Tests of and Degrees in French as a foreign language
To enroll in the first or second year of a program in a university (Licence 1 and 2) or school of architecture, international students (from outside the European Union) must follow the so-called preliminary admission procedure, known as DAP. As part of their DAP application, they must demonstrate their level of French proficiency by passing a language test (TCF-DAP or TEF) or by earning a degree (DELF/DALF).
For enrollments in the third year of university study (Licence 3), in a Master’s program, (Master 1 and 2), in a Doctoral program, or in third year of DNA, DNSEP, no uniform requirement applies. Each institution is free to set its own criteria for French proficiency. You should definitely check the “prerequisite” tab of each online CampusArt program order to know the level of French required by the institution.
Warning: if your French is not the asking for their chosen course level, CampusArt team can not validate your application.
Tests in French
The “TCF” and “TCF-DAP”
These are tests of general language proficiency used by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. They are made up of mandatory and optional components. The TCF-DAP was especially designed for use with the DAP process (admission to first year of university study). It includes the mandatory portions of the TCF plus a test of reading comprehension.
The TCF is administered in 629 approved centers in 129 countries.
The TEF is a test developed by the Paris chamber of commerce and industry. It measures test-takers’ knowledge of general French through the 100-question QCM component, in addition to two supplemental tests, one written, one oral.
The TEF can be taken in 400 centers in about 100 countries.
Degrees in French
The “DELF” and “DALF”
The DELF (basic diploma in the French language) and DALF (advanced diploma) are granted by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
The DELF and DALF curricula are broken down into six separate levels, each of which corresponds to a specific degree of proficiency. The DELF is awarded to candidates who pass the first four levels. Candidates who go on to complete the last two levels are awarded the DALF.
Exemptions from requirements
Applicants who meet one of the following criteria may be exempted from the requirement that they demonstrate their
proficiency in French:
• Holders of the French baccalauréat, the international or European baccalauréat, and the Franco-German baccalauréat;
• Nationals of states where French is the official language: Benin, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte dʼIvoire,
Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Repubic of CongoSenegal, and Togo;
• Nationals of multilingual states where French is one of the official languages: Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African
Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Haiti, Madagascar, Mauritania (except for students in the Arabic-language
curriculum), Rwanda, Seychelles, Switzerland, and Vanuatu. In order to be excused from taking the TCF-DAP, applicants
must have completed all of their secondary education in a French-language institution;
• Students graduating from bilingual programs in which French was one of the languages;
• Nationals of states in which final examinations for graduation from secondary school are conducted primarily in French;
• Applicants participating in a program governed by an intergovernmental accord or interuniversity agreement;
• International recipients of scholarships from the French government, international organizations, or foreign governments
whose grants are administered by an approved French entity;
• Children of diplomats serving in France;
• In some cases, students enrolling in programs taught entirely in English
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Centers in France for the study of French as a foreign language
Whether you’re here for a short or long stay; whether you’re in Paris or one of France’s regions; whether you’re beginning your language study at square one or have very specific objectives—whatever your circumstances you’re sure to find a language center that can meet your needs.
Several years ago the French government began a program to award a label of quality to qualifying centers for the teaching of French as a foreign language operating within France. The “FLE Qualité” program identifies, recognizes, and promotes centers in which the consumer can be assured of receiving excellent language training.
Follow the link below to access a directory of all labelled programs, with descriptions of the levels and length of training that they offer. “FLE Qualité” programs are found all over France.
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