You are an incoming Erasmus+ or in exchange students ?
You are an Erasmus+ or in exchange student at the Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France and want to learn French before or during your stay? You want to know what are the different French language diplomas you can obtain at the UPHF?
Here are the different options you can choose according to your own date of arrival and objectives:
Before arrival : Summer intensive French training sessions
Before your coming at the Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France in September (spring semester).You can take intensive French courses to the International Academy of Lille in July and/or August (located 50km far from Valenciennes, accommodations are available in Lille.)
Intensive French courses offering a full linguistic; (inter)cultural and academic preparation adapted to students’ respective fields of studies and a support for your pedagogic integration are available during this International Academy (from 60 to 240 hours levels: A1 or B2)
For our international exchange students willing to improve their French Leve,, the Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France can, within the limit of available places, pay the intensive 60 hours French courses. More information will be giving by the International Relations Office during the application process.
During the stay: Free weekly French classes
International students are offered the possibility of studying French at the Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France all year long. These French lessons enable students to pursue their learning of French as a foreign language depending on their respective levels. It is important to participate in these lessons as they generally enable students to be better integrated both in their host University and the country.
Access to such courses is ensured to both (non-French speaking) foreign students and researchers of our University.
- The courses start in September (first semester) and January (second semester)
- The courses take place on Thursday afternoon (2 hours)
- The courses take place on the Mont-Houy Campus (ISH, Bâtiment Matisse)
- You will be provided with a mark at the end of the semester (the mark will appear on your final academic transcript)
Note: The number of teaching hours may vary according to the number of registered students. You will be provided with more information upon arrival.
At your arrival, information will be communicate to you by the International Relation Office regarding the classes organization.
During the stay: Improving your French level at the UPHF
"Plateforme des Langues et Certifications" (ISH)
Activities proposed :
- Self-training on computers
- Conversation working groups with native speakers (Go to the CRL if you want to apply for this activity)
- Personalised support (Go to the “Plateforme des Langues et Certifications” secretarial office to get more information)
The registration is totally free by presenting UPHF student card.
Opening hours and location of the CRL :
Continuous free access from Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mont-Houy, Bâtiment Matisse (ISH), ground floor (facing classroom n° 150)
More information about the CRL
CRL “Les Tertiales”
Continuous free access from Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday: from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bâtiment Ronzier, first floor (200m far from the Phénix)
More information about the CRL
University Library (Mont-Houy and/or "Les Tertiales")
Every student has the possibility to borrow books and multimedia documents for them to learn French: bilingual novels, French DVDs (with subtitles), newspapers… are all ressources available.
- More information about the University Library of the Mont-Houy Campus
More information about the University Library of "Les Tertiales"
During the stay/before leaving: Confirming your skill level in French with a diploma
If you have participated in the French courses, you will be provided with a mark at the end of the semester that will appear on your final academic transcript.
Please note that you can also validate your level in French thanks to different diplomas:
"La Certification Voltaire"
This diploma attests and certifies your mastery of the French language difficulties. You can prepare for this test with the Voltaire course programme (9 sessions of 2 hours by semester = 18 hours)
Contact: Valérie RICHARDOT, In charge of the Voltaire course programme: valerie.richardot [at] uphf.fr
Note: The price of the exam is set at EUR 50.
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