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The international center for french studies (CIEF)

Customized courses

The CIEF is able to organize courses on request to meet special needs. Please consult us for further information. 

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  • Linguistic tuition

    Development of advanced linguistic skills practice designed for foreign students registered at the University of Burgundy, particularly adapted to the needs of students and researchers wishing to improve their knowledge of French.


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  • Semester Courses


    The CIEF offers semester courses throughout the year: Summer (June to September), Fall (October to January), and Spring (February to May).
    These courses are designed for beginners as well as for all those wishing to extend and improve their knowledge of French.

    General Organization

    Each semester lasts 15 weeks. The first week begins with an orientation test to determine students’ level, and continues with guided tours of the university campus and the town, as well as excursions, conferences and cultural activities. Classes are held over 13 weeks. The final week is set aside for examinations.

    Organization of teaching

    Levels : Beginners to Advanced
    The courses follow the levels defined by the Council of Europe :

    • A: Basic User
    • B: Independent User
    • C: Proficient User

    Number of hours: between 17 and 22 each week (depending on the level and the options followed)

    • Language classes and workshops (compulsory at all levels)
    • Lectures on subjects of general cultural interest (compulsory for diploma courses)
    • Optional courses
    • University courses in different Faculties of the University of Burgundy (during the fall and spring semesters)

    The language classes and workshops use up-to-date language-learning methods and original documentary material.
    Students are provided with full details of the lectures and optional courses at the beginning of each semester. Subjects include : History, Literature, Philosophy, Economics, Politics, Art ...

    Workshops and cultural activities

    A program of social and cultural activities is organized providing a complement to classroom learning :

    • French songs,
    • Drama,
    • Films,
    • University clubs...

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  • Teacher's seminars

    The courses are designed for teachers of French as a foreign language, both native and non-native speakers, who are confronted with different situations (classes of varying ability, second-language learning, adult learners, French for special interests).

    The seminars offer the study of a variety of methods, including the most up-to-date approaches, as well as teaching materials and aids.

    Each seminar is organized around a week of classes with lectures, workshops and round tables. A program of cultural and leisure activities is also available (guided visits, excursions, films, entertainments)


    Choice of seminars :

    • FFL Methodology
    • Teaching Material Production
    • IT and the FFL class
    • French in the Media


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  • Intensive academic year courses

    These are intensive courses and designed for non-native French speakers wishing to learn or improve their knowledge of French.

    General organization

    An orientation test on the first day of the session determines the level of each student who is then placed in the appropriate group. All classes begin on the second day. Classes take place from Monday to Friday on the campus of the University of Burgundy.

    Organization of teaching

    Number of hours: between 17 and 22 each week (depending on the level and the options followed). Tuition includes language classes and workshops, lectures on subjects of general cultural interest, and a variety of optional courses. Teaching is based on up-to-date language-learning methods and original documentary material bringing students into contact with French life and culture.


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