This article will focus on what you need to know when looking to apply to a university in France. We aim to inform you about things such as entry requirements, fees, deadlines and so on.


  • It takes at least 9 years to study medicine in France. The 9 years are divided into three cycles.
  • Premier cycle (PCEM) – this is the first two years of your study. Once you complete your first year you will need to pass an exam to be able to move on to the next year, you will be given two chances to pass the test.
  • Second cycle (DCEM) – this cycle will last four years. Here you will need to pass all the topics that you are studying. And you will need to complete a hospital internship. The four years will conclude with an exam, which you will need to pass to be able to move on to the third and final cycle. 
  • Third cycle (DES) – here you will get to choose to either pursue general medicine, or specialized medicine. It will take another three years to complete your general medicine studies if that is what you choose. If you choose specialized medicine, that will take four to five more years.


  • French students need to have the French baccalauréat to be able to go to university in France.
  • this is equivalent to English A-Levels.
  • France does not provide much to choose from when it comes to courses taught in English. In general, you will need to be fluent in French if you want to study medicine in France. 
  • Medical schools will require you to have either the DALF or the DELF diploma, to prove your French Proficiency. You will most likely need to be at least level C1.
  • Additionally, you will also be required to provide proof of your English proficiency, as, even though the majority of all courses in France are taught in French, they do occasionally have an English aspect to them. To prove that you can speak English, you will need to provide the university with a certificate like IELTS, TOEFL, or others like it. 
  • You will also need to provide proof of your high school diploma. You will be required to have high grades in sciences and mathematics.


  • Depending on the university, you might be required to take a GRE entrance exam. 
  • The GRE exam tests your reasoning, writing and thinking skills. You can find plenty of resources online, put in place to help you prepare for this exam.
  • The GRE costs about £150 to take.


  • Application to a French university will differ depending on where you are from.
  • If you are from the EU, you do not need a visa and will be asked to provide fewer documents than those who come from outside of the EU.

When applying you will be asked for:

  • Proof of identity
  • A document stating your grades
  • Depending on your course you will also be asked for evidence of your English and/or French proficiency 
  • Your completed university application. 

If you come from outside the EU, you will need a visa, and you will also be asked to provide a bit more documentation than those from a European country.

You will need to provide the university with:

  • Your grades
  • A copy of your passport
  • A passport-sized photo
  • A copy of your birth certificate
  • Evidence of the birthplace of your parents
  • Your language proficiency in English and/or French
  • You will also need to provide proof of your financial stability to show you can support yourself financially and a completed university application. 
  • Additionally, after your admission, you will be requested to provide proof that you have obtained a French student visa.


  • Those who look to start in autumn will need to apply by the middle of January. 
  • If your course starts in spring, you will need to apply by the middle of September.


  • International students pay about £2,319 per year for a bachelor’s course. 


  • Emile Boutmy Scholarships for Non-EU Students at Sciences Po 
  • This scholarship can supply the recipient with a sum of anywhere between £2,512 to £10,299 for three years of their bachelor’s study. There is also a slight chance they might award you £15,909 for three years of your study.
  • To be eligible to receive this scholarship you will need to be taking an undergraduate or a postgraduate course. And be a first-time applicant from a non-European country as well as be able to show academic excellence.

We sincerely hope this article has left you feeling informed about what it might be like if you decide to study in France. If you are still unsure or would like to learn about other countries and how it works in them, do not hesitate to have a look at our other articles where we talk about what medical degrees are like in other countries. And look forward to our future articles on this topic.

If you are considering studying abroad why don’t you discuss your prospects and opportunities with experts at Lurnable’s dedicated study abroad counselling division LurnPathways?

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