French System of Higher Studies

The French High-Educational system

In France, the baccalauréat is an academic qualification. It is the main qualification required to pursue university studies.

In France, 2 high-educational systems coexist:

  • An open system

This is the system of universities. All students graduated from « Baccalauréat » have the right to pursue their studies at the university, with no pre-selection. They can choose all the domains of studies.

  • A selective system

Students have to pass a selective entrance exam. An interview might complete the procedure. This is the procedure chosen by Grandes Ecoles, Classes Préparatoires.

Those schools produce most of France’s executives, scientists and managers.


Les Grandes Ecoles : System of ParisTech

‘Gandes Ecoles’ are higher education establishments, generally characterized by one area: engineering schools, Business Schools.

The ‘Grandes Ecole’ are selective in their admission of students, and they generally delivered high level degree (Master degree, PhD, Post-Master).


The Grandes Ecoles are widely regarded as prestigious, for the high qulity of education and the excellence of the faculties and research.

Grande Ecole diplomas are the culmination of a first-class education distinguished by:

  • A competitive environment with a rigorous selection process upon application and throughout the course;
  • Innovative teaching methods that combine theory and practice;
  • High scientific potential;
  • Close collaboration with the worlds of business and research;International ranking.