As French is the teaching langage of our trainings, we request at least a B2 level in French.


How do medical studies work in France?

In France, medical studies last at least 9 years and are available only in French.

From 2020/2021 on, competitive exams during a year called Parcours d'Accès Spécifique Santé (PASS) or during the first, second or third year of a Licence (the French equivalent to Bachelor) with a minor in health (see more details here) can lead to medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or midwifery. At Paris-Saclay University, PASS can be done at the Faculty of Science in Orsay or at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Châtenay-Malabry.

Medical studies can also be competitively accessed after other degrees such as a Master degree, an Engineering degree, a paramedical degree and at least 3 years of years of professional practice, or after the degree at the end of the first cycle of studies in pharmacy, dentistry or midwifery. This only concerns degrees from the European Union, Andorra, Switzerland, Lichtenchtein, Norway or Iceland.

The Faculty of Medicine takes medical students from the 2nd year on in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre.

The 1rst cycle of medical studies leads to the Diplôme de Formation Générale en Sciences Médicales (DFGSM) and the 2nd cycle in 3 years to the Diplôme de Formation Approfondie en Sciences Médicales (DFASM). During the 2nd cycle, mornings are dedicated to clinical traineeship (rotation every 3 month).

At the end of the 6th year, students take a "national ranking examination" (Epreuves Classantes Nationales: ECN) to access the 3rd cycle. Students then choose, in the order of their ranking, a specialty and a geographic area for their 3rd cycle, which lasts 3 to 6 years depending on the specialty and leads to a Diplôme d'Etudes Spécialisées (DES) and a Diplôme d'Etat de docteur en médecine (State diploma allowing to practice medicine). Note that general practice is a specialty (3 years).

The second cycle and the modalities of the access to the 3rd cycle (choice of specialty) are going to be reformed.

What if I already have started medical studies abroad?

Nationals from the European Union, Andorra, Switzerland, Lichtenchtein, Norway or Iceland who are holding a basic medical formation degree as mentionned in article 24 of the 2005/36/CE directive (the equivalent of the DFASM at the end of the 2nd cycle of medical studies in France) can take the ranking examination (ECN) and access the 3rd cycle of medical studies in France. Beware, registration to the ECN can only be made the year of the validation of the basic medical formation.

From 2020/2021, people who have started or completed their medical studies in countries outside the European Union, Andorra, Switzerland, Lichtenchtein, Norway or Iceland will be allowed to apply to (competitively) access medical studies in France. If they success, they can join at a level between the 2nd to the 5rd year of medical studies in France. See here for the new law. We don't know yet how it will be organised.

What about the application and admission procedures?

The admission procedure depends on your situation (nationality, country of living, degree you already have or are preparing). Please check out this website. If you don't understand where you fit in, please contact Mrs Hélène KINNEL at with details about your situation.



Paris-Saclay Faculty of Medecine contributes to the training of students in nursing, electroradiology manipulation and physical therapy. The main registration of these students are institutes (exterior to the university) that are responsible for the recruitment process.



Our School of Medicine is involved in several Master and PhD programs of Université Paris-Saclay.

Application procedures are explained on Université Paris-Saclay website. Click here for Masters programs or here for PhD schools.



Tuitions fees are from 170€ to 380€ per academic year depending on the year of study. A 91€ contribution to student and campus life also has to be paid each year. Health insurance is free for students.

Starting 2019/2020 academic year, tuition fees for new students from outside the European Union, Lichtenchtein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland or Québec have been increased by national law to 2 770 euros per year for the 1rst cycle, and 3 770 euros for the second and third cycle, but Université Paris-Saclay has decided to give these students a partial exemption so that their tuition fees remain the same as the ones of national students.

Paramedical students pay tuitions fees in their institute.

Students get a traineeship allowance during the 2nd cycle and a salary during the 3rd cycle of their studies.

Financial supports are possible on merit or socio-economic criteria : see here.