Université d'Orléans

DELF/DALF - 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. The DELF and DALF include six independent diplomas.

The Institute of French Language of the University of Orleans is an examination centre that has been officially approved by the CIEP (Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques) and by the Orleans-Tours Rectorate for taking the DELF and the DALF examinations.

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):

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 only offers four of the six diplomas: 

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,6th to May,10th 2019.

Examination calendar

Only one session organised per year.

Next session : from 13th to 17th May 2019

2019 tariffs



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. The application form will be available in January 2019.

Application form DELF A2
Application form DELF B1
Application form DELF B2
Application form DALF C1

For any information, please contact the Institute

Tel : 02 38 49 48 46 ou Email : idf.delf-dalf@univ-orleans.fr