A2 Level in French, Sesame for access to studies in France?

A basic understanding of the French language

Within the framework of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Cadre européen commun de reference pour les langues), the A2 level corresponds to a basic use of the French language. People who attest to an A2 level in French are thus able to establish basic social relationships by exchanging everyday information, politeness and civilities.

A2 level in French guarantees all the basic skills that will allow you to evolve in a French-speaking environment: you will be able to take part in a conversation in a store, a bank or a post office for example. French language skills at this level give the learner a certain autonomy by allowing him to manage in public transports or taxi and to obtain daily essential informations.

In summary, A2 in French is demonstrated by a speaker’s ability to:

  • understand simple sentences and expressions encountered on a daily basis in the context of work, an exchange of personal information (identity, professions, etc.) or in public places in general
  • Communicate during simple and usual tasks
  • Be able to formulate immediate needs, to describe one’s environment

Is A2 Level designed for studying and/or living in France?

The A2 level in French is essential when applying for a residence card for the first time. There are two ways to justify a mastery at least equal to this level:

  • Pass a language test
  • Obtain a diploma attesting to a level in French at least equivalent to A2level, or sanctioning courses followed in French

As previously indicated, level A2 in French is a basic level: it is therefore insufficient if your goal is to pursue higher education in France.

Register to a higher education in France or in a French-speaking university requires a TCF ( “Test de connaissance du français” or French knowledge test) with a score of 400 points, a DELF (“Diplôme En Langue Française or Diploma in French language studies) B2 or a DALF (“Diplôme approfondi en langue française”, Advanced diploma in French)

As an examination center, the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne offer learners several preparation modules for DELF B2 or DALF C1 which will help them succeed to the exam – which can of course be taken within the CCFS

The French civilization courses at the Sorbonne also allow the passage of the TCF and the TCF on computer “IRN” (Integration Residence and nationality).

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Information sur la session de printemps 2024

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

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