Making sense of post-baccalauréat options in France

Making sense of post-baccalauréat options in France. Image drawn by Perry Taylor.
Making sense of post-baccalauréat options in France. Image drawn by Perry Taylor.

July 7 is the date when final-year lycée students will know whether they have passed their baccalauréat – and for many this will finalise a place for further study.

Bac results will be available at this link: tinyurl.com/y8zcjyzk. The only selection requirement for further education, at any French university, is a bac (any level), though popular subjects such as law can require an interview or test. Competitive selection, as exists in the UK, does not happen and around 60% of students starting courses do not complete the degree and switch courses or drop out.

Around half of students opt for the public university system, where tuition is free and the only cost is an enrollment fee of around €300. Even that is waived if you are eligible for a grant to help with living costs. It is not a campus system and students need to be motivated and self-disciplined, as a lot ...

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