Inalc'ER Program - Refugee Students



The objective of the Inalc'ER/DU Passerelle  program is to offer French language training to refugee or asylum-seeking students wanting to enroll in one of our degree programs (bachelor's in foreign and regional languages, literature and cultures -  LLCER). Since our undergraduate courses—in particular the cultural studies courses are taught partly in French, the program allows students to improve their level of French over a preparatory year, while also using their native language in some courses.

Who is eligible? When does the program start? What opportunities does the program lead to?

Target participants: Refugee or asylum-seeking students.
Academic level required: School leaving qualification (equivalent of the baccalauréat)
Level of French required: B1 level of the CECRL (with proof if possible)
Level of English required: A2 level of the CECRL  (with proof if possible) 

If you’re not sure of your level in French, you can try this online test:
If you’re not sure of your level in English, you can try this online test:

The program will accept twelve refugee or asylum-seeking students. It starts in september 2020 and will last 2 semesters of thirteen weeks each. Courses are intensive from September to June 2020  and students must be able to commit to attending over this period. 

Following this year, students who have met various requirements (level of French and attendance) will be able to join one of our regional bachelor’s programs in September 2021 while benefiting from French courses (Level B2 to C1). This will give them the opportunity to specialize and earn a degree in one of the languages and cultures taught at Inalco, and/or to apply for the second year of one of our professionally-focused programs (international business, intercultural communication, language teaching, international relations, multilingual natural language processing). They can then go on to graduate study in one of our six master’s concentrations.

Please note: there are other university programs available for refugees. Information can be found on Facebook: Studies in France for refugees.  

How is the program organized?

September 2020 to June 2021:
  •  9 hours of French classes per week
  •  3 to 4 hours of classes in the course related to the student’s native language
  •  Workshops on French language and culture
  •  Professionnal training (writing a CV, etc)
  •  English
  •  Choir (optional)
September 2021 to June 2022:
  •     Enrolment in the first year of one of Inalco’s Language and Culture bachelor’s programs
  •     4 to hours of French tutoring (Level B2 to C1)

How do I apply?

Phase 1: Applications (from 25th May 2020 to 26th June 2020)

Required documents to download on:
You must choose the program "DU Passerelle" 

(If you have difficulties to access the website or to download the documents please contact
  • A résumé in French
  • A cover letter written in French
  • Copy of an identity document (refugee card or residence card or receipt of a refugee status application or any other, etc.)
Documents to provide if possible:
  • Results of a test or a diploma in French as a foreign language (TCF, TEF, DELF, or other)
  • School leaving qualification (official translation in French or English)
  • Higher education qualification and/or transcript (official translation in French or English)
  • Highest degree earned abroad (official translation in French or English)

 Candidates receive pre-selection results by email during July
  • If your application has been unsuccessful at this stage, the process ends here. 
  • f your application has been accepted at this stage, you will be invited to interview with a French test