If you don't know anything about world famous Grand Ecoles then you know nothing about education in France!
The most prestigious, the best, and the most in-demand specializations are taught there. Holders of diplomas from the Grandes Ecoles include French Presidents, functionaries, leading economists and all those in positions of power in France. Admission to a university automatically makes you a part of the elite of French society and opens almost any door in France and around the world.
The Grand Ecoles include universities that specialize in exact sciences, literature, philosophy or management. An engineering diploma obtained at one of the Grandes Ecoles makes you one of the best specialists in the country and a member of the elite Grandes Ecoles alumni community.
It comes as no surprise that the process of applying to and getting accepted at a Grande Ecole is quite complicated. Even the French or foreigners with perfect French find it difficult.
You will be faced with a complex selection process, which includes difficult entrance exams among other challenges. Therefore, there are special preparatory courses for university entrance in France . More information about them can be found on our website.
At the end of the prépas, you will need to pass the entrance exam to the Grande Ecole. This can be taken remotely or in France. There are several phases - le concours d'entrée en écoles après une prépa and admission parallèle, which takes place during the 3rd or 4th year of study. Good results in this competition means enrollment in the Grande Ecole but to achieve this, you need to attend preparatory courses for at least two years (and sometimes more).
If you can't enrol in preparatory courses or do not wish to try your hand at studying at one of the Grandes Ecoles, you can enroll in a special Business School. These institutions have similar programs with Grandes Ecoles but it is much easier to get into them. For more information about Business Schools, read a separate article on paid higher education in France.
After finishing studies at college and lycée, school leavers aspire to enroll (the French call it “signing up”) in university.
Before heading to France, you have to solve a lot of organizational issues associated with getting a French visa, selecting accommodation and choosing an educational institution.
While drafting and putting together your dossier, you will encounter some specific features and requirements that cannot be bypassed.
Why do you need a CV when applying to universities in France?
A motivation letter is a very important part of your dossier.
The French government take care of gifted students or those who have low incomes, so that they are not left without the allowances, rewards and social benefits at their disposal.
One of the important stages of applying to virtually any educational institution of France is the interview with its representative.