France - first cycle programmes

French Flag  is a tricolour featuring three vertical bands coloured royal blue, white and red
Country: France
Population (mln): 65,07
Official language/s: French
Time zone: UTC+1 Winter, UTC+2 Summer
Internet TLD: .fr
Calling code: +33
Member of the EU from: 25th March 1957
Unemployment rate Sep 2011 (%): 9,6
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2011 (%): 22,2
Unemployment rate Sep 2012 (%): 10,8
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2012 (%): 25,7
Population statistics 20-29 age group 2011 (%): 12,6
Country codes in education system: FR
Expected duration of education (years): 16,4

The first cycle of university courses passed from 2 to 3 years after the implementation of the Bologna Degree structure. It leads, three years after the Baccalauréat, to the Licence corresponding to 180 ECTS. The Diplôme d'Etudes universitaires générales (DEUG) used to be the diploma awarded in the old system after two years of studies, it has been maintained in the new system as an intermediate diploma corresponding to 120 ECTS. In Medicine, the first cycle is called PCEM. Two years in Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles (CPGE) are required to enter a Grande Ecole.

Source: Eurydice,
Eurypedia - The European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems , Eurosta,, Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia, Department of Education and Skills Irelan,  Ministry of Education and Culture - FINLAND
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