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What is an Classes Internationales?

Classes Internationales give you access to the best French higher education establishments to study ... in French.

All you have to do is explore the map and the different programs on offer.

In Classes Internationales, you spend between a semester and an academic year at a school that prepares you for admission to a university, engineering or management school to continue your studies in French. You'll be welcomed by a complete team, alongside other international students, Indians and people of all nationalities, to support your progress in learning French.

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This is your gateway to France.

At their official meeting in July 2023, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron decided to create a new program starting in September 2024. It is designed to welcome India's brightest high-school graduates, whether or not they speak French.

Whether you've already studied a little French in college or are a complete beginner, you may think it's impossible to get into the most renowned French universities.

You'd be wrong!

Now it's up to you to consult the menu and get in touch with the various establishments that have signed up to this innovative Classes Internationales program. Choice is yours. Use the email contacts provided in the catalog and start discussing your future directly with the school.

Apply now and only until the 31st of March 2024.

The French system of Higher education

Higher Education in French
The universities: higher education for all

Universities receive 75% of the foreign students who pick France for their post-secondary education. These public institutes of higher education are financed by the French State. Located all around France, the universities confer national degrees (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate) that all have the same academic value.

Everyone who has a high school diploma or equivalent can enroll in first year. Science, literature, languages, arts, humanities, medicine and sport: university programmes cover all of the areas of learning and research. You might find there : Science, Engineering, Management, Human sciences and even Arts.

The Grandes Ecoles: the French culture of excellence

20% of foreign students are enrolled in a programme in the Grandes Ecoles. Écoles Normales Supérieures (ENS -Institutes of Advanced Education), Instituts d’Etudes Politiques (IEP - Political Science Institutes), engineering schools, business and management schools, veterinary schools and a few others, these Grandes Ecoles are public and private institutes of higher education recognised by the State. They confer degrees after 3 (Bachelor of Science, Technology or Management) or ₹ 5 years (Master’s diplomas, most of them having a state recognition as awarding a national Master’s degree) of studies. Much of the training is provided in English but the main academic offer is in French and can only be accessed to francophone students.

Admission to the Grandes Ecoles is very selective. It is based on a competitive entry exam after two years of preparatory classes, with an appropriate degree or directly after high school for schools that have an integrated preparatory programme. Tuition and fees are higher than for university.

Grandes écoles mainly teach Engineering and Business.

Specialized schools and institutes: specific programmes

Nearly 3,000 public and private institutes of higher education offer courses in specific sectors such as medicine, audio-visual, communication, journalism, fashion and design, agronomy, political science, etc.

These institutes confer degrees and certificates that may or may not be recognised by the State. Admission to these specialized schools and institutes is based on a competitive entry exam or the applicant's file. Studies there generally last two to five years.

Schools of art and applied arts

In France, there are nearly 50 public schools of art and design directly overseen by the Ministry of Culture. Training in art, design and communication is provided in two steps of three or five years, with national degrees awarded on successful completion. Some also offer a third level of studies.

Four highly-reputable public schools of art are directly overseen by the Ministry of Higher Education: Boulle, Olivier de Serres, Duperré and Estienne. They confer national degrees in graphic design, spatial design, fashion and arts and crafts.

Some private schools or schools that depend from chambers of commerce and industry award their own degrees. Some are registered in the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP - National Repertoire of Professional Certifications). These institutes of higher education in art and applied arts are very selective, and enrolment is through analysis of the applicant's file, by competitive entry exam and / or interview. Applications may be filed online on the site Campus Art.

The national schools of architecture (ENSA)

The Ecoles Nationales Supérieures d’Architecture (ENSA - the national schools of architecture) form a network of 20 public schools overseen by both the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Higher education, Research and Innovation. Two other institutes, the École Spéciale d’Architecture (Special School of Architecture) and the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (National Institute of Applied Science) in Strasbourg, are part of the same network and confer equivalent degrees.

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