History & Humanism

A historic institution, a century ensuring the promotion of French language around the world

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. Acting at the time within the framework of the Société des Amis de l’Université de Paris (Society of Friends of the University of Paris) created in 1899, the CCFS contributed to ensure the influence of French higher education.

In 2009, the CCFS were placed under the direction of the Robert de Sorbon Foundation which is recognized as being of public utility. A new legal reorganization in 2021 finally gave birth to the subsidiary “Sorbon Langue Française”, the Cours de civilisation française de la Sorbonne now constituting an SAS, “Société à mission”.

History of the CCFS: an institution shaped by its humanism roots

The Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne were founded in 1919, a year which also saw the birth of the CIUP (Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris); just like the later, the CCFS aimed to promote the re-establishment of fraternity between peoples by supporting international student exchanges. The Society of Friends of the University of Paris, under whose leadership the CCFS were created, has distinguished itself over time by prestigious representatives: the Presidents of the Republic Jean-Casimir Perier and Raymond Poincaré, the Nobel Peace Prize Winer René Cassin to name a few

After the division of the University of Paris in 1970, the structure became the “Society of Friends of the Universities of Paris”, an association under the law of 1901 recognized as being of public utility. In 2009, it underwent a new transformation to give birth to the Robert de Sorbon Foundation. Finally, in 2021, the Sorbon Langue Française subsidiary enabled the French civilization courses at the Sorbonne to be counted among the companies with a mission as defined by the PACTE law. An opportunity to affirm its will to promote the teaching of the French language and civilization.

The Institution today

The structure now brings together around 60 employees, including forty teachers on permanent contracts and a group of temporary teachers. Teachers must have at least a master’s degree, although some have obtained a doctorate.

In addition, the institution is distinguished by the labeling procedures which confirm the quality of the courses offered by the CCFS: since its first application, it has had all the stars awarded under the various headings of the Quality label FLE – Français Langue étrangère, French as Foreign language – issued by France Education International. The CCFS also has the “Qualiopi” label addressing continuous training. Last but not least, the institution is a member of ADCUEFE, which brings together French university structures teaching French as a foreign language.


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 :