French courses for refugees

University Diploma (DU) French as a Foreign Language for Refugee Students

DU Passerelle – Etudiants en exil


Objectives of the university diploma

This diploma is aimed at non Francophones and offers an integration pathway with an educational focus on French as a foreign language.

The objective of this programme is to prepare students for French-taught courses at the university, ease their transition into life in France, and to provide a foundation for their career.

The programme consists of:

Candidate requirements

Those eligible for the programme:

Status of the candidates:

Required language level:

Education requirement of candidates:

How to apply

  1. Starting from 29 March 2021 send your application form by e-mail to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..
    The due date for applying is fixed at 15 May 2021 for students wishing to enrol in the programme for 2021/2022.
    If you have already sent your application during the year you must update your application by sending us the file for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Download the application form
  2. If your application is preselected, you will be invited for an interview.
  3. If the interview goes well, the final step will be the French test.
  4. You will be notified of the final decision after this test.

Organisation of the University Diploma (DU)

The modules are designed for the academic year. The teaching is based on:

Linguistic support is guaranteed throughout the year by student tutors and volunteers, in order to promote social insertion and to avoid drop outs through the year in case of difficulties.

The academic structure allows the participants to gain the linguistic and learning skills required in order to access their desired university study progarmme.

The lessons take place five days a week for two semesters with 3-5 contact hours each day. The project workshops can be modularized.

Total hours

The total number of programme hours per student is 460 per year; this is necessary to ensure the target language acquisition is achieved (up to B1 or B2 depending on their initial level) founded upon the guidance of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECRL). The initial placement test is to split the students into the one of the two groups that suits their language level.

Programme Calendar for 2021/2022 academic year

Submitting applications
by email 
Until 15 May 2021.
Interviews May/June 2021 (depending of Coronavirus epidemic situation).
placement test
Beginning of September 2021.
Semester 1 From mid-September to 23 December 2021.
Semester 2 From January 2022 to mid-May 2022.


Registration and fees of the programme

Candidates accepted into the University Diploma programme will carry out their administrative registration through the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy and will be exempt from enrolment fees.


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