Learning a foreign language

Intensive course in language and civilization for exchange students

This course is organized by both Paris Descartes and Paris Diderot Universities. It takes place in September and again in January; it is an opportunity for students to meet each other, to follow lessons in French as well as an introductory course in French civilization and culture, and get information on Paris and life at university.

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).