The admission process requires you to follow a number of steps, depending on your nationality, country of residence and the degree you are applying for.
The first step is the skills endorsement procedure. This allows the university to decide whether you have the requisite knowledge for studying in France. At the end you receive a skills endorsement certificate (certificat de validation des acquis).
Administrative procedures take a long time. It is always best to initiate yours a year before you actually come to France.
More information about is provided in French.
Admission calendar and course start dates
In 2015 admissions began on 8th July, but it takes almost a year to prepare and complete all the documents required for the administrative procedures. Depending on the course you choose, the start date will be between September and November, and your course will end in May or June.