Major Internship Reform Underway

The French National Assembly has acted on the issue of internships and voted in favor of a major reform formulated by the ruling Parti Socialiste on the status of interns. The vote occurred on the night of February 24 and received every vote from the Left majority. The bill aims at guaranteeing a certain amount […]

Admissions Post-Bac: Application Website for Higher Education Revamped

“The University, a choice that works me.” So reads the new slogan for the renovated 2014 “Admission Post-Bac” website, the national portal for preregistration into France’s schools of higher education.  The website, similar to the Common App interface in the United States, serves both public and private post-secondary institutions.  Planned to undergo significant renovation over […]

27 French Universities Denounced for Illegal Selection of Students

The National Union of Students in France (L’Union nationale des étudiants de France) (UNEF) has issued a report condemning the illegal admission of students to 27 public French universities. These schools, run by public funds, have a legal obligation to admit a mix of students of varying abilities to achieve both social and intellectual variation […]

English-Language Instruction Bill Approved in Parliament

A controversial measure to expand English-language instruction in French universities was approved last week, but the debate has not yet stopped. The bill, which allows for Anglophone instruction in courses unrelated to English, set off a national outcry when Minister for Higher Education and Research Geneviève Fioraso introduced it before the French Parliament. It was […]

Fight Over English in Universities Raises Questions About the Place of the French Language Today

A proposed measure that would expand English-language instruction in French universities has caused a political uproar in the famously language-proud country. The bill, if passed, would strike down a 1994 “Toubon law” and allow for French universities to offer a wider range of courses taught in English. It would particularly allow for English language instruction […]