Sorbonne French courses: what it is, how to register, requirements, how to get a student visa, pre-registration, payment, key dates... Find out how to learn French and work in Paris
Come to Paris to study French at la Sorbonne
Sorbonne French courses are provided by an institution with private status known as “Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne”.
Students are selected upon arrival and attend French language courses designed to improve their knowledge of the French language and French civilization. Practical classes and phonetics lessons allow students to learn the basics of the French language or to improve their French. Course levels at the institution are classified in accordance with the European reference framework (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2).
Additional courses are available (written expression, spoken expression); special preparation for Diplomas recognized on the national territory such as the DELF (diploma in French language studies) and the DALF (diploma in advanced French language studies), special preparation for the advanced-level TCF (French knowledge test), available separately or combined with: the DAP(Preliminary Admission Application). An introduction to Business French allows interested students to sit the exams available at the Paris Chamber of Commerce.
Sorbonne French courses : How to register ?
The French language courses ‘requirements are :
- Students must be older than 18.
- Students must have obtained a diploma equivalent to the “baccalauréat” (except for Summer courses).
- Students must have a residence permit & visa. Those planning to study in France for a period of more than 3 months shall request before they leave a ‘student’ long-term visa to the consular authorities.
To obtain a visa, students must:
- Get a “Preregistration application” (http://www.ccfs-sorbonne.fr/Preinscription/inscription_cours.html?lang=en).
- Return the copy of the official translation of their secondary school certificate (or a university diploma) by fax (+ 33 1 44 07 97 14), e-mail (scan of the diploma - ) or postal mail , to Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, 47 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris, France (English, Spanish, German, or Portuguese diploma don’t need to be translated).
- A pre-registration certificate will be sent back to them so that they can apply for a visa before the French Consulate or Embassy from their home country.
- To facilitate administrative formalities, students should ensure that they come to France with an original copy of their birth certificate translated into French by a certified translator. Translations are costly and the deadlines long.
Sorbonne French courses : pre-registration
Pre-registration must be completed at least one month before the beginning of the courses:
- It does not guarantee the issuance of a visa
- It is not a reservation. There’s no way to book a place in advance. Students have to be physically present at the secretariat of “Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne” during the registration period to be sure to have a place. Any reasonable delay must be notified to the secretariat.
Sorbonne French courses : payment
The pre-registration can be done online (http://www.ccfs-sorbonne.fr/Preinscription/inscription_cours.html?lang=en) but also directly in the secretariat at the Sorbonne (16 bis rue de l’Estrapade).During the pre-registration process, students have to pay a minimum amount or the whole amount of the session(s) or course(s) total amount they choose.
The minimum amount may vary without notice. The pre-registrations are refunded only in case of the refusal of visa deliverance by the Consulate or the Embassy. In this case, Students have to send a proof of the refusal (stamp or refusal letter). No other reason will entitle to get a refund from pre-registration.
Sorbonne French courses : completing registration
To complete their registration, students just have to go to the Course Secretary’s office (16 bis rue de l’Estrapade), in the early registration period with:
- the translation of their secondary school diploma
- a copy of their pre-registration certificate
- their visa
Sorbonne French courses : opening hours
Opening hours of the office are:
Monday to Friday, 10am-12am and 2pm-4pm
Sorbonne French courses: key dates
Winter semester 2013 is the first semester in the academic year, and students who so wish may continue their immersion in French culture during the Spring semester. There is also a summer session (course lasting for to 11 weeks) and an Autumn session allowing students who so wish to resume their studies in their home country as early as January.
Key dates of the winter semester (4 months of classes, from October to January):
- Autumn Session 2013
Practical courses: from Thurday, September 5 to Friday, November 29, 2013
Phonetics: from Monday, September 9 to Friday, October 4, 2013
Exams: from Saturday, November 30 to Thursday, December 5, 2013 (Written exam : Saturday, November 30)
- Semester winter 2013-2014
Practical courses: from Thursday, October 10, 2013 to Friday, January 17, 2014
Phonetics: from Friday, October 18, 2013
Conferences: from Monday, October 21, 2013 to Friday, January 10, 2014
Written Exam: Saturday, January 18, 20143
Oral exams: from Monday, January 20 to Friday, January 24, 2013
- Vacation and holidays
Winter holidays: from Friday, December 20, 2013 to Monday, January 6, 2014
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