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French Studies University Diplomas (DUEF)


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The Diplômes Universitaires d'Etudes Françaises (DUEF) are intensive four-month courses designed to teach the French language and culture, and for more advanced levels, French university methodology. They are drawn up in collaboration with the network of university centres for French studies for foreigners, the ADCUEFE.

The French Institute offers 6 diplomas which correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages: A1 (basic), A2 (advanced basic), B1.1 & B1.2(independant), B2 (advanced independent) and C1 (proficient).

The DUEF B2 and DUEF C1 are recognized as language diplomas to enter the French Universities, just as the DELF/DALF and the TCF.

Duration : each DUEF may be obtained after completing one semester (12 weeks).

Number of students per class : from 10 to 20 students

Timetable : from 18 to 19 hours of class each week

Objectives: To acquire and develop French foreign language skills in written comprehension and production, oral comprehension and production, and French and Francophone culture, in an action-orientated and intercultural perspective.
The courses given at the IDF also make it possible to prepare for the DELF and DALF exams, official national French-language diplomas for foreigners, issued by the French Ministry of National Education.

Program : for more details, please download the studies booklet below.

Admission procedures : students are admitted only on the basis of an application file.For more information on the application procedures, see the "Registration" section.
At the beginning of the semester, a placement test is taken in order to orient new students and offer the training that is adapted to their level of French proficiency. Each student then joins the most appropriate course of study for his or her level.

Calendar and fees

2 sessions each year :

  • session 1 from September to december
  • session 2 from January to May

Applications for September 2024 will open at the end of January 2024 and close on 15 May 2024.

For more information, see the “Calendar and fees" section