Intensive summer courses: July, August and September


This programme is aimed at all international students including adults, technicians and researchers… regardless of their level of French, who wish to:
  • acquire and improve their skills in spoken and written French
  • and/or prepare for DELF and DALF examinations.


The ILCF teaches students in groups (of 18 to 24 students) according to their level: Complete beginner > A1 Breakthrough > A2 Waystage > B1 Threshold > B2 Vantage > C1 Effective Operational Proficiency > C2 Mastery


Courses are oriented towards the development of oral and written expression and comprehension skills. Achievement of autonomy in the use of French requires the acquisition of grammar, vocabulary and specific aspects of French culture. A variety of linguistic activities are offered to students and involve the use of specific methods, exercise books and real-life documents: press, adverts, cartoons, written texts, videos… The courses require students to participate on an active basis.


The intensive programme includes 80 hours of teaching each month. The courses are taught on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the mornings and/or afternoons. Wednesdays are set aside for cultural activities and outings organised by the coordinators. Some cultural activities are also held in the evening.
  • Levels A1.1 to B1: :
80 hours of common curriculum Education certificate: French Language and Culture Certificate
  • Level B2:
64 hours of common curriculum + 16 hours of selected civilisation modules Education certificate: French Language and Culture Certificate

Course length

1 month: 80 hours over 4 weeks: July, August or September
2 months: 160 hours over 8 weeks: July, August and/or September
3 months: 240 hours over 12 weeks: July, August and September

Summer schedule 2019/2020

  • July : 1-28, 2020 / except July 15 (public holiday)
  • August : 3-28, 2020 / except August 15 (public holiday)
  • September : 1-25, 2020

Prices (including excursions)

Find the fees on our dedicated page: Dates and Prices

Level tests

On the first day of each session, students are required to take a test to evaluate their oral and written skills, so that they can be allocated to the correct group.


The training is completed by a Certificate of French language and culture in relation with The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECRL).
The following examinations can also be taken depending on the schedule: DELF, DALF, TCF, DFP Business B2, DFP Business C1, DFP Tourism and Hotel Management B1 , during studies at the ILCF, depending on the schedule.

Assessment and validation

Assessment method: continuous assessment
Programme validation: 9 university credits or ECTS.


A certificate of education and a student card will be issued at the start of the programme after receipt of the completed enrolment file and payment.


23, place Carnot
69286 Lyon Cedex 02