To gain an admission in a French University student should normally possess a Baccalauréat (BAC).
Those who does not hold a BAC can do a foundation course called the Diplôme d’accès aux études Universitaires (DAEU) to get an admission to University.
Anyone can pursue this course as the age is not a bar. But applicants should left school at least two years before. This course can be taken by attending to college on a regular basis for four years or through distance education as well.
Some universities also ask for professional experience and personal knowledge.
Candidates who wish to apply for a French University from the EEC area need a good command of the French language and would need to apply direct to the University of their Choice. Preliminary contact with the university is recommended in the first instance, as admission procedures and criteria do vary.
Students from Non EU countries need to apply through the French Embassy in their home country by mid January.
Two year vocational courses are offered by Universities and Institutes.
The main qualifications offered are the Diplôme d’Edudes Universitaires Scientifiques et Techniques (DEUST) and the Diploma Universitaire de Technologie (DUT).
To this list of short courses we should also add two higher education courses offered through the lycées, the Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles (CPGE) and the Brevet de Technicien Superieur.