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 every academic year to assess their level.

For information about the enrolment procedure for 2017-2018 please click contact the secretaries' office (langues.sciences @

Employees from companies, unemployed people, private individuals and university staff must also contact the Service de la formation continue

Marie-Ange AUDU (marie-ange.audu @

Tel. 01 69 15 36 82

UFR Sciences - Service de la Formation Continue – Building 490

Rue Hector Berlioz – 91405 Orsay Cedex.


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). It is not possible, however, to start a language as a beginner in the 2nd Semester.

For languages other than English, please click here for information on registration for the academic year 2017-2018.


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.

Examinations organized by foreign cultural institutions

Students can also prepare the following:

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

- Spanish: exams run by the Instituto Cervantes.