Short programs, most of which require 2 or 3 years of study, are abundant in the areas of business, manufacturing, and services. Many short programs are offered in multidisciplinary institutes affiliated with universities or specialized schools.

Because the curriculum always includes at least one internship with a commercial enterprise, short programs offer a practical, relevant introduction to the job market. Most short programs are highly selective in their admissions.

Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (BTS, postsecondary technical certificate)

Programs awarding the BTS degree are unique postsecondary programs. They are actually two-year programs taught in secondary schools (120 ECTS credits). BTS degrees are offered in more than 80 different fields. Among the most popular BTS programs are those in hotel management, manufacturing, applied arts, business and agriculture.

Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT, university technical diploma)

The DUT is a national vocational/professional qualification that takes two years to complete. It is conferred by France’s university-based institutes of technology, or IUTs.

DUT programs are offered in 24 specializations, 16 of which are production-related (materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, computer-assisted manufacturing, etc.) and nine of which are service-related (administration, communication, management, information, etc.).

Programs prepare graduates to begin a career immediately after graduation. Graduates may also elect to continue their education by applying for admission to a school of engineering or management.

Licence Professionnelle (professional degree) 

After successfully completing two years of postsecondary study, students may apply to enter a one-year program that allows them to earn a Licence professionnelle, a national professional degree.

Programs are offered in universities, IUT and some public and private secondary schools. More than 2,000 Licences professionnelles are offered in 8 broad areas that include the agricultural and manufacturing sectors well as services.

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