Posted by Ralph Kent on March 23, 2004 at 15:20:55:
In Reply to: Re: French universities posted by shonty on March 17, 2004 at 08:50:56:
I was looking into it; I live in France and am keen to study here on in Geneva. Geneva is "talking" about starting some courses in French and English which would be ideal for me, but they've been "talking" about it for some time. I think Lille is meant to be excellent, and also Paris, plus a few others (Lyon). Level of French required is DELF+, which is probably at least 6 months day-to-day usage equivalent. DELF in case you don't know is the internationally recognised standard of French language ability for non-French people. Universities will ask to see a copy your DELF certificate with your application form and some universities may insist on a "DALF" as well (the DALF comes after the DELF and is specific to a vocation - i.e. you would learn the technical language of architecture to pass the DALF). "A" = Advanced, "E" = Elementary. Interviews will be 100% French also. Am thinking of maybe starting off my architecture studies outside of France, continue working on my language and then come back maybe / sandwich a year in when I'm feeling more fluent.
Obviously you'll master French studying here, but you will need to be at a good level before - 6 months intensive language school should get you there, there are plenty of them across France and they are not expensive - work out around EUR4 per hour in classes of 12, which I have found very helpful at getting me more up-to-speed.
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