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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


Examination - May 2021

The next DELF/DALF session will be from May 25th to May, 28th 2021. Before the examination, the IDF is offering 12 hours specific training courses for DELF B1, DELF B2 and DALF C1 from May, 17th to May, 21st 2021.

DELF/DALF Tariffs - May 2021

DELF/DALF Registration - May 2021

Download the registration forms at the bottom of the page.

The deadline to register is Friday 9th April 2021.

Cancellation and refund conditions :

  • In case of cancellation by the candidate before the 9th of April 2021, the candidate may be fully refunded the registration fee.
  • In case of cancellation by the candidate after the 9th of April 2021, no refund will be made.
  • If the candidate is absent from the tests, no refund will be made.
  • In the case of cancellation of the tests by the French Institute due to COVID-19 crisis, the candidate will be fully reimbursed the registration fees.

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