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National diploma of French proficiency






The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) and the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are national diplomas awarded by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Learning and Research. These diplomas officially certify that foreigners have achieved a given level of knowledge, practice and proficiency in the French language.

These diplomas are lifelong qualifications and they may not be taken again once passed. The DELF has included 4 levels while the DALF has 2. These levels are accredited by distinct certificates that reflect the standards established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The Institute of French Language of the University of Orleans is an examination centre that has been officially approved by France Education International and by the Orleans-Tours Rectorate for taking the DELF and the DALF examinations.



Public in question

Foreign nationals and French citizens from a non-Francophone country, and who do not hold a French public secondary school education or post-secondary education diploma may be awarded the DELF or the DALF.

Description of examinations

Four skills are evaluated for each diploma: 

  • listening comprehension,
  • reading comprehension,
  • spoken production
  • and written production

Each counts for 25 points. The examinations are collective except for one individual part (spoken production). The DELF and the DALF are constituted by six entirely independent diplomas. Candidates can register directly for the examination they wish to take according to their level.

The French Institute of Orléans University offers four of the six diplomas: DELF A2, DELF B1, DELF B2 and DALF C1.

For more information , see the France Education International website

Exam preparation

The French Institute is offering an exam preparation for the B1, B2 and C1 levels only and consists in 12 hours of courses and a practice test. The prepration will be held from May 4th to May 7th 2020.

Examination - May 2020 (only one session per year)

Calendar for the written exams (except spoken production):

  • DELF A2 : Wednesday the 13th of May - afternoon
  • DELF B1 : Thursday the 14th of May - morning
  • DELF B2 : Thursaday the 14th of  May - afternoon
  • DALF C1 : Friday the 15th of May - morning


Tariffs and registration procedure

It is possible to take the examination of your choice (aside from those already passed) and to register for several diplomas during the same examination session

Next registration deadline : Friday the 3rd of April 2020

For any information, please contact :

Tel : 02 38 49 48 46  ou Email :