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What is it?
Did you start medical studies in your country, without being able to finish them? You have finished your studies in your country but you prefer to resume them in France to obtain a French diploma?
In these two situations, you can apply to university in France directly from the second year (and until the penultimate year of the second cycle, depending on your level of studies).
The duration of medical studies depends on the trades:
- Medicine: it takes, after the baccalaureate, nine years of study to be able to practice as a general practitioner. It takes three to four more years to become a specialist (surgeon, pediatrician, etc.).
- Maieutics (midwife): it takes five years after the baccalaureate to obtain the state diploma in midwifery.
- Dentist: it takes six years after the baccalaureate to obtain the state doctorate in dental surgery and four additional years to become an orthodontist.
- Pharmacy: it takes six years after the baccalaureate to obtain the state doctorate in pharmacy.
First, you must apply, by presenting an application in a university (only one per year) to enter directly into the second year of the first cycle. If your application is accepted, you take an oral test. If you pass the oral test, you can enter the second year or apply for a higher year.
Please note: if you do not have documents proving your studies in your country, you cannot use this procedure. Similarly, it is strongly recommended to have at least a B2 language level in French.
How to do it?
You must first apply to a university, by submitting an application for registration in the second year of the first cycle.
The file must be sent to the university on the dates requested by it. You can find by clicking here the list of universities offering health classes.
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If your application is not selected, you will have to sent your application again another year, to the same university or another.
If your file is accepted, you will then have to take an oral admission test (see step 2 below).
A jury examines your application file for the second year of the first cycle. If your file is accepted, you must then take oral admission tests.
If you fail the oral, you will have to reapply for another year, at this university or another.
If you pass the oral, you will need to take a written knowledge exam to determine which year you can enroll in (see step 3 below).
After the oral examination, the president of the university may exempt candidates from one or more years of study and allow them direct access to the penultimate year of the second cycle of medical training, where this is justified by the nature of their diploma or their background.
For this, the candidate must take a knowledge check exam, which will determine the year in which they can register.
The procedures for organising this examination are laid down by the universities or maieutics (midwifery) training structures.
What happens next?
You can also practice French for health online with RFI savoirs, for example.
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