Education System in French Guiana


 EducationSchool/LevelGrade FromGrade ToAge FromAge ToYearsNotes
PrimaryPrimary School156115Education is mandatory for children between the ages of 6 and 16 and provided by the government. Educational system follows the French model.
MiddleSecondary School, First Cycle    4Concludes with the Brevet de College examination
SecondarySecondary School, Second Cycle    3Concludes with the Baccalaureat examination, successful completion of this examination is required for entrance into tertiary institutions.
TertiaryHigher Education      Higher education in the country is limited to teacher training and agricultural colleges and the University Antilles-Guyane offering post-secondary programs in administration, French language and literature, and law. Many students seeking higher education attending universities in France or French Antilles.

Primary Education

Education in French Guiana is compulsory for all children between ages 6 and 16, and the medium of tuition is French because the country is an overseas department of France. Enrollment at primary school which lasts for 5 years is almost 100%, except for in remoter rural areas where facilities are sometimes sparse.

Middle Education

The second phase of mandatory education takes place at middle school for 4 years. Completion of a standardized academic curriculum leads to the award of a brevet de collage diploma. For many students this marks their end of their school career.

Secondary Education

Some students decide to study for a further 3 years at secondary school in pursuit of a baccalaureat certificate. This is necessary if they wish to continue with their education at tertiary level.

Vocational Education

Vocational education is the responsibility of the department of work, employment and educational training which sets standards. Most practical applications are outsourced.

Tertiary Education

French Guiana EducationFrench Guiana is not well supplied with tertiary education institutions, although there are colleges for teacher training and agriculture.



The sole university is the Universite Antilles-Guyane that has campuses in Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana itself, and is illustrated here. It has faculties of agriculture & forestry, health sciences, natural sciences, sociology, and technology, and offers bachelor's and masters degrees.


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