Learn French outside college: Libraries, clubs, cafés


Cité internationale universitaire

The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP) is a very cosmopolitan place that welcomes students and researchers from all over the world. Located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, the CIUP offers an ideal environment for cultural exchanges and studies. Founded in 1925, this institution greets many international students every year,  promoting interculturality, social encounters and student life in general. Visiting the CIUP as a student will undoubtedly help you to create lasting bonds while practicing French.

Un café français

Un café Français addresses foreigners, especially international students, who wish to learn French in a fun and pleasant setting, which also benefits from the FLE quality label. Un Café français mainly relies on conviviality and offers different kinds of activities and workshops that can adapt to all schedules. An opportunity to learn French outside of universities in a friendly atmosphere, while discovering new cultural activities.

Bibliothèque Publique d’Information (Public information Library)

Part of the Centre Pompidou, the public information library is another Parisian  institution where students can  learn French language. In addition to many books and resources, the public information library offers self-training services dedicated to language learning: you can thus learn French (or any other language) by attending conversation workshops, or choose to use digital workshops. The BPI can also allow you to meet other international students and French speakers in order to develop your personal network.

Join a club

If you wish to learn French outside of college  or language schools, you can also choose to join one of the cultural/language associations around the capital. One of the most popular clubs is the Club international des jeunes à Paris, (international youth club in Paris) whose activities focus on cultural exchanges and social ties between French people and international students. Joining a club is an opportunity to enjoy concerts, theaters, museums and excursions in the heart of Paris in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Find the place that suits your taste!

These few examples do not exhaust the solutions available to you as part of your linguistic journey . Your stay in Paris should be an opportunity to explore and discover the capital, thus finding the places that correspond to your personal tastes and which will allow you to combine learning French, discovering French  civilization and meeting new friends.

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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 :