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With Gateway University Diploma (Diplôme Universitaire Passerelle) - University of Clermont Auvergne

Proposed byRÉSEAU MEnS

Target audience

AudienceStatutory refugees, Beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, Beneficiaries of temporary protection, Stateless people, Asylum seekers
Level of FrenchA2, A1, B1, B2


Free of charge

Availability requested

Duration of commitmentExactly 9 months
Frequency of participationAbout 25 hours per week
Days of attendanceMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


Have a end of high school level

Where is it?

Learn French at university in Clermont-Ferrand

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What is it?

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

This 310-hour training course offers:

  • French courses,
  • Activities,
  • Support to build your academic and professional project in France, etc.
The training lasts at least 2 semesters (9 months), from September to June.

There are around 40 similar training courses in France. This sheet presents the training at the University of Clermont Auvergne.

> Find out more about the Gateway University Diploma: see the Réfugié sheet

Why is it interesting?

There are between 222 hours and 260 hours of French classes per semester as part of the Gateway University Diploma of the University of Clermont Auvergne.

Depending on your level, you will have between 17 and 20 hours of classes per week.

You will take exams in order to obtain a degree fro the university.

If you are a beneficiary of international protection or a beneficiary of temporary protection and you are under 35 years old, you can get financial assistance (grants based on social criteria or specific annual aid) every month and accommodation to complete the training.

During the course, you will discover what life at university is like in France: you will learn what it is to be a student, how courses and exams are organized, what diplomas and training exist, as well as how to take notes during classes and revise them outside of lectures, how to prepare presentations or exams, etc.

  • University Life Module
  • Sponsorship by a UCA (University of Clermont Auvergne) student

The French higher education system is complex.

During the training course, professionals support you individually to think about your academic and professional project, depending on what is possible.

The professionals also help you write your CVs and cover letters, as well as register for the training courses that interest you.

  • Work on the university project supervised by La Fabrique (university service in charge of the integration, orientation or reorientation of students)
  • Orientation support

You will have access to different activities during the training course:

  • Computer workshops
  • Cultural activities
  • Sport activities
  • Theater, music and interculturality workshop, etc.

How to do it?

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

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