Come to learn french

At the University of Lille, most classes are taught in French and most exams are also taken in French in writing. A good level of French is therefore required to come to study at the University: level B2 of the Common European Framework of the Reference for Languages. If you do not have this level of proficiency, you are advised to take French lessons before coming to study here: you will find all the information you need on this page.

French classes for exchange students

The University of Lille offers international students on exchange programmes the chance to take French lessons (intensive introduction followed by periodic classes throughout the semester). These are free of charge and can be used to obtain European credits (ECTS).
Classes are held at the Department of International French teaching (Defi) on the Pont de Bois campus, and at the Maison des Langues on the Cité Scientifique campus.

For more information, please contact: exchange-helpdesk@univ-lille.fr

International Academy

This French-language course, available to all international students in the region, is held in the summer (July-August) and combines linguistics, methodological and intercultural lessons adapted to the chosen area of study with support for educational integration. Payment is required for this course.

For more information, visit the International Academy website.

Intensive French classes (diploma awarded)

You can also apply at the University of Lille to complete a French-language course with a view to obtaining a university diploma that can be used to register for a degree programme at the University.

Ongoing classes in French language, literature and civilisation, taken in preparation for the French studies university diplomas (DUEF), are held at the Department of International French teaching (Defi) on the Pont-de-Bois campus. 

More information on the CLIL webpage.

Obtain a certificate (DELF/DALF and TCF)

You can make the most of your time in Lille by obtaining a certificate that demonstrates your French-language proficiency.

The Lille Nord de France community of universities and other institutes (COMUE) runs DELF-DALF and TCF exams in Lille. These lead to official certificates awarded by the French Ministry of Education and recognised internationally.

Information and registration