French Higher Education System

1- French Higher Education System

French higher education adopts a common European structure: the LMD system – Licence (Bachelor in French), Master and Doctorate. It is based on the number of semesters completed after finishing your secondary education (passed the French Baccalauréat or HKDSE or equivalent), as well as their corresponding European credits ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System):

Licence = 6 semesters = Baccalauréat or equivalent + 3 years = 180 ECTS

Master = 10 semesters = Baccalauréat or equivalent + 5 years = 300 ECTS

Doctorate= 16 semesters = Baccalauréat or equivalent + 8 years

2- French Higher Education Institutions

Institutions offering higher education training in France are constituted of:

2.1- Universities

They cover all disciplines from Bachelor’s degrees to PhD degrees, with academic and scientific researches as the focus.

2.2- Grandes écoles and Écoles supérieures

Competitive institutions mainly for Business and Engineering studies. Their diplomas are usually equivalent to a Master’s degree and are recognized by the French government.

2.3- Schools of Art

France’s écoles supérieures of art and applied arts are public institutions of very high quality and selectivity, which confer nationally-regulated diplomas after 3 or 5 years of study.

2.4- Schools of Architecture

All 20 national schools of architecture regulated by the French Ministry of Culture offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programmes of specialization. The professional credential known as HMONP can also be offered, entitling graduate architects to direct building projects independently and in their own name.

2.5- Specialized Schools

They offer career-oriented programmes in specific professional areas, like tourism, hotel management, culinary arts, fashion, design, etc, and require 2 to 5 years of study.

3- Do you need to speak French?

All postsecondary programmes can be found on the search engine “Find your programme” of the Campus France Hong Kong website:

Among them, more than 800 programmes are taught in English, covering all disciplines and all levels. The exhibitors of our Virtual Education Fair will showcase mainly their programmes taught in English. If you want to explore more by yourself, the following Campus France catalogue can facilitate your search:

Nevertheless, Campus France recommends learning French before your arrival and during your stay in France because:

  • French is spoken by 220 million people around the world. It is the language used by 77 states and governments on 5 continents.
  • The 3 capitals of the European Union (Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg) are French-speaking cities.
  • French is a working language of the United Nations and the EU institutions, as well as one of the official languages of the International Olympic Committee and the African Union.

4- Disciplines you can study in France

French higher education institutions cover a wide range of domains like:

  • Architecture
  • Arts & Design
  • Computer Science
  • Culinary Arts
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Media Communication
  • Political Science
  • Science
  • Tourism & Hospitality

For more information:

Please check out the website of Campus France Hong Kong:

publié le 10/04/2014

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