French International Baccalaureate

French International Baccalaureate

A bilingual and bicultural curriculum

The French International Baccalaureate (BFI) is an academically-enhanced version of the French baccalaureate. It is a bilingual and bicultural exam taken by less than 1% of French baccalaureate candidates worldwide.

Creation of the French International Baccalaureate

Starting in the 2022-2023 academic year

Starting in the fall of 2022, the French International Baccalaureate (BFI) will replace the OIB. Students entering première in the fall of 2022 will follow the new FIB curriculum and will sit the FIB’s first session in 2024.

A challenging bilingual exam

The curriculum of the BFI follows that of the French baccalaureate except for specific modules that are taught in English and require demanding written and oral examinations in English.

The BFI is not simply an option added to the standard Baccalaureate; the English-language modules replace their equivalent in the French Baccalaureate and weigh significantly in students’ overall exam results. 

Photo d'élèves du lycée en cours à l'École Jeannine Manuel de Paris

The curriculum of the BFI follows that of the French baccalaureate except for specific modules that are taught in English and require demanding written and oral examinations in English.

The BFI is not simply an option added to the standard Baccalaureate; the English-language modules replace their equivalent in the French Baccalaureate and weigh significantly in students’ overall exam results. 

BFI Program content and exam format

As an American International Section, the BFI curriculum and exam content is determined by French and US official education organisms. Students are graded based on the marks they obtain in their exams, which are graded out of 20. Exams follow a weighted system: some subjects weigh more than others in students’ overall grades. To pass the BFI, students must obtain a minimum global average of 10/20.

For more information on exam and curriculum content, please consult the Ministry of Education’s official website.

As an American International Section, the BFI curriculum and exam content is determined by French and US official education organisms. Students are graded based on the marks they obtain in their exams, which are graded out of 20. Exams follow a weighted system: some subjects weigh more than others in students’ overall grades. To pass the BFI, students must obtain a minimum global average of 10/20.

Élèves de terminale en cours à l'internat de Lille

International Baccalaureate

The IB Diploma Program offers a liberal arts international curriculum respected by leading universities across the globe.