Differentiated fees for students from outside the European Union

In November 2018, the French government voted to introduce differentiated tuition fees for non-EU students enrolled in a higher education institution for a national degree (bachelor's or master's).

At the same time, a two-tier partial exemption system was proposed by the government. The national partial exemption policy provides a common framework for all institutions. It can also be coupled with an institutional policy, thus leaving each university free to define a broader partial exemption framework for its students.

From the start of the 2022-2023 academic year, the partial exemption policy voted by the Board of Directors of Aix-Marseille Université changes. The elements below will enable you to determine whether or not you will be subject to differentiated registration fees for the start of the 2023-2024 academic year.

The national framework of differentiated fees

Any student who wishes to enrol in a higher education institution in France must pay registration fees relating to each course of study.

Since the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, students from outside the European Union must pay different registration fees from those of French and European students, except in certain cases determined in the national exemption framework.

You are exempt from the differentiated enrolment fees if you meet at least one of the following criteria

  • Be a citizen of a member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland;
  • Be the holder of a residence permit with the mention "Residence permit for a family member of a citizen of the European Union/EEA/Switzerland";
  • Be the holder of a permit with the mention "résident" issued by the French authorities
  • Be a minor under the age of eighteen whose parents or legal guardians hold a residence permit;
  • Have refugee status or be a person whose father, mother or legal guardian has this status;
  • Be fiscally domiciled in France or attached to a tax household domiciled in France for at least two years;
  • Be a national of a country that has signed an agreement with France providing for the payment of tuition fees under the same conditions as French students;
  • Enrolled in a doctorate, habilitation to direct research and post-graduate medical, odontological and pharmaceutical studies;
  • Be registered as an exchange student
  • Be a French government scholarship holder
  • Have been enrolled in a French public higher education institution at all levels for the 2018/2019 academic year;
  • Have been enrolled in a French as a Foreign Language (FLE) center in France before the start of the 2019/2020 academic year

The Aix-Marseille Université exemption framework

In addition to the exceptions mentioned above, the Board of Directors of Aix-Marseille Université decided on September 21, 2021 to implement an exemption policy aligned with its strategy of societal commitment on the one hand, the desire to promote the French language as well as the opening towards Africa and the Mediterranean on the other hand.

Consequently, as of the 2023/2024 academic year, a partial exemption will be applied to all students subject to the differentiated fees who are registered for a national diploma a and are nationals of the countries listed below.

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Congo (Democratic Republic), Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Kenya, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Laos, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Northern Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Palestine, Rwanda, Uganda, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Chad, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For a better understanding, please refer to the flow chart on the right of this page, to the FAQ on this subject here or ask your faculty enrolment manager "gestionnaire de scolarité".

To find out the costs of differentiated fees, please check the Enrolment fees page.

Total exemptions 2023-2024

In line with its socially committed motto, Aix-Marseille University agreeed in March 2023 :

  • a total exemption from registration fees for displaced students from Ukraine, who benefit from temporary protection (a presentation of supporting documents will be required), who register for a training programme at AMU, excluding distance learning, during the academic year 2023/2024.

AMU has also decided to pursue :

  • the total exemption from registration fees for students of Lebanese nationality who are preparing a national degree, excluding distance learning, during the academic year 2023/2024.



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