University Diploma in French Studies

The DUEF is a university diploma (DU) that gives access to studies at UGA (from level B2) and which is recognized by all members of ADCUEFE *. When you get it, you are exempt from taking the other exams (DELF-DALF, TCF) to enter these universities.
At the CUEF, our semesters prepare you for 4 levels: B1, B2, C1 and C2.

* Universities of Angers, University of Caen, University of Franche-Comté, University of Grenoble Alpes, University of Lille, University of Lyon Lumière 2, Catholic University of Lyon, University of Montpellier 3, University of Paris Est-Créteil, University of Pau and the Adour lands, University of Poitiers, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, University of Rennes 2, University of Perpignan, University of Saint-Etienne, University of Strasbourg


Whether you are students in international mobility, in an exchange semester, applying for enrollment in a French university or simply an expatriate in Grenoble, this diploma is for you.
• Adult with no age limit
• Level B1 minimum


This course gives you the opportunity to:
• Acquire a CEFR language level (B1, B2, C1, C2) by taking an intensive language course every morning.
• Train yourself for your future academic life by taking university courses which will allow you to deepen your knowledge of French culture and society, politics, history, literature, etc.
• Immerse yourself in the French language and culture in our region of the Alps which is 1 hour from Lyon and 3 hours from Paris by train. We offer many field activities in connection with your lessons.

Assignment in groups

When you register for the first time, you take an online placement test which allows us to assign you to a group best suited to your level. If necessary, we add an oral interview to this test.

Educational approach

Classes are taught by qualified teachers.
The teaching aids are varied, and the themes are adapted to the level. The teaching methods used in class make you an actor of your learning (see syllabus).


If you pass the exams, you obtain a university diploma in French studies as well as a transcript of your grades. A certificate indicating the grades obtained in the language course (with mention of the CERCL level) is given to each student at the end of the semester.


  • Access: hold a foreign or French secondary school diploma.
  • Duration: 13 weeks + 1 week of exams.
  • Hourly volume:
    • B1: 18 hours per week or 234 hours over the semester
    • B2 to C2: 16 hours per week or 208 hours over the semester
  • General organization:
    • Mornings: language course
    • Afternoons: specialty courses and lexicon reinforcement
Published on  June 9, 2017
Updated onNovember 29, 2021