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With DU Passerelle - Sorbonne Nouvelle University

Proposed byRÉSEAU MEnS

Target audience

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


Free of charge

Availability requested

Duration of commitmentAbout 9 months
Frequency of participationMinimum 16 hours per week
Days of attendanceMonday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday


Have a end of high school level

Learn French at university in Paris (5th arrondissement)

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What is it?

A University Diploma (DU) Passerelle enables asylum seekers, beneficiaries of subsidiary or temporary protection, refugees and stateless persons to improve their level of French so that they can study in France.

This 400-hour training course offers:

  • French courses,
  • Activities,
  • Support to build up an academic and professional project in France.
The training lasts 2 semesters, one from September to December and the other from January to May.

There are around 40 similar training courses in France. This sheet presents the training of the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, an Arts, Literature and Languages university.

> Find out more about the DU Passerelle: Réfugié sheet

Why is it interesting?

In the DU Passerelle Sorbonne Nouvelle University, you will undergo 400 hours of courses.
You will attend 16 hours per week classes, from September to May, in the Latin district (5th arrondissement of Paris).

You will sit exams to obtain a University Diploma.

You can also take the DELF/TCF exam at the end of the training course.

If you are a beneficiary of international protection or a beneficiary of temporary protection and you are under 35 years old, it is possible to request financial assistance (grants based on social criteria or specific annual aid) every month and you can be provided accommodation to attend the training

During the training, you will discover the university in France: what it is like to be a student, how courses and exams are organized, what diplomas and training exist, learn how to take notes during classes and review them outside of lectures, make presentations, prepare to sit exams…

The French higher education system is complex.

During the training, professionals individually provide support to each student to reflect on their academic and professional project, according to their opportunities.

The professionals also help you draft your resume and cover letters, and register for the training courses you are interested in.

You will have access to different activities during the training:

  • Cultural project with Parisian museums
  • Two possible sport activities per semester

You will be able to benefit from all university services:

  • the Nation University Library and the Sainte-Barbe Library
  • the university health service
  • the university sports service
  • the university information and orientation service
  • university catering
  • the culture department.

How to do it?

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

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