Learning French

Learning French in France and around the world

Learning French in France

If you would like to learn French or perfect your level of French in France, why not come to France and take lessons in total immersion in the language and culture ?

Short stay or long, in Paris or in any of the regions, as a total beginner or with a specific target, there are any number of language centres able to offer you the solution that meets your needs.

French for university studies

Courses in French for university studies are designed to meet the needs of non-French speaking students. Their aim is to perfect and extend both general and specific knowledge, in French, of the university discipline the student wishes to pursue. These courses are often supplemented by courses on the methodology of university studies.

For students, this is an opportunity to pursue higher education in their chosen discipline at universities and post-graduate schools in France and French-speaking countries.

The 2011 directory of centres awarded the "Qualité FLE" label

The directory lists 81 centres in France recognised by the “Qualité français langue étrangère” (FFL Quality) label, awarded jointly by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Ministry ofHigher Education and Research and the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

The directory helps to promote those centres that have voluntarily engaged in a quality compliance programme, and is an invaluable resource for professionals responsible for promoting studies in France and, indeed, for anyone seeking to plan a real pathway to learning French in France.

The information in the directory is provided by the FFL (French as a foreign language) centres themselves. The CIEP should point out that this information might change over the course of the year, in particular as regards course descriptions and fees. Potential students should therefore contact centres directly for the latest information when registering.

To find out more :

Full information on the "Qualité français langue étrangère" label is available on the website : http://www.qualitefle.fr/en

Learning French outside of France

The French network overseas

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is engaged in the promotion of French overseas through a vast network of cultural and school bodies, under the responsibility of the Cooperation and Cultural Action Services of French Embassies overseas.

Cultural institutions, including the French Institutes and French Cultural Centres, offer general and specialist French courses for those wishing to learn French. These institutions report directly to the ministry responsible.

The Alliance Française schools, which serve the same purpose, are non-profit organisations established under local laws, with articles of associating subject to the approval of the Alliance Française Foundation in Paris. The establishments may be run by a director appointed by France, or by a local director.

Schools belonging either to the Agency for French Education Overseas (AEFE) network or that of the Mission Laïque Française (MLF), enable French children overseas to continue their education in primary, secondary and high school establishments offering the French national curriculum.

University departments of French studies

Departments of French studies engage in four main disciplinary fields in the training of researchers and teachers : linguistics, literature, teaching theory and translation studies. Most overseas French teachers are trained in these departments.

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) is well aware of the important role these departments play in disseminating French language and culture, and monitors their development with great care.

For more information :

Lifelong distance learning

The National Centre for Distance Learning (Centre National d’Enseignement à Distance, CNED), founded in 1939, is a public body under the auspices of the Ministry of National Education, and the leading distance learning operator in Europe and the world.

It offers almost 3,000 courses - ranging from primary, secondary, high school and higher education level to vocational or personal development subjects - accompanied by personalised services.

Updated on March 2011