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Certificat en langues de l'enseignement supérieur (CLES) - The SUL implements the CLES sessions organized by the University of Aix-Marseille in coordination with the school's CLES referent.

Certificate in Languages for Higher Education (CLES)

The SUL implements the CLES sessions organized by the University of Aix-Marseille.

Registration - contact:

CLES at AMU: fees and conditions

CLES certification (Certification en langue de l'enseignement supérieur) is designed to validate candidates' foreign language skills. It is implemented by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, and the Coordination Nationale CLES. CLES is available in nine languages, is based on the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CERL) and comprises three levels (B1, B2, C1).
Aix-Marseille-Université has been accredited to deliver the CLES since 2001 in all languages and for all levels. In 2017-18, nearly 300 candidates over 12 sessions took the CLES in six languages. The number of candidates has been rising steadily since 2013.
Registration fees are 25 euros for AMU candidates and 50 euros for external candidates (rates set by the Aix-Marseille Université Board of Directors on July 21, 2015: deliberation no. 2015/07/21-07).
CLES is open to all categories of public: students, teaching and research staff, technical and administrative staff.

The session calendar details dates and registration procedures:

For further information and sample test papers, visit the CLES national website:

Contact us at

Results and diplomas:

CLES juries meet one month after the exams.

The SUL issues provisional certificates of achievement in French and/or English on request by e-mail. Final certificates are usually issued in June.

How to prepare for certification:

CARLAM has resources to help you prepare for the CLES self-study exams. You can also consult the official CLES link

Sample subjects (to familiarize yourself with the CLES tests)

Preparing for CLES" course on AMeTICE (ENT login required): [19-20]-preparing for CLES

Why choose CLES

Useful links

SUL home page

CLES national coordination
Grenoble Alpes University
Maison des Langues
CS 40700
Université Grenoble Alpes - All rights reserved.

Contact information

CRL - SUL (formerly CARLAM)

63, La Canebière (4th floor)


tel. +33 (0)4 13 55 00 80

CLES certifications
Certificate in Higher Education Languages (CLES)