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International Master Programs Admissions Process FAQs

Applications to International Master Programs taught in English at the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) are currently open.

Here, you will find FAQs about the application procedure, program costs, grants, and visas. We will continue to add to this page over time.

If your question is not covered here, you may email the International Master Programs Admissions Office (master.programs @ univ-pau.fr).

Questions list:

  1. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: When and how can I apply for a Master Program taught in English at the UPPA?
  2. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: How does the application procedure work?
  3. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: How important is the order of my 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of Master Programs?
  4. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: What documents do I need to prepare?
  5. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: I cannot get hold of the documents that you have requested to consider my application. What shall I do?
  6. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: I cannot provide the ranking or GPA to submit my application. Can I apply without this information?
  7. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Should I translate my diploma and grades transcript into French?
  8. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: What level of English is required? How can I evaluate my language level? What should I do if my language testing center is closed due to the pandemic?
  9. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: What level of French is required for admission to an International Master Program?
  10. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The application website appears to be unavailable. What should I do?
  11. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: What is Campus France Etudes en France? Should I apply there too?
  12. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: How long will it take to get a decision on my application?
  13. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Should I still apply if I am currently not able to leave the country?
  14. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: How much is charged as an application fee?
  15. PROGRAM COSTS: How much does a Master Program at the UPPA cost?
  16. PROGRAM COSTS: Can I pay university tuition in installments?
  17. GRANTS: How can I apply for an Eiffel Scholarship of Excellence or a Talents’ Academy merit-based grant?
  18. GRANTS: How much is a Talents’ Academy merit-based grant? Does it exonerate me from paying university tuition? When will I receive the grant money?
  19. GRANTS: Are there any other grants available?
  20. VISAS: Do I need a visa to study in France?
  21. VISAS: How can I get a student visa for France?
  22. What should I do once I receive my admission letter?
  1. 1 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: When and how can I apply for a Master Program taught in English at the UPPA?

    Applications are now being accepted to our Master Program taught in English at the UPPA.

    Applications must be submitted via our dedicated platform in order to be examined for admission.

    In applying by 5pm on April 23, 2021, you may be considered for a Talents' Academy grant. Results will be published in June 2021.

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  2. 2 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: How does the application procedure work?

    To apply to a Master Program, first provide your information on our platform to create your account with Mobility-Online. After confirming your email address, you will need to log in and upload a certain number of documents in order to finalize your application.

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  3. 3 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: How important is the order of my 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of Master Programs?

    During the application process, you will be able to select up to three Master Programs. It is extremely important to rank the programs in order of your preference (i.e. rank the program that you would most like to be admitted to as priority 1 and your next choice as priority 2, and so on).

    If you are offered admission to your first-choice program, your other programs choices will be deleted. If you are not offered a place in the first program on your list, only then can you be offered admission for your second choice, and so on.

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  4. 4 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: What documents do I need to prepare?

    The documents to be submitted are:

    • A cover letter stating your full name, your motivations, and the Master Program(s) to which you are applying
    • A curriculum vitae
    • A transcript of records including student ranking. If ranking is not available, a GPA score can be provided.
    • A letter of reference from the supervisor of the program you are currently attending or from your latest academic supervisor, as well as any additional recommendation (academic or professional, if applicable)
    • An English proficiency certificate (minimum B2 level), unless English is your native language, or you have completed higher studies in English. Your English may also be assessed during the admission process.

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  5. 5 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: I cannot get hold of the documents that you have requested to consider my application. What shall I do?

    We are aware that some documents cannot be obtained right away (studies currently underway) and delays may be unavoidable gathering the information needed to consider your application (e.g. references, certificates). Unofficial transcripts may be submitted in order to allow us to evaluate your application, but after admission, official documents will be required for enrollment.

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  6. 6 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: I cannot provide the ranking or GPA to submit my application. Can I apply without this information?

    Student ranking and / or GPA (Grade Point Average) is crucial information that the selection committee will take into account when reviewing your application, and in particular when selecting candidates for grants.

    Candidates who are unable to provide their ranking or GPA can still apply but might not be selected for a merit-based grant.

    If you want to be considered as a candidate for a merit-based grant, you need to provide at least a supporting letter from the person in charge of your current course of study.

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  7. 7 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Should I translate my diploma and grades transcript into French?

    The UPPA accepts original diplomas issued in French, English and Spanish. If your copies are not in one of those languages, you will need to translate them into French by a sworn translator. The French embassy in your country will have a list of local sworn translators.

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  8. 8 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: What level of English is required? How can I evaluate my language level? What should I do if my language testing center is closed due to the pandemic?

    A minimum B2 level in English is required to be admitted to our International Master Programs.‚Äč The University accepts a variety of English Language tests such as: TOEIC, TOEFL, TOEFL Internet-based Test, IELTS, CPE, PTE (Pearson Test of English), CAE. Please check to be sure your test results are still valid (CPE and CAE results are valid for life).

    You may download our language test equivalency chart here

    You do not need to submit a certificate if: you are a native speaker of English, your undergraduate or graduate degree was conducted entirely in English or in an English-speaking country, or you have lived or worked in an English-speaking country for at least two years since graduating from university.

    All other students must provide a certificate or diploma proving your level of English. If you cannot book an English language placement test due to the pandemic, online placement tests may be provided for informational purposes (Duolingo, etc). Please be aware that in this case, your English language abilities may need to be verified during an interview with your professors before processing your application. Here is an informative guide for evaluating your language abilities.

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  9. 9 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: What level of French is required for admission to an International Master Program?

    No prior knowledge of French is required to be admitted to an International Master Program taught in English at the UPPA.

    During the admission process, we ask you to indicate your level of French as this helps us to prepare French-language courses for incoming students.

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  10. 10 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The application website appears to be unavailable. What should I do?

    Should you encounter an error message when clicking here to apply for academic year 2021-2022, please wait during the system maintenance and connect again later.  

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  11. 11 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: What is Campus France Etudes en France? Should I apply there too?

    The Campus France - Études en France procedure is an application process for non-EU nationals living in one of these 46 countries. Once admitted to one of our Master Programs taught in English, candidates living in a country using this system will apply for a visa through the streamlined procedure for "admitted students."

    All candidates interested in our Master Programs must apply via our dedicated platform, as this is a requirement for being admitted.

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  12. 12 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: How long will it take to get a decision on my application?

    We aim to provide a decision within two months, provided your application is complete (following verification all of your supporting documents).

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  13. 13 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Should I still apply if I am currently not able to leave the country?

    Yes. It is highly likely that the situation in all countries will change a lot over the next few months. If you are interested in joining the UPPA in 2021 but are worried about potential travel restrictions, we would still encourage you to apply. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide support to incoming admitted students.

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  14. 14 - APPLICATION PROCEDURE: How much is charged as an application fee?

    Applying to our Master Programs is free of charge. There is no application fee.

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  15. 15 - PROGRAM COSTS: How much does a Master Program at the UPPA cost?

    The total cost of a Master Program at the UPPA is made up of administrative tuition and student fees.

    Administrative tuition in France is determined at a national level. The French Ministerial Order of April 19, 2019, amended on June 9, 2020, sets university tuition for a Master Program as follows:

    • European nationals: €243 
    • extra-European nationals: €3770*

    *Conditions and procedures for extra-European nationals requesting partial reduction of these fees at the UPPA for the academic year 2021-2022 will be updated in February 2021, once the university’s newly elected board and councils are in place and deliberate this question.

    Important: Additional tuition and fees are required for enrollment in Engineering degrees (CCE, MPPM, SIMOS) and Management degrees (EIBS). Please see the program brochures for more information.

    Extra fees: 

    • In addition to academic tuition, most students must pay a student body fee (CVEC, which cost €92 in 2020-2021). 
    • NB: Admitted candidates in any course of study who have taken a break of more than two years from their studies will enroll via the UPPA’s Continuing Education service (formation continue). They are exempt from the CVEC, however they may be subject to a different tuition scale.

    On page 4 of our International Student Guide, available for download here, you will find an estimated budget which breaks down program costs, optional and required insurance, and cost of living for your stay in France.

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  16. 16 - PROGRAM COSTS: Can I pay university tuition in installments?

    Yes, as long as you meet enrollment deadlines, you may pay university tuition either in one lump sum or request to pay in three installments.

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  17. 17 - GRANTS: How can I apply for an Eiffel Scholarship of Excellence or a Talents’ Academy merit-based grant?

    To be considered for an Eiffel Scholarship of Excellence or a Talents’ Academy merit-based grant, you must simply apply via our platform, you have no further steps to take.

    Our academic committees evaluate each application and put forth the best candidates for grants:

    Candidates applying to a Master Program after 5pm on April 23, 2021, may also be admitted (if space allows), however they will not be in the running for a merit-based grant.

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  18. 18 - GRANTS: How much is a Talents’ Academy merit-based grant? Does it exonerate me from paying university tuition? When will I receive the grant money?

    Talents' Academy grant amount and modalities:

    • The grant is €8,000 for one year of studies.
    • As the Talents’ Academy Grant is merit-based and not need-based, grant recipients are not exonerated from paying university enrollment fees.
    • The grant can only be disbursed after arrival in France and opening a French bank account, among other formalities. This may take around 8 weeks, so it is important to plan your finances accordingly.

    It is not possible to advance any grant money to laureates before they arrive in France.

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  19. 19 - GRANTS: Are there any other grants available?

    Be sure to check Campus France’s Grant search engine to see if you qualify for another type of grant.

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  20. 20 - VISAS: Do I need a visa to study in France?

    Non-EU nationals will need a visa to study in France. The visa application process varies depending upon nationality AND current place of residence.

    Please refer to the France-Visas.gouv.fr website for accurate information specific to your situation.

    Candidates applying to an international Master taught in English at the UPPA are first admitted to the program and then apply for a visa via a fast-track process for admitted students.

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  21. 21 - VISAS: How can I get a student visa for France?

    If you are accepted to a Master Program and need a visa, you will be able to apply for a visa through a simplified process for admitted students. 

    Students living in one of the 46 countries using Campus France Etudes en France:

    • Your visa application must be submitted through this platform, through the streamlined procedure for "admitted students." 
    • If you are concerned about the time it takes to obtain a visa, you have the option of creating a file as a candidate on the Campus France Etudes en France site now, which will allow you to obtain a file number right away. However, keep in mind that your application will only be considered if you have applied via our dedicated platform.

    If you live in a country that does not use the Etudes en France platform and you are admitted to a Master Program at the UPPA, you can use the France-Visas.gouv.fr website to find out how to go about requesting a student visa.

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  22. 22 - What should I do once I receive my admission letter?

    Within two weeks of receiving your admission letter, you must confirm your intent to enroll in the master program.

    If we do not receive your confirmation within the two-week timeframe, you will be transferred to the waitlist and we cannot guarantee that your place in the master will be available.

    Please send your confirmation by email to the International Master Programs Admissions Office (master.programs @ univ-pau.fr), copying the Academic Director of the program. You will find his/her email in the program brochure.

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