What are the different possibilities for studying in France?
Currently, three different possibilities exist: exchange programs, individual mobility and structured mobility:
-Exchange programs between Canadian universities and French higher education establishments allow Canadian students to study in France during a limited time period. There are currently agreements between numerous establishments. The principle is based on the idea that one Canadian student goes to study in France, while a French student comes to study at a Canadian university. The student pays for the university fees at his/her home institution.
Interested students should contact CEF counsellors, as well as university services administering these programs (for example, in British Columbia: SFU International, BAFF, GO Global, and International and Exchange Student Service).
Credits are systematically transferable.
Given the limited number of placements, the preliminary selection is based on the students’ GPA.
-Students can go to study in France on an individual basis. These students can choose a program of study of varying duration and are pre-enrolled directly with the selected establishment(s). In this scenario, the function of the CEF counsellors is to support the student with his/her application process. The counsellor helps the student with his/her particular needs.
-Students can choose structured mobility programs. Bilateral agreements between Canadian and French higher education establishments allow students to obtain double degrees or co-diplomas. The case of a cotutelle or a joint PhD degree is an example of this type of university partnership. These programs are therefore structured in terms of time spent at each institution and in terms of administrative conditions and requirements.