Issued by the Ministry of National Education in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accreditation certifies that a school aheres to the principles, curricula, educational objectives and organisational rules of the French education system (preparing students for French exams; conducting these exams; qualified staff).
It allows any student from an accredited school to pursue his or her studies in any other French institution without having to sit an admission exam. Accreditation also gives schools privileged access to France’s teacher training services. All our teachers receive regular training. Schools are subject to regular follow-up and renewal procedures to ensure compliance with the accreditation criteria.
The Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE), under the aegis of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, coordinates and supports nearly 540 accredited schools.
As of 2020, the AEFE network comprises of 535 schools across 139 countries. Close to 370 000 students, of which 60% are foreign nationals, are educated in these institutions that are accredited by the French Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
Education: a high-stakes endeavour France is the country with the largest school network beyond its borders, supporting the growing international mobility of French families. It is also a means of reaching out by enrolling foreign nationals (60% of the total number of students). It thus fulfills its mission of providing schooling for French expatriate children as well some young people in 139 countries.
Through this dual mission, the network contributes to the image, presence and influence of France around the world; it carries the universal humanistic values that are the foundation of its republican model.
School accreditation: a guarantee of quality The Ministry of Education certifies that the institutions conform to the French edcational system’s requirements in terms syllybi, educational objectives and organizational rules. It guarantees all accredited school’s students the possibility of pursuing their schooling in other French institutions without an admission exam., subject to availability.