French students going abroad to bypass selective entry exams

Posted on 08/09/2011


As presented by l’Etudiant, the French education magazine, more and more French students, thank to the rules of the European Union, are choosing foreign universities for disciplines where the entry exam in France is very competitive (original article in French: )

Two examples:

Study medicine in Cluj, Romania

Since 2007, the year of Romania’s accession to the European Union, the medical studies in this country are sanctioned by a European degree. As a result, many young French people are trying to get one of the existing spaces in the French-speaking track in medicine at the University of Cluj.

Main advantage: the recruitment process.  It is a major difference with the French competitive exam, which retains an average of 16% of candidates (as shown in rankings of medical schools for success after the first year). At Cluj, in 2009, on 329 French candidates, 143 were admitted, 43%. In 2010, the University of Cluj had 268 French students, including 159 medical, 82 dental and 27 in pharmacy.

Study physiotherapy in Liege

It is n physical therapy that the French are the most represented at the Medical University of Liege, Belgium. In 2010, they were 145 or 40% of this sector. “We counted up to 60% of French students before a decree limited to 30% the number of non-Belgian residents,” said Didier Maquet, lecturer.

Since 2006, the French may enroll in only one school or university (there are 8 French courses). They are then subjected to a draw before a bailiff, to maintain the 30% quota of non-residents. And at a cost 10 times less than in France (about € 800).