French Language and Culture Institute
Students must be at least 18 years old and be in possession of a diploma indicating completion of secondary school in his country except for the monthly and summer intensive programs.
Pre-enrolment - Student Visa
Pre-enrolment is obligatory in most countries in order to receive a student visa. You can send your pre-enrolment by internet. To confirm the pre-enrolment, please send the application by post with:
- A birth certificate translated in French (except intensive month and summer)
- A certified copy of the diploma indicating completion of secondary studies
- Two pictures
- Three stamps at 1€ delivered by post offices in France
- A deposit of 366 € for semester courses, 610 € for the academic year or term courses, 191 € for the intensive month courses and the summer sessions, (this down payment will be deducted from the total amount of enrolment fees. It will not be reimbursed in case of withdrawal).
As soon as a complete dossier is received, the ILCF will send you documentation attesting to your pre-enrolment. This will be needed in order for you to obtain your student visa.
Any student staying more than 3 months in France or wishing to benefit from student status must take the first administrative steps by addressing the French Embassy or French Consulate in his own country.
Beware ! The student visa can never be obtained in France. Sometimes it takes several months to obtain a visa.
If the visa is denied by the country of origin and if you provide us with the original of the official document attesting the refusal, the deposit will be reimbursed, less € 130 to cover administrative costs. This only takes place if the secretary is informed by a written document a maximum of 8 days following the level test. After this date, the corresponding sum for the payment of the courses would remaind the direct property of the ILCF.
In order to confirm enrolment, students must contact the department during the week which precedes placement tests. Students can also enroll in person if they satisfy administrative regulations and if places are still available.
The payment for the inscription should be made at the latest 15 days after the placement tests.
The ILCF will take of your OFII or resident card file as soon as you have completed your enrollment.
It's necessary to have a resident card in order to benefit from any loading assistance.
For further information you can equally consult the web site:
Since October 1st 1999, all foreign students under the age of 28 (with the exception of residents of the European Union) must subscribe to a medical insurance policy in France (the arrêté of 29th June in the Journal Officiel of 10th July 1999). The cost of this insurance is 207 € for 2012/2013.
Students from the European Union must provide the E-128 form (delivered in their own country). Therefore, students under 18 years old don't have to register for an insurance in their country of origin for their stay in France. For students over 28 years old, nothing changes.
Civil Liability Insurance
All French and foreign students have to apply to the civil liability insurance. The price is 4,88 euros for the academic year 2012/2013.
Students are required to pay a fee of 24€ for the membership to the University Library for the year 2012/2013. Their membership will provide them the entry into each University Libraries located in Lyon.
ILCF Lyon Students Council
Each year, students of the ILCF designate a representative from each group to create the "students Association". These representatives propose activities that all the students of the University can participate in. Fee : 6 € for the year 2012/2013.
Breech of contract
If the student decides to break the enrollment contract, the ILCF will not reimburse the tuition fees.