Learn and improve your level of French

Apprendre et améliorer niveau francais

You are a foreigner and French is not your mother tongue, you want to learn French or improve your knowledge of French? Do not hesitate, come to the SUL of Aix-en-Provence.


Our university service, the SUL will welcome you for a month, a semester or an academic year, with its teachers, all specialists, ready to help you discover the richness of the French language and culture.

SUL offers, among other things:

For more details, please visit the SUL homepage.

1. Full-time French courses

The SUL's full-time French courses courses take place over a semester or an academic year and include 18 or 20 hours per week of language classes and thematic workshops, divided differently according to the level.
At the end of each semester, students receive a transcript and may obtain the University Diploma (DU) of " French Language and Culture ".

Asylum seekers/refugees

The SUL offers a welcome and linguistic support system with exemption (free training) to asylum seekers and refugees wishing to integrate a university course at AMU. The capacity of the SUL is about thirty students per semester, subject to selection on the basis of an application file. Only one application session per year is organized during the month of June.
- Download the document " Asylum seekers / refugees " opposite.

2. FLE-AMU courses

The French as a foreign language courses(FLE-AMU courses) are intended for foreign students of Aix-Marseille University and open to the public (in-class and distance learning).
They take place at a rate of 3 hours over 10-week sessions (total: 30 hours, except for exchange students), for each of the 2 semesters of the academic year.

These courses are held either during the day in person, at the AMU sites in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille (from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm), or in the evening at a distance. In the latter case, the 3 hours are spread over two evenings (from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm).

3. Intensive courses

3.1. Courses for exchange students

The SUL and the International Relations Department (DRI) offer French as a Foreign Language courses to students on international exchange at AMU: one intensive week before the start of each semester, as well as French language courses throughout the year.

3.2 Summer internships

The intensive summer courses (June-July and end of August) are intended for learners of French from beginner level (with at least an acquired A1 level: complete beginners are not accepted) to advanced level.
Each session (20 students maximum per group) includes 20 hours/week of French language classes (general FLE) and thematic workshops and visits and excursions of the city of Aix-en-Provence and the region.

3.3 Preparation for certifications

Several preparation courses for the DALF C1 French language certification are offered at different times of the year.

3.4 Training of Trainers

The SUL offers trainers' courses for teachers of French abroad who wish to improve their teaching skills in different areas of French as a foreign language didactics. See the SUL Training of Trainers page.

4. Examinations and certifications

The SUL is an examination and testing center approved by France Education International for French language certifications:

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Contact information

SUL - University Language Service
Building T3-Porte
29, avenue Robert Schuman
13621 Aix-en-Provence cedex 1

Reception/school : office 2.13 (2nd floor)
Tel. +33 (0)4 13 55 32 23 / +33 (0)4 13 55 32 17
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4pm

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