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With DU Passerelle / Sorbonne Paris Nord University

Proposed byRÉSEAU MEnS

Target audience

AudienceStatutory refugees, Beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, Beneficiaries of temporary protection, Stateless people
Level of FrenchA1, A2


Free of charge

Learn French at university in Villetaneuse

Updated on il y a 9 mois

What is it?

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

This training DU Passerelle students in exile offers:

  • French courses towards B1 level,
  • Cultural and sporting activities,
  • Support to build your academic and professional project in France...
The training lasts two semesters (8 months), from October to the end of May.

There are around 40 similar training courses in France. This sheet presents the training of the Sorbonne Paris Nord University in Villetaneuse (formerly called Paris 13).

> To find out more about the DU Passerelle: see the file

Why is it interesting?

In the DU Passerelle at Sorbonne Paris Nord University, there are 207 hours of French lessons in the first semester and 213 hours in the second semester. You will have 15 hours of French lessons per week at the university. Lessons every afternoon from Monday to Friday + online lessons.

You will have to sit exams to obtain a University Diploma.

It will also be possible to take the DELF at the end of the training.

If you are a beneficiary of international protection or a beneficiary of temporary protection and you are under 35, you can receive financial assistance (scholarships based on social criteria or specific annual assistance) every month.

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

  • tutoring,
  • discovery of the university library,
  • administrative support

The French higher education system is complex.

During the training, professionals accompany the students individually and in groups to reflect on their academic and professional project, according to their possibilities.

The professionals also help you write your CV and cover letters, and register for the courses that seem interesting to you.

  • individual interviews

You will have access to different activities during the training:

  • sporting activities,
  • frequent cultural outings,
  • contact with university students,
  • conversation workshops,
  • cultural activities: singing, music, photography...

How to do it?

After sending the application, if your file is accepted, you will receive an email with an invitation for a level test and an interview.

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