Online or distance learning
Every year, over a million French people make use of distance learning in order to obtain a diploma or develop their personal skills. The National Centre for Distance Learning (CNED) is in charge of the public distance learning service. However, higher education establishments also provide distance learning courses, listed in the Formasup catalogue. The Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information offers online courses to help prepare for the civil service examinations or the entrance examinations of the Institutes of Political Studies (IEP).