How do you enrol in an institute of higher education?

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Depending on your nationality, level of studies or type of institute of higher education in which you wish to enrol, you must follow the corresponding procedure.

The "Studying in France" enrolment procedure

The "Studying in France" (Études en France) procedure involves foreign students residing in one of the following 41 countries:

Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, the Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, South Korea, Koweit, Ivory Coast, Egypt, United States, Gabon, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Peru, RDC, Russia, Senegal, Singapur,Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam.

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If you live in one of these countries, the preliminary enrolment procedure is mandatory for studying in France. All procedures are conducted online, from the enrolment request to obtaining a visa.

You can find all of the details of the procedure in the article  "You reside in a country affected by the "Studying in France"

The Preliminary request for admission (DAP)

The preliminary request for admission (DAP) applies to all foreign students wishing to enrol in the first year or a Bachelor's at a university or in school of architecture. It is mandatory for the non-European foreign students.

If you live in one of the 41 countries concerned by the "Studying in France" procedure, the procedure is conducted online on the "Studying in France" platform. Otherwise you must file a request with the department of cooperation and cultural action at the French Embassy in your country of residence. The white files concern enrolment in first-year university; the yellow for first year in a school of architecture.

Complete the procedure as soon as possible. Ideally, in November of the year preceding the academic year you are applying for. Regularly check your personal account on the Campus France site so you don't miss the deadline.

The national undergraduate admission portal (APB)

  • Le portail national d’admission post-bac, the APB portal (national undergraduate admission portal), is for pre-enrolment in the first year of higher education set up by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. It makes it easier for future students to enrol by bringing most higher education programmes on offer in France together on one Internet site.

The following students must follow this procedure:

  • European students who wish to enrol in first year, Foreign students who have obtained a French high school diploma in an AEFE (French Agency for French Education Abroad) high school and who wish to enrol in a first-year French higher education programme.
  • Non-European students who wish to enrol in first year at an institute that is not affected by the DAP must pre-enrol via APB. In particular, this category includes the IUT, the STS and the preparatory classes for the Grandes Ecoles (CPGE).

The APB site also lets all future students pre-enrol in an apprenticeship, regardless of their nationality and country of residence. The list also includes the residency permits required for an apprenticeship contract.

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Register to the French higher education system

Enrolling in an arts programme

The CampusArt platform is the entry for enrolling in an arts programme in France. It covers approximately one hundred institutes that offer programmes in fine art, design, fashion, music and architecture, from preparatory classes to the Doctorate.

The CampusArt application area is accessible from anywhere around the world. Nonetheless, it does not replace the "Studying in France" procedure in the 37 countries where that applies. A single file is used for applying to several institutes or programmes at the same time. The filing fees are only invoiced if you are accepted.

Which enrolment procedure applies to your situation?

Depending on your nationality, your country of residence, secondary school diploma and the level of studies that you wish to take, you must follow a specific procedure to enrol in an institute of higher education in France.

All of the information on the subject is available on the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation website.

Make sure you respect the timetable for each procedure if you wish to enrol in French higher education for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Preliminary request for admission

Start of enrolment November 15th, 2017 and End of enrolment January 22nd, 2018

Undergraduate admission    

Start of enrolment January 20th, 2018 and End of enrolment March 20th, 2018


Start of enrolment November 2nd, 2017 and End of enrolment February 28th, 2018




How do you confirm your enrolment?

After your application is accepted, you must confirm your enrolment in your host institute before classes start. For universities, final enrolment includes an administrative component and a pedagogical component. The first consists of filling in your file; the second involves you choosing a cursus and options (optional classes, sport, etc.).

Your institute will then give you a certificate of school attendance and a student card that attest to your legal status as a student. The documents are given to you in person, after payment of enrolment fees has been received.


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