DUEF : University Diploma of French Studies


Objectives :

This diploma is for international students who want to improve their knowledge in the French language and its culture. Our courses aim to facilitate the integration of international students within the French society and improve their knowledge on the important aspects of the contemporary French society and on the French and European institutions. Moreover, it can be a real opportunity if you are planning to study in France.

Our courses are structured around the recommendations of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), a global standard used for describing language ability. The students will improve their knowledge in speaking, listening, writing and reading.

Having a DUEF B2 or C1 grants you the possibility to register to 16 French Universities just like a DELF or TCF would.

Due to the exeptional Covid19 pandemic situation, lessons in class can be adapted into virtual lessons in order to protect students’ and teachers’ health.

Content and organisation :

At the beginning, a preliminary level test (writing and speaking tests with a teacher) will enable us to know what your current level is. You will be in the class corresponding to your level.

We restrict the numbers in classes to 20 in order to promote learning through communication (speaking, discussing, group studies).

20 hours a week per semester :
15h of General French every morning from 9am to 12pm (from Monday to Friday) + 2 speciality modules of 1:30 each, in the afternoon + 2h of personal work (in the library, participation in cultural or sports activities).

Teaching method :

Our courses promote a communicative approach depending on each student’s needs and plans for the future.

The students will have group lessons as well as guided or in autonomy works in the Learning Resources Centre.

Terms and condition for diploma validation :

There is at the end of each semester a DUEF evaluation. The exam is based on continous monitoring :

  • Attendance: your presence is taken into account in order to obtain your certificate. Thus, you are required to attend at least 85% of your classes (courses, personal work, modules).
  • 4 skills according to the Common Framework of Reference for Languages: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing and Continuous Assessment: graded tasks or activities (written assignments, tests, small oral presentations, participation and similar) distributed throughout the course.
  • 2 speciality modules chosen by the student.


The registration at the CILEC for one or two semesters allows you to get a University Diploma of French Studies (DUEF) at the University Jean Monnet, from level A1 to C1.

Registration and Fees :

Autumn Semester

Planning 300 hours for 15 weeks – 20 h/week

Dates from 09/09/2020 to 18/01/2021

Cost: €1 985 

Registration period for people living abroad from the 6th of January 2020 to the 8th of June 2020

Registration period for people living in France  from the 6th of January 2020 to 24th of July 2020

Spring Semester (no beginners accepted)

Planning 300 hours for 15 weeks – 20 h/week

Dates from 11/02/2021 to 17/06/2021

Cost: €1 985 (if first registration in 2020-2021) / €1 795 (if second registration in 2020-2021)

Registration period for people living abroad  until 30th of november 2020

Registration period for people living in France until 22th of January 2021

Register online
In case you live abroad and may ask for a long-stay visa, we will ask you to pay 82€ as registration fees. (Please note that this sum cannot be refundable nor subtracted from the course fees).
You have to send us the bank sheet as a proof of payment. After that, you will receive your pre-registration documents.

The course content depends on the level :

A1 :Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrasesaimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type

A2 :Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas ofmost immediate relevance

B1 :Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar mattersregularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

B2 : Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization

C1 : Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning

C2 : Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.