Undergraduate: Commencing your tertiary education


A) Prerequisites:

To access tertiary education in France, nationals of Trinidad and Tobago or Barbados must satisfy one of the following conditions BEFORE the expected date of university enrolment:
- Hold a French baccalauréat
- Hold at least three passes at the CXC (CSEC) or Cambridge Ordinary Level AND at least two passes at either Cambridge Advanced Level or CXC Advanced Proficiency (CAPE) Unit 2.
- If your secondary school leaving certificate is other than specified above, you must be qualified to access university in the country where your secondary school leaving certificate was obtained. Official proof will be required.

Applicants must also show a level of comprehension of the French language adapted to the course for which they apply. Students lacking the necessary level may contact the Alliance française concerning classes. They may also study at an establishment in France. For further information, visit www.fle.fr.

Applicants are advised to have already studied the subjects or related subjects at an advanced level, to ensure a higher chance of a successful application. Applicants wishing to pursue a course in a particular subject which has been studied outside of the school system may still apply if written proof is provided from the relevant teaching institution.

In order to study in France successful applicants will need to apply for a student visa from the French Consular services (see section entitled "Reference to French legislation").

B) Procedure:

The procedure varies according to the type of establishment and the course considered.

1) French university:

a) Applicants in any of the following situations must contact the university directly:

- Holders of a French baccalauréat
- University exchange students (in this case, the exchange agreement will specify the applicable enrolment procedures)
- Holders of a scholarship from the French State
- Holders of a scholarship from a foreign government but which is managed by a French organisation such as CNOUS, EGIDE, etc.
- certain European nationals including French nationals resident in Trinidad & Tobago or Barbados
- children of foreign diplomats stationed in France.

b) The "Demande d’admission préalable à l’inscription en premier cycle dans une université française" (DAP) is compulsory for holders of a non-French secondary school leaving certificate equivalent to the French baccalauréat (eg. CAPE, GCE A Level.)
DAP is a standard procedure processed by the French Embassy. See below for details.

2) Other establishments:

Applicants to other establishments must contact them directly. These include:
- Classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles
- Section de Techniciens supérieurs (in high schools)
- IUT, IUP within the university
- Establishment with competitive entrance exams
- Establishment with admission jury
- Other tertiary establishments.

C) Language Test (TCF):

Students having to apply through the DAP (Demande d’admission préalable à l’inscription en premier cycle dans une université française) have to write an examination to evaluate their written and oral comprehension of the French language and their written expression skills in French (Test de Connaissance du Français pour la DAP, TCF-DAP, managed by the Centre International d’Etudes pédagogiques, CIEP). The current cost of the exam. is 60€ (approx. TT $480) but there may be additional charges. The certificate is valid for 2 years.

Local responsibility for the TCF-DAP has been delegated by the CIEP.
In Barbados, the examination is managed by the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature of the Cave Hill Campus of UWI.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the examination centre is the Alliance française of Trinidad and Tobago. The Alliance Française may also offer TCF preparatory classes. For details you are advised to contact the centre in your country.

Applicants who meet the following criteria are exempted from the TCF-DAP:
- Holders of the DALF
- Applicants having taken the test organised by the Paris Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris, CCIP) and obtained a minimum score of 16/20 in written expression.


As a general rule, any document required that is not in French is expected to be accompanied by an official translation into French (See article entitled "Translation of support documents" in the Useful Contact Information section)

A) Where the DAP is not required

In support of the enrolment request, the applicant must provide:
- A cover letter
- A birth certificate with its certified translation if not in French
- Certified copies of secondary school certificates and translations into French
- Certified copies of official school transcript for the past two academic years for a first enrolment in tertiary education.

B) For the DAP (TT & Barbados nationals)

Originals of all documents required are to be presented to the Embassy on submission of the application. In case of acceptance by the selected university, originals will also be required for enrolment.

1) All applicants must provide:

- Application forms, duly filled out, for undergraduate admission in September 2008. Available online, 10-12 months prior to projected date of enrolment.
Please note that there are TEN files to download, all of which are essential to the file, including the NOTICE EXPLICATIVE. The applicant must also produce all the documents requested in the NOTICE EXPLICATIVE:
- Two coupons-réponse internationaux (available at most Post Offices) -Verify that the expiry date is on or after the following 31st July.
- Three self-addressed US-10 format envelopes (4 ½” × 10 3/8”) or closest available format, with the name and mailing address legibly written or clearly printed. ONE of these envelopes must bear a stamp for local postage.
- One large self-addressed envelope (10" × 12") with the name and mailing address legibly written or clearly printed.
- A clear photocopy of ONE of the following forms of identification: (1) Birth certificate (2) National identification card (3) Valid passport -page(s) showing bearer’s identity, issue and expiry dates.
- A clear photocopy of CXC CSEC or GCE Ordinary Level certificate, as applicable.
- Translation into French of the following documents: birth certificate or national identification card where applicable; CSEC or Ordinary Level Certificate. All translations are to be certified (i.e., signed and stamped) by a recognised translator. (See article entitled "Translation of support documents" in the Useful Contact Information section)

- Applicants possessing the DALF (Diplôme approfondi en langue française) must provide a copy of the certificate for exemption from the TCF language test.

2) The following documents are also required.

a) Upper VI students only:

- Official school transcript, stamped and signed by Principal, for Forms V and Lower VI as well as for Term 1 of Form UVI. Copies of report books will not be accepted.
- CXC CAPE 1 certificate or, if unavailable, Official Statement of Results.
- Translation into French of the official school transcript above, certified (signed and stamped) by a recognised translator.
- Translation into French of the above certificate or Statement of Results, certified (signed and stamped) by a recognised translator.

- Upon arrival at the university, these applicants will be expected to provide their A level or CAPE 2 certificate and its official translation into French prior to enrolment.

b) Holders of A level or CAPE certificate only :

- Clear photocopy of Advanced Level or CXC CAPE 2 certificate or, failing that, the official Statement of Results;
- Translation into French of the above certificate or Statement of Results, certified (signed and stamped) by a recognised translator.


To enrol in undergraduate studies, it is advisable to establish initial contact with the relevant services (whether in France or abroad) as early as September of the year preceding that for which you wish to enrol: a precise calendar for administrative procedure is established annually.

All required support documents should be prepared where possible by November.

Application forms should be withdrawn or downloaded no later than December 10th. An Education Officer must be contacted prior to or immediately after downloading the forms. The forms must be filled out and returned -in person by candidates in Trinidad and Tobago, by secure post for candidates in Barbados- to an Education Officer, along with all required support documents. The deadline for handing in the forms and documents usually falls in January.

Students are received at the Embassy, by appointment, between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Mondays to Thursdays. Those who, having made an appointment, find themselves unable to keep it for whatever reason, are required to call and cancel or indicate that they have been delayed, as the case may be.

Applicants in Barbados are strongly advised to submit applications no later than the first week in December, in order to take into account possible postal or administrative delays that may result in the application being postponed for the following year.

Please note that deadlines are to be strictly respected; there will be no extension of deadlines, and incomplete files will not be accepted.

Dernière modification : 05/02/2007

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