French degrees and diplomas explained

When investing in higher education it is important to know what level of education you start with, and what kind of qualifications you will gain. Please find below some information about the French higher education system, along with their equivalents to provide further understanding.

  1. In France, most students leave school with a Baccalaureate. This is the equivalent of A-Levels, and enables students to apply to university.
  2. DUT (BAC+2)

    As students progress through the French higher education system, their level will be referred to as "BAC +..." For example, the level of a student who has successfully completed two years of university study is acknowledged as "BAC+2".

    The first two years of successful study at an IUT enable students to obtain a "DUT" (Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie, a which is the equivalent of a Higher National Diploma in Technology)

  3. "Licence" = Bachelor's Degree

French universities take part in the European Credit Transfer System. One year of successful study in France is worth 60 ECTS. A "Licence" the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree, requires 180 ECTS i.e. 3 years of successful study after the Baccalaureate.

"Licences" at an IUT are known as "Licences Professionnelles" or "Licences Pro" which are nationally recognized Bachelor's degree programmes accepted by any employer.

Furthermore, IUT d'Allier offers 2 three-year university diplomas known in France as Diplômes d'Université (DU). These courses (DUMACI and DUETI), also equivalent to a Bachelor's degree, specialise in certain fields and are specific to IUT d'Allier.