Courses in French as a foreign language are available at no charge on the Arras campus, provided by the International Relations Office and the Faculty of Letters and Arts, for foreign students on an exchange program.
The classes consist of grammar, culture studies and conversation and last an hour and a half, twice a week. The courses represent 30 hours of attendance per semester (including initial testing; sixteen and a half hours of classes; and final examinations). A minimum mark of 10/20 has to be achieved in order to be awarded 3 ECTS.
Participation in French as a Foreign Language courses is possible only for one semester (and validation of only 3 ECTS) - except in the case of failure in the final semester examinations, in which case authorization to attend a further semester will be granted.
To improve your French, or indeed learn another foreign language, whilst at Artois University, you are free to use the self-study facilities of the Language Resource Centre (CRL) and participate in oral practice workshops. There are also thematic workshops where a specific country - its language and culture - can be studied.
The Centre of Research and Higher Education at Lille University organizes several sessions of language tests: Tests de Connaissance du FranÃ§ais (TCF); DiplÃ´me d'Etudes en Langue FranÃ§aise (DELF); and DiplÃ´me Approfondi de Langue FranÃ§aise (DALF).
These examinations are open to everyone who does not have French nationality and who wishes to obtain a certificate attesting to their proficiency in the French language, either for personal or professional reasons.