Education System in Martinique


 EducationSchool/LevelGrade FromGrade ToAge FromAge ToYearsNotes
PrimaryElementary School  6115Martinique is an overseas department of France; therefore, the education system is the same as in France. Education is compulsory for 10 years from the ages of 6 to 16.
MiddleCollège  11154 
SecondaryLycée  15183Certificate/Diploma awarded: Baccalauréat

Primary Education

In the Caribbean island of Martinique, the system of education based on the French model is compulsory and free for children aged between 6 and 16. Of this 10-year mandatory period, the first 6 are spent at primary school.

Middle Education

The final 4 years of compulsory schooling take place at middle schools called colleges. A common academic curriculum is followed there.

Secondary Education

Students interesting in going on the university complete their school education program by going on to lycées for a further 2 years, whereafter they could be awarded a Baccalauréat diploma.

Vocational Education

Martinique’s young people with a more practical orientation have the option of attending vocational schools instead. Here they can acquire more practical professional knowledge, and perhaps return later for on-going adult education too.

Tertiary Education

Martinique EducationAlthough many university students travel to France to complete their education (where some remain) there is also the Martinique campus of the University of the Antilles and Guiana in a suburb of Fort-de-France where a wide range of programs may be followed.


This forms part of the Academy of French Guiana. Other campuses include 2 in Guadeloupe, and 2 in French Guiana itself. Unfortunately the lovely island is unlikely to every afford a national university that it could call its own.


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