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French courses

As most courses are taught in French, you may need to improve your French language skills before applying for a study programme.

Three Centres of French Language and Culture offer intensive semester, annual and summer programmes at all levels, and organise language exams (DELF and DALF). 

NB! As French classes are very popular, do register at the beginning of January if you plan to come in September! If you are enrolled full-time at a university, you can also , take French classes under non-intensive programmes offered by the institution you attend. For further information, contact your host institution’s International Relations Office.

In Lyon 

Centre International d'Etudes Françaises (CIEF) Université Lumière Lyon 2 contact : cief[at]

Institut de Langue et de Culture Française (ILCF)

Université Catholique de Lyon
contact : ilcf[at]

In Saint-Etienne

Centre international de Langue et de Civilisation (CILEC)
Université Jean Monnet
contact : cilec[at]

PhD students:

the University or the School you are registered at can possibly offer French classes to international students. Ask to the International Relations Office, or contact,
if you are registered at :
  • Université Claude Bernard Lyon1: Mrs Solange Goy , E-mail : solange.goy[at]
  • Université Lumière Lyon2: Mrs Cristina Royet, E-mail : Cristina.royet[at]
  • Ecole Centrale de Lyon: Mrs Florence Milon, E-mail : Florence.Milon[at] 
  • Université Jean Monnet: Mrs Marie Soriano, E-mail : marie.soriano[at]