Applying to a French Master’s Program – All Disciplines (Hors DAP)
The instructions below will guide you through the process of applying for admission to graduate programs at French universities in all disciplines, including medicine, pharmacy, business, art and engineering.
THE ADMISSIONS CAMPAGIN FOR THE 2014-2015 ACADEMIC YEAR OPENED ON NOVEMBER 15TH. BE SURE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO CAMPUS FRANCE BEFORE THIS DATE. PLEASE CONSULT THE Hors DAP CALENDAR BELOW FOR IMPORTANT DEADLINES.
You must start to complete your Campus France application at least 8 weeks before the first university deadline. Keep in mind that most of the universities have deadlines on March 15th.
Since each university may have a different deadline you must pay the Campus France fee and submit your application at least 3 weeks before the earliest deadline in order for Campus France to review and complete it in time. It is your responsibility to refer to the section for foreign applicants on each university's website for information regarding their specific deadlines.
If we receive your application less than 3 weeks before the first university deadline, we cannot guarantee that it will be completed and finalized in time.
Each university may require supplementary documents in addition to what is required by Campus France. It is your responsibility to make sure you upload all of the necessary documents (Refer to the section for foreign applicants on each university's website for information regarding the required application materials).
If your school is connected to the PASTEL system and requires an entrance exam, you must still submit your admissions application to Campus France by March 15th. You are not exempted from the Campus France admissions process.
If you hold an American high school diploma (+ AP classes) or an International Baccalaureate and are not a French citizen, you must follow the instructions below.
There are special instructions for French or European baccalaureate holders and candidates.
Before you start
The steps below will walk you through completing the Campus France online process through a system called “PASTEL.”
Some parts of the PASTEL system are in French.
It is imperative that you download and print the Hors DAP User Guide (PDF) in order to complete the Campus France online application process. The User Guide contains important information to help you more easily complete and improve your application.
The PASTEL system works best on a PC. If you are using a Mac, use Google Chrome as your browser (not Safari). Better yet, gain access to a PC to complete the form to avoid potential difficulties.
The Hors DAP process – step by step
Create your PASTEL account on the Campus France USA website.
Go to www.usa.campusfrance.org and click on the blue PASTEL button in the “Fill Out Your Campus France Form via PASTEL System” box.
Create your profile and choose a login (email address) and password. You will need this information to log in.
The creation of your account will then be confirmed, and you will be assigned an identification number (USXXXXX). You will need to provide this number each time you contact Campus France.
Make sure to remember your login and password! If you forget them, contact us.
Send the following materials to Campus France
Your application will be only be admissible after reception of:
Payment will be accepted only in the form of a money order. Campus France does not accept any other form of payment. You can purchase a money order at your local U.S. post office, in a bank or at a number of other locations.
The money order must be in the amount of $100 and made payable to MCUFEU.
Make sure to write your name and Campus France identification number (beginning with "USXXXXXX") on your money order.
Any alteration to the money order (ie. Whiteout) will render it unacceptable.
Please make a photocopy of your money order and send it along with the payment.
Pre Admission Information document
You must print, fill out and include the following document that indicates your interest in applying directly to a French institution.
The money order, photocopy of the money order and attached document should be sent to:
4101 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007
If you do not address your envelope to Campus France, we will not receive your materials.
After reception of your documents, you will be contacted by a Campus France representative who will assist you with the entire admission process.
This Campus France representative will be your designated contact regarding your application. You must only contact this person who will give you his/her direct contact information.
IMPORTANT: We will not be able to assist you with your application until we receive the payment and attached document.
If required by universities, sign up for the TCF French language test
While the TCF is not always required when applying to graduate programs in France, some schools do require TCF results, or scores from an equivalent French proficiency exam. It is your responsibility to check with each school to which you apply, to see if the TCF is one of their admissions requirements.
It will take at least 1 month to get your TCF results back after taking the exam. Keep in mind that you must schedule your exam before the earliest university deadline and submit your results to your Campus France representative as soon as you receive them.
In the case that you already took a DELF/DALF or e-TEF (in certain conditions) exam, those results may be acceptable instead of the TCF scores by certain universities. It is your responsibility to check with each school and see if they will accept results other than TCF scores.
Research programs offered by French universities
Look at universities and programs that are offered in the area in which you wish to study:
Find your Program section at www.usa.campusfrance.org
Make a list of the university programs to which you would like to apply. Each program has a reference number that can be found using the above link. Be sure to write down each number as you may need it when you select your programs in your Campus France PASTEL account, in the My Procedures section.
Complete your Campus France application in the PASTEL system
A) My Procedures
You must select the schools to which you wish to apply in the “My Procedures” section. It is very important that you do this correctly, so you must consult the Hors DAP User Guide (PDF) when completing this section. If you have trouble selecting your programs or universities, contact your designated Campus France representative for assistance.
B) Complete the Campus France form using the PASTEL system
You must fill out and validate each individual section of the form (Education, Linguistic Skills, Goals).
Please upload all required documents to your Campus France form as described in the Hors DAP User Guide (PDF).
All required documents not in French (transcripts, diplomas, internship contracts, etc.) must be translated into French by a certified translator and uploaded into your Campus France form. If your program is taught in English, it is your responsibility to check with the program to see if you need to submit a French translation.
Contact your designated Campus France representative for the verification of your file
Once you have completed your Campus France application, contact your assigned representative using the contact information he/she gave you. This person will review your application and make you aware of any modifications that need to be made. It is strongly recommended to make any changes that your Campus France representative suggests since it will help to make your application stronger. After your representative has validated your application, you will sign up for an interview.
Complete an interview with Campus France
If your application has not yet been verified by your Campus France representative, the interview will be cancelled. Please do not schedule an interview until you’ve been given the green light by your representative.
Conducted over the phone, this interview lasts about 20 minutes and serves as an opportunity for you to describe in French your academic project, professional plans and goals. In addition to enhancing the quality of your academic file, an interview also increases your chance of admission. The purpose of the interview is to have an open conversation with your representative regarding your motivations and expectations regarding your plans to study in France. It is therefore important to be yourself and sound natural. Although you do not need to review anything beforehand, it is recommended that you immerse yourself in French ahead of time (watch a movie, read the news in French etc...
The interview can also be conducted with Skype. If you choose this option, please let your Campus France representative know in advance. In order to prepare for your Skype interview, please consult the following instructions.
To schedule your interview, you must log in to your Campus France account in the PASTEL system and choose an available time slot. For instructions, download the user guide about scheduling interviews (PDF).
Following your interview, your representative will write a report that will be included in your application and submitted to your first choice university.
If the program is taught in English, the interview can be in English.
Check for university responses through your Campus France account.
Responses from your selected universities will be sent directly to your personal Campus France message inbox in the online PASTEL system and will be available in the “My Procedures” section as well. You will receive them sometime between April and the end of July, depending on the institution.
Responses from your selected connected universities will be sent directly to your personal Campus France message inbox in the online PASTEL system and will be available in the “My Procedures” section as well. Check the Hors DAP Calendar to see when you can expect to receive a response from each university.
Responses from your selected non-connected universities will be sent directly by mail to your permanent address.
Make your final university choice
If you are accepted by one of your selected universities and decide to attend this institution, you must make your final choice online, in the “My Procedures” section of your Campus France file (see the Hors DAP User Guide PDF). Your application will not be complete until you make your final choice. Please note that this final choice is irreversible. While it is important that you think through your decision and make an informed choice, please keep in mind that you will still have to go through the visa process before your departure.
Once you have been accepted to a non-connected university, you must send your Campus France representative a copy of your official acceptance letter by email. Once Campus France has received your acceptance letter, your online PASTEL account will be updated. You will then find in your Campus France message inbox a confirmation email stating that your application is complete.
Please note: this final choice is irreversible so be sure to take time to consider your choice before making this decision.
Request a student visa
Once you have made your final choice in PASTEL and your file has been processed by Campus France, you can apply for a visa at the French consulate assigned to you on your Campus France personal page. You must schedule your appointment at the appropriate consulate via the consulate’s website.
Important: Once your file has been completely processed, you will receive a confirmation message from Campus France in your personal PASTEL inbox, as well as an electronic preregistration document for the university you have chosen. The consulate will need printed copies of these documents in order to process your visa request. Reminder: You cannot book your visa appointment more than 90 days before your departure to France.
The visa application process and visa application fees are separate from the Campus France application and fee. For more information, see the website for the consulate nearest you.
Visas are granted solely at the discretion of the Consulate of France.