Education System of France
The French education system consists of three stages: primary education, secondary education, and higher education.
Most French elementary and secondary schools, as well as a large number of universities, are public institutions that have highly centralized administrations. Usually the curriculum at primary and secondary schools is standardized across all schools for a given grade.
Formal schooling in France starts as early as age three, when many children attend kindergarten (maternelle). Primary school consists of five years of study, from approximately age six to age eleven (similar to a US elementary school)
After primary school, the french students move to the secondary school which is divided into 2 parts. The first stage, the college, is composed of four years of study, for school students ages eleven through fifteen.
Post college, students must attend the lycée (high school) for the final three years of secondary education to become a baccalauréat professionnel.
After the primary and secondary education, for higher education, students choose to pursue either a vocational diploma or an academic diploma.
Under vocational diploma, The DUT (diplôme universitaire de technologie) and BTS (brevet de technicien supérieur) are two years long technology-oriented degrees. BTS courses are offered by high schools, whereas DUT is awarded by universities.
For academic diploma, there are three types of higher education institutions in France namely, universities, Grandes écoles (similar to universities but offer more specialized course study like social sciences), and specialized schools