Preliminary admissions application (DAP Blanche)

Your circumstances mean you must complete a paper preliminary admissions application (DAP Blanche).

Step 1: downloading the dossier

If you live outside of France you must complete a "dossier blanc"
Download a "dossier blanc" from the French Ministry website

Step 2: submitting the dossier

If you live outside France, submit the "dossier blanc" to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in your country of residence.

Dossier submission deadline: December 15, 2023.

Step 3: processing of your dossier

Your dossier will be processed by your first choice of university. If it is not accepted, it will be sent to your second choice of university.

Response deadline for all DAP dossiers: April 30, 2024

The absence of a response by May 31, 2024 is equivalent to your refusal of the registration proposal.

Step 4: French knowledge test (TCF)

The French Knowledge Test (TCF) is compulsory for all preliminary admission requests except in special cases. It is held in higher education establishments and embassies.

Duration: 2 hrs 25 mins
Fee: €74

To register or find out more about the test, see the France Education International (CIEP) website.

To be excused from the TCF, you must submit justification for you exemption before the dossier submission deadline.

TCF exemption conditions:
  • Applicants who are not French, from French bilingual sections included in the list compiled jointly by the French Ministries for National Education and Foreign Affairs.
  • Applicants who have already passed the test organized by the Paris Chamber of Trade and Commerce and who achieved a grade of 14/20 in the written exams.
  • Citizens of states in which French is the sole official language.
  • Applicants living in a country in which French is the sole official language and holders of a higher education certificate from a country in which French is the sole official language.
  • Applicants who are either citizens of or resident in a country in which French is not the only official language but whose higher education studies were provided primarily in French.
Published on  February 6, 2020
Updated on October 2, 2023