France is known for many things — fine wins, fashion, architecture, famous tourist attractions — but it isn’t known for being an anglophone country. Actually, a relatively low percentage of French people speak English… which leads us to the question:
Can you, as an international, study an English-taught Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in France? If yes, what are the options? And what do you need to know before enrolling at an international university in France?
Let’s find out!
How many English-taught universities are there in France?
While we cannot give you the exact number of universities, we can tell you with confidence that there are over 1,100 study programmes taught entirely in English at French universities. They cover all levels of academic study, but most degrees (around 900) are at Master’s level.
We recommend checking out the following English-taught universities in France:
- HEC Paris
- Université de Lyon
- KEDGE Business School
- Institut Polytechnique de Paris
- IESA - School of Arts and Culture
How do I know if a study programme is taught in English?
All the study programmes listed on our portals are taught in English, so that’s an excellent place to start. To avoid any surprises, you can also check the language requirements for each degree.
If you search for an academic course on other (university) websites, you need to check out the details on their pages in order to determine if a programme is English-taught.
The most common English tests approved by French universities are:
Learn more about IELTS vs TOEFL vs PTE Academic.
The best English-taught universities in France
According to the latest QS Rankings, these are the best universities in France that offer English-taught programmes:
- Université PSL
- École Polytechnique
- Sorbonne University
- École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
- École des Ponts Paris Tech
- Sciences Po
- Université de Paris
- Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
- ENS Paris-Saclay
To view the complete offer of English-taught degrees, you can visit the official website of every university.
Learning French during an English-taught degree in France
The truth is, you will need to learn the French language early on, at least at a conversational level, even during your studies. Why?
Because France isn’t exactly an English-speaking country; various reports show that under 40% of the local population speak English, and an even lower percentage speak it fluently. This means that to get around, ask for help, go shopping, or use public transport, you’ll have to ‘parler un peu français’.
But you won’t regret doing so. Currently, French is the fifth most popular international language, with over 300 million speakers across the globe. It is also an increasingly desirable skill in the job market, especially now when English is not enough to stand out anymore — at least, not by default.
Learning French will also open the doors to jobs at local companies & organisations in France and at various multinational corporations that use French to conduct their business and interact with customers and clients.
Here are a few free resources to start learning the beautiful French language: