A good level of French is the first key to succeed in your engineering studies in France.

At Chimie ParisTech - PSL, international students take a placement test right after their admission to assess their oral and written French skills while they are still in their comfort zones in their home countries.

Before coming to Chimie ParisTech - PSL

Based on the results of the test, appropriate online language tools are offered, in order to help them improve their French language skills and, consequently, their future assimilation into French culture.

In addition, during summer, international students may take on-line 3 weeks intensive French courses.

At Chimie ParisTech - PSL

During the academic year, students are obliged to attend weekly French classes in groups corresponding to their levels and established according to the CEFRL (The Common European Frame of Reference for Languages). During the French courses, emphasis is placed on 1) practicing reception, production, interaction, and mediation activities to enable international students to take full advantage of and participate in their scientific courses and on 2) communicating with French students and thus integrating into the life of the School and French society. Cultural and culinary excursions are also organised to allow exploring French culture. The students have also access to the School’s Moodle platform where various linguistic and cultural resources are available.

In addition to French classes given by professional well-qualified FLE teachers, international students are also invited to participate in French Speaking Workshops given by their French mates. The workshops, composed of 3 international students and a French mate, create a space where both linguistic and intercultural skills can be developed.

If international students wish to improve their public speaking or team-building skills, they can also attend a French acting group organised for them by their French peers.

At the end of their studies, French language skills of international students are assessed using external and internal evaluation tools. The courses aim at making students gain a C1 level.