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With DU passerelle - Étudiants en exil - Students in exile (level B1 to B2)

Target audience

AudienceAsylum seekers, Statutory refugees, Beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, Stateless people, Beneficiaries of temporary protection
Level of FrenchB1, B2


50€ only once

Availability requested

Duration of commitmentExactly 8 months
Frequency of participationMinimum 4 hours per day
Days of attendanceMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


Have a end of high school level

Where is it?

Learn French at Lyon 3 University (advanced level)

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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 DU Passerelle Students in exile offers:

  • French courses towards B2 level (200 hours in total),
  • Cultural and sporting activities,
  • IT courses,
  • Support to build your university and professional project in France.
The training lasts two semesters (8 months), from September to the end of April.

There are around 40 similar training courses in France. This sheet presents the training of the University Lyon 3.

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

Why is it interesting?

You have between 20 and 25 hours of French lessons per week at the university, Monday to Friday, for 20 weeks from September to April.

  • French as a foreign language (200 hours in total)
  • French for University Objectives (40 hours in total)

At the end of each semester, you take exams to validate a University Diploma at the end of the year.

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

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

  • tutoring,
  • discovery of the university library,
  • administrative support...
  • writing methodology (40 hours in total)
  • option law, English, management… (30 hours in total)
  • module "Communicating orally", "Gaining self-confidence" (18 hours minimum)

The French higher education system is complex.

During the training, professionals accompany the students individually and in groups to reflect on their academic and professional project, according to their possibilities.

The professionals also help you write your CV and cover letters, and register for the courses that seem interesting to you.

  • IT lessons (20 hours in total)
  • orientation and professional integration interviews (2 hours minimum)
  • professional integration workshops (32 hours in total).

During the training, you have access to different activities:

  • Introduction to French culture – 20h
  • sporting activities,
  • frequent cultural outings,
  • contact with university students,
  • conversation workshops,
  • intercultural exchange activities (photo language, music, writing, etc.)
  • volunteer mission in association as part of the “Volunteering and management in association” module (20 hours minimum).

How to do it?

How to register: go to the university website to find out how to register: .

Application dates: March to May.

Contact: .

After sending the application, if your file is accepted, you will receive an email with an invitation for a level test and/or an interview.

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