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!


Whom is it for?

People with a high school diploma (baccalaureate type).

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) (Download the program).
  • 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 without taking the DELF, DALF or TCF!
  • To validate a university diploma in French.

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:

  • free health care (Sécurité sociale)

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

  • a media library open every afternoon (assistance by an archivist/teacher)
  • an activities office regularly organizing outings, cultural visits and lots of other fun things to do
  • a housing reservation service (in student housing or with host families)

How many hours?



(out of school holidays)


Fall semester
15 weeks- 300h of french

From 08th September 2021
to 18th January 2022


Spring semester
15 weeks - 300h of french

From 09th February to 15th June 2022
Beginner not accepted


Fall and spring semesters
30 weeks - 600h of french

From 08th September 2021 to 15th June 2022 


Spring and fall semesters
30 weeks - 600h of french

From 09th February 2022 to the end
of January 2023
Beginner not accepted


*University fees included for one academic year from September to June.
**University fees included for two academic years from September to June.

Payment channels and conditions for reimbursement
Payment of registration fees (not including the CVEC: Student and Campus Life Contribution) shall be done by bank transfer during the period indicated in the DUEF registration file. Bank charges linked to international transfers are to be paid by the student. The University shall receive the exact amount corresponding to the price of the desired training period. Cancellation will only be possible for the following reasons: refusal of visa, failure to pass high school graduation exam, serious illness, death of a parent or sibling, training which is cancelled on decision by the institution.
A request for a reimbursement form shall be sent by e-mail to the following address: cilec@univ-st-etienne.fr. It shall then be returned to the CILEC duly completed and shall include all supporting documents translated into French (notice of refusal of visa, medical certificate, etc.). If the request is approved, reimbursement shall be done via bank transfer. 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) shall not result in reimbursement.
Any linguistic stay which has been started is due in full. No refunds are possible.

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

How to enroll?



Fall semester
or fall and spring

Spring semester
or spring and fall


Application period
File to be requested from

From 01st March to
09th May 2021

From 01st September to 21th November 2021
Beginner not accepted 


Selection and admission response

From 10th to 12th May 2021

From 22th to 24th
November 2021


Payment period (if you are accepted)

From 13th to 28th May 2021

From 25th November to 02sd
December 2021


Sending of enrolment certificate and accommodation certificate
(if necessary)

From 01st to 04th June 2021

From 03th to 09th
December 2021 


Application for a long-stay
student visa*

From 04th June 2021 

From 6th December 2021 

*The application for your long-stay student visa must be made at the French embassy in your own country

Registration procedure
The educational and administrative enrollment (DUEF and Coursive) is 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; 2020-21 fee, for reference: 92€).

Download the DUEF application form

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.