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.

This is why we ask you to accurately indicate us your level in French (A1, A2…) and to provide the supporting attestation of this level. If you do not have a degree in French (official level certificate or DELF, DALF…), once you have enrolled we will send you a link in order for you to fill a placement test on line. This way, you can start as for the 1st day of classes in a group adapted to your level and limited to 15 students.

The results of the placement test will not not be communicated before the first day of classes.

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). An attestation 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 group : This group, designated as intermediate, is designed for those students wishing to get along in most travel-related situations and to develop clear, well-structured French.
B2 group : Students in this group will continue to improve their comprehension as well written and oral expression skills. These students will learn to identify main ideas or significant information from written or spoken French and will express themselves with greater ease (give one’s opinion, relate an experience or an event, take part in a conversation…)
C1 group, 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 International Trade French

During a course
« Placement test »
Your afternoon
Afternoons are dedicated to a number of different interactive courses from which you may choose based on your level in French:
  • Two series of lectures (one in French for advanced level students, the other in English for everyone) focused on subjects such as history, painting, cinema, economics, national and international politics, European institutions, music, etc. Specific workshops and personalized teaching activities.
  • Weekly tutorial workshops with a dynamic learning process: cooking, video, etc.
    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 transcript with your final scores and a certificate attesting to your attendance : This transcript 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