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With DU Passerelle / Lumière Lyon 2 University

Proposed byRÉSEAU MEnS

Target audience

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


Free of charge

Availability requested

Days of attendanceMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


Have a end of high school level

Where is it?

Learn French at Lyon 2 University

Updated on il y a 6 mois

What is it?

A Passerelle University Diploma (DU) 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 DU Passerelle - Students in Exile training offers:

  • French courses,
  • Cultural and sporting activities,
  • Support to build your university and professional project in France...
The training lasts at least one semester (4 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 Université Lumière Lyon 2 at the International Center for French Studies (CIEF).

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

Why is it interesting?

In the DU Passerelle - Students in Exile at the Lumière Lyon 2 University, there are 240 hours of French courses per semester. You will have 20 hours of lessons per week, from September to December and/or January to May.

You will take exams to obtain a University Diploma.

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

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, learn to take notes during classes and review your lessons outside of lectures make presentations, prepare for exams...

The French higher education system is complex.

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

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

  • orientation workshop,
  • individual interview,
  • administrative support...

You will have access to different activities during the training:

  • cultural outings,
  • partnership with the Lumière film festival,
  • tandems with students,
  • partnership with the Nuits Sonores festival,
  • sports activities (tennis, swimming, horse riding, etc.).

How to do it?

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

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