DUEF University Diploma in French Studies

You’d like to come to France under a “Student” visa to learn French and – why not – later continue your studies in a French university or university-level school? The DUEF (University Diploma in French Studies) is THE course for you!

Download the DUEF brochure 2024 - 2025 (Word - 6 335Ko)

Browse the brochure 2024 - 2025

Whom is it for?

Be over 18 years of age and reside in France or abroad

People with a high school diploma (Baccalaureate type) and mastering the Latin alphabet

Minimum A1 level with DELF, TCF or other certificate


What is it for?

To enhance your written and spoken skills. The curriculum is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECRL) (PDF - 165 Ko).

To learn the ins and outs of contemporary French society.

To train you in university methodology. Our B2 and C1 DUEF programs mean that you can apply to 17 French universities (PDF - 234 Ko) without taking the DELF, DALF or TCF!

To validate a university diploma in French.

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what are The advantages?

St. Etienne is the least expensive city in France (housing, transportation, restaurants).

The number of students is limited (19 per class maximum) to ensure quality of instruction and customized educational follow-up.

Enrolling for the DUEF allows you to obtain “Student status”, thus providing access to:

And what’s more, our center gives you access, free of charge, to:

  • A Media library opened every afternoon (assistance by an archivist/teacher)
  • An activities office regularly organizing outings, cultural visits and lots of other fun things to do

when and how much?


Periods (out of school holidays)


Autumn semester
12 weeks - 240h of french courses

From 2nd September to 6th December 2024


Spring semester
12 weeks - 240h of french courses 

From 20th January to 9th May 2025


Autumn and Spring semesters
24 weeks - 480h of french courses 

From 2nd September 2024 to 9th May 2025



Spring and Autumn semesters
24 weeks - 480h of french courses 

From 20th January to 5th December 2025


*University fees included for one academic year
**University fees included for two academic years

Payment channels and conditions for reimbursement

NEW IN 2023: possibility to pay the DUEF registration fee by online bank card

For admitted candidates, the registration fees (excluding CVEC) will be paid during the period indicated above by credit card online or by bank transfer. International bank fees will be paid by the student. The University must receive the exact amount corresponding to the rate of the desired training period. The cancellation will be possible only in the following cases: refusal of visa, failure to the examination at the end of secondary school, serious illness, death of one of the two parents or brothers and sisters, training not open due to the Establishment.

For any refund request, please send an E-mail with all the supporting documents translated into French (medical certificate, notification of refusal of visa...) to the following address: cilec @ univ-st-etienne.fr

If the request is approved, reimbursement will be done.

PLEASE NOTE: in case of reimbursement request for course fees, a lump sum of €85 for administrative handling costs shall be deducted.
Cancellations for other reasons (enrollment in another institution, for example, or distance-learning systems, before or during the course) will not result in reimbursement.
Any linguistic stay which has been started is due in full. No refunds are possible.


How to enroll?



Autumn semester

Autumn and spring semesters

Spring semester

spring and Autumn semesters


Application period
File to download or to request to
cilec @ univ-st-etienne.fr

From 4th March to

4th May 2024

From 1st July to

29th September 2024


Selection and admission response

From 6th to 7th May 2024

From 30th September to

1st October 2024


Payment period (if you are admitted)

From 8th to 15th May 2024

From 2nd to 9th October 2024


Sending of acceptance letter and accommodation certificate
(if necessary)

From 16th to 17th May 2024

From 10th to 11th October 2024


Application for a long-stay
student visa*

From 16th May 2024

From 10th October 2024

*The application for your long-stay student visa must be made at the French embassy in your own country (90 days before the 1st day class).

Registration procedure
The educational and administrative enrollment will be finalized if the student is present on the day of the language placement test, if said student provides all documents needed for the administrative registration and if same student pays the CROUS the amount of the CVEC (Student and Campus Life Contribution; indicative price 2023 - 2024: €100).

Civil liability
Civil liability insurance is obligatory for all CILEC students enrolled for more than 3 months.

Download the DUEF application form 2024 - 2025 Autumn and / or Spring semester (Word - 440 Ko) and send it filed, signed and including the requested documents to cilec @ univ-st-etienne.fr before the date indicated above.


Download the DUEF student guide 2024 - 2025 (Word - 6 335Ko)

Browse the DUEF student guide 2024 - 2025


Due to the health crisis linked to the COVID-19 epidemic, on-site teaching modalities could change to online courses to ensure the safety of the teachers and students. The CILEC keeps also the possibility to close a level group if there are not enough participants.