||Some peculiarities of
the French higher education system may first surprise foreign students
it does not only take place
in but also sometimes in high schools (?lyc?es?) even after having obtained
a Baccalaur?at (special courses preparing for specialized colleges, special
technical sections - "STS"), and many engineering schools are small compared
to their foreign equivalents (from 30 to 500 students per year).
French universities themselves
normally don't select among candidates : the Baccalaur?at itself opens
the doors to higher education.
Competition among students
occurs for the entry into smaller colleges, like IUT (technical institutes),
STS (special technical sections), CPGES (preparatory classes for engineering
colleges), engineering schools. Competitive examinations are organized
at the Baccalaur?at level, or two years thereafter when leaving preparatory
classes (bac+2 level).
Universities in France