More about the CCFS

Study French language and culture in an exceptional setting and prestigious institution

The Cours de civilisation française de La Sorbonne (CCFS), which is part of the Robert de Sorbon Foundation, is an independent higher education provider. It hosts students from around the world to learn French language and civilization in the heart of Paris. With its academic heritage, it provides innovative teaching reflecting current demand.

A century of promoting the French language

The CCFS was founded by the University of Paris’s Society of Friends, which was itself founded in 1899, in 1919. Then unique in the world, it aimed to contribute to La Sorbonne’s international renown. The CCFS

is now part of the Robert de Sorbon Foundation, which was approved by the Prime Minister on 14 May 2009 and is named after Robert de Sorbon, La Sorbonne’s founder in 1257.

In central Paris, a fully modernized historic centre of learning

The site is located at 141 rue de Saussure in the 17th arrondissement</em<.

All the classrooms have interactive whiteboards (IWB). The language laboratories have the latest facilities. Comprehensive services make life easier for students.

Innovative teaching

Throughout the year, the CCFS provides specialist teaching, which is unique in France, meeting the requirements of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

A team of enthusiastic and experienced teachers

The CCFS has over fifty senior, qualified and experienced teachers. The teaching is organized so that language lessons are given by grammar specialists and phonetics lessons by experts in applied linguistics. Lectures on literature, history, history of art and contemporary society supplement the programmes. The inclusion of culture and civilization in French language learning is what sets the institution apart.

The courses

The CCFS hosts students, from absolute beginners to teacher level, who want to learn French and gain an understanding of French culture. It also provides specialist modules and preparation for internationally recognized tests and exams (TCF, DALF, DELF, DFP, etc.) facilitating university admissions.

The Exam Centre

Preparing for and gaining official, internationally recognized certification in French

The CCFS is an exam centre for official qualifications: TCF, DELF B1 and B2 and DALF C1. It’s also an exam centre for Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP).

Specific exam preparation programmes are available to students.

Specialist teaching helps the candidates revise and prepare to maximize their chances of success.


Intensive education embracing Parisian culture

The CCFS guarantees the quality of its teaching via:

  • a placement test ensuring that students join the right level class
  • individual supervision by a teacher leading the entire session, alone or in collaboration with a colleague, with the pair taking different approaches
  • an educational and administrative team receptive to every student

This quality of teaching has been recognized by the Qualité FLE label issued by France Education International (formerly CIEP).

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