The courses

The Summer Session for Foreign Students has courses for all levels of learners of French, from beginner to advanced, for students, teachers and professional people.

Upon your arrival, you will take a placement test which is designed to find the appropriate level for you. Once assigned to a group, you will be in a class limited to 15 students. A final exam will take place at the end of week 3 and week 4 (stays A and B only). Students from our partner universities can get credits from this final exam. In that case, an official transcript of records will be edited on request (in French and/or English). A diploma is delivered for every participant.

All of our courses are taught by university professors who are specialized in the teaching of French as a foreign language. Our team of advisors is on hand to assist you with any issues which might occur.

« The Law campus, where courses take place »
Your Mornings
From 9:00AM until noon, you will practice your French according to your linguistic level. Depending on your results at the placement test, you will be assigned to a group in accordance with the CEFR (“Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”). 6 levels from A1 to C2: beginner level (A1), elementary (A2), intermediate (B1), upper intermediate (B2), advanced (C1) and master/proficient (C2).
A1 group : this group is aimed at students who do not have any knowledge in French. You will learn to communicate in a very simple way, to understand and use everyday life expressions: greeting, introducing yourself, introducing someone, asking questions
A2 group : this group is aimed at students who have basic knowledge of French language (around 60 hours of courses). You will learn to understand simple conversations about your environment (station, restaurant…) and express yourself about your activities (speak about yourself, describe…).
B1 / B2 group : this group aims to students who already have a certain ease in French. You will strengthen your skills in oral and written expression and comprehension (give an opinion, tell a story about an experiment or an event, join a conversation…).
C1 / C2 group : this group aims to students who master the language. It will enable you to deepen and improve your skills on the linguistic and cultural levels. You will learn to express yourself in a clear and well-structured way about complex topics. You will discover great authors of French literature (from the “Siècle des Lumières”-Enlightenment period, to contemporary literature). You will debate about politics, economics, social news in France (medias and press). You will take up Law and Business French (justice, work legislation, social welfare…). Example: Law and Business French

During a course
« Placement test »
Your afternoon
For your afternoons, we offer a number of different activities from which you may choose based on your level in French:
  • Two series of lectures (one in French, the other in English) focused on subjects such as history, painting, cinema, economics, national and international politics, European institutions, music, etc.
  • Linguistic workshops: you will be placed into small groups where, working with a professor, you will learn by playing games, speaking about current events, going out, debate each other or solve riddles in a very interactive way.
    Once a week, mostly designed for teachers, a seminar about the methodology and stakes when teaching French as a Foreign Language (more)
  • The drama workshop (more...)
  • Law and Business French (more...)
  • Theatre arts for beginners

A discussion
« Learning French while cooking »

Upon completion of the Summer Session, you will receive both a diploma with your final scores and a certificate attesting to your attendance : This diploma is delivered by the Summer Courses For Foreign Students, not by the University.

Association Summer Courses for Foreign Students
A linguistic and cultural program elaborated under the authority of a board of 13 professors of the Université de Lorraine in Nancy and 5 specialists of French as Foreign Language and International Relationships