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How does the school system work in France?

 
About the academic calendar
 

The academic year is divided into two semesters:

  • fall or first semester starts in September and ends in late December or early January
  • spring or second semester starts in January or February and lasts until May or June
 

Examination periods are planned in the last weeks of each semester. 
During summer, IDRAC Business School students usually undertake in-company placements.

 
About the teaching system
 

IDRAC Business School uses the ECTS system. “ECTS credits express the volume of learning based on the defined learning outcomes and their associated workload. 60 ECTS credits are allocated to the learning outcomes and associated workload of a full-time academic year.”

 

In France, the workload for a given subject comprises a large proportion of lectures and seminar which means that you will probably sit more that you’re used to in classrooms. An average IDRAC Business School student week includes 20 to 25 hours of class.

 

IDRAC Business School teaching staff is formed by both academic teachers and business specialists which is a major strength of the school.
Most often, they don’t require students to get textbooks or to do some compulsory reading. However, they can provide a recommended reading list.

 
About the grading systems
 

Subjects taught at IDRAC Business School are graded on a 0 (lower grade) to 20 (higher grade) scale.
The passing grade for a subject is 10.

 

It is usually said that in France “20 is for God, 19 is for the King and 18 is for the President, so 17 is the maximum grade a student can attain”…
In practice, grades higher than 15 are very seldom awarded and 14 is considered very good.

 

You’ll find below, the grading system as used by IDRAC Business School:

 

IDRAC Business School grade (/20)

IDRAC Business School interpretation

Corresponding ECTS grade

Definition ECTS grade

Credits awarded

15-20

Outstanding

A

Excellent

Yes

13-14.99

Very good

B

Very good

Yes

11-12.99

Good

C

Good

Yes

10-11.99

Satisfactory

D

Satisfactory

Yes

Below 10

Fail

F

Fail

No

 

At the end of your stay, you will receive a transcript of records which will describe the educational components taken, the number of ECTS credits achieved as well as the grades awarded.

 
About examination
 

Grades are often posted publicly with students’ names on bulletin boards at the end of the semester.

Even though taken into account and compulsory, attendance does not formally count for the grade. Most subjects lead to marks formed by the combination of continuous assessment and final exams.