Similarly to the US or UK system, the French education system consists of:
This includes middle school and high school (ages 11 to 18). In order to complete secondary education, students must obtain the “baccalauréat”, a diploma recognised and accepted by many Universities worldwide. The “baccalauréat” is highly regarded and known globally for its rigorous and comprehensive nature; in fact, North American Universities often grant extra credits to baccalauréat holders, worth up to a full year of study.
This can be either vocational or academic (e.g. Universities, Business schools, engineering schools, Polytechnic institutes, etc.).
The LFIR follows the excellent French national curriculum, and its students gain the strong foundations in academic knowledge and critical thinking that French education is renowned for. In addition, the curriculum is adapted to suit the school’s multicultural, multilingual environment comprising mostly international students, so that LFIR students are offered invaluable opportunities to improve languages and intercultural skills.
Children from international French schools can easily adapt to other international school curricula and join either French or international Universities after graduation. For those wishing to study in France, a variety of scholarships are available via Campus France and AEFE.
Note that all students from AEFE schools (including the LFIR) can continue their education in any other French school anywhere in the world without having to take an entrance test – there are currently 566 schools in 138 countries.