France is a country that welcomes students from around the world. Each year, around 300,000 international students choose to study in France, making it the third most attractive country and the leading non-English speaking destination for student mobility, according to UNESCO.

Prospective applicants who have completed their secondary studies (high school diploma) may apply for admission to a French university or other institutions of higher education, provided they meet certain criteria. Each institution has full discretion to admit applicants and to determine the level at which they will be admitted — that is, the amount of credit to be granted for prior academic work.

Public universities mostly offer programs taught in French which require international applicants to have at least at B2 level of French, in compliance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

Programs partially or completely taught in English are becoming more available to address the influx of international students. For a list of these programs, click here.

Students who have completed their Bachelor's degree or the equivalent may apply for admission to Master's programs in France. At present, there are no officially recognized equivalences between French and Philippine degrees. Institutions make independent decisions on equivalence, they may also give credit to the applicant’s professional experience. 

Find your program – search engine for Master’s programs (English)

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    • Degree or diploma level → Master
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Students holding a Master’s degree or the equivalent of a European Master may apply for admission to a doctoral program in France. Programs generally last 3 years. Candidates who prepare and successfully defend a thesis or dissertation receive the Doctorate.

In applying to Doctoral schools, it is common for candidates to contact a department or a professor directly through email.

Use Campus France's directory of doctoral schools for a list of institutions in various disciplines and specializations. 

Prospective master’s or doctoral candidates must apply directly to the program/s of their choice. Most of the time, the application process is done through the institution's online portal. However, some institutions (though rarely) may ask applicants to send their documents through post. 

For a visual comparison (unofficial) between the French and Philippine education systems, refer to this page

Click here to access detailed explanations about the different degrees and diplomas offered at each academic level