Where is it?
What is it?
A Passerelle training enables people in exile (refugees, beneficiaries of subsidiary and temporary protection, stateless persons and asylum seekers) to reach the level of French required to study at university in France.
In general, each training offers:
- French lessons,
- Help to build your professional and academic project (which studies or which jobs are possible after the training, how to register or send an application, etc.)
- Support for administrative procedures at the university,
- Intercultural and sports activities ,
- Social, psychological and medical support by the services of the establishment…
Some courses also offer the possibility of attending other university courses, visits to monuments or companies, tutoring with students or teachers...
You can take a French exam, such as the DELF, at the end of most courses.
> To read also: the Refugees.info sheet “Get CROUS accommodation”
DU Passerelle training is free for students: they are “exempt” (meaning there is nothing to pay) from registration fees and the student and campus life contribution (CVEC). As soon as you receive a positive response from the university to register, all the steps are explained.
You can continue to receive aid from the CAF, such as APL or allowances, during the DU Passerelle.
Depending on your situation, you also have the option of remaining registered with Pôle Emploi and having a professional activity at the same time as the training. However, it is no longer possible to receive RSA when you are a student (unless there is an exceptional request to Pôle Emploi).
How to do it?
To do a DU Passerelle, you must:
- have the level of French required by the DU Passerelle where you wish to register
- explain your motivation to study at university in France.
- have a high school diploma (equivalent to the baccalaureate) or have completed high school (12 years of school) in your country of origin.
> To read: the Refugees.info sheet "Get the Diploma of Access to University Studies (DAEU)"
If you do not have proof of your diplomas, because you were not able to take them before leaving your country or because they were lost during the trip, you can apply for a European Qualifications Passport for refugees (EQPR) or explain your situation to the targeted university.
To find a training near you, you can:
- search directly on Refugees.info
- On the website:
- Go to the search page
- Write the name of your city or the name of your department on "Department" then write "DU Passerelle" in the keywords.
- Click on the "Search" button.
- If you are on the app:
- Write “DU Gateway” in the keyword search
- OR go to the theme “Study”, then “Go to university”.
- If you have specified in the application where you live, you will directly find the DU Passerelle available in your territory.
- look at the map of establishments offering this training.
You have to go to the website of the chosen university and complete the application file.
Please note: the application periods are different depending on the university.
You need these documents in digital version (ou can scan them or take a photo of them with your phone):
- An identity document (passport, receipt, residence permit, etc.) whether valid or not
- cover letter in French or English, depending on the training
- CV (curriculum vitae)
- copy of secondary school leaving certificate (baccalauréat) or most recent university degree obtained and French translation OR ENIC-NARIC certificate of comparability
> To read: the Réfugiés.info sheet "Have a foreign diploma recognized in France"
Other supporting documents may be requested depending on the university, such as proof of your French level.
After sending your application, if your file is selected, you will be called for an interview and a French test. The university will confirm your registration in the DU Passerelle after this step.
What happens next?
Each university may or may not accept your application depending on the training criteria.
If the refusal is related to your level of French, you can send an application the following year.
After the training, you first receive a certificate of achievement and then an official diploma: scan the documents and keep them safe.
After the training, you can enroll in the university for a bachelor's degree, master's degree, BUT, BTS, etc. (depending on your previous studies).
You will be accompanied during the training to choose in which course of study you can enroll.
You will be accompanied to make your application in the chosen course.
Did you find this sheet useful?
Thank the contributors who wrote and translated it for you!
Send by SMS
13 contributors mobilized