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I am currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in the US. I would love to pursue an MD/PhD, but I want to move to France as soon as possible. I have never lived there, but have the nationality, speak the language natively, and have passed the bac.

What is the best way to do this? Should finish my bachelor's degree? I have not been able to find any useful information. (I would also be open to exploring other options in Europe.)

  • What does MD stand for? Medical Doctor (as @cag51 seems to assume) or Master Degree? In the latter case, in France (and probably in most of Europe because of the Bologna Process), students have to do a Master Degree before their PhD (there may be exceptions due to experience in the private sector). Google "systeme LMD" (the French implementation of the Bologna Process) for more information. In the former case, note that medical studies in France are quite distinct from other domains and it is not easy to get equivalence to enter a medical university. – Taladris Nov 19 '19 at 9:56
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    Since you can speak French, you can find more concrete information on the website of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research: enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/pid24759/… It seems that your should contact the cultural services of the French embassy. – Taladris Nov 19 '19 at 10:00
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I know very little about the French system, but am surprised you could not find anything online. I did a little poking and found what seems like the answer; perhaps you or other users can correct me if this is overly simplistic.

From FrenchDistrict.com:

[Si] Vous avez obtenu un diplôme aux Etats-Unis, et vous désirez rentrer au pays (France), dans ce cas : Vous devez contacter le Centre ENIC NARIC de Paris, en leur demandant une Attestation de Comparabilité du diplôme étranger avec un « équivalent » Français. Cette Attestation est délivrée au cas par cas, après étude suivant une grille d’analyse très précise établie par le Centre.

My rough translation:

[If] you have obtained a US degree and you desire to return to France, in this case: you should contact the ENIC NARIC Center in Paris, and ask for a Certification of Equivalence between the foreign degree and a French one. This Certification is granted on a case-by-case basis, after a very precise, point-by-point analysis as established by the Center.

So, it seems like if you finish your degree in the US and get this Statement of Equivalence, then you should be able to continue your studies in France as if you had obtained the equivalent French degree.

Note, however, that French doctors have to undergo substantial retraining before they can practice in the US. So, your decision is, at least, difficult to reverse. Given that you've never lived in France but suddenly want to move there "as soon as possible," I would urge you not to make any rash decisions.

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