Does an equivalence of degrees exist?
No predetermined set of equivalences between French and foreign degrees is officially recognized in France.
Other than double diplomas, no exact equivalence exists between the two systems.
However, it should be noted that Quebec signed a France-Quebec agreement regarding the recognition of diplomas and studies on February 20, 1996, in which article 2 states that for the signatory parties: “The French baccalauréat and the Quebec DEC (diplôme d’études collégiales) are mutually recognized as diplomas giving access to the undergraduate level of studies in Quebec and France, insofar as they respect the admission conditions in each country.”
Beyond the above-mentioned agreement, higher education establishments conduct an evaluation of the applicant’s background in order to decide on the level of admission, basing the decision on the documents provided by CampusFrance. Therefore, no ‘equivalence’ is systematic.
Although certificates of comparability are not necessary to study at a higher education institution in France, all students wishing to obtain this certificate should consult the ENIC-NARIC centre.
For diplomas awarded in France, Canadian students can consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC).