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)




English is part of the general programme of all scientific courses and taught at all levels of the LMD system.

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.

Students are requested to come and take a placement test at the beginning of every academic year to assess their level.

Important information for languages OTHER THAN ENGLISH:

After enrolling with your scientific pedagogical secretary, students must then come to the Language Department to finalise their enrollment on a language course and take a placement test. 

Please note: it is not possible to start a Beginners class in the 2nd Semester.


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

Continuing in-house training - Formation continue

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

Sophie Vacher: (sophie.vacher @  01 69 15 36 81
UFR Sciences - Service de la Formation Continue – Building 490

Rue Hector Berlioz – 91405 Orsay Cedex.


The Language Department works in collaboration with Polytech'Paris-Sud, providing lessons for engineering students.
The languages taught in both the Cycle Préparatoire and Cycle Ingénieur are English (as an obligatory first language) and German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian or Russian (as an option).
For more information, please go to the Polytech'Paris-Sud website.


Please note, that as a university specialised in the sciences, no language diploma is issued by the University of Paris-Sud.