University Of Avignon


Many international students choose to study at the University of Avignon every year. They are either exchange or degree-seeking students. Some of them are enrolled in French courses at the French language centre (SDL).

Most of the programmes offered at the University of Avignon enable local students to complete study periods in partner institutions or placements abroad.

The university also welcomes guest researchers regularly, and is involved in many international research cooperations, such as the international PhD programme in museology.

The University of Avignon is a member of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), which is a global network of more than 650 institutions, the CampusFrance network, and the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC), as well as of the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI). Our institution has been awarded the 2014-2020 ERASMUS University Charter by the European Commission. Our French language centre (SDL) holds the Label Qualite FLE quality certification.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

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Intensive French language courses: DUEF

Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters January 2017 France Avignon

Any person who has completed secondary school studies and who wishes to learn French or improve his/her knowledge. [+]

Target audience : Any person who has completed secondary school studies and who wishes to learn French or improve his/her knowledge. This French course can provide access to student status and card. Levels : From beginner (A1) to advanced (C1). Level A1 only during the 1st semester, level C1 only during the 2nd semester, on condition a minimum number of students are enrolled. On the first day, students take a written placement test. They are placed into groups corresponding to their language level. There are 15 students per group on average (10 to 20 depending on level). Pedagogical approach : Pedagogical objectives are defined according to the Common European Language Framework (CELF). You can refer to the CELF global scale to know more about CELF levels. Use of a textbook and workbook (provided by the Language Centre). Communicative activities using a wide range of media (audio, video, press...). Study of the language connected with active discovery of the city of Avignon and the region of Provence (meetings, interviews, treasure hunts ...). Study of the language based on individual or group projects. Language laboratory work and/or multimedia lessons. Contents : Each language course unit is built around a dominant skill : speaking, writing, reading, listening. In addition, the following course units are offered: phonetics (A1 to B1 levels): 1.30 hour per week; French culture and society: from 1.30 hour to 3 hours per week; creative writing: (for B1 or B2 levels only): 3 hours per week; history or literature (for C1 level only, during the second semester): 3 hours per week. Additional activities : Optional workshops can be offered (cinema, theatre, poetry, song ...). It is possible for students to enrol in sports or cultural activities offered at the university. Advanced students may also attend lectures at the university (e.g. history, literature, law ...) as “auditeurs libres” (subject to availability). "Auditeurs libres" attend lectures but cannot take examinations and do not receive grades. Student association Echanges, whose goal is to facilitate the integration of international students and to get local and international students to mix, offers a wide range of activities throughout the academic year (excursions, cultural events, parties etc.). Certificates and examinations : Students are assessed regularly. A transcript of records is provided at the end of the semester. They can obtain a University Diploma in French Studies (DUEF), which is worth 30 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). Our Language Centre is a member of ADCUEFE (Association of French Language Centres in French universities). The University Diploma in French Studies is recognized by all ADCUEFE members. Fees for 2016-17 : 1 semester : € 1350, including € 600 for pre-registration. 2 semesters: € 2570, including € 900 for pre-registration. For enrolment, a cheque of € 600 for one semester or € 900 for two semesters must be sent to the Language Centre (SdL) together with the application form. The amount can be paid by international banking transfer, too. Session 1: September 12, 2016 to December 16, 2016 (1 * Welcome Week of September 5 to 9 September 2016, a placement test * Thursday, September 8, 2016 and 3 day holiday from October 26 to October 28, 2016). Session 2: January 23, 2017 May 12, 2017 (1 * host week of January 16 to 20 January 2017 a placement test * Thursday, 19 January 2017 and 2 weeks vacation from February 20 to 24 February 2017 and April 10 to April 14, 2017). [-]

Summer courses

Summer course

Campus Full time June 2017 France Avignon

Development of French language skills, in connection with the Theatre Festival of Avignon. [+]

Summer course "French and Theatre" from June to July 2017. Development of French language skills, in connection with the Theatre Festival of Avignon. Program Minimum level required: Elementary (A2). The course is not suitable for beginners. A specific programme can be offered to a group of beginners, please contact us. French language classes: 30 hours Students are tested then placed into groups depending on their level. Both oral and written skills are covered, after a needs analysis based on the initial placement tests. A range of communicative activities, connected with the Theatre Festival, are carried out (vox pops, interviews, creative writing), as well as an introduction to the theatre plays planned in the cultural programme. Theatre workshop: 15 hours Voice and movement, improvisation, then work from texts. The workshop will lead to a performance, which will conclude the course. French Theatre History: 5 hours In connection with the shows planned in the theatre programme. Visits and Excursions: Guided tour of Avignon, visit of the Popes Palace and the famous bridge "le Pont d'Avignon". One-day excursion in the heart of the Provence is also included. Validation: Course completion certificate. 7 ECTS credits (upon request and subject to regular attendance). Costs 2016: €660 for students under age of 28 (deadline October 1st, 1989); €810 for other applicants. [-]


Université d'Avignon

Address Rue Louis Pasteur 74
84000 Avignon, France
Phone +33 4 90 16 25 00