Universities in France


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About universities in France

The higher education system in France is excellent, although it is a bit unusual when compared to other countries.  Like most developed nations, France has a system of universities in which students can receive undergraduate, Masters Degrees and professional certificates, but while universities are considered the pinnacle of the education system in most other countries, in France, this is not the case.  In France, the apex of the educational system is represented by the country’s “Grandes Ecoles.”

Universities and Grandes Ecoles

In France there are nearly 100 universities, and it is here that the majority of students will go after graduating from the lycée, France’s equivalent to the American high school.  These universities offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate majors, and in terms of teaching and research, they are very comparable to most of the mid-range universities in other countries.

The “granddaddy” of higher education in France is the Grandes Ecoles.  These schools, which are typically very small and exceedingly selective, offer an advanced education to France’s student elite.  Grandes Ecoles are similar to the Ivy League schools in the United States, in that they are both very esteemed and cater strictly to those who have, and continue to demonstrate academic excellence.

Graduates of the Grandes Ecoles generally go on to become the leaders in French society, the senior civil servants or “haut fonctionnaires.”  This includes business leaders, engineers, physicists, politicians, military brass, and others.

When it comes to funding for higher education in France, the Grandes Ecoles are awarded a disproportionate piece of the pie, which even widens the gap between these small elite schools and the country’s universities.  Despite this imbalance, however, French universities do a marvelous job at preparing students in their field of study, and are generally considered some of the most efficient and effective schools in the world.

French Technical Institutes

For those who choose to pursue a more vocational track, the French Technical Institutes, or “Instituts Universitaires Technologiques” (IUTs) offer intensive studies in around 25 different career fields.  These programs typically span two years (a third year is required for the full professional license), and upon graduation students will receive job placement assistance in the industry of their choice.  Graduates are awarded a certificate of completion, which not only helps them secure future employment, but can also be applied towards higher education credits at one the country’s universities should they choose to seek more education.

Specialized Schools of Higher Education

The final component of the higher education system in France is the Specialized Schools of Higher Education.  These institutions focus solely on professional training in a number of different career areas.  Some of these schools include the Ecoles de journalism (school of journalism), the Ecoles d’art (school of art), and the Ecoles d’architecture (school of architecture), just to name a few.

The admission requirements for these specialized schools of higher education will vary depending on the field of study the student pursues, but generally an entrance exam is required in addition to successful graduation from a French lycée.

List of universities in France

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Contact: American Business School Paris

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Paris, France
The American Business School Paris was established in 1985, while in 1995 it merged with Institut de Gestion Sociale, one of France’s most respected private universities. The American Business school offers educational opportunities, which are structured around the American academic system.... See full description.
Contact: American Graduate School in Paris

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101, boulevard Raspail, Paris, Ile de France, France
The American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) is an American graduate school offering degrees in international business and international relations. It is situated in a lively area in the center of Paris, close to the famous Luxemburg gardens and just a few minutes walk to the Latin Quarter, the... See full description.
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Contact: Burgundy School of Business

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International Relations Office, 29, rue Sambin, Dijon, France
Burgundy School of Business is an institution of higher education, established in 1899. It is a well-renown teaching and research school, part of the network of top French academic institutions in management. Burgundy School of Business has made available eight Master's degrees and one... See full description.
Contact: Centre International D'etudes Francaises Universite de Bourgogne

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MAISON DE L'UNIVERSITE Maison de L'universite, Esplanade Erasme, Burgundy
BURGUNDY Come and discover, in the very heart of Europe, a region rich in history and boasting a centuries-old heritage. With its flourishing architectural past, art and gastronomy, the whole spectrum of French culture is represented here, a fitting background for our world-famous Burgundy... See full description.
Contact: École normale supérieure

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45, rue d’Ulm / 29, rue d’Ulm, Paris, Paris cedex 05, France
The Ecole normale superieure welcomes in their classrooms to about 2,700 students, many of whom come from nearly 50 countries. The institution is ranked as one of the best in the world. It consists of fourteen departments, between teaching and research, and their programs are focused towards... See full description.
Contact: Emlyon Business School

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Head office, 23, av. Guy de Collongue. BP 174, Ecully Cedex, France
EMLYON Business School is a French business school, established in 1872. The institution was formed by Lyon’s local business community, and is affiliated to the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry. What is interesting about the school is that it has triple accreditation: EQUIS by the EFMD,... See full description.
Contact: EPF - Sceaux

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3, bis Rue Lakanal, Sceaux , Hauts de Seine, France
EPF is a graduate school of engineering, established in 1925. The institution operates three campuses - in Sceaux, Troyes and Montpellier. The school receives about 1250 students yearly, 40% of whom are women. The institute has made available general EPF engineering degrees (+6 international... See full description.
Contact: ESCP Europe, Campus Paris

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79, avenue de la République, Paris, Paris cedex 11
ESCP Europe is an international business school, which operates campuses in five major European cities: Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin, and Turin. Founded in 1819, it is the oldest business school in the world. On the Paris campus, the school offers a very wide range of academic opportunities.... See full description.
Contact: Euromed Management

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Campus de Luminy, Marseille, France
Euromed Management is a French business school in Marseille. It was established in 1872 by the Chambre de Commerce et d' Industrie Marseille-Provence. The Financial Times has included the institution in the top 30 European Business Schools as well as the top 10 Masters in Management in France.... See full description.
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