Admission Requirements for Study in France, French Universities, Eligibility Criteria, Application Process, Procedure for Study in France-
Following is the eligibility criteria for study in france for mba, engineering, bachelors, masters and phd programs for getting admission into french universities:
The student who complete Secondary School in France receive a diploma known as the Baccalaureat. That entitles them to enter University. There are two different type of education institutes you can choose from Universities and Grandes Ecoles (Described as competitive Institutes). There are about 87 University and over 300 Grandes Ecoles in France. The university covers all disciplines and trains student for research. The Grande Ecoles take in lower number of students in areas that have a direct career applicability. These can be either Public or Private institutions.
The National Degree: 3 yrs of Bachelors degree (Licence). 1 or 2 yrs for Master Degree.
Institution Degree: 3 to 4 yrs for Bachelor, 1 yr for Master Degree
The French education system is very different in the whole world. You will have to apply to Universities and let them decide on the applicability of your previous academic background and experience to the course you are interested to study in.The Grandes Ecoles take in a lower number of students after a rigorious selection process and offer courses that specializes students in area that have a direct career applicability. The Grandes ecoles you have to appear for a competitive exams.
After selection the school or institute will tell you how to go ahead for processing our application.
The guidelines that remain common for all schools and institutes are as under:
In general, expect to be asked to provide the following types of information about yourself on your study abroad program application form(s): your academic performance (Grade Point Average, scholarships, etc…), your selling points/talents (what you think about yourself), letters of recommendation (what others think about you), your hobbies and interests, your knowledge of current events in France, your resume and official college transcript to date, etc...
The Personal Statement/Essay:-
Your Personal Statement/Essay is like a written handshake; it’s the first impression you give to administrators. Your personal statement is your opportunity to emphasize your best qualities and to show off your writing and communication skills. Also, if your transcript isn’t the greatest, you can use your personal statement to explain why, or to go into detail about your other talents away from school. While your GPA does factor into the equation, other extracurricular activities count as well, so be sure to list them. Even if there is a minimum GPA requirement that you don’t meet, you may still be able to participate in a program if you write a strong Personal Statement/Essay and have good letters of recommendation. You will probably write and re-write more than one draft of your personal statement before turning in your application. You may even want a professor to look it over before you write the final draft. This is especially true if you are asked to write your Personal Statement/Essay in French. Remember to show maturity and to tell your audience what you are hoping to learn and get out of your study abroad program. Briefly explain your personal and academic goals. Most study abroad program administrators particularly want to know why you desire to study abroad in France.
The Interview :-
If your Personal Statement/Essay is like a written handshake, then your Interview is your actual—in person—handshake. The Interview process lets a program selection committee match your face with your name. It allows them to see you on a more personal and human level, rather than just on paper. Since first impressions can leave lasting impressions, it is important to present yourself as best as possible. You may want to dress professionally for your interview, and get a good night’s sleep beforehand. As you may be asked about the current events of France, it’s helpful to read French and U.S. news in preparation for your interview. Remember your manners and be polite; give others your full attention and listen to everything being asked of you. Since group interviews are common, make sure to listen to other students as well. However, remember that a group interview is not a competition between you and the other students; you do not need to talk longer or louder than the others. If a question catches you off guard, or you don’t know the answer, ask the person to repeat the question. Take your time when answering, and be honest if you don’t know something.