Education System in France

French system / Bangladesh system

 BEPC (Base d’Essais de la Petite Ceinture) / 10th STD

 Baccalaureate / 12th STD

 Bachelors(License) / Undergraduate certificate diploma

 Masters / Postgraduate

 Doctorate/ PhD

The French educational system is highly centralized; organized and branched. It is divided into 3 different stages:

 Primary education

 Secondary education

 Higher education

Primary Education:

In France, kids start school very early, school starts at 3 (for almost 100%) and children spend 3 years in kindergarten, schooling is compulsory until age 16.

Secondary Education:

For secondary education age is from 11 to 15 which is known as BEPC which is equivalent to 10 the STD in Bangladesh, then the students who complete secondary school in France receive a diploma known as the Baccalaureate which is equivalent to 12th in Bangladesh.

Higher education:

Higher education is offered in a different institution. There are two different types of educational institutes that International Students usually you can choose between Universities and Grande Ecoles.


There are about 88 public Universities spread throughout the country. They cover the entire range of academic disciplines from the sciences, including Mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology to technology, covering computer science, engineering, material science and electrical engineering through to literature, language, the arts, the social science, law economics management health sports and more. The university covers all disciplines and trains student for research. Students are usually in larger classes with fewer support systems. The fee structure is sometimes lower than the other countries.

Grande Ecoles:

The Grande Ecoles are uniquely French institutions, created in the early 19th century in parallel to the university system; they are extremely selective and offer education of a very high standard. There are over 300 Grande Ecoles in France covering different subject areas. The fee structure can sometimes be higher but students benefit from smaller class sizes, better support systems and excellent networks (alumni companies and international partners). These can be either Public or Private Institutions or part of both.

Popular Courses:  MBA, IT, Engineering, Fashion, Art, and Design

Entry Requirements for Masters

MBA: A good bachelor degree, 2 to 3-year work experience, GMAT.

Master: Good bachelor degree.

English requirement + Eligibility: IELTS with a score of band 6 is mandatory to secure the admission in France.

Ranking and Accreditation:

There are several ranking is published by the reputable newspaper and specialized press. The Grande Ecole always comes out of the top. They are also highly accredited institutions.

The UK Financial Times has ranked the Best Business schools in Europe, X of them are French Grande Ecoles For example, the best Grande Ecole Business Schools are accredited by EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB (international accreditations). They are also approved by the government. The best Grande Ecole

Engineering Schools are accredited by the French Board of Engineering Degrees. Member of the CGE (French Conference of top management and engineering Schools) and the CDEFI (Conference of Directors of French Engineering Schools). Awarded the EURACE label.

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