Advising for Study in France (ASF)

Discover France as a study destination and explore the many high quality educational opportunities available for your students.
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ABOUT THE COURSE Harness the growing demand for education in France.

International student demand for education in France is on the rise, with 412,000 students choosing it as a study destination in 2022/23. With government plans underway to increase its non-domestic student population to half a million over the next four years, the need for well-informed education agent counsellors is rapidly growing too.

Advising for Study in France (ASF) provides essential context about studying, along with in-depth teachings on the complex French education system. The course also provides information on visas for inbound students and explores the different types of study options available. Advising for Study in France presents an opportunity to harness a growing trend, and become an expert in a major European study destination renowned for high-quality education.

Delivered fully online and in an asynchronous, modular format, you will have full study flexibility and can work towards qualification at your own pace.


Course overview

  • What The ASF is a modular, self-paced course with practice tests, that you can complete in 5 weeks with 3 hours of study per week.
  • Why Taking the ASF helps you prepare for the industry-recognised ASF certification exam.
  • Who This course is ideal for education agents seeking to specialise in France as a study abroad destination.

Become a globally recognised expert

  • Prepare Take a comprehensive course and practice tests associated with the exam.
  • Book Purchase the exam and upload your official ID for verification by our team.
  • Get Certified Answer 80% of questions correctly in the exam to earn your certification.


When you take this course you’ll learn all about:

  • The French education system.

  • The different study routes available in France.

  • Living and studying in France.

  • Student visas and recruitment best practices.

Why take the Advising for Study in France course?

Education agents who wish to further their professional development and focus on France as a study destination should take the Advising for Study in France course. It provides both new and seasoned education agents with up-to-date information about France as a study destination, and is an excellent resource for individuals wishing to build their knowledge about education in France.

Why take the exam?

An official certification is available to all candidates who complete the course and pass the Advising for Study in France exam. Successful graduates will receive a qualification badge with a unique ID number and a certificate confirming them as an Advising for Study in France Graduate (ASFG), with the recognition of being an ICEF-qualified France consultant for the international education industry.

Pass the ASF exam to receive the Advising for Study in France (ASF) Certificate.

The ASF exam can be taken online or in person at some ICEF events.

You will be notified of your results within 5 working days if taking the exam online. If taken in person results are available immediately upon completion.

Successful participants will receive the Advising for Study in France Graduate (ASFG) certificate.

Check if you are eligible to take the exam.

There are no qualifications or specific language requirements for ASF. However, English proficiency equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.0 (or TOEFL PBT 500/TOEFL iBT 61) is advisable for candidates with English as a second language.

The designation of Advising for Study in France Graduate does not require participation at an ICEF event, nor are the agents vetted or required to provide partner references to complete training and testing.

Book your exam.

The Advising for Study in France course is a free to study training programme which is delivered in a self-paced modular format.

The charge for the ASF formal exam is €295. This fee allows for up to three attempts at the final test if required.

Discounts are available for multiple bookings for counsellors within the same agency or to members of educational agency associations that enter into an agreement with ICEF.

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