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French Higher Education System

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Higher education is organized according to the Bachelor’s – Master’s – Doctorate system that is common to university education in all European countries that are part of the Bologna Process, including France. The duration of the Master’s program all over the world is two years. In France, it is split into two separate years, known as Master’s 1 (Year 1) and Master’s 2 ( Year 2 ).

International Programs at IAE Bordeaux

Our international programs are RNCP certified

  • Year 1 EBA : At IAE Bordeaux, the first year of the Master's degree is the M1 - European Business Administration, and it is not a complete Master's degree. During this first-year program, students will gain the necessary skills and groundwork to enter our second year Master's programs, as well as all other Master's 2 programs in management in France. 
  • Year 2 M2-MBA is the second year of a Master's degree, dedicated to Business Administration with a strong focus on Corporate Finance and International Accounting.
  • Year 2 M2-IBM is the second year of a Master's degree, dedicated to International Business Management with a specialization in geopolitics and cross-cultural management.

Academic Requirements

  • Academic requirements for the Year 1 program at IAE Bordeaux : Bachelor's degree of 3 years (180 ECTS equivalent) or 4 years (240 ECTS equivalent)
  • Academic requirements for the Master's 2 programs at IAE Bordeaux : 4-year Bachelor's degree (240 ECTS equivalent)

What is the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) ?

ECTS is a credit system designed to make it easier for students to move between different countries. Since they are based on a course's learning achievements and workload, students can transfer their ECTS credits from one university to another. ECTS helps to make learning more student-centered. It is a central tool, which aims to make national systems more compatible.

  • Why are ECTS credits needed ?

The differences between national systems can lead to problems recognizing educational qualifications from other countries and periods of study taken abroad. Greater transparency of learning achievements simplifies recognition of studies done in other countries. ECTS also makes it possible to merge different learning types, such as university and work-based learning, within the same program of study or in a lifelong learning perspective.

  • How do ECTS credits work ?

60 credits are the equivalent of a full year of study or work. In a standard academic year, 60 credits would usually be broken down into several smaller components. A typical "first cycle" or Bachelor's Degree would consist of 180 or 240 credits. In contrast, a typical "second cycle" or Master's Degree would consist of 90 or 120 credits, with at least 60 credits at the second-cycle level. The use of ECTS at the "third cycle" or Ph.D. level varies. The ECTS system has been adopted by most of the countries in the European Higher Education Area.