Accueil >> International >> Venir étudier à la Sorbonne Nouvelle

French courses and certifications

A B2/C1 level certification is required by the teaching staff in order to enrol in a course at Sorbonne Nouvelle University. Please contact the department and/or the course you are interested in for more information.

Depending on your objectives, the Sorbonne Nouvelle has an adapted response. The offers presented below correspond to the different levels of mastery of French determined in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR):

  • A1: Beginner
  • A2: Elementary
  • B1: Intermediate
  • B2: Upper Intermediate
  • C1: Advanced
  • C2: Master

Support and development courses
Annual or semester courses
National curriculum

For international students with individual mobility, enrolled in one of the national programs.


Upgrading courses
Annual or semester courses
Exchange students

For international students enrolled in an exchange program (Erasmus+ or International).

Free courses offered by the International Affairs Office (DAI) in association with the DFLE department.
  • Intensive French Language Course
    Starting from Semester 1 only
    25 hours of classes
  • French Language Course
    Semester-long course
    Levels B1/B2/C1
  • Literary Methodology Course
    Semester-long course
    Level B2/C1
  • French Culture Course
    Semester-long course
    Level B2
For more information, please visit the dedicated page for exchange students.

Paybable University Diplomas
Annual or Semester

For students holding an entry degree to higher education.

3 University Diplomas (DU) offered by the DFLE:

Official French Certifications

DELF - Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française and DALF - Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française are official diplomas issued by the French Ministry of National Education.

These certifications are intended for non-French speakers who wish to demonstrate their level of French proficiency. They provide international recognition.

The Continuing Education Service (SFC) offers preparation courses and examination sessions:
  • DELF-DALF preparation course
    20 hours of classes
    Levels B2/C1
  • DELF-DALF examination session
    2 sessions per year

The TCF - Test de Connaissance du Français is a certification recognised by the French Ministry of National Education as part of the Demande d'Admission Préalable (DAP).

Paid intensive courses
(Summer / Winter)

The Continuing Education Service (SFC) offers short-term intensive training courses.

Summer and winter courses allow students to deepen their knowledge of the French language and culture. Courses and activities are organized.

Two sessions are held each year:
  • In Summer
    Intensive course before the start of the academic year
    3 weeks in July - 60 hours
  • In Winter (not available in 2023/24)
    Intensive course between the two academic semesters
    2 weeks in January - 40 hours

Center for Language Resources (CRL)

A Center for Language Resources (CRL) is a structure that offers a range of physical and digital resources.

These resources allow university users (students, teachers, staff) to learn foreign languages, independently or semi-independently.

  • Annual license on the 7Speaking platform
  • Open access language resources and content
  • Tutoring program
  • Conversation workshops
  • Thematic events

mise à jour le 15 décembre 2023