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A degree (diplôme) is the certification of a certain level of knowledge or skills. In France, a degree can be obtained after passing an examination at the end of one’s studies, or by equivalence in the framework of recognition of prior learning.

National Degree (Diplôme National, DN)

Issued and recognized by the French State, a national degree comes after the attaintment of knowledge and skills achieved outside any professional or personal experience. This evaluation must be carried out in an establishment that is authorized by the Ministry of Higher Education. All degrees, starting from the baccalaureate onwards, from a university, school or institution that is recognized by the Ministry, will have the title of national diploma.

University Degree (Diplôme Universitaire, DU)

This type of degree differs from national degrees (issued by the Ministry and called state degrees (diplômes d’État)) in that they are issued a university (or equivalent public institution). Each school is free to organize these degrees, which can also be offered by several universities and is thus called an Inter-University Degree (Diplôme Interuniversitaire, DIU). Since these degrees are not managed by the Ministry, their fee structured are aligned with those of continuing education in the private sector.

Degree for Access to University Studies (Diplôme d’Accès aux Etudes Universitaires, DAEU)

Replacing, in 1994, the former legal capacity created in 1804, the DAEU aims to allow its holders to resume their university studies or to go to administrative competitions.
To claim it one must:

  • Have interrupted studies for at least 2 years.
  • Be at least 20 years old on October 1st if you worked for 2 years.
  • Be at least 24 years old on the 1st of October if otherwise.

Attention: only 4 registrations are possible.

International/Initiative of Excellence Degree (Diplôme International / Initiative d’Excellence)

An IDEX Graduate diploma is an international diploma, delivered by Université Côte d'Azur, entirely taught in English, answering to developmental strategies of intensive research and the economy of the 21st century. The MSc program will correspond to a Master of Science degree and may be awarded a national French Master's degree upon request of the student.