Learning a foreign language

Intensive course in language and civilization for exchange students

Paris Descartes university offers a unique study environment within Paris. For our exchange students, we propose a complete welcoming program for an optimal integration.
In partnership with the association EIAP5 (“Echanges Internationaux à Paris 5”) and the Maison des Langues, we organize a welcome session for the students to discover their new environment thanks to cultural activities in Paris, French and civilization classes to discover the French culture.
The SILC is generally held before the start of new term, during the first fortnight of September. This program is free and exclusively reserved for exchange students. The link for registration will be communicated directly to the students after validation of their application.

Deborah, Erasmus student from Italy:
“Hello everyone! My name’s Deborah, I’m from Italy. I started my Erasmus semester with an intensive course in French language, the SILC. The SILC was a great opportunity to learn and integrate. I was able to meet many students from every nationalities and to confront myself to different customs and cultures. It was very exciting! The SILC was very useful to “unlock” me, to integrate myself within the Parisian lifestyle and to live this experience deeper. Now, I can attend my courses peacefully and I have a lot of French friends!
Good luck everyone!”

Language courses    

The Maison des Langues  offers lessons in small groups in English, German, Spanish and French as a foreign language (FLE).

Some universities request that their exchange students be able to prove that their language skills are satisfactory. Various tests exist depending on the countries concerned :


Preparing and signing up for these tests can be taken care of by the university under some conditions :

  • when the test is required by the host university
  • when the student who asks for it has a serious project to study abroad (Erasmus, CREPUQ or bilateral partnership).