French as a Foreign Language - Higher education institution


In September 2006, the CIEP and the French Language and Civilization Courses of the Sorbonne (CCFS) signed a partnership agreement that led to the creation of the CIEP-Sorbonne Center.

The CIEP-Sorbonne Center is now the only center affiliated with the CIEP in Paris that is authorized to give the Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF, or French Knowledge Test).
Registration for TCF

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Coming to Paris

Organize your arrival in France in the best conditions.

Studying in Paris

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Our booklets


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Booklet - Summer 2014
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Booklet - Autumn 2014





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Booklet - Winter 2014 / Spring 2015





How to register for Courses

To confirm your enrollment, simply go to the CCFS secretariat in our Raspail Centre (214 boulevard Raspail) after the start of the enrollment period (Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:40 p.m.) with:

  • the translation of your high school diploma
  • the copy of your pre-enrollment certificate (...)

Terms and Conditions (...)

1. Application of the terms and conditions of enrollment

These terms and conditions of enrollment are (...)


Online Pre-registration

Perform pre-registration safely by clicking the button below:

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Pre-registration “paper version”

If you are unable to pay your pre-enrollment fees by bank card, please download the following documents (...)



Consult the status of your pre-registration

Log in to consult the status of your transaction (...)

Administrative aspects...

You must have a residence permit that covers a period longer than the duration of your program.

Nationals of European Union countries as well as Switzerland, Iceland and Norway only need a valid form of identification. For all other nationalities, a long-stay student visa is required for stays of more than three months. (...)


The French Language and Civilization Courses of the Sorbonne provide reception and housing assistance services for students and can offer different types of housing (rooms in private homes, studio apartments, rooms in dormitories).

The reception and housing assistance services (...)

Student health insurance

Signing up for the “Sécurité Sociale des Étudiants”

All foreign students staying in France for more than three months and who are enrolled in more than 20 hours of courses per week are REQUIRED to register for student social security cover.

Two mutual insurance companies are available (...)

Frequently Asked Questions

Are CCFS diplomas recognized?
Universities decide whether to validate the diplomas of the French Language and Civilization Courses of the Sorbonne.

Can I choose my schedule?
Depending on the level and available spots, students can state their preferences at the time of language and phonetics tests (...)

Student life

Map of CCFS courses

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Graduation ceremony

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Professor Monteil


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Rector Jean-Louis Boursin



Warning: our secretariat is closed for the Easter holidays, from April 11 to 28, 2014
Enrolment for the Summer Session take place from May 23, 2014 to May 30, 2014.
Note: no public reception is done at the Sorbonne, the reception of students is in our Raspail center (214, boulevard Raspail - 75014...

Testimony of former students

Mlle Jiwoon SHIN - Major de promotion 2010
Extrait de son discours de remise des diplômes
Si vous êtes ici aujourd’hui, cela signifie que vous êtes intéressés par la langue et la civilisation française, ainsi que l’indiquait l’intitulé de notre cours. Je me souviens mon premier jour ici. Au début, je cherchais juste à exprimer mes sentiments et mes pensées pour communiquer avec le monde extérieur. Mais une langue possède des fonctions bien plus complexes que celles de la simple communication. Elle contient une vision du monde propre à la nation qui la parle : les différences entre les langues ne se situent pas seulement...

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