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Education System Overview

In the 2015-2016 academic year, 17,214 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in France.

Academic year: September – July

Major school holidays/break:

  • October – November
  • Mid-December – early January
  • Mid-February – early March
  • Mid-April

Major exam period(s): June and July

5-7 years of English language classes are required for all French high schoolers.

Structure of the University System

Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: 3 years

Language of instruction in universities: French

Degrees offered: Licence, Masters and Doctorate

Non-degree tertiary education for which transfer credit may be granted: Classes préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles (CPGE)