Higher education in France is available from several types of institutions, which can be either public or private.
Although most courses are under the responsibility and supervision of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, some more specialized courses are under the responsibility of other Ministries: Agriculture, Health, Culture and Communications, Defence, and Federal Equipment.
Both public and private institutions attached by contract to the French government generally deliver state diplomas, that are recognized valid nationally, by all academic institutions as well as corporations.
For further information on the French education system please visit the Ministry of Higher Education and Research's website
France, along with most European countries, has joined the European Higher Education System. This system is based on three levels in a higher-education curriculum, and corresponding diplomas.
For further information on the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS): European commission website.