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 (last week, stay B). 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). Students will receive an individual transcript (both in French and in English) at the end of their summer session.

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 9am to 12, you will follow academic courses enriched with exercises according to your linguistic level. For teachers and only on demand, (opening as from 10 registered teachers), we can organize an educational seminar (review of the different teaching methods of French as a Foreign Language - more info)

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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : This group will enable you to consolidate your oral and written comprehension skills. You will learn how to apprehend the essential content of practical and concrete subjects, how to express yourself with ease (give your opinion, relate an experience or an event, naturally take part in a conversation…)

C1 - C2 : 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…).

« Placement test »

Your afternoon
Afternoons are dedicated to language workshops based on interactive activities :
  • From 2pm to 4pm: in-depth study classes in the form of specialized courses (culture, civilization), conferences (in French and in English) and homework assistance (for beginner students).

    Theater workshop will only open depending on the number of participants to the session.

Un groupe de 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