There are three universities in total in French Guiana – University of French Guiana (UFG), EGC Cayenne Business School and Guiana Regional Institute of Social Work Development. The UFG is a university-type institution, and as for a public establishment the tuition is mostly funded by the French state, however enrolment is subject to admission fees (see below). The other two institutions are private establishments and charge fees for the tuition as well as admission. With French Guiana being an overseas territory of France, the educational system follows the framework of the French government and, by extension, the EU, allowing EU citizens the same conditions for study as is available for natives. The UFG, which is the largest of the three institutions, welcomes approximately 2000 students, out of which roughly 10% are international students. For more information please refer to https://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/.
The Guianese educational system is governed by the European Bologna framework as adopted by the French government. It follows the ‘bachelor's master's doctorate system’ (or ‘L-M-D’ in French), with Bachelor’s (or Licence) usually comprising three to four years, followed by a Master’s typically lasting two years and culminating in a Doctoral degree of three to five years. Enrolment into Bachelor’s programs is conditional on possession of a French baccalaureate degree or an equivalent qualification such as A levels or the International Baccalaureate. To be accepted to a Master’s program, students must have a relevant Bachelor degree from an institution accredited by the French government or a recognized equivalent. Moreover, it is sometimes possible to pursue a three-year Master’s degree in engineering which is conditional on obtaining a two-year foundation degree called ‘BTS’ (‘brevet de technicien supérieur’). A significant portion of admissions is usually by the Parcoursup platform, however it is very common that the institution administers its own admission process and needs to be contacted directly. An intermediate level of proficiency in French (B2) is also commonly required.
In terms of financing your studies, most universities charge a fee for enrollment. The fees vary from 180,00 € to 4 500,00 € depending on the applicant’s circumstances. Generally speaking, for an ordinary applicant to a public institution, a Bachelor’s degree enrollment costs around 700,00 €, whereas a Master’s enrollment fee climbs up to around 800,00 €. Nonetheless, students from low-income families can apply for funding to assist them with tuition and living expenses, and can receive a monthly stipend of up to €450 per month.
Information for International Students
International students make an integral part of Guianese tertiary education, consisting more than 10% the UFG’s students alone.
The admission is specified by the university of one’s choice. Nonetheless requirements for proof of previous education and language capabilities form a part of virtually each admission process. For certain programs, the admission process takes place via Parcoursup, for others the institution needs to be contacted directly.
Living costs are approximately 70% of those in mainland France, with monthly rent costing usually something in between 600 € to 900 €. Due to import costs, costs of elementary groceries tend to be around 40% more expensive than in the Hexagon.