Face-to-face semestrial courses


Acquisition and development of skills in French as a foreign language (from level A1 to level C2), in written comprehension and production, oral comprehension and production and French and Francophone culture in an action-oriented and intercultural perspective in order to prepare for a DUEF (university diploma in French studies).


The teaching is based (depending on the level) on textbooks (communicative and action-oriented approach) and/or on authentic oral and written documents.




Lessons on the acquisition of written skills (written comprehension and production) and oral skills (oral comprehension and production), plus more specific lessons on grammar and phonetics. Phonetics and listening comprehension are taught in a phonetics laboratory and a multimedia laboratory.

The lessons are aligned with the 6 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

To determine your level, a placement test is organised on arrival (only for people who do not hold a DELF or DALF diploma or from an ADCUEFE centre).

During your first course, we will give you the textbooks corresponding to your level.

Compulsory electives

From level B1 onwards, optional courses are offered to acquire either disciplinary knowledge (French for economic and social life, French for science, etc.) or cultural skills (French literature, French language literature, history of music, etc.). You must choose 2 compulsory courses.

Cultural activities

The teaching staff offers you excursions during the courses.

IEFE offers you one excursion per semester. You can choose between Nîmes and the Pont du Gard, Carcassonne and the Châteaux de Lastours, Perpignan and Collioure, the Baux de Provence and the Salins du Midi, Arles and the Camargue Regional Nature Park, la Couvertoirade, the Millau Viaduct and the Roquefort Caves...




A pedagogical and scientific documentation centre dedicated to the IEFE provides you with numerous works listed and classified by theme according to criteria useful to an international public: FLE (French as a Foreign Language) methods, grammar manuals, easy reading books, novels...

The press area also offers daily, weekly and monthly newspapers as well as selected articles for your presentations.

The documentation centre is a place where you can study in peace and quiet.



A welcome meeting is organised at the beginning of each school year for new students with the IEFE's Pedagogical Direction and several key actors of the university (IEFE's course operation (exams, holiday dates, choice of options...), SAIEC, Associative Life, Sports Life...) to explain the course to the students and thus meet their expectations.



The assessment is made up of your continuous assessment marks (homework and exams marked during the semester) and your marks in the final exam.

If you pass, you will obtain a university diploma, the "Diplôme Universitaire d'Études Françaises" (DUEF), aligned with the 6 levels of the CEFR.

You will be awarded a number of distinctions if you obtain the diploma:

Mention Passable: for a final mark of at least 10/20 and less than 12/20

Mention Assez Bien: for a final mark at least equal to 12/20 and less than 14/20

Mention Bien: for a final mark at least equal to 14/20 and less than 16/20

Mention Très Bien: for a final mark at least equal to 16/20

As part of international partnerships, the DUEF is recognised for 30 ECTS credits per semester.

From a DUEF B2 level onwards, students may enrol in Paul-Valéry University courses.



  • 200 class hours per semester
  • 1 level per semester
  • 1400€ per semester
  • 13 weeks of classes and 1 week of exams
  • 12 to 20 students (maximum) per group

Registration entails student status.

New: a Welcome Desk for International Students & Researchers (SAIEC) welcomes all international students. You will find more information on  https://www.parrainage-international.fr/index.php?option=com_content&vie...  and on  https://languedoc-roussillon-universites.fr/en/saiec .




1st semester 2023-2024

2nd semester 2023-2024


(deadline for registration)

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 (postmark)*

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 (postmark)*

Definitive registration

& written placement test

From Wednesday 23 August to Friday 1 September, 2023**

Written placement tests:
Friday 25,  Monday 28 and Wednesday 30 August, 2023

From Wednesday 10 to Friday 19 January, 2024**

Written placement tests:
Friday 12,  Monday 15 and Wednesday 17 January, 2024



Monday, September 11 to Friday, December 15, 2023

Thursday, January 25 to Friday, May 10, 2024

Final examinations

From Monday 18 to Thursday 21 December, 2023

From Monday 13 to Thursday 16 May, 2024

Holidays and Public Holidays


Monday, October 30 to Sunday, November 5, 2023

From Monday 19 to Sunday25 February, 2024

From Monday 15 to Sunday 21 April, 2024

Monday 1 April, Wednesday 1 May, 8 May, 2024, Thursday 9 May, 2024


* Applications received after the deadline for pre-registration will be accepted or rejected subject to the committee’s decision.

** If you are unable to attend registration, please request a late authorisation from the following address: iefe@univ-montp3.fr



  • Hold foreign nationality,
  • Hold a high school diploma or university degree.

Employees and jobseekers: request for a preliminary quote (specific rate) from SAFCO (University Centre for Lifelong Training and Apprenticeship) at Paul-Valéry University, via an employment counsellor or social worker.
SAFCO contact: M. MOURAND / @ : iefe.fc@univ-montp3.fr -Tel:  04 67 14 55 60




Pre-registration is required to obtain a student or long-stay visa .

Pre-registration is also strongly recommended for those students who do not require a visa.

Please send on the link below the following documents on the dates given on the agenda:


  • the completed pre-registration form 2023-2024,
  • photocopy of first page of passport,
  • photocopy of high school or university diploma
  • certified French translation of diplomas ⇒ Please note that original diplomas and translation must be shown at time of registration,
  • photocopy of the DELF/DALF pass certificate (if appropriate),
  • 1 passport photo,
  • payment of pre-registration fee (150 € per semester - non-refundable) ⇒ Terms of payment

Since the 2018 academic year, all students must pay a student fee, or “CVEC”. The fee must be paid prior to final registration, to the following address: http://cvec.etudiant.gouv.fr  

CVEC tariff 2023-2024: 100 €

For under 18s, parental permission is required.

Once the application has been received, an authorisation will be sent by e-mail, within approximately one week.
This document allows non-Europeans to apply for a Study Visa from the French Embassy  in their country of residence.



 If you are unable to attend registration, please request a late  authorisation at the following address: iefe@univ-montp3.fr

1. If pre-registration has been completed, please make the registration appointment directly online.

An e-mail will be sent, containing an activation link to select an appointment date and fill in the registration file.

On the day of registration, please go to the IEFE reception desk with:

  • Passport
  • Original diplomas
  • Proof of CVEC payment (Tariff 2023-2024: 100€)
  • Completed application form
  • Payment of balance of registration fee (non-refundable) ⇒ Terms of payment:
    • 1,250 € per semester

An appointment will then be fixed for the placement test (except for DELF/DALF diploma-holders, or holders of a diploma from a university centre which is a member of Association Campus-Fle:  ADCUEFE ).


2. For applicants who have not pre-registration, please go to the IEFE reception desk for registration with:

  • Passport
  • Original diplomas
  • Proof of CVEC payment (Tariff 2023-2024: 100€)
  • 1 passport photo
  • Photocopy of DELF/DALF pass certificate (if applicable)
  • Payment of the balance of the registration fee (non-refundable) ⇒ Terms of payment :
    • 1,400 € per semester

An appointment will then be fixed for the placement test (except for DELF/DALF diploma-holders, or holders of a diploma from a university centre which is a member of the Association Campus-Fle: ADCUEFE ).

Administrative registration will be impossible if the application file is incomplete.

Registration in groups will be finalised from the second week of class.

Last updated : 28/06/2023