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With DU Passerelle - INALCO

Proposed byRÉSEAU MEnS

Target audience

AudienceStatutory refugees, Beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, Beneficiaries of temporary protection, Stateless people
Level of FrenchB1, B2


Free of charge

Availability requested

Duration of commitmentMaximum 2 years
Frequency of participationAbout 20 hours per week
Days of attendanceMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


Have a end of high school level

Learn French at university in Paris (13th arrondissement)

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What is it?

A Passerelle University Diploma (DU) allows beneficiaries of subsidiary or temporary protection, refugees and stateless people, to have a better level of French to study in France.

At INALCO (National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations), the DU Passerelle training takes place over two years.

During the first year (B1 to B2), the 520-hour training offers:

  • French courses,
  • Writing and computer workshops,
  • An English class,
  • Cultural activities,
  • Support to build the university and professional project in France,
  • Two courses in oriental languages and civilizations (optional).
The first year lasts two semesters (8 months), from September to December then from January to May.

There are around 40 similar training courses in France. This sheet presents the training of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO).

> Find out more about the DU Passerelle: see the Réfugié sheet

Why is it interesting?

In the INALCO's DU Passerelle, there are approximately 270 hours of French classes in the first year (from B1 to B2).

You will have classes for 20 hours per week, from September to May.

It is also possible to take optional courses in oriental languages and civilizations offered by INALCO.

You will take exams to obtain a University Diploma, and each year of the DU Passerelle grants access to a diploma.

In the second year (from B2 to C1), there are 9 hours of French classes per week. You will have the option to start a bachelor's degree or pursue another program concurrently, such as international relations or international business (starting from the second year of the bachelor's degree).

If you are a beneficiary of international protection or temporary protection and are under 35 years old, you have the option to apply for financial assistance (based on social criteria scholarships or specific annual aids) every month and accommodation during the training.

During the training, you will discover the university system in France: what it means to be a student, how classes and exams are organized, the various degrees and programs available, learning to take notes during classes and revise outside of class, giving presentations, and preparing for exams.

- Computer workshop,

- Tutoring with other students (individual sessions),

- Pairing with students who are learning your native language,

- Access to BULAC (University Library of Languages and Civilizations).

The French higher education system is complex.

During the training, professionals provide individual guidance to each student to reflect on their academic and professional goals, considering the available opportunities.

These professionals also assist you in crafting your CV and cover letters and help you with registrations for the courses that interest you.

- Individual support from a professor,

- Tandem with other students (discussion, guidance),

- Psychological support service if needed,

- Possibility of ongoing support from a clinical psychologist outside the university.

You will have access to various activities during the training:

- Writing workshop,

- Multilingual theater workshop,

- Cultural outings,

- Sports office of INALCO and Paris Diderot University.

How to do it?

  • Registration procedure: visit the university's website for information on how to enroll.
  • Application period (usual months): from May to June.
  • Contact:
  • After submitting your application, if it is accepted, you will receive an email with an invitation for an interview.
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