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Admission procedure for international students (except EU and other than exchange students)

PLEASE NOTE: applicants from the following countries (who actually live in these countries and not currently in France) must necessarily submit their application form via a Campus France office (online procedure on www..campusfrance.org): Algeria - Argentina - Benin - Brazil - Burkina Faso - Cameroon - Chile - China - Colombia - Comoros - DR Congo - South Korea - Ivory Coast - Egypt - United States of America - Gabon -  Guinea - India - Indonesia - Iran - Japan - Lebanon - Madagascar - Mali - Morocco - Mauritius - Mauritania - Mexico - Peru - Russia -Senegal - Syria - Taiwan - Togo - Tunisia - Turkey - Vietnam. 

If you do not complete this procedure, French consulates will not deliver you a student visa.

1st Year of a Bachelor’s degree programme

Candidates outside the European Economic Area and residing in France (green file):

To apply for the next school year, a prerequisite to registration for the first year of a Bachelor’s degree program has been open since November and will close on January 22th (application deadline).
This procedure concerns international applicants who have graduated with foreign qualifications, are holders of a long-term residence permit (until the end of school year) in France, and are not in the category “special cases”**.
This procedure does not concern European Economic Area nationals* (EU + Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) or students from Switzerland, Andorra or Monaco*.
The green file can be  be downloaded from the Ministry’s website.

NB: Applicants living a long way away from Rennes can complete the procedure from a university close to their place of residence; that University will then forward the file to Rennes 2 University.

Non EEE applicants residing outside France (White file):

For students residing outside France: the same procedure must be followed with a Campus France office (online procedure) or cultural services offices of the French embassy (in case there is no specific Campus France office). This procedure is open until: January 22th.
Nationals from countries that do not have a Campus France office can also download the white file from the Ministry of Education’s website. Please remember to return the file to the embassy before January 22th.

Language test :

Non-French-speaking applicants, or those who do not hold a 3rd level French language competence cartificate, must take a language test (TCF DAP), organized by the International Centre for Educational Studies (CIEP). This test costs around €70 and takes place in February or in March at French universities. In case of unforeseen and duly justified difficulties, two replacement sessions are programmed in March in Paris: www.ciep.fr/tcfdap (question 7).
Candidates residing outside France have to take the test in their country.
The Admissions committee will only examine files of candidates who obtained a sufficiently high grade on the language test:  read more on Rennes 2's required TCF and DAP levels and exemption.

***application deadline : January 22th

For French language catch-up courses: see the CIREFE’s website.

Applicants from the European Economic Area, Switzerland, Andorra and Monaco:

1st year of a Bachelor’s degree: applicants should fill out a national “Post-Bac” application available from the 20th of January to the 20th of March which includes a series of mandatory steps (a guide for foreign applicants is available on the application website).

**Special cases:
Applicants with a special status (see below) may fill out an application form with the office of the registrar available from March until April or June :

  • political refugee, stateless person, asylum seeker;
  • child of a diplomat based in France;
  • French Government fellowship holder;
  • French national with foreign qualifications from outside the EEA ;
  • applicants of more than 26 years old

All applicants accepted by the University must provide proof of high school graduation and/or a successful University entrance exam from his/her country at the time of registration.

2nd and 3rd year Bachelor’s degree and 1st year Master’s degree

Applications for the 2nd or 3rd year Bachelor’s degree or 1st year Master’s degree must be filled out online via a Campus France Office, (if this service exists in the country of residence), or directly, at the appropriate Faculty's (UFR) office of the registrar; along with a cover letter and a résumé.
Application Submission Deadline:


If the admissions committee grants admission to the 1st year of a Bachelor’s degree, then registration will only be possible if the applicant successfully follows the national admissions procedure stated above; 

  2. Language tests are not mandatory from the 2nd or the 3rd year of a Bachelor’s on. However, the applicant must still prove in his application that he has achieved at least a B2 level in French; either by a French Language Certificate (TCF, DELF, DALF, etc.)*, or by a university transcript. Otherwise, it is recommended to take a semester or even a year of French language refresher courses (see the CIREFE website: Rennes International Centre for the Study of French as a Foreign Language).

* See the French embassy’s cultural services department or, for applicants currently in Rennes, the University of Rennes 2’s Language Centre, that organizes DELF (B1, B2) and DALF sessions (C1, C2) in May (registration in March).

DEUST (University Diploma in Science and Technology), Professionally Oriented Bachelor's Degrees, 2nd year Master’s degrees (selective entry courses)

Apart from having to apply via a Campus France Office (as for Bachelor’s degrees and Masters 1), applicants are subject to the same admissions requirements as French students: learn more


  1. Applications for a 2nd year Master’s degree submitted to the Campus France website should include a well-defined research project. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Professor(s) in charge of the Master’s degree in question (see Presentation / Faculty (UFR) / Departments page);
  2. A sufficient level of French is required (see 2nd, 3rd year Bachelor’s degree and 1st year Master’s degree).