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University Diploma in French Studies : DUEF

The semester courses of the Diplôme Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (DUEF) are general French language courses. The courses are full-time and include several levels of instruction. 

The objectives of the DUEF are to master the French language orally and in writing, to discover French culture, but also to prepare for enrolment at university for subsequent academic studies.

  • Prerequisites

    This course is for all non-native French-speakers who wish to improve their French skills and who holds a French baccalaureate diploma (secondary school diploma) or equivalent.

  • Course period

    The courses are taught by teachers with university degrees in French as a foreign language (FLE). Students at each level take an exam at the end of the semester to obtain a University Diploma in French Studies.

    • 2 sessions each academic term (session 1: from September to December; session 2: from February to May),
    • 205 hours of class per session
  • Prices

    • For one session (1 semester): 1500 €
    • For the complete academic year (2 semesters): 3000 €
    • University fees (set by ministerial order): 170 € whereof 34 € are for the university library.
  • Application process

    For the September to December 2024 session, applications must be made on the E-candidat platform between March 15 and June 30, 2024.

    To help you submit your application, please consult the E-candidate guide :

    Tutoriel E-candidat

    The following supporting documents will be requested:

    • A copy of your ID.
    • A recent ID photo
    • A copy of your birth certificate and the French translation of it.
    • A copy of your secondary school diploma as well as the translation into French.
    • a copy of your high school transcript as well as the translation into French.
    • a copy of your language test results (optional)
    • Your CV.
    • Your application letter (motivation for applying).

    For further information, please contact celfe @

    Please note: If your application is successful, your registration will only be possible if a group of your level is open.

  • Start of courses and orientation

    • session 1 starts at the beginning of September
    • session 2 starts at the beginning of February


    At the beginning of each session, the French Language Centre for Foreigners and the International Welcome desk organise three orientation days to help new students settle in and get off to the best start possible.

    The orientation programme includes

    •  A welcome breakfast for all international students at UA
    •  Start-of-semester meetings
    •  Campus discovery tours of the Belle-Beille and Saint Serge campuses
    •  A discovery tour of Angers city and a conference on "Living in Angers"
    • Social get-togethers in Angers with other international students
    •  A course in how to use the University's digital tools (Teams, Moodle, ENT)
    •  An International Welcome Fair where international students can get help with their administrative formalities, take part in games and meet other students.


    DUEF students also have access to all the university's facilities and services: university libraries, university sports centre (with free sport), university medical service, university dining halls, wifi, a culture pass that gives access to concerts, theatres, etc. at preferential rates, a buddy system to meet local students as well as cultural activities, discovery day trips and an entire team dedicated to helping foreign students settle in and integrate. 

Facts and Figures

83% success rate. 6 specialised full-time teachers. More than 8 out 10 students satisfied. On the Belle Beille campus. Orientation and cultural programme. Preferential rates for partner institutions.


celfe @
+33(0)2 44 68 86 45 (DUEF / DUP)

+33(0)2 44 68 86 53 (DELF / DALF)

Postal address
Direction de l'International
La Passerelle
2 rue Lakanal
49045 Angers Cedex 01

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Students with disabilities, visble or not, can contact the Disability Support Centre for support and ajustments of their courses, exam conditions, as well as personal and technical assistance.

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