COURS DE CIVILISATION
FRANÇAISE DE LA SORBONNE

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The Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS) depend on the Robert-de-Sorbon Foundation, recognized as being of public utility since 2009. Its main mission is to contribute to the influence of French culture around the world through the teaching of civilization and French as a foreign language. Created in 1919, the CCFS today have century-old expertise and constitute a renowned institution dedicated to French as a foreign language (France langue Etrangère, FLE).

Mainly attended initially by an American public, the CCFS today brings together nearly 160 nationalities with a strong presence of the Chinese, American, German, English, Brazilian, Korean, Spanish, Japanese, Polish, Russian and Swedish nations. Around 5,000 students attend the establishment annually.

Testimonials

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Professor of practical courses and French civilization…

Liliana Forero

Student at CCFS
“I like the courses offered by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne…”

Vester Smith

Vester, a student from Arkansas, USA, tells us more about his experience with the Cours de civilisation française de la Sorbonne. 

A Reference Institution since 1919

FLE quality label

Français Langue Etrangère – French as a Foreign Language – Quality label awarded 3 stars to the CCFS (maximum score)

A century-old expertise

The CCFS rely on an original and rigorous pedagogy, combining French language courses, phonetics and civilization conferences.

An exceptional study environment

Located in the heart of the 7th arrondissement of Paris, the CCFS welcome students in the superb Vogüé hotel.

State-of-the-art educational equipment

The institution is equipped with the latest technologies (interactive boards, latest generation LMS, connected phonetics laboratory, etc.).

Optimal class numbers

Based on language structures and interactivity, CCFS pedagogy requires small numbers.
Indicative average numbers:
Intensive and phonetics courses: 10
Language courses: 14

+160 nationalities

Since 1919, the CCFS have trained nearly 500,000 students from more than 160 different nationalities.

Academic Expertise

étudiants CCFS

All lessons taught within the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne meet the requirements of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Language courses take place in small groups led by qualified and experienced teachers. They allow you to acquire progressive mastery of French in all its components, both written and spoken. An approach to literary texts is also proposed.

Phonetics courses taking place in laboratories are specific to different mother tongues, their goal being to improve pronunciation, comprehension and oral expression. Teachers specializing in applied linguistics have students work individually in a language laboratory.

Conferences related to French civilization conferences designed by eminent specialists allow students to deepen their knowledge of French society and culture, while perfecting their oral understanding of the French language.

Prestigious Academic Partnerships

The institution offers several partnerships with other higher education establishments, as well as preparatory classes that enable students to join these partner establishments. These prestigious agreements stand out for the quality of their education and correspond to a unique offering in the FLE (French as a Foreign Language) market.

The CCFS also have agreements with numerous international universities and welcome hundreds of international students from these partnerships each year. The institution also maintains close relations with cultural offices or education departments of foreign embassies in France, a joint work which reinforces the effectiveness of the linguistic and cultural lessons offered within the framework of the CCFS.

Live in Paris

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Cours intensif

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Le secrétariat sera exceptionnellement fermé le jeudi 23 mai.

The secretariat will be exceptionally closed on Thursday, May 23. 

Information sur la session de printemps 2024

L’inscription à la session de printemps (rentrée du 5 février 2024) est encore possible jusqu’au 2 février, sous réserve de places disponibles.

Les étudiants souhaitant s’inscrire sont invités à se rendre directement au bureau des admissions de l’institution, ouvert du lundi au vendredi de 9h30 à 16h30.
Ils doivent s’assurer de disposer d’un visa valide.

L’inscription en ligne pour cette session n’est plus possible sur ce site.

Information regarding the 2024 spring session

Registration for the spring session (starting on February 5, 2024) is still possible until February 2, subject to availability.

Students wishing to register are invited to go directly to the institution’s admission office, open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
They must ensure they have a valid visa.

Online registration for this session is no longer available on this website.

Dates des prochains examens TCF

Les prochaines sessions d’examen TCF auront lieu dans les locaux de l’institution aux dates suivantes :

Le 30 janvier et le 27 février :

TCF TP SOS’INSCRIRE
TCF TP SO
+ épreuve orale
S’INSCRIRE
TCF TP SO
+ épreuve écrite
S’INSCRIRE
TCF TP SO completS’INSCRIRE

Le 31 janvier et le 28 février :

TCF IRNS’INSCRIRE