General & Intensive French Summer Course (1 to 3 months)
E010 / E020 / E040 / E080

Cours d'expression orale


June, July, August


1, 2 or 3 months

Required levels



Yes from 20 hours per week

Summer courses at the Cours de Civilisation Français de la Sorbonne promote a quick acquisition of new linguistic skills including an in-depth exploration of grammar, vocabulary and conjugation. These courses provide a solid foundation, allowing students to express themselves with confidence orally and in writing. Summer courses are also designed to strengthen and perfect existing language skills. Students have the opportunity to work on the five essential language skills: speaking, understanding, reading, writing and interacting. General and intensive French courses place a strong emphasis on improving oral and written comprehension: students practice listening to a variety of content in French, from conversations to authentic audio recordings, and read diverse texts to refine their written comprehension. The main goal is to make students more comfortable when communicating in French. Summer courses aim to strengthen students’ ability to express themselves fluently in French through conversation training, discussions on various topics and writing texts. Students learn to express themselves coherently and convey their ideas with ease. In addition to these linguistic aspects, the summer courses offered by the CCFS allow students to explore subjects related to French culture and society. Students discover the richness of French cultural heritage, from traditions to the arts, including history. This program covers topics relevant to higher education, which is particularly beneficial for international students preparing for their future studies in France.

General and intensive French courses in summer are therefore a valuable opportunity for learners of all levels. They provide a solid foundation for beginners and build skills for intermediate and advanced students. These courses are designed to improve French proficiency at all levels, both oral and written, while exploring French culture. For those looking to improve their French, prepare for higher education in France, or simply enjoy an enriching summer experience, summer French courses are definitely an option to consider.

Course objectives

– Acquire new linguistic bases (grammar – vocabulary – conjugation) in order to be able to express yourself orally and in writing.
– Strengthen knowledge through in-depth work on the five skills (speaking, understanding, reading, writing, interacting).
– Improve oral and written comprehension, as well as the ability to express yourself fluently in French.
– Explore topics related to French culture and society, as well as other areas of interest related to higher education.

Detailed program

The French summer course is offered over 4 weeks with 2 levels of intensity: general and intensive.

The general level (totalling 50 hours over 4 weeks) includes:

– 10 hours of French lessons per week (total 40 hours) allowing students to progress in their mastery of French (grammar, conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts and press articles). This course also places great emphasis on written and oral expression.
– 1 hour of phonetics lessons per day for 2 weeks (total 10 hours) allowing students to improve their pronunciation, comprehension and expression.

The intensive level (total duration of 100 hours over 4 weeks) includes:

– 20 hours of French lessons per week (total 80 hours) allowing students to progress in their mastery of French (grammar, conjugation, spelling, vocabulary, approach to literary texts and press articles). This course also places great emphasis on written and oral expression.
– 5 hours of phonetics lessons with laboratory per week (total 20 hours).

For each of the 2 levels, the “French civilization conferences” option gives access to the entire program of French civilization conferences during the month.
Detailed information on French civilization conferences can be consulted here.


This one-month summer program represents an excellent transition between two academic semesters. It allows you to revise and deepen knowledge or effectively prepare for the targeted level for the following semester.

For beginner students, this program offers a great discovery of the language.

Validation of acquired knowledge

Continuous monitoring (regular evaluation of work and progress).
A language certificate is issued upon successful completion.
A certificate attesting to the number of course hours completed is issued at the end of the month.

Target audience

This course is aimed at foreign university students who come to Paris for exchange programs or short-term university studies and/or local university students in Paris.


You must be at least 18 years old and hold a diploma or certificate of completion of secondary education. Depending on the level chosen, you must also be in compliance with residence formalities (nationality, visa, residence permit, etc.).

Course materials

Course textbooks, audio and visual materials, workbooks, reading books, access to online resources, communication materials, cultural materials and materials for group activities.


Access to one-month summer courses does not require a visa.

The intensive French summer course (100 hours) meets the criteria for obtaining a student visa for students from outside the European Union.

Registration conditions

– Admission to the course is only final when payment is complete (at least one month before the start of the course) and after validation of the registration file.
– A registration certificate is issued after payment of a deposit and presentation of administrative documents (copy of identity document, translation of secondary school diploma, identity photo).
– A mandatory online placement test assigns a level to students before classes begin. An additional test may be requested from the student in certain specific cases.
– Registration is done online or directly at the admissions office of the institution by paying a deposit of 30% of the course price.
– An annual enrolment fee of 75 euros is applied upon registration.

Detailed information on registration procedures can be found here.

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Le secrétariat sera exceptionnellement fermé le mercredi 17 janvier.

The secretariat will be exceptionally closed on Wednesday, January 17th. 

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 :

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Le 31 janvier et le 28 février :