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Learn French


For researchers, master students, doctoral students, and spouses

The Welcome Center has developed partnerships with two schools having the Qualité FLE (French as a Foreign Language) certification. These schools offer different study programs, each having attractive prices. Just choose the format which is best-suited for you.

The first partner offers free registration and access for reduced prices for partners as well.

Program 1: Two sessions a week of one’s choosing during the afternoon in an international class.

Tableau France Langue EN

Program 1 costs 20 € per week.

Program 2: 10 lessons per week at the end of the day (schedule to be determined).  This program is adapted to full-time employees and costs 110 € per week.


The second partner offers a 12% discount on each course, which is listed below:

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It’s also possible to have access to linguistic materials, conversation groups, or placement exams at the Language Resource Centers (CRL) of the University Nice Sophia Antipolis located at the different campuses:

Carlone (Faculty of Letters): Room H228

Trotobas (Faculty of Law): Room 426

École Supérieure du Professorat et de l’Éducation - ESPE Liégeard : Room 34

St. Jean d’Angely (ISEM and IAE): IAE, Room 3B16

Valrose Campus (Faculty of Science): Petit Valrose, Room 310

Pasteur: ED 11

Plaine du Var: Room BU


Conversation sessions in French are organized every month between January and May. These meetings in small groups of six to eight people are a chance to meet other expatriates and to be more comfortable with French. Don’t hesitate to ask the CRL for information about the dates of these sessions. The CRL asks 90 € to access their resources and participate in five conversation groups.

For master students and doctoral students: The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) offers numerous events to meet foreign students and has established a buddy system so that a French student can adopt a foreign one.  The Each One Teach One gatherings are organized to promote cultural exchange.
See this site for more information.


For researchers: Those working at the UNS, CNRS, INSERM, INRIA, or the Côte d’Azur Observatory (OCA) can take French classes for free from November until the end of April.  Foreigners working in a lab for a minimum of one year are the target group of these courses.  Sessions vary according to the different levels of French ability within the group, so that students can learn at their own pace.  Nevertheless, it is worth noting that regular attendance and industriousness are required for the classes, which are always given at the same time and place during the academic year.


Contact the Welcome Center team for more information.


For Children

The French state gives all children within its borders the right to an education. Your child can therefore learn French in school, but it’s also possible to take private courses.

The Welcome Center has an exclusive partnership with an organization offering French classes to all children, regardless of nationality.  The cost is 18 €/hour for a course with up to three participants and 12 €/hour for courses of four or more.  Groups have students of similar level and age so that learning is optimized.  Classes are aimed at children between 6 and 14 years old, but sessions are available for younger children just developing their language facility.  A module of between twenty and thirty hours is the minimum required to see an appreciable improvement in the language.  Classes can be planned on Wednesdays or according to the times suggested by the participants.  Intensive courses can also be offered during vacation periods.  Please contact the Welcome Center to register your children for these classes.


Learning Support


  • The language lab at the Louis Nucéra Library: For those with a library card, the language lab provides access to audio language courses for
    self-learning.  Don’t forget to take headphones since these aren’t provided by the library.


Bibliothèque Louis Nucéra
2 Place Yves Klein
06300 Nice
Telephone: 04 97 13 48 00


  • MOOC “Words of French as a Foreign Language”: This course contains learning videos hosted by university French teachers. The videos are completely free and are broadcast over the course of six weeks of instruction with exercises at the end of each video.

Click here to access the MOOC.

  • The Welcome Center also benefits from a partnership with a recreation organization in Nice, which offers language gatherings every Wednesday to meet other expatriates and to learn French. Membership is free for those sent by the Welcome Center. Don’t hesitate to contact us to profit from this benefit.