Education is compulsory in France from the ages of 3 to 16 and followed by a training until 18. Some children go to a preschool earlier (2 years old). Some information about the organisation of the education system and of its structure in english.

  • To enroll your child in primary schools (6-10 years),  you must contact the town hall.
  • To enroll your child in lower secundary schools (« collège »), your have to contact the educational district’s administrative head, the rectorat
  • About higher education application, the Campus France agency gives all useful informations to foreign students.

Guidance centers « Les Centres d’information et d’orientation (CIO) » are spread in all French territory, and services are available to answer to all questions about guidance and studies in France.

« Schooling explained for parents » is a video series from Onisep.
The series is intended for every parent and describes, in a clear and concise way, how Schooling is organized in France, its roles and responsibilities, and the different stages in schooling from kindergarten through to higher education.

4 videos, available on 11 languages (French, English,  Arabic, Armenian, Bambara, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian) about French educational system you can look at on the Onisep’s website or download.

  • The role of school in France link
  • Going to school, organisation of primary schools link
  • Middle school, sixth form and beyond link
  • Oganisation of life at school link

The ONISEP (Office National d’Information sur les Enseignements et les Professions – National Office for Information on Education and Occupations) has three main tasks: collection, archiving and distribution of information about career guidance and occupations in France.

Basic information on France

Some useful websites to find information about France and some more specific for students

Learn French in France

Some useful websites to find where it is possible to learn French as a foreign language in France

Studying and training in France

Information about French educational system and some useful websites to fo further

Higher education in France

Information about the organization and degrees in higher education in France

Application procedure

Information about application procedure for higher education in France

Guidance at secondary school

Information about French guidance curriculum at secondary school

Find an online degree program

A catalogue of online degree programs presented by field of interest

Find a job in France

Information about recognition of diplomas, and some useful websites to find a job in France

Find an internship in France

General information about internships in France and some useful websites fo find one

Apprenticeship in France

A presentation to download in English about apprenticeship in France and its organization