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With DU PEPS - Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University

Proposed byRÉSEAU MEnS

Target audience

AudienceAsylum seekers, Statutory refugees, Beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, Beneficiaries of temporary protection, Stateless people
Level of FrenchA2, B1


Free of charge

Availability requested

Duration of commitmentExactly 9 months
Frequency of participationExactly 3.5 hours per day
Days of attendanceMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


Have a end of high school level

Learn French at university in Paris (5th arrondissement)

Updated on il y a 2 mois

What is it?

The DU PEPS Passerelle University Diploma allows asylum seekers, beneficiaries of subsidiary or temporary protection, refugees and stateless people, to have a better level of French to study in France.

This PEPS training (University Diploma "Passerelle Étudiants en Exil Panthéon-Sorbonne") of approximately 450 hours offers:

  • French courses,
  • An English course (or another language),
  • Cultural activities,
  • Support to build your university and professional project in France.
The training lasts two semesters (9 months), from September to December then from January to May.

There are around 40 similar training courses in France. This sheet presents the training at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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

Why is it interesting?

In the DU PEPS of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, there are approximately 450 hours of French courses from September to May, with:
- 14 hours of French lessons per week,
- a modern language course (English, Spanish) of 1h30 per week,
- 2 hours of tutoring or homework help per week with French Master students,
- 40 hours of TCF (French Knowledge Test) and DELF (Diploma of Studies in French Language) preparation courses (January and May).

French lessons and homework help take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday to Friday in one of the university's centers in Paris. Attendance in class is mandatory.

You will take exams throughout the year to obtain a Passerelle University Diploma and the official DELF and/or TCF exam at the end of the training in May (funded by the university).

If you are a beneficiary of international protection or a beneficiary of temporary protection and you are under 35 years old, you have the possibility of requesting financial assistance (grants based on social criteria or specific annual aid) every month and accommodation to do the course.

During the training, you will discover the university in France: what it is to be a student, how courses and exams are organized, what diplomas and training exist, how to take notes during classes and review them outside of lectures, make presentations, prepare for exams.

Each student has a student card which allows access:
- to the libraries of the University of Paris 1
- to the university health service
- to the university sports service
- to the university information and orientation service
- to the culture service.

The French higher education system is complex.

During the training, professionals individually accompany each student to reflect on the academic and professional project, depending on the possibilities.

Professionals also help you write your CVs and cover letters, and register for the training courses that interest you:

  • collective and individual workshops and sessions organized by the UniR association (Universities and Refugees) thanks to a partnership between UniR and Paris 1 University.
  • meet with the students to put together a file and help them integrate a Bachelor's or Master's degree at Paris 1 University (or another) after the DU.

In addition to French lessons, you will have access to different activities during the training:

  • theater classes (2 hours per week);
  • cultural outings (museums, cinema, end-of-year school trip);
  • sports activities with the sports department.

How to do it?

After sending the application, if yours is accepted, you will receive an email with an invitation for an interview.

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