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With DU RESPE - Sorbonne University

Proposed byRÉSEAU MEnS

Target audience

AudienceStateless people, Asylum seekers, French citizens, Statutory refugees, Beneficiaries of temporary protection, Beneficiaries of subsidiary protection
Level of FrenchB1, B2


Free of charge

Availability requested

Duration of commitmentAbout 9 months
Frequency of participationAbout 4 hours per day
Days of attendanceMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


Have a end of high school level

Learn French at Paris University (5th)

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What is it?

A Passerelle University Diploma (DU) allows asylum seekers, beneficiaries of subsidiary or temporary protection, refugees and stateless people, to improve their knowledge in French in order to study in France.

This Return to Higher Education for Exiled Persons (RESPE) training course of 400 hours in total offers:

  • French lessons (a total of 182 hours to prepare the B2 level),
  • Activities,
  • Support to build an academic and professional career in France...
The training lasts 2 semesters (9 months), from September to January and from February to May.

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

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

Why is it interesting?

In the DU RESPE of Sorbonne University, there are 156 hours of French as a foreign language lessons and 26 hours of academic French lessons.

You have 16 hours of classes per week, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

You will take exams to get a University Diploma and the TCF (test to assess French language abilities).

If you are a beneficiary of international protection or temporary protection and you are under 35 years old, you can receive a financial assistance (scholarship based on social criteria or specific annual aids) every month.

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

  • Tutoring with students 2 hours per week
  • Academic methodology lessons 2 hours per week
  • Access to libraries
  • 154 hours of mathematics, literature, philosophy, computer science, biology, history and geography lessons (depending on the chosen options) in French.

The French higher education system is complex.

During the training, professionals assist each student individually to think about their academic and professional career, according to their possibilities.

  • Resumes and cover letters writing workshops
  • University services interventions: social assistance, orientation
  • Administrative support with UEE (Union of Exiled Students)
  • Individual support from a referral person to help you resume your studies.

You have access to different activities during the training:

  • Events and outings with a student organization
  • Plays and theater classes with the Théâtre du Rond Point
  • Sports equipment
  • Cultural and scientific actions on campus.

How to do it?

After submitting the application, if it is accepted, you will receive an email with an online French test.

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