Medical studies

The University of Bordeaux, along with the Bordeaux University Hospital and the Regional Health Authority, welcomes foreign interns (non-EU nationals) working towards a specialization.

Specialist Medical Training Diploma / Advanced Medical Training Diploma 

Foreign doctors and pharmacists (excluding nationals of European Union Member States, states forming part of the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation and Andorra), may follow part of the theoretical training and practical training internships of the Specialist Studies Diploma (DES) and Supplementary Specialist Studies Diploma (DESC), in view of obtaining a Specialist Medical Training Diploma (DFMS) or an Advanced Medical Training Diploma (DFMSA).

These qualifications replace the Specialist Training Certificates (AFS) and Advanced Specialist Training Certificates (AFSA).

> Please note: these specialist and advanced medical training diplomas are only open to non-EU nationals. For pharmacists, only those wishing to pursue a specialist course in medical biology may take advantage of these new provisions.

Terms of admission


Specialist medicine courses are organized on a national level. A single center receives all the applications; this is located at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Strasbourg. Due to this organization, international doctors and pharmacists wishing to start as of the 1st November must register with the French cooperation and cultural initiative services in their home country or in the country in which their home institution is located, by the 15th January of the same year at the latest.

Updated on 25/07/2019

International Mobility Office

Camille Cholet

+33 5 57 57 13 01
Contact by email

More information

For EU nationals

European doctors must take the ECN (National Ranking Test) exam in order to carry out their internship in France or else they may work in hospitals as an acting intern.