French Language

Welcoming beginner, intermediate, and advanced students of French

“In my university, we focus more on literature, so the Summer School was an occasion to learn more about political and sociological issues in France and the European Union while studying French.”  - Yingtong, China 

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French Language Track Overview

Students who choose to study the French language at the Summer School have the unique advantage of learning at one of France’s most prestigious universities while being immersed in the daily routines of life in Paris.

Students of the French language track take classes at one of six levels adapted to their knowledge of the French language. In assessing a student’s level, Sciences Po uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which places full beginners at level A1 and advanced students at level C2. Download an explanation of the CEFR levels (in English and French, PDF, 140Ko).

The coursework offered in the French language track is determined by a student's language level:

  • At every level of study, French language courses account for the majority of class time (at least 48 contact hours), allowing students to make maximum progress during their time at the Summer School. 
  • At the beginner levels, language learning is reinforced both through small-group tutorials and “real-life” activities such as Outdoor French classes that take language learning outside of the classroom and into the city. 
  • At the more advanced levels, students take a variety of classes designed to prepare them for study within the French education system, from methodology workshops to small thematic classes on topics related to the social sciences or the humanities. 
  • In addition, students at every level have access to Sciences Po lecture classes on topics in social sciences and the humanities taught in both English and French. Past lecture subjects have included French history, French politics, art history, and international relations. 

In partnership with the Alliance Française Paris Ile-de-France, Sciences Po offers those Summer School students who so desire the option to take the tests for the French Ministry of Education’s official Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF – levels up to B2) or Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF – levels C1 and C2). Please note that these exams will only take place during the July session.