International students: How to apply for undergraduate programmes

Information for foreign students who want to apply to an undergraduate programme at Université Paris-Saclay. Want to know how to apply to a French university for the first time? It depends on your nationality, your country of residence and the studies you choose.

This section explains the French education system and all the application procedures that vary depending on your situation.

The French higher education system

The French higher education system

The French higher education is a three-tier system with undergraduate, masters and PhD programme: Licence, Master and Doctorat shortened to L, M and D. This is the system used by higher education in all European countries that apply the Bologna Process, including France.

There are 3 types of university degrees in France:

  • The Licence (L1, L2, L3) is an undergraduate degree which requires 6 semesters (3 years) of study or 180 ECTS.

  • The Master’s degree (M1, M2) is a graduate degree that requires an additional 2 years of study, for a total of 5 years.

  • The PhD requires an additional 3 years of study for a total of 8 years or 16 semesters.

There are 2 types of Masters:

  • The Research Masters which prepares you for PhD studies.

  • The Professional Masters which prepares you for employment.

Undergraduate degrees and Master’s courses are divided into specialised fields. For example, there is a Master's degree in Science, Technology and Health with a specialisation in Basic and applied Mathematics that follows the Probability and Statistics course.

The engineering degree is a national diploma. The national institute of engineering accredits engineering schools that are permitted to issue degrees.

You must have completed a 3-year undergraduate programme (Licence) or have the equivalent of 180 ECTS to apply for the first-year of a Master’s course.

To apply for a second year Master’s course (Master 2) you must have studied for 4 years or have 240 ECTS.

Each institution is free to set their own admission criteria and make their own admission decisions based on the background of each candidate and course requirements. This freedom allows French institutions to have balanced groups of well-qualified students without risking the integrity and reputation of their courses.

Each completed module is eligible for a number of ECTS credits. 30 credits are required to validate a semester and 60 to validate a university year.

Once awarded, credits cannot be withdrawn. If a year is not complete, the student only has to repeat the unsuccessful modules. The other credits are valid for proceeding to the next level.

French higher education is still based on an entire year and not semesters.

For any further information, check out the Campus France website .

How to apply for a Licence 1 or first-year undergraduate course

How to apply for a Licence 1 or first-year undergraduate course

The application procedure to L1, the first year of an undergraduate degree at a French higher education institution is the same for European and French students.

European students have nationality from the following countries:

  • countries in the European Union

  • countries in the European Economic Area: European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein

  • Switzerland

  • Monaco and Andorra

Apply for a Licence 1 first-year undergraduate course on the ParcourSup platform:

European students wishing to apply to French higher education for an L1 course, the first year of an undergraduate course, must apply on the ParcourSup platform. This application process is compulsory for Université de Paris-Saclay courses.

Click here to see the calendar for the ParcourSup procedure and to apply for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Important dates for ParcourSup:

  • 1 November 2019 to 22 January 2020: collect information about courses

  • 22 January to 2 April 2020: apply for selected courses and complete application

  • 19 May to 17 July 2020: Receive responses from universities (and begin an additional procedure if necessary)

Where can I find information about Licence 1 undergraduate courses?

Information is available on Université Paris-Saclay’s website for undergraduate courses.

The Études en France platform is a dematerialised procedure for processing applications to higher education institutions through to visa application.

Who does this procedure apply to?

Students covered by the Études en France programme do not or will not have the French or European baccalaureate and live in one of the following 44 countries:

Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mauritania, Morocco, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Democratic Congo, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United States and Vietnam.

The terms and conditions for applying for Licence 1 vary depending on your situation.

Whatever your situation, the Campus France office for your country can help you with your application. Click here to find the Campus France office closest to you.

Where can I find information about Licence 1 undergraduate courses?

Information is available on Université Paris-Saclay’s website for undergraduate courses.

Students not covered by the Études en France programme must make a pre-admission request (Demande d’Admission Prélable - DAP) to apply for the first year of a Licence 1 at Université Paris-Saclay.

Who must make a pre-admission request (DAP)?

Students who:
- do not have French nationality
- who do not or will not have the French or European baccalaureate
- who live in a country that is not covered by the Études en France programme

What is the request for prior admission (DAP)?

The pre-admission request must be made by students wishing to enrol in a first-year course at a French university or architecture school.

Which pre-admission request (DAP) must I complete?

The Dossier Blanc (white) is for first-year university applicants. Dossier Jaune (yellow) is for first-year applicants to architecture school. Dossier Vert (green) is for foreign students who already live in France.

Students who do not or will not have the French or European baccalaureate and who do not live in France must use the Demande d’Admission Prélable - Dossier Blanc (white).

When should the pre-admission request be made?

The request must be made between November and January preceding the academic year the student wishes to begin their studies in France. Applications must be filed at the French Embassy in your country of residence with the department for cultural cooperation and action.

Download Dossier Blanc (white) – CERFA n°11 443 * 18
Download the Dossier Blanc guide – CERFA n°50 845 #18

Where can I find information about Licence 1 undergraduate courses?

Information is available on Université de Paris-Saclay’s website for undergraduate courses.

Foreign candidates covered by the DAP procedure can find information and apply for the first cycle of Université Paris-Saclay courses (“non-selective” Licences, P.A.S.S and DUT) on the Études en France platform.

Université Paris-Saclay double degrees are only posted on the Campus France website.

Check out the site. Click on the Paris region then on Université Paris-Saclay (formerly Paris-Sud) and select the course of your choice.

Important dates for the DAP application procedure:

  • 1 November 2019: applications open for pre-admission requests (DAP) for the 2020/2021 academic year.
    17 January 2020: applications close for pre-admission requests (DAP) for the 2020/2021 academic year.

  • Until 30 April 2020: responses from universities

For more information, click here to consult the website of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

DUT

DUT

The application procedure for the first year of a DUT course at a French higher education institution is the same for European and French students.

European students have nationality from the following countries:

  • countries in the European Union

  • countries in the European Economic Area: European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein

  • Switzerland

  • Monaco and Andorra

Apply for a DUT course on the ParcourSup platform:

European students wishing to apply for the first year of DUT course must apply on the ParcourSup platform. This application process is compulsory for Université Paris-Saclay courses.

Click here to see the calendar for the ParcourSup procedure and to apply for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Important dates for ParcourSup:

  • 1 November 2019 to 22 January 2020: collect information about courses

  • 22 January to 2 April 2020: apply for selected courses and complete application

  • 19 May to 17 July 2020: receive responses from universities (and begin an additional procedure if necessary).

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  • Where can I find information about DUT courses?

Information is available on Université Paris-Saclay’s website for undergraduate courses.

The Études en France platform is a dematerialised procedure which processes applications to higher education institutions through to visa application.

Who does this procedure apply to?

The Études en France programme covers students who do not or will not have the French or European baccalaureate and who reside in one of the following 44 countries:

Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mauritania, Morocco, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Democratic Congo, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United States and Vietnam.

Conditions for applying for a DUT vary depending on your situation.

Whatever your situation, the Campus France office for your country can help you with your application. Click here to find the Campus France office closest to you.

Where can I find information about DUT courses?

Information is available on Université Paris-Saclay’s website for undergraduate courses.

Where to apply?

To apply for a DUT two-year technical degree at Université de Paris-Saclay, visit the Études en France website to create your account.

Students not covered by the Études en France programme must make a pre-admission request (Demande d’Admission Prélable - DAP) to apply for the first year of a DUT at Université Paris-Saclay.

Who must make a pre-admission request (DAP)?

Students who:
- do not have French nationality
- who do not or will not have the French or European baccalaureate
- who live in a country that is not covered by the Études en France programme

What is the request for prior admission (DAP)?

The pre-admission request (DAP) is required for applications to the first year of a DUT in a French university or school of architecture.

Which pre-admission request (DAP) must I complete?

Students who do not or will not have the French or European baccalaureate and who live in France must make a pre-admission request: Demande d’Admission Prélable DAP - Dossier Vert (green). Non-European students who do not live in France must make a pre-admission request: Demande d’Admission Prélable DAP - Dossier Blanc (white).

When should the pre-admission request (DAP) be made?

The request must be made between November and January preceding the academic year the student wishes to begin their studies in France. Applications must be filed at the French Embassy in your country of residence with the department for cultural cooperation and action.

Download Dossier Blanc (white) – CERFA n°11 443 * 18
Download the Dossier Blanc guide – CERFA n°50 845 #18

Important dates for the DAP application procedure:

  • 1 November 2019: applications open for pre-admission requests (DAP) for the 2020/2021 academic year.
    17 January 2020: applications close for pre-admission requests (DAP) for the 2020/2021 academic year.

  • Until 30 April 2020: responses from universities

For more information, click here to consult the website of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

Where can I find information about DUT courses?

Information is available on Université Paris-Saclay’s website for undergraduate courses.

Foreign candidates covered by the DAP procedure can find information and apply for the first cycle of Université Paris-Saclay courses (“non-selective” Licences, P.A.S.S and DUT) on the Études en France platform.

For more information, visit the Campus France website.

 

How to apply for a Licence 2 or 3 - second and third year of an undergraduate degree

How to apply for a Licence 2 or 3 - second and third year of an undergraduate degree

International students can apply on the eCandidat platform for all courses from second-year undergraduate through to PhD.

Use the platform to:

  • Apply for a course at Université de Paris-Saclay.

  • Follow the progress of your application.

  • Confirm or withdraw in the event of admission.

To do so, create your account, complete your admission application, then select the course.

Integration for international students

Integration for international students

Would you like to receive assistance from a Université Paris-Saclay student during integration? It's easy.

The free international Buddy Programme is for international students who have recently arrived in France to study. Each international student is matched with a local student who helps them with administrative procedures, shows them around campus, shares information about good student deals and introduces them to the French way of life.

Who is the Buddy Programme for?

The Buddy Programme is for all international students enrolled at Université Paris-Saclay (faculties, constituent faculties and associate member universities).

When can I join the Buddy Programme?

Registrations for the academic year open at the end of May. Find all the information about the programme and the registration form on this page.

Contact

For further information or assistance regarding your application to Université Paris-Saclay, please contact the International Relations office.

incoming-exchange.international@universite-paris-saclay.fr