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Learning French 

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.

Practical information: 

  • 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)

It is possible for international students to improve their level in French all year long by going to the "Plateforme des Langues et Certifications" and the "Centres de Ressources en Langues" (CRL). 

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 :

  • CRL Mont-Houy
    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.

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]

Note: The price of the exam is set at EUR 50.

  • BRIGHT test 
    For over 20 years now, Bright Language has been helping companies to assess and score the foreign language proficiency of their staff members.
    The test has become the standard language assessment tool in many multinational firms. These firms use the tests for recruitment purposes and also in the organisation and budgeting of language courses.At present, BRIGHT tests exist for the assessment of 11 different languages. The interface is translated into 14 different languages and the test is used in 80 countries.