Get a Degree at a French University

Pursuing a degree is an investment and while most Malaysian students opt for either a local or Australian / British / American degree, there are viable alternatives that cost less and are just as good.

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Tuition fees at British universities for international students are approximately £10,000 - £38,000 per year depending on what course is taken. This doesn’t include living expenses, possible travel home, school trips and books. There are alternatives to gaining a recognised tertiary qualification that not only costs less but also offers students the chance to experience different cultures and travel within Europe.

France is one of the world’s top education destinations with 35 institutions featured in the QS World University Rankings of 2019. The larger and more well-known offer degrees in French and English, so although a command of French is necessary and advisable, you can study for a degree in English or a combination of English and French. The Alliance Française Kuala Lumpur (AFKL) offers French language courses for all levels and ages to prepare you for studying in France.

France and Malaysia have always had strong educational ties from the establishment of Catholic schools by French missionaries in the 19th century and the opening of the Lycée Français de Kuala Lumpur (LFKL) in 1962 to the education agreements between local and French tertiary institutes. In 2018 there were over 1,000 Malaysians pursuing a degree in France mostly in engineering, political science, business and science.

We asked the French School of Kuala Lumpur about how the tertiary education system in France works and what it offers international students 

How does the French public university system work, i.e. is a French baccalaureate (end of secondary school qualification) necessary or can students gain entry with A levels or the IB with a working knowledge of French?
75% of the foreign students who choose to study in France for their post-secondary education attend public universities. These are located all over the country and award national degrees – Bachelor, Master’s and PhD. French higher education has adopted the LMD (Licence, Master, Doctorate) system. Most of these degrees also give ECTS (European Transfer and Accreditation System) credits that are recognised by the EU countries and countries around the world. Students with a high school diploma (A levels, STPM, IB) can enrol in a French university. A French B2 (intermediate) language level is also required.

As of September 2019, fees will increase for international students – how competitive are they compared to studying elsewhere in Europe?
Tuition fees are lower in public higher education institutions because the French government subsidises higher education. The true cost is on par with fees around the world – around €10,000 per year. The difference is that the government assumes a large share of that cost.

Do any French universities offer degree courses in English?
There are more than 1,300 programmes taught in English - 99 at the Bachelor level and over 1,000 at Master’s level. A list of universities and what courses they offer in English can be found here.

Explain how attending LFKL can lead to university in France and getting an internationally recognised degree.
The French School of Kuala Lumpur (LFKL) is an accredited school that follows the French national curriculum and prepares its students for the French Baccalauréat. This academic qualification is awarded upon completion of secondary school and necessary for enrollment in any university or further education schools in France. The Baccalauréat is also recognised globally and facilitates entry into universities in Europe, North America and the UK amongst other countries. 

As of September 2019, fees for a Bachelor’s (Licence) was approximately €2,800 and €3,800 for a Master’s per year.

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