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Guide to French schools in Dubai: everything you need to know before moving abroad

Dubai, the cosmopolitan and dynamic city of the United Arab Emirates, attracts many expatriates from all over the world every year, including French families looking for a rewarding international experience. For parents concerned about their children’s education, Dubai offers a wide range of French schools, which help maintain the link with the French language and culture while providing high-quality teaching in line with the French education system.

Why choose a French school in Dubai?

French schools in Dubai offer an excellent alternative for French expatriate families, as well as for international families who want their children to benefit from a bilingual French-English education. In addition to maintaining proficiency in the French language, these schools follow the French educational program, enabling students to take recognized exams such as the French Baccalauréat.

What options are available?

In Dubai, families can choose between several French schools, each offering a unique educational environment. Among the most renowned establishments are the French International School of Dubai (EFI Dubai), the French School of Dubai (AFLEC), and the Georges Pompidou School.

EFI Dubai, for example, offers education from kindergarten through to high school, with a particular emphasis on bilingualism and international-mindedness. AFLEC, meanwhile, offers education from kindergarten through to senior year, and is renowned for its academic excellence as well as its varied extra-curricular activities. Last but not least, École Georges Pompidou, affiliated to the Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger (AEFE), follows the French curriculum through to the final year of high school, while integrating multicultural values and a strong community commitment.

How do I register?

Enrolment procedures vary from school to school, but in general, interested families are encouraged to make an appointment to visit the school, meet the teaching staff and ask questions about the educational program and tuition fees. It’s also advisable to apply as early as possible, as places at French schools in Dubai are often limited and in high demand.


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