History of CCFS

Founded in 1919, The Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS), are affiliated with the Robert de Sorbon Foundation, a non-profit association recognized as being of public utility since 2009. Every year, the CCFS welcome students from all over the world , all eager to deepen their knowledge of the French language and French culture. Our institution offers various French language teaching programs, thus contributing to the dissemination of French culture on a global scale.

CCFS attracts students from nearly 160 nationalities, including from Asia and America, providing a rich international experience. Close to the prestigious Sorbonne University, the CCFS offer high-quality teaching which has been rewarded with the FLE (French as a Foreign Language) quality label. This label, awarded by France Education International, recognizes the added value of the linguistic offering and services offered by the CCFS.

Located in the heart of Paris, CCFS offer an ideal environment for complete immersion in French language and culture. Learning French goes hand in hand with the discovery of France and its heritage, in the prestigious setting of the Sorbonne.

In 2023, with their long experience, the CCFS continue to play a major role in learning French and discovering French culture and civilization.

CCFS courses


The lessons offered by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne are characterized by their richness and diversity. International students therefore have the opportunity to take general or intensive French courses, or to opt for a course combining the learning of French language and discovery of civilization. The CCFS also offer specialized courses devoted to business French, a course that can also be accompanied by a series of conferences. University French courses, in the form of “prépa master”, help students getting ready for pursuing higher studies. CCFS offer different options including online courses, evening courses or summer courses in order to better adapt to the schedule of registrants.


As an approved exam center, the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne allow students to take several French exams that comply with the criteria of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). International students who wish to formalize their level in French can thus take the DELF B1, DELF B2 and DALF C1, with the CCFS also offering preparation for obtaining these diplomas. It is also possible to register to the CCFS to take the Test de Connaissance du français (TCF) as well as the TCF IRN which facilitates administrative procedures (residence permits and naturalization)

  • The Cours de Civilisation française de la Sorbonne (CCFS) welcome students from all over the world who wish to learn the French language and civilization.
  • The Cours de civilisation française de la Sorbonne was founded in 1919 with a main goal: contributing to peace between peoples by supporting student exchanges.
  • The institution offers several co-diplomas in partnership with other higher education establishments which also stand out for their prestige and the quality of their teaching, as well as preparatory classes which allow you to integrate these partner establishments.
  • The Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne offer various trainings, simple or intensive depending on each person's objectives - up to 25 hours of lessons per week - each taking place in over more or less extended durations
  • The Robert de Sorbon Foundation is an emblematic academic institution located in the heart of Paris. Its rich history dates back to the 13th century when Robert de Sorbon, a priest and theologian, decided to create a house of studies for the city's poor students.


Le secrétariat sera exceptionnellement fermé le jeudi 6 juin.

The secretariat will be exceptionally closed on Thursday, June 6. 

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 :

+ épreuve orale
+ épreuve écrite

Le 31 janvier et le 28 février :