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With DU Passerelle - Paris Saclay University

Proposed byRÉSEAU MEnS

Target audience

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


Free of charge

Availability requested

Duration of commitmentAbout 8 months
Frequency of participationMinimum 15 hours per week
Days of attendanceMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


Have a end of high school level

Learn French at Paris Saclay University (Sceaux campus)

Updated on il y a 22 jours

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 502-hour course offers:

  • French lessons,
  • Cultural and sporting activities,
  • Support to build your academic and career plans in France.
Training lasts 2 semesters (9 months), from September to January, then from February to May.

There are around 40 similar training courses in France. This information sheet introduces the training course at the University of Paris Saclay in Sceaux.

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

Why is it interesting?

The DU Passerelle (intermediate level) focuses on intensive learning of French as a Foreign Language (FLE). It includes oral and written comprehension and production activities (156 hours per semester). Each semester enables you to reach a CEFR level in French.

You will sit exams to obtain a University Diploma.

It is also possible to take the DELF or TCF exams at the end of the course.

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

At the end of the DU Passerelle, students will be able to:

  • Take notes and write in French
  • Feel confident to speak French;
  • Meet the requirements of university work;
  • Prepare their application for a university course;
  • Continue their studies in the French university system.

In addition to French courses, the DU offers students:

  • a complementary course to discover French culture and society (21 hours per semester),
  • training in university methodology (21 hours per semester),
  • and orientation, integration and socio-cultural openness workshops and activities (40 hours per semester) to support them in the preparation of their university and professional project (orientation workshop, CV and cover letter writing, preparation of application files, cultural and sporting activities, etc.).
In the second semester, students are invited to choose a discovery course in the discipline that interests them (26 hours), in one of the courses at the university to which they would like to apply the following year. Students who already have level B1 will be able to choose another discovery course from the first semester.

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 DU relies on sponsorship of each student by 1 student tutor and 1 teaching mentor from the university . They support students in preparing their return to study project (identification of training courses, preparation of files and interviews), but also in their integration into the university.

Throughout the year, students are also supported by the DU teaching and administrative team with regular individual meetings to take stock of their situation and their project.

Different intercultural and sporting activities are offered during the year, linked to French courses:

  • Museum visits, shows, etc.
  • Access to the cultural offerings of the town of Sceaux,
  • Sports and/or cultural workshops (led by an external volunteer speaker and/or student associations)

You will also have access to different partnerships between the DU Passerelle and other DUs of the Jean Monet University.

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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