Foreign student admission at Paris Descartes

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Admission requirements for Paris Descartes University for foreign students. Prospective students must

  • Hold the French baccalaureate or a diploma giving access to higher education in their country of origin
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the French language, for which there are 4 options:
    • B2 level in the TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français)
    • B2 level in the TEF (Test d’Evaluation du Français)
    • B2 level in the DELF (Diplôme d’Evaluation de Langue Française)
    • the DALF diploma (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)
  • Express their motivation to study in France
  • Have valid papers or a student visa
  • Be able to fund their stay in Paris (with a minimum of 800 euros per month)

*B2: independent user

Pre-registration (3 cases) :

1st case: if you are registering for the first year of your Bachelor’s Degree

Pre-register with the DEVU (Direction des Etudes et de la Vie Universitaire)
12 rue de l’École de Médecine - 75006 Paris
Metro station: Odéon or RER B: Saint-Michel.
 Galerie Pasteur – Door A1
 “Formalités administratives, cartes de séjour”

Phone : +33 (0)1 76 53 17 01

Contact :

If you are registering for your first year in Health Studies (PAES)

Admission requirements for European Students

French Baccalaureate or equivalent. A B2 level in the French language certified by the TCF, TEF, DELF or DALF

Admission procedure: please contact the office for tuition at your department (responsible education components )

Admission requirements for non-European Students

French Baccalaureate or equivalent. B2 level in the French language certified by the TCF, TEF, DELF or DALF

Admission procedure: You must procure a preliminary entrance form (Demande d’Admission Préalable (DAP)) at the French Embassy in your country of origin.

Entering the Institute of Technology (IUT) in the first year

Students must procure an application form directly from the IUT and return it to it directly. Contact:

2nd case: If you are arriving in the course of your studies

Pre-register with the central admissions office:


Requests for degree equivalency are tobe sent directly to the Registrar’s office of the Training andResearch Department (Unité de Formation et de Recherche or UFR,) or of theFaculty  chosenby the foreign students. The persons in charge of the degree sought after willthen determine (upon proposition of a pedagogical committee) the level ofadmission of the foreign students. The University needs to receive theapplications in May at the latest.
 The students will receive notification oftheir application status (via regular mail) as early as possible.

Include in your application:

  • your foreign degree(s),
  • a certified translation of said degree(s),
  • a detailed description of the courses taken, translated into French and certified authentic. The more this description is complete and detailed, with grades, courses, number of hours per course etc, the better your application will be received.
  • A B2 level* at least in the TCF, TEF, DELF or DALF


*B2: independent user

3rd case: if you are registering for a doctorate

Pre-register with the Central office of doctoral students:


Pedagogical registration

Pedagogical registration is carried out at your department of Faculty

Administrative registration at Paris Descartes University

Bring all necessary documents with you to the headquarters of the University so as to register and to be issued your student card.
Université Paris Descartes,
12 rue de l’École de Médecine, 75006 Paris - “Salle des Inscriptions.”
 Metro station: Odéon or RER B: Cluny La Sorbonne.

Paying tuition fees and Social Security fees

Tuition costs between 200 and 300 Euros per year according to the level of studies pursued. Foreign students who need to register for Social Security must pay Social Security fees at the time of their administrative registration (203 Euros). Administrative registration allows students to be issued a student card.