The request for preliminary admission (DAP) Students who have completed secondary school in RSA and wish to enroll in the first year of study at a French university must file a request for preliminary admission (DAP) with the culture and cooperation service of the French embassy in their country of residence.

All senior certificates grant access to university, however each university may apply additional criteria such as grades obtained on the exam.

Applications for the year 2017-2018 will start on the 15th of November. Files will need to be presented at the cooperation department before the 22nd of January 2017.

Who needs to apply?

Non-french students who do not have the French or European Baccalauréat.


Applications should be sent to the Embassy by close of business on 20 January 2017.

Please note that additional documents will not be accepted past the deadline. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

If you have any questions, please send an email to: