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Entry requirements for France

Our entry requirements will vary depending on your level of study, the course you are interested in and your English language proficiency.

Undergraduate courses

We will consider students who hold the Baccalauréat (General or OIB options).

As a general guideline, we will consider applicants with a grade of 12 overall or above, although this will be decided upon by the admissions tutor at the time of application.

Students who have taken GCE A Level examinations and the International Baccalaureate (IB) will also be considered for entrance to undergraduate courses.

Alternatively, the successful completion of one or more years of undergraduate study at a recognised French university may also be considered as acceptable for entry on to our undergraduate degree courses.

Postgraduate taught courses

Applicants are required to successfully complete at least one of the following:

  • A post-2008 three-year Licence
  • A pre-2008 Licence, plus a one year Maîtrise
  • A three year Diplôme d'Ingénieur.

For applicants who studied under the pre-2002 system (including the Diplôme d'études universitaires générales), applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For applicants who have studied at a Grandes École, we require the Diplôme when completed after five years of substantive study with minimum grades in the final two years of 12. This can include the two year classes préparatoires period. We also accept the Master 2 / Grade de Master with minimum grades of 12.

As a general guideline, we will consider applicants with a grade in the region of 13 or above, although this will be decided upon by the admissions tutor at the time of application.

Postgraduate research courses

There are a number of possible entry routes to postgraduate research courses at Cardiff University.

We will consider applicants who have successfully completed a Masters from a recognised French institution.

In some cases, we will consider applicants who only have a Bachelor's degree, although applicants may be required to complete a Master's course at Cardiff University prior to embarking upon PhD studies.

English language

A relevant English language qualification is also required — normally a minimum of 6.5 IELTS, however, this may vary from course to course.

In some cases, it may be possible to consider the overall grade in the English Language element of the Baccalauréat.

If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements, please contact us.