The CILEC (International Centre for Language and Civilization) was founded in 1977. Therefore, the CILEC has more than 30 years of experience in teaching French.


Every year, the centre hosts about 300 students of many different nationalities. The students are supervised by an administrative and teaching team, consisting of experienced academic teachers. The CILEC is welcoming you all year round, from September to August, both during the academic year and the summer. We offer extensive or intensive lessons, from 2 hours to 18 hours a week, according to your availability. A class matching your level Upon your arrival, you will benefit from an assessment of your French writing and speaking skills in order to be part of the group that suits you best, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, from A1 to C2.



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Access plan

By plane: Airports of St-Etienne Bouthéon (15 mn of the centre town) and of Lyon St-Exupéry (45 mn of St-Etienne) propose national and international daily connections. By train: St-Etienne is at 2:45 from Paris (TGV). By car: Coming from A72, A47, A7 or N88, follow St-Etienne center, then Campus Tréfi erie and find the direction on the plan


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Saint-Etienne, the 7 Hills City, “City of Art and History” and UNESCO “Creative City of Design” Saint-Etienne was awarded the title of “City of Art and History” in December 2000 by reason of its 19th and 20th centuries’ heritage as well as its industrial heritage. With the encounter between art and industry, Saint-Etienne is also the place where design was born. For Saint-Etienne, to be a “City of Art and History” means to preserve the existing heritage, to increase its value and to incorporate it into current and future urban planning projects. The city houses 7 museums, including the Modern Art Museum, with one of the largest collections of modern art in France. Three major music stages are offered to the inhabitants: La Comédie de Saint-Etienne, the Opéra-Théâtre de Saint-Etienne (Opera house) and the fi rst Zenith concert hall of the Rhône-Alpes region, which can seat 7,200 people. Since November 2010, Saint-Etienne was also designated as a “Creative City of Design” by the UNESCO. The Creative Cities Network was created by the UNESCO to promote the cultural, social and economic development of cities. Great events give rhythm to Saint-Etienne’s life: the Festival of Books, the International Design and Art Biennial, the Music Festival “Les Sept Collines”, etc. An open and dynamic region. Between the Forez mounts, the Pilat regional natural park and the Lyonnais mounts, Saint-Etienne offers a wide diversity of landscapes and activities. The Rhône-Alpes region is the second economic centre in France.


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