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 French lessons to its International exchange students: an intensive week before the beginning of the semester, and extensive courses during the semester. They are free of charge and the extensive courses can give you European credits (ECTS) if your University of origin and your timetable allow it.
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-helpdeskuniv-lillefr 

International Academy: Get ready for tomorrow!

The Academy.90 programme  is a 90-hour programme open to all international students who are to register in a university or graduate school in France in 2023-2024. It aims at preparing them for higher education studies and everyday life in France through an intensive training in the French language, but also culture and methodology, in line with their fields of study.

The programme also covers cultural visits and events, a welcome pack, practical and administrative information, introduction to the French academic system, approach to professional life, project work, conversation tutorials, an official French language level assessment (TCF), as well as a conference and a closing ceremony.

• Programme dates: August 9th to 29th 2023

• Language prerequisite: applicants to this programme should have at least a B1 level in French.

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.

Information and registration

Prepare your mobility

For any details regarding the preparation of your stay, please visit our webpage Procedures and pratical information.