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With DU Passerelle (niveau A1) / Paris Dauphine University - PSL

Proposed byRÉSEAU MEnS

Target audience

AudienceStatutory refugees, Beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, Beneficiaries of temporary protection, Stateless people
Level of FrenchA1, A2


Free of charge

Learn French at university in Paris (16th)

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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 training offers:

  • French courses
  • Activities (outings, various workshops)
  • Support to build your academic and professional project in France...
The training lasts two semesters (8 months), from September to December and then from January to March.

There are around 40 similar training courses in France. This sheet presents the training at the University of Paris Dauphine - PSL .

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

Why is it interesting?

In the DU Passerelle of the Paris Dauphine PSL University, there are 240 hours of French lessons. You will have lessons 10 hours per week, from Monday to Wednesday.

You will have to sit exams to obtain a University Diploma. In particular, you will take the TCF at the end of each semester (once in December, once at the end of March). The objective is to validate B1 level at the end of the training.

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 (scholarships based on social criteria or specific annual aid) and accommodation for the year.

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

Building your study project takes time and commitment.

During the training, a member of the DU team and a student from the university individually help each student in his/her reflection on his/her academic and professional project. The nature of the support will then depend on the progress of the student during the year:

  • Students who have reached B2 level at the end of the year may be supported in their applications for higher education. The university's orientation and professional integration service can help them with their applications, write CVs and cover letters, find an internship or a company where they can do a work-study program, register for training after admission, etc.
  • Students who have not reached B2 level at the end of the year may be supported in their search for programs in which to continue their French learning.

Depending on the general level and the wishes of the students, collective orientation workshops (presentation of higher education in France, familiarization with the various application platforms, CV and cover letter workshops, etc.) can supplement the individual guidance.

You will have access to different activities during the training:

  • cultural outings
  • production of a podcast
  • theater workshop with filming of scenes written by the students
  • writing and conversation workshops
  • free access to the resources of the university library and to PSL sports facilities

How to do it?

After sending the application, if your file is accepted, you will receive an email with an invitation for a French test. If you are selected after the French test, you will receive an invitation for an admission interview.

French test: June 7 or 8

Interviews: between June 20 and 23

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