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French courses for foreigners


The DEFLE is a department of Bordeaux Montaigne University in Bordeaux specialised in teaching French to non French-speaking students.

University of Bordeaux Centre for Learning French as a Foreign Language (DEFLE)

The courses on offer and teaching methods used are closely linked to research in language didactics conducted at the university.

The DEFLE encourages dialogue and exchange between Frenchspeaking cultures and specialisesin inter-cultural education. The DEFLE offers an ideally located working environment in the suburbs of Bordeaux, a city listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

The region’s world famous vineyards lie close by, as do the Atlantic coastline, Pyrenees Mountains and
Spain beyond. Each year the DEFLE plays host to approximately 1 000 students of varying nationalities on the university campus in Talence, Pessac and Gradignan, from students at theonset of their university education to experienced post-graduates.

All students benefit from our personalised mentoring scheme to help them through the registration process, accompanying and supporting them during their time with us.

A Wide Range of Courses

Day courses

Training for a University Diploma qualification corresponding to CECR levels A1 to C2.

  • Organised over one semester (either September to December or January to May), 15/16 hours per week over a 12 week period.
  • Teaching is based on the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • Teaching in higher levels addresses such specialities as - French for Specific Objectives (French for business,
    French for tourism, etc.) or French and French-speaking culture and civilisation (literature, theatre, music,
    art, cinema, etc.).

Tuition fees

Evening courses

Non-diploma courses. A transcript of grades achieved is delivered at the end of the course.

  • Lessons take place on two evenings per week, 2 x 2 hrs 30 min, over a 10 week period during one semester (from September to December or February to the end of April), i.e. 50 hours per semester.
  • Teaching is based on the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Tuition fees

Summer courses

4-week intensive courses: 20 hours of lessons per week during July.

Students are divided into groups according to level of competence and teaching includes lessons in French language (4 skills) and French culture (literature, civilisation, music, etc.). A programme of cultural, sporting and recreational activities is also provided.

Tuition fees

Teacher Training

1 year course (approximately 220 hours) to prepare the DAEFLE university diploma in teaching French as a foreign language.

  • Open to people with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Admission is subjected to a selection procedure (application and interview).

Tuition fees

Intensive programmes adapted to specific demands

  • French language and culture
  • FFL didactics
  • French for University Objectives (F.U.O)

Consult tuition fees on DEFLE website.