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With DU Passerelle FLE students in exile / French Institute - University of Orléans

Proposed byRÉSEAU MEnS

Target audience

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


Free of charge

Where is it?

Learn French at university in Orléans

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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 "DU Passerelle FLE (French as a foreign language) students in exile" course offers:

  • French classes
  • Support to build your academic and professional project in France
  • Intercultural and sports activities
  • The possibility of having medical and social support at the University of Orléans.
The training lasts a minimum of one semester (13 weeks), from September to December and then from January to April.

There are around 40 similar trainings in France. This file presents the training of the French Institute of the University of Orléans.

> To find out more about the DU (University Diploma) Passerelle: see the file

Why is it interesting?

In the DU Passerelle FLE (French as a foreign language) students in exile, there are between 235 and 248 hours of French lessons per semester depending on the level.

You have lessons between 18 and 21 hours per week depending on your level, from Monday to Friday, along with a period of observation or voluntary work, during 20 hours.

At the end of the training, you will take exams to obtain a University Diploma, recognized by all universities in France.

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

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

All DU Passerelle students, whatever their level (B1, B2 or C1) can take French courses for University Objectives.

The French higher education system is complex.

During the training, professionals help each student think about their academic and professional project, depending on the possibilities.

This support consists of two parts:

  • professional workshops: human resources professionals help you write your CV (resume) and cover letters, highlight your skills and reflect on your professional objectives.
  • individualized support: the adviser for students in exile works with you on your plan to resume your studies and helps you with the application process.

During the training, you have free access to all the activities open to students at the University of Orléans:

  • the practice of many sports activities (gym, yoga, dance, handball, etc.) as part of the SUAPSE service
  • the possibility of attending the program offered by the university cultural center Le Bouillon (films, concerts, meetings-debates, plays, etc.)
  • the opportunity to meet French students thanks to several student associations.

Like all students at the University of Orléans, you benefit from services to help you if you have difficulties:

  • AIDE (help) office: help for students in difficulty (social, financial, psychological, medical, etc.), urgent needs (food distribution, psychological support, etc.), contact with suitable professionals
  • loan or help to buy a computer and a bike
  • university medical service.

How to do it?

After sending the application, if your file is accepted, you will receive an email with an invitation for an interview, which will allow the teaching and administrative team to check your level of French and talk about your motivations.

Do not hesitate to contact Nina Rendulic, referent for students in exile at the University of Orléans:

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