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Universities in France

American Business School Paris

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. The school strives to produce future business leaders, who have good cultural awareness and an international way of perceiving the world around them. This is why students are prompted to take initiatives and work in multicultural teams. Except for its accreddited bachelor’s degree in Business... See full description.

American Graduate School in Paris

Paris, France
Located in the center of Paris, the American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) offers American higher education programs to students from around the world. AGS is a “boutique” school that concentrates all of the qualities of a top rate educational institution in an intimate, multicultural learning environment offering personalized attention to each student. AGS specializes in International Relations and Diplomacy. Paris being an ideal location to study this discipline, courses take advantage of the resources available through guest talks, site visits, and internship... See full description.

Burgundy School of Business

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 Bachelor's degree in Management, all carried out in English or in French. These are all accredited by the Conférences des Grandes Ecoles and open to French and international students. Another important point is that BSB has established a long standing tradition of welcoming international students. The... See full description.

Centre International D'etudes Francaises Universite de Bourgogne

Esplanade Erasme
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 wines. DIJON The historical capital, a mere 1h40 train-ride from Paris, is also a modern university town and a thriving economic centre for the region. THE UNIVERSITY On the campus of the University of Burgundy, 25.000 students are offered a full range of higher education courses. Associated... See full description.

École normale supérieure

Paris, 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 studies of humanities, science, and other subjects.

Emlyon Business School

Ecully, 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, AMBA, and the AACSB. EMLYON operates three campuses, with its main one situated in Lyon. There is also a new campus in Geneva, dedicated to Luxury Management and Marketing. Learning at the institute is centered around three areas: Internationalization, Entrepreneurship, and Technology. Degrees... See full description.

EPF - Sceaux

Sceaux , 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 double degrees); Joint Franco-German degree in Production and Automation, granted by EPF/Munich's Hochschule (HM), as well as a degree in IT and Industrial engineering, through apprenticeship. The degrees include a 1-year internship and a 15% of participation from international students.

ESCP Europe, Campus Paris

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. These include a Master in Management, a Master in European Business, and Executive MBA, as well as specialized Management masters in a number of areas, such as Auditing and Consulting, Finance, Marketing and Communication, and more. The Paris campus has made available a Ph.D opportunity as well.... See full description.

Graduate School of Language and Business La Rochelle

La Rochelle, France
Graduate School of Language and Business La Rochelle is an educational institution offering undergraduate, post graduate and executive courses in the fields of Management, Tourism & Finance. The school opened doors in 1901 in France and has proved to be one of the leading Business and Management Schools Internationally. It has made available bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as an MBA. Several programs are available in English for international students, while the school also teaches French language as a course to foreigners and offers them options of learning the language at... See full description.

Groupe ESC Dijon Bourgogne

Dijon, France
Groupe ESC Dijon Bourgogne was was founded in 1899, in France. Since then the school has always welcomed international students from all parts of the world, with over 110 years of experience. Burgundy School of Business is a top educational and research institute and a leading one in a list of top French academic institutions in Business & Management. The school’s stated goal is to produce world-class graduates that will greatly contribute to the local and international economy. Degrees offered here include bachelor’s and master’s in Marketing & Business, masters specializations... See full description.

Horizons University

Paris, France
We are a non-profit university located in Paris, France. We offer programs and course on campus or online. Accredited with ECBE and a candidate with ACBSP, we offer flexible and affordable degree programs including BBA, MBA and DBA. See website for full program listings.

Institut Catholique de Paris

Paris, France
the Institut Catholique of Paris is a private Centre, non-profit, located in the centre of Paris, France. The school provides studies for more than 15,500 students, of whom 4,500 are international. Their programs are undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD.

International Fashion Academy, IFA Paris

Paris, France
International Fashion Academy, better known as IFA Paris-Shanghai, is a multi-disciplinary fashion school that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in design, technique and business on its campuses in Paris and Shanghai. IFA Paris's mission is to provide young fashion professionals with the skills and attitude necessary to become leaders in international fashion & luxury companies and, at the same time, to strongly encourage its graduates to lead the way in the next generation of fashion design. IFA Paris currently enrolls over 900 students from around the world at its Paris and... See full description.

ISM, International School of Management

Paris, France
The International School of Management is an American graduate school awarding MBA, iMBA, DBA, and PhD degrees, all based on the International Business Management curriculum. The institution has campuses in Paris, France, and New York City, requiring international students to attend courses in partner institutions like Fudan University in China, Temple University Japan, etc. In order to apply, students need to have an average of ten years senior management experience. They have the opportunity to design their own curriculum, tailoring it to their professional interests. The institution is... See full description.

Kedge Business School

Marseille, France
Kedge Business School 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. Furthermore, it holds triple accreditation: EQUIS, AMBA, and the AACSB. Euromed Management has made available various bachelor’s master’s, MBA degrees, as well as executive education opportunities. Some of the degrees offer the option to study 2 years in France, and another 2 years in a... See full description.

Schiller International University, Paris

Paris, France
The educational mission of Schiller International University is to prepare students, personally and professionally, for future leadership roles in an international setting. In its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Schiller provides students with the competencies they need for professional careers as well as for further academic study. The educational process puts particular emphasis on developing international and cross-cultural competencies through foreign language training, intercampus transfer, or other international academic opportunities, and intense interaction among... See full description.

SUPINFO Rennes Campus

Rennes, France
SUPINFO is a private university, which was created in 1965, and specializes in the teaching of Computer Science. SUPINFO trains ICT professionals who can then be employed by IT companies. Students are issued a diploma, which is registered by the French State as a level I national professional certificate. The curriculum is a generalistic computer science one with all 36 schools, delivering the same degree. This enables students to move from one geographical site to another if they wish to. It is also possible to attend classes in a different campus within the school year. The study... See full description.

Université de la Rochelle

La Rochelle, France
The Université de La Rochelle, or University of La Rochelle, is an educational institution offering a multi-disciplinary curriculum which is structured around the three-cycle degree structure (Bachelor-Master-Doctorate or BMB / or in France, the License-Master-Doctorate or LMD).  Courses are offered to students in four main areas of study:  Science, Technology and Medicine; Arts, French, and other Languages; Social Sciences and Humanities; and Law, Economics and Management. The University of La Rochelle’s programs are designed in such a way to allow students to follow ... See full description.

Université Paris-Sud 11

Paris, France
The Université Paris-Sud 11 is an institution of higher education of international character, since it welcomes about 5,000 foreign students, from more than 130 countries. It is composed of 5 campuses, 3 institutes of technology and one of engineering and is considered one of the most prestigious in the world.

Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6,UPMC

Paris, France
The Université Pierre et Marie Curie adopted this name in 1974. Its headquarters is in Paris and is considered one of the most prestigious in the world.

Universities in France by City:

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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.