrees from the grandes écoles 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 écoles are classes which prepare students for admission into the specific grande école subject specialization. Classes preparatoires usually require 2 years of study and may be offered in a high school or at the grande école. 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 école.

Master programmes normally last for 4 semesters (120 ECTS credits). The Mastère 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.

Business and management schools prepare students for roles in senior management, finance and business. Admission is typically based on successful completion of classes préparatoires or the Baccalauréat. Studies take three, four or five years depending on the previous level of education acquired.

These institutions can request programmatic recognition by the state in the form of a diplôme revêtu du visa official, also known as a diplôme visé (diploma validated with an official seal). This label attests to the quality of an individual programme and is awarded for a set number of years.

Programmes may be visé to the standard of at least bac+3, indicating a level comparable to the Grade de licence. Following the Bologna reforms, some of these programmes confer the Grade de master (Master’s degree).

Qualifications which include the title of Bachelor do not necessarily hold formal, national recognition or confer the Grade de licence. The recognition of individual programmes must be verified on a programme-by-programme basis.

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

Last Update: October 19, 2020

Last modified: October 19, 2020