Academic Year 2016-2017

The Language Department offers courses that are open to everyone (students, teachers, researchers, university staff) for the following languages:




French as a Foreign Language

Diploma in French as a Foreign Language (DU de FLE)





Students are requested to come and take a placement test at the beginning of the academic year which will assess your level.

For more information about the enrolment procedure for 2015-2016 please click hereor contact the secretaries' office.

Employees from companies, unemployed people, private individuals and university staff must also contact the following training department Service de la formation continue. Contact:

Marie-Ange AUDU

Email: marie-ange.audu @

Tel. 01 69 15 36 82

UFR Sciences - Service de la Formation Continue – Building 490

Rue Hector Berlioz – 91405 Orsay Cedex.

Students can also prepare examinations organized by the following foreign cultural institutions:

- German: exams run by the Goethe-Institut (Levels B1 to C1)

- Spanish: exams run by the Instituto Cervantes.

Courses for LMD students (LMD = Licence – Master – Doctorat/PhD)

English is part of the general programme of all scientific courses and taught at all levels of the LMD system.
English classes for beginners are organised for full-time university students.

Some scientific courses allow students to choose a different language other than English as their compulsory language or as an option (languages on offer: German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Chinese).
For these languages: click here for information on registration for the academic year 2015-2016.


The Language Department works in collaboration with Polytech'Paris-Sud, providing lessons for engineering students of the four specialist branches (electronics, computer science, materials engineering and optronics) which form part of the general training programme.
The languages taught in both the Cycle Préparatoire and Cycle Ingénieur are English (as a first language) and German, or Spanish (as a second language).
For more information, please go to the Polytech'Paris-Sud website.

Preparation for national concours (competitive exams PMCC and PMCP) and admission into Grandes Écoles / Engineering schools .

For students preparing concours B for Physics/Chemistry schools - PMCC (Préparation au Magistère et aux Concours d'entrée dans les écoles d'ingénieurs de Chimie) and PMCP (Préparation au Magistère et Concours de Physique) - the Language Department offers specific preparation lessons, individual practice sessions and mock written exams and orals.