Exchange students may join L’École de design for one semester at either undergraduate level in the International Class / 3rd year of DN MADE or at postgraduate level in one of our MDes programs.
Each academic year, L’École de design welcomes approximatively 80 international students of various nationalities for an exchange programme.
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) for the period 2021-2027 by the European Commission, which is a prerequisite for higher education institutions to participate in the Erasmus+ Programme.
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique has also been awarded the label "Bienvenue en France" 3 stars, attesting the quality of reception of international students.
French grading system
The French grading system is on a scale from 0-20. To pass a subject you usually have to get 10 points. A student is considered to have passed if at the end of each academic year the average of his/her grades is at least 10. French universities grade in a stricter way than secondary schools, meaning that students are unlikely to get grades as high as they did in secondary school.
Ascore 20 signifies perfection and is virtually never given. Scores of 19 and 18 are rarely given. Depending on the subject, a 16 could be an excellent grade. But also in some circumstances a 12 could also be considered as an excellent grade.
Grades Description Comments
18 and above: Excellent
15-17: Very good
11-12: Quite good
10: Average score
6-7: Fail FX*
5 and under: Fail F*
Students are required to acquire 30 ECTS to validate their semester (60 ECTS over the whole year).
The ECTS grading scale ranks the student on statistical basis. Grades are assigned amoung students with a pass grades as follows:
A best 10%, B next 25%, C next 30%, next 25%, E next 10%
A distinction is made between the grades FX and F that are used for unsucessful students. FX means "fail - some work required to pass" and F means "fail - considerable further work required".
An overall score of 10/20 is required to validate the total number of credits attributed to the modules selected on the Learning Agreement.