Semester Course


Program Description

Organization and courses contents

The yearly courses at the CIEF are composed of 2 semesters of 13 weeks each.

The first semester (the winter semester) starts early September and ends just before Christmas. The second semester (the spring semester) starts mid-January to end mid-May.


The new students are, at their arrival, positioned after a written test and an interview with a teacher at an adequate level.

The CIEF offers 6 different levels (from A1 to C1) each composed of 16 to 18 hours of weekly courses, with at least 1 hour of autonomous work in the Languages Resources Centre (CRL), guided by a teacher-tutor.

The Language Resources Centre allows all the students an autonomous work, guided by the teachers of the CIEF and adapted to the needs of everyone.

Conditions of application and cancellation

  • To be of 18 years of age minimum.
  • To be in possession of a high school diploma (or an equivalent) and, for certain countries (like China), to be in possession of a University entrance exam.
  • To have paid a deposit fee (non-refundable) for the pre-application and to have paid for the remaining amount on the day of the final registration, usually on the first day at the CIEF.
  • In the case of cancellation, each application for reimbursement will be subject to a file (form to be taken at the office of the secretary) which will be submitted to the Direction of the CIEF and then to the President of the University.


Application materials and supporting documents to provide:

  • 2 passport color photographs,
  • 1 photocopy of the passport,
  • 1 photocopy of obtained diplomas (at least high school diploma required or equivalent) with their translations certified by a sworn traductor,
  • 1 description of the preparation courses or exams taken in the French Language,
  • 1 handwritten letter of motivation indicating, in particular, the University course selection and choice. Please also indicate if you are a complete beginner.
  • Registration form to be completed

Deadline to register for the first semester of the Academic year 2020-2021

  • For international students: Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 (for the 1st semester: courses from september 15th to January 29th).
  • For international students: Friday, November 13th, 2020 (for the 2nd semester: courses from February 1st to June 25th).

Exams and University diplomas

Continuous assessments and final exams are organized each semester. University diplomas are delivered as follows:

  • DUEF (Diplôme Universitaire d’Etudes Françaises) A1 - A2 - B1.1 - B1 - B2 - C1


A certain amount of classroom time is dedicated to each level to the preparation of the national diplomas DELF and DALF. One exam session is organized once a year usually in May.

Cultural and sports activities

Workshops (theatre, artistic practices, etc.) are available (for free) according to the semesters and the number of interested students.

Participation in cultural events is organized in the framework of the university in partnership with the structures of the city of Reims:

  • Welcome week
  • Film screenings at the Library
  • Students’ International Day

Numerous activities: physical, sportive and cultural are possible within the university structures:

  • SUAPS: University Department of Sports Activities
  • SUAC: University Department of Cultural Activities
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