Intensive French Program

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Isefe offers 20 hours of class per week spread out over 3 trimesters (October to December, January to March, and April to June).

One lesson is equivalent to 50 minutes of actual class time.

Each student is placed in a group of no more than 18 students, and in function with their level.

Certain classes can be validated in ECTS CREDITS by the student’s home university.

​The educational program developed is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and follows an active and communicative teaching method ensured by our team of highly qualified instructors who hold advanced degrees in FLE.

For students who are pursuing classes all year, a French diploma from the Université de Savoie Mont- Blanc will be awarded based on their level and success with the final exam.

For more information, please check our student's handbook ...


                                           Academic year 2017-2018

 1st trimester   From 09/10/207 to 22/12/2017     Vacation from 30/10/2017 to 03/11/2017
 2nd trimester    From 08/01/2018 to 23/03/2018  Vacation from 12/02/2018 to 16/02/2018
 3rd trimester  From 26/03/2018 to 08/06/2018   Vacation from 07/05/2018 to 11/05/2018



For 1 trimester (10 weeks of class)                                 1300 euros

For 2 trimesters (20 weeks of class)                                2250 euros

​For 3 trimesters (30 weeks of class)                                3200 euros


Upon completion of this level the student is able to:

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have.
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


Upon completion of this level the student is able to:

  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


Upon completion of this level the student is able to:

  • Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


Upon completion of this level the student is able to:

  • Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

This level is required for acceptance into a French university.


Upon completion of this level the student is able to:

  • Understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • Express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


Upon completion of this level the student is able to:

  • Understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.