University Diploma in Preparation for Scientific and Technological Training within French IUTs
(in French: Diplôme Universitaire de Préparation aux Formations Scientifiques et Technologiques des IUT Français)
A multidisciplinary course to help foreign students find their footing in the French higher education system and cultural and economic environments through quality administrative support and academic monitoring.
Presentation and Goals:
The University Diploma “in Preparation for Scientific and Technological Training within French IUTs” (in French: diplôme d’université “préparation aux formations scientifiques et technologiques des IUT français”) aims to help the integration of foreign students within our IUT courses, in the manufacturing and service sectors.
The goal with this diploma is to ensure foreign students’ successful integration during their first semester studying for a technological degree at a French University Institute of Technology (IUT).
From welcoming students at the airport to helping with administrative procedures, each IUT that is home to a DU PFST centre implements support systems for foreign students in keeping with the course’s requirements. The warm welcome and quality support we provide makes up for the culture shock that foreign students from all continents can sometimes feel upon their arrival.
After the course, students you have passed will graduate from a French IUT.
The DU PFST course is made up of 3 course units:
- UE 1: French as a foreign language
- UE 2: General knowledge and university culture
Zoom: cultural focus – Discovering the campus on-site in order to become better integrated: visiting the city, discovering the local economic and participating in sports and cultural events.
- UE 3: Science and Technologies
Methodology, guided self-study, and multidisciplinary skills complete the course content.
How to apply:
Applicants are selected based on individual interviews held by a commission from the ADIUT network (in French: Assemblée des Directeurs d’IUT, Assembly of Directors of IUT), made up of IUT staff (professors, DU PFST coordinators, heads of departments, IUT Presidents), who focus on 3 main criteria:
- Academic level: as an example, applicants from China must have achieved a Gaokao level in their studies, which would allow them to access first and second-tier universities in their province.
- Language skills: students’ levels in French (level A2 or B1 depending on the course) are assessed during the interview.
- Motivation: the applicant must be able to explain their career plan and academic projects for their studies at the IUT.
Student profile: Foreign students from outside the European Union (mainly from Asia)
The list of chosen applicants is announced by a jury once applications have been assessed.
Careers and opportunities:
Manufacturing and service sectors in Asia.