Studying abroad in France

This article will guide you through the basic steps to apply to universities in France. This process can be a bit complicated, so be careful to follow each step and arrange it carefully.

Step 1: Prepare the paperwork

  • Passport valid throughout your stay in France.
  • Transcripts from previous studies to prove your academic ability.
  • French certificate if required by your degree program.

Step 2: Campus France’s CEF process is for non-EU citizens

If you are a citizen of one of the 35 countries listed on the CampusFrance CEF program list, you will need to submit a preliminary application for admission (DAP) to the French Embassy or Consulate in your country.

DAP will include mandatory online profiles for countries on the 35 CEF countries list. The DAP system will be open starting in January and must be completed before the deadline. Before applying, contact the international student office at your desired school to determine whether you meet the admission requirements. Each university may have different entry requirements, so be sure to check with the academic program of your choice.

Non-EU students also need a visa to study in France. Read more about how to apply for a French student visa here.

Step 3: Apply and a few things to note

Public universities usually receive applications in mid-April after French students complete their exams. As a foreign student, you should try to apply as soon as possible so that you can complete your papers before the summer and get ready to enroll in early September. Note that French universities are always very strict about the deadline, so do not make an appointment to the last minute and start preparing the procedure as soon as possible. Next, you should also apply to many universities in case you are not accepted by the 1st school. Although universities in France usually require an application fee, you should apply in more than one program. Lastly, don’t be afraid to contact international students at universities and local Campus France representatives for timely support.