The French Excellence
France's tertiary education and university tradition is several centuries old. How would you feel to study in one of the first university built in the world? The well-known La Sorbonne was founded in 1253 and has seen generations of students since centuries. Both this legacy and degrees certification makes a reputation for quality for French tertiary education institutions. All degrees have the same value, whatever the university. France carries out an elite policy in the tertiary education industry to increase its attractiveness. Its academic system is ranked 7th in the world, according to Times Higher Education. The best management Masters in the world is French and five French institutions are in the top 10 according to the Financial Times. France has also 6 of the best MBA's in the world.
Moreover, France owes its economic success to its research capacity and to its achievements in the fields of space, transportation, electronics, telecommunications, chemistry, biotechnology, health, and mathematics.
Be a part of one of the world's most effective educational systems
Imbued with the tradition of a thousand years of scholarship, France's persified network of more than 3,500 institutions of higher learning, both public and private, and its internationally renowned research centers deliver top-notch educational programs. The network comprises 83 universities, 205 engineering schools, 200 schools of business and management, 120 public art schools, and 20 schools of architecture. In addition, more than 3,000 specialized schools and institutes provide instruction in specific sectors, such as social work, paramedical functions, tourism, sports and physical education, fashion, and design.
A French specificity: University and Grandes Ecoles:
France's system of higher education enrolls 2.2 million students, two-thirds of whom attend the country's 83 public universities.
France's 83 publicly financed universities are well distributed around the nation. They award national diplomas, which provide the assurance of a uniformly high level of educational quality regardless of where they are earned—from the famous Sorbonne to the alpine campuses of the universities of Grenoble and Chambéry and the island campus of the University of Corsica.
The universities offer programs in all disciplines, including the sciences (mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology), technology (computer science, engineering, electrotechnics, materials), literature, languages, the arts, the social sciences, law, economics, business, health and medicine, and physical education. All of the nation's universities are public. The universities offer programs at every level; their graduates receive nationally regulated degrees known as national diplomas: the licence (3 years), master (5 years), and doctorate (8 years).
Deeply committed to their corporate, academic, and research partners in France and abroad, the nation's universities daily demonstrate their dynamism and their ability to respond to change.
In parallel with the traditional academic degree ladder, the universities have been able to accommodate new educational needs:
- University-based engineering programs now confer 60% of the engineering degrees awarded in France each year.
- More than 2.000 career-oriented licence degrees, known as licences professionnelles, are available.
- Technical programs are offered in 24 specialty areas in university-based institutes of technology (IUTs, instituts universitaires de technologie).
- Management programs are available in university-based institutes of business administration (IAE, instituts d'administration des entreprises).
- Programs in political science and economics are based in university based institutes of politics (IEP, instituts d'études politiques) and Science Po Paris.
- Journalism and communication are taught in specialized institutes in several universities. Examples include CELSA at the University of Paris- Sorbonne and the Centre Universitaire d'Enseignement du Journalisme at the University of Strasbourg.
GRANDES ECOLES +
Unique to France, the first Grandes Écoles were established in the early 19th century to operate in parallel with the universities. Their distinction then, as now, lay in offering professional education at a very high level. The Grandes Écoles remain very selective. Together they enrol about 226,000 students.
All Grandes Écoles offer five-year diplomas recognized by the government to be equivalent to the European master. They may also offer intermediate degrees and specialized diplomas, among them the bachelor (in three or four years), the Master of Science (MSc) (in four or five years), the master of business administration (MBA), and the specialized mastère (MS) (six years). The traditional path into the Grandes Écoles was by examination following two years of preparatory classes. Students then earned their degree in three more years of increasingly specialized study. However many schools offer admission to a 5-year curriculum directly from secondary school.
To accommodate international students, many Grandes Écoles offer admission on the strength of the applicant's academic record. The degree may be earned in two to five years, depending on the amount of credit the applicant receives for his or her prior academic work.
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING +More than 200 schools of engineering, public and private, run the gamut of engineering sciences. But they also have some common characteristics, emblematic of the solid quality of the diploma d'ingénieur, a venerable French degree that is fully equivalent to the European master. The diplôme d'ingénieur is a national graduation that entitles its holder to apply to a doctoral program. Public schools of engineering charge tuition of approximately €550 per year.
BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT +France's Grandes Écoles of business and management, about 200 in number, are recognized by the national government and may boast other distinctions as well, such as membership in the management section of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles. Operating at a variety of levels, France's many schools of business and management offer programs geared to economic requirements and new management practices. Internships and international exchanges play a large role in many programs. The great majority of schools have come together to offer common entrance exams. About 190 schools admit students directly from secondary school. Most of France's business schools are private; many are affiliated with local chambers of commerce and industry. The annual tuition varies widely but is generally between €2,000 and €30,000.
SCHOOLS AND SPECIALIZED INSTITUTES +
More than 3,000 educational institutions, public and private, known as écoles spécialisées, extend the French system of higher education into specific areas such health, paramedical specialties, architecture, arts, audiovisual arts, communication, journalism, social work, fashion, design, tourism, culinary arts, hotel management, agriculture, and agronomy.
These institutions offer government-accredited degrees as well as other credentials specific to the institution that confers them. Programs demand from two to five years of study. Admission is by examination or on the basis of the applicant's academic record.
PROGRAMMES IN ENGLISH +
France's success in attracting students from around the world reflects not only the excellence of higher education in France, but also the quality of daily life, the variety and richness of French culture, and the easy access to the rest of Europe students enjoy while earning their degree.
That success also stems from the fact that one no longer needs to be fluent in French to study in France. Students no longer have to choose between coming to France and studying in a language they understand. They start out in English first, and their French improve as well.
Other than Erasmus Mundus 'Master' and 'Doctoral' program taught in English that has been tailored to increase student's mobility towards the European Higher Education (complete list of Erasmus Mundus Master and Doctoral programs can be found at http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/index_en.php) many programs are now taught in English.
Today, there are more than 600 programmes and courses offered entirely in English at French institutions, majority of the programmes are at Postgraduate level. Thanks to the initiative by the National agency for the promotion of French higher education abroad (CampusFrance), you can choose your program taught in English with the CampusFrance online catalog, the advantages of this online catalog are:
- It updates regularly by the academic institutions
- As you select various programs, you can view them on the map to see the institution located in France
- Include all levels of studies, from summer courses to Master and PhD
- You can choose you program according to your skill, select the right proportion taught in English (100% or less)
- Cross as many criteria as you like, to find the right programs that fits your objective
- For each program you'll find, admission requirements, tuition fees, duration of the programs and other information's on the specific programs
Application procedure to these programs is similar to those programs conducted in French. Each institution has its own requirements, but usually students need to provide transcripts, degrees and TOEFL or IELTS scores. Application forms can be found online and usually have to be submitted early in the year for an intake in September. For MBA's many institution require a GMAT and several years of working experience.
FUNDING YOUR STUDIES IN FRANCE +
Annual tuition rates at public institutions are set by law. The rates for the 2010–11 academic years are:
- €174 for licence programs (Bachelor's Degree)
- €237 for master's programs
- €359 for doctoral programs
- €564 for programs leading to the diplôme d'ingénieur (Engineering School)
FRENCH GOVERNMENT +
Foreign students may qualify for three types of financial awards: granted either by the French government, or by the government of their home country, or by international and non-governmental organizations. Most of the scholarships financed by the French government are administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which makes approximately 22,000 grants each year.
These grant programs are of two types:
- Scholarships offered under bilateral assistance programs between France and foreign governments. More than 80 percent of French government grants are of this type. Prospective applicants may obtain information from the office of culture and cooperation at the French embassy and consulates in their country.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also provides grants within the framework of specific programs run by its departments in Paris
MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT +
The Malaysian Government also offers scholarships to students to further their studies in France. Scholarships are usually advertised via local media such as the daily newspaper. Deadlines for the submission of applications are usually not long after the release of SPM results. Application forms will be made available for a small fee from the Public Service Department (JPA) or at other specified government offices. Those shortlisted will need to attend an interview before a select few are finally chosen.
Some examples of such scholarships are the Pre-France program for Malaysian Students in Engineering, jointly sponsored by JPA and MARA, and the SFERE Program for Malaysian Students in Engineering, which is offered by JPA, Telekom Malaysia.
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES +
Certain universities in France also offer sponsorship to international students. These may be particularly worth looking up if you already have a clear picture of where and what you'd like o study and good academic achievement in that area.
For example, INSA Lyon awards grants of €2,000 per year over three years, sometimes four years, to its foreign students. The study program is for five years and leads to an engineering degree (two year common-core syllabus followed by three years in a specialized field of engineering). The study grants shall help foreign students to finance their studies at INSA and are awarded on social criteria. Application need to be submitted after admission to INSA Lyon has been granted. The school will make direct contact with the student concerned.
CORPORATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS +
Many commercial and charitable organizations in Malaysia offer scholarships for students to pursue higher education abroad. It is important to read the terms of scholarships carefully to ensure that you meet the basic criteria and that France is one of the countries that the organization will pay for you to study in.
For example, this year the FUGAM association will sponsor Malaysian students to learn French Language at a selected Language center in France as a mission to attract Malaysian student to learn the French Language.
INTERNATIONAL AND EUROPEAN UNION PROGRAMMES AND INITIATIVES +Scholarships may also be available to you from other sources. For instance the Erasmus Mundus program under the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) offers scholarships to International student with the intended purpose of encouraging students from other nations to study in European Union countries such as France. The program encourages personal mobility and cooperation between European and non-European academic institutions. Its goal is to promote the European Union as a world-class region of academic excellence, to contribute to the sustainable development of higher education in third countries, and to enhance students' career prospects.
FINANCING YOUR DOCTORAL TRAINING +
If you're planning to pursue a doctorate in France, several financing options are available.
Brain Gain Malaysia grants:
Malaysian researchers can also apply for Brain Gain Malaysia grants, sponsored by the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), enables scientists or Ph.D students to gain research exposure and build networks at the international level.
Selected scientists will be granted a scholarship in order to conduct research within a university or a research institute overseas. The programme is pided into two distinct programmes: the International Fellowship programme and the Post-Doctoral programme.
Employment agreements, a new system of doctoral contracts has replaced the old systems of research allocations and teaching assistantships. Doctoral contracts have the features—and the legal force—of inpidual employment agreements.
Each doctoral contract specifies the objective and the duration of the mission of a particular doctoral candidate, as well as the type of activities in which the candidate will be engaged under the contract. Contracted candidates have the right to paid vacation and accumulate seniority, just like other civil servants.
Doctoral candidates who devote themselves solely to research earn less (€1,685 monthly) than those who take on other tasks such as teaching, popularization of research results, or consulting assignments (€2,025 monthly).
The amounts specified above are legal minimums that inpidual institutions are free to exceed depending on their recruiting goals and the qualifications of the candidate.
CIFRE +Industrial agreements for training through research Under a CIFRE agreement, young scholars and scientists perform their dissertation research in a corporate setting, working on a research and development program in collaboration with an external research team affiliated with a university or other noncommercial entity. To be eligible for a CIFRE agreement, you must hold a master's degree or the equivalent, such as the diplôme d'ingénieur.
INTERNATIONAL JOINT SUPERVISION OF DISSERTATION RESEARCH +
Candidates may work toward their doctorate in France and another country under an agreement between two (or more) institutions of higher education that provides for joint supervision of dissertation research.
The basic terms of such agreements are as follows:
- Candidates perform their work under the supervision of a dissertation adviser in each of the countries involved.
- Candidates pide their time between the participating institutions.
- The language of the dissertation is specified in the agreement.
- The dissertation is defended only once, but successful candidates receive two degrees.
- Joint supervision of dissertation research is not, in itself, a mechanism of financial assistance, but it may be (and often is) accompanied by such assistance.
The recent creation of joint doctoral colleges by French and foreign universities has enabled more joint-supervision arrangements to obtain financial support from programs designed to foster international mobility in science and academia.
Info: Students have to keep in mind that in national universities, the French Government pays a very large part of each student's study expenses (about 10,000 Euros per year), keeping admission fees among the lowest in the world.
Malaysia France University Centre
The Malaysia-France University Centre (MFUC) is a bilateral institution, set on a government to government initiative in 2006. Its primary objective is to reinforce cooperation between France and Malaysia in the Higher Education and Research sectors.
In accordance with the Higher Education strategies of the two countries, theMFUC functions as an interface between the two education systems and facilitates the creation of partnerships (joint research, degree transfer, student exchanges or other) from pre-U to Doctorate level.
We offer advisory services and assistance both to inpiduals interested in studying in France and to institutions looking for partnerships with French universities.