Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), or the Council of Trust for the People, an agency under the purview of the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, was established on 1 March 1966 and is responsible for developing, encouraging, facilitating, and fostering the economic and social development in Malaysia. 

Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) have many functions including providing MARA scholarship as an education loan to deserving students based on their family’s poor financial situation. Every year, MARA offers scholarships for Malaysians who wish to pursue their studies in France.


MARA has been sending students to pursue their studies in Engineering since 2003. All MARA students going to France are known as PF students. MARA’s scholars are handled by Campus France. The students will undergo the same program as the JPA ‘PF’ students. It means that they will have to attend their preparation year in MFI before going to France, which lasted for two years. However, since 2019, MARA has changed their pattern. The students are having only a 13-month-A-Level program in MFI and will fly directly to France upon completion.

To counterbalance the students’ performance later in France, they learn general crucial subjects for engineering, such as mathematics and physics. They also have french classes to get a strong grasp of the language. For the first and second semesters, the classes are taught most likely 50% in English and 50% in french. For the third and forth semesters, the students are introduced to subjects that they are interested to specialize in, such as chemistry, mechanics, electrics, biology, computer programming, etc and the classes are mostly in french. Like any other programs, an adequate result for this program is necessary in order to guarantee that you’ll be pursuing your study in France. 

To learn more about the choices of course you can make, what kind of university that you want to integrate into and suits you the best, and what level of studies you would like to pursue,  discover further in “French Education System” section!

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MARA has stopped sending students to PSBM program since 2019. However, there are still MARA students currently undergoing their bachelor year in France. 

Before going to France, students will enroll  in a 13-month preparatory program in UniKL MFI, Bangi and be exposed to the French education system.

Basic subjects like History, International relations, News Workshop, Economy, Business Management, English and French will be taught during the program. After the preparation year, the students will undergo a bridging program in France, where students will follow an intensive French language course. After that, they will enter to their respective universities for bachelor program.

Facts updated by Academics Bureau 2019/2020