Post-secondary non-university education
Short cycle higher education
These pages of the website of the French ministry of higher education provide a description of the short cycle degrees (BTS, DUT) awarded in the French higher education system and the possibilities to pursue studies with these credentials.
Preparatory classes for 'grandes écoles'
These specific two-year programs of higher education, even though prepared within secondary school institutions (lycées), prepare students to pursue studies at 'grandes écoles' in different fields (humanities, sciences, business, engineering).
Ecoles de commerce (business schools)
Higher education institutions offering business programs can be private or public. On this website you will find useful information on these specific programs, including a website www.cefdg.fr listing all the institutions authorized to award a "diplôme visé", conferring the "grade de master" (master's degree) to its holders.
Every year, this list is published in the Official Journal of the French Republic and the Official Journal (B.O.) of the French ministry of education.
On this website you will find useful information on higher education institutions offering engineering programs.
Every year, a list of institutions authorized to award a "titre d'ingénieur diplômé de ...", conferring the "grade de master" (master's degree) to its holders, is published in the Official Journal of the French Republic and the Official Journal (B.O.) of the French ministry of education.
ESPE are higher education institutions training future teachers and preparing them for the competitive examination organized every year to recruit teachers in the French education system. This website will give you indepth information on these institutions and the programs they provide, as well as on the recruitment procedure 'concours' (competitive examination).