Full-time training - University degree (DU)

University degree course in French (DU-LCF), full-time semester courses

Presentation of the University Diploma of French Language and Culture (DU LCF)

The DU LCF is a full-time program. It takes place over one semester and leads to the University Diploma of French Language and Culture.

This diploma course at Aix-Marseille Université is intended for all non-French speaking adults, from complete beginners to experienced users, who hold a high school diploma (diploma giving access to university) or any higher education diploma.

1. Description of the DU LCF


Training leading to a diploma: University Diploma in French Language and Culture

  • From A1 to B2+/C1 (CEFR* levels)
  • 30 ECTS credits (European credits) per semester
  • 18 or 20** hours of classes per week (language classes and thematic workshops, see table below)
  • 18-20 students per class with groups adapted to the level (initial placement test)
  • Attendance is mandatory

* For more information on language levels, see the downloadable file (opposite) "SUL_Référentiel des niveaux de langue A1 à C1".
** Students who need 20 hours per week for their course have the possibility to register for an additional workshop

The DU LCF courses take place on the Schuman campus (Aix-en-Provence) in a face-to-face setting.

Weekly hours of classes (18h in total)
French language levelsLanguage coursesPhoneticsThematic workshops
Beginners - Level 0
Objective A1
14h301h302h (1 workshop)
Elementary level
Objectives A2 and B1
12h301h304h (2 workshops)
Intermediate level
Objective B1+
13h 5h (1 workshop of 2h and 1 workshop of 3h)
Advanced intermediate level Objective B210h 8h (1 workshop of 2h and 2 workshops of 3h)
Advanced level
Objectives B2+ and C1
10h 8h (1 workshop of 2h and 2 workshops of 3h)


The course is assessed under the full continuous assessment system.
For more details, please consult the study regulations ("règlement des études") in the documents to download.

IMPORTANT: In accordance with the law, only one copy of transcripts and diplomas can be issued. No duplicates will be provided. Furthermore, the final grades will only be available after the jury has deliberated (a certificate of attendance may be issued while waiting for the transcript).

2. Registration procedures

To register, please respect the following steps:

Administrative registration

  1. Download the registration form where the necessary supporting documents are indicated.
  2. Pay a deposit of 300 euros for pre-registration (non-refundable) by bank transfer, check or credit card (see bank details in the documents to download on the right of this page)
  3. Send the documents and payment (or proof of transfer) by email (indicated on the form) or directly to the SUL-Aix Schuman student office
  4. Take the MANDATORY online written placement test, sent by the SUL school office after pre-registration
  5. Take the MANDATORY oral placement test (by videoconference with a SUL teacher)
  6. Finalization of registration: during orientation week
    Provide the missing documents (indicated on the registration form) and pay the remaining registration fees

Pedagogical registration

  • Participate in the orientation week organized by the SUL the week before the beginning of classes of each semester
  • Consult your level group and your class (a few days before the beginning of the courses online or on site) and choose the workshop(s) corresponding to the level indicated (See the news page of the courses of each semester to know the procedure)

Attention : Be sure to respect the number of workshops to choose according to the level (A1, A2, etc.).

3. Calendar 2023/2024

    • LANGUAGE COURSES: from September 11th to December 15th, 2023
    • Pre-registration: April 1st to June 15th, 2023
    • Registration deadline: September 8th, 2023
    • Orientation week: September 4th-8th, 2023
    • Week off (no classes): October 30th to November 3rd, 2023
    • LANGUAGE COURSE: January 22nd to April 26th, 2024
    • Pre-registration: October 1st to November 13th, 2023
    • Registration deadline: January 19th, 2024
    • Orientation week: January 15th-19th, 2024
    • Week off (no classes): March 4th-8th, 2024

All the practical information about the 1st or 2nd semester is to be found on the page News of the DU courses courses (list of students, schedule, etc.).

. Calendar 2024/2025

    • LANGUAGE COURSES: from September 16th to December 20th, 2024
    • Pre-registration: April 2nd to June 15th, 2024
    • Registration deadline: September 13th, 2024
    • Orientation week: September 9th-13th, 2024
    • Week off (no classes): October 28th to November 1st, 2024
    • LANGUAGE COURSE: January 20th to May 2nd, 2025
    • Pre-registration: October 1st to November 15th, 2024
    • Registration deadline: January 17th, 2025
    • Orientation week: January 13th-17th, 2025
    • Weeks off (no classes): February 17th to February 22th and and  April 7th to April 11th, 2025

4. Timetable

Schedules will be available during the orientation week on the course news page and to download from this page.

CAUTION: Schedules are subject to change, check rooms and times regularly.

5. Fees 2023/2024

  • One semester: 1650 € (groups*: 1450 €)
  • Academic year: 2800 € (groups*: 2500 €)
  • Additional workshop per semester: 170 € (2h workshop) and 255 € (3h workshop)

* Group rates: Reduced rates for organizations (universities, agencies, companies...) registering 10 people or more. Please contact us beforehand (see email address in the registration form).

NB. The prices indicated above do not include Civil liability insurance nor the CVEC which are mandatory to finalize your registration and obtain your student card.

6. Exemption device

6.1. Exemption on file (reserved for asylum seekers or refugees)

Asylum seekers/refugees can benefit from an exemption from registration fees, as an exception, within the limit of 10% of the number of students per semester (i.e. about thirty places) after having submitted a file which will be examined by an evaluation committee.
The Asylum seekers / Refugees file is available in the documents to download.

ATTENTION: only one session per year for the submission of applications is organized.

  • Session 2024/2025: Deadline for submission to the SUL: Monday June 13, 2024.

You can also consult this page of useful information for refugee students (useful addresses and sites, housing, courses, etc...): https://padlet.com/Khatmars/hh0akvd3r10m

6.2. Specific provisions for students displaced from Ukraine

In the context of the conflict that broke out between Russia and Ukraine in February 2022, Aix-Marseille University renews its support for displaced students from Ukraine by opening a dedicated admission pathway to the university.
All the information on these specific provisions is detailed on the page "Displaced students from Ukraine - Applications for the 23/24 academic year"

6.3. Other exemption provisions

Lebanese refugees are also granted a full waiver of university fees for the 2023/2024 academic year.

Useful links

Return to the SUL home page
View Course News (Student Lists, Schedules...) :
- 1st semester
- 2nd semester
See the SUL Calendar (Trainings and vacations)

Contact information

SUL - Pôle FLE (Aix - Schuman site)
Building T3-Porte
29, avenue Robert Schuman
13621 Aix-en-Provence cedex 1

- Reception / student office 2.13(2nd floor)
Tel. +33 (0)4 13 55 32 14 or 04 13 94 62 21
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm

Contact form (heading "Annual/semester courses FLE (DU)")

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