SELFEE-Sorbonne French Language Courses

Programme duration: 37.5 hours/year
Delivery language: French
Certificate awarded: B2 SELFEE-Sorbonne Université Certification or C1 SELFEE-Sorbonne Université Certification
Admission deadline: 31 August 2024
Exam date: June 2025 TBC

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi offers two new courses designed to prepare students for the B2 and C1 level of SELFEE-Sorbonne Université certification. These courses are 2 semesters programmes that will allow students to improve their linguistic skills and discover the French literature and culture.

SELFEE-Sorbonne Université French language certifications were introduced since 1959 by the French Ministry of National Education and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Faculty of Humanities of Sorbonne Université.

The classes will take place every Monday from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm from September 2024 to April 2025. Following the course, students will sit the SELFEE-Sorbonne Exams organised by Sorbonne Université.

B2 SELFEE-Sorbonne Université is an upper-intermediate level qualification. It proves that candidates can use written and spoken French for study or work purposes. The B2 SELFEE exam tests all language skills reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as covering use of grammar and spelling. The B2 level is made up of four papers to test different aspects of candidates’ French language skills.

C1 SELFEE-Sorbonne Université is an advanced level qualification. It proves that candidates can use written and spoken French for study and work purposes, can express ideas fluently and spontaneously and can recognise implicit meaning. The C1 SELFEE exam tests focuses on different skills such as writing, listening, speaking and proposes a presentation and analysis of litterary works. This course is highly recommended to students who wish to apply for a Master or a PhD programme delivered in French.

For further information about the SELFEE-Sorbonne certification click here

For more information, please contact:
Salma Ibrahim: or +971 (02) 656 9143
Dr. Angeliki Kordoni:

Classes take place every Monday, from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm from September 2024 to April 2025.

Dates of Semester 1

Sep 11, 18, 25
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Nov 6, 13, 20, 27

Dates of Semester 2

Jan 15, 22, 29
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Mar 4, 11, 18
Apr 22, 25, 29

SELFEE-Sorbonne B2 level

Exam part 1 Content Score Duration
Use of French Grammar, Morphology and Syntax /25 2:30 hours
Exam of Reading and Writing:
• Reading comprehension Comprehension of a literary or cultural text /13
• Written expression Production of a tex of 300 words(argumentative essay or imaginative writing) /12
Exam part 2 Content Score Duration
Listening and Comprehension Audio Documents /25 30 minutes
Speaking From a given text topic the candidates present and develop the subject in a structured way /25 30 minutes

SELFEE-Sorbonne C1 level

Exam part 1 Content Score Duration
Writing Commentaire of a literary work of approximately 300 words /50 2 hours
Exam part 2 Content Score Duration
Listening Audio documents focused on subjects of Human Sciences and Arts (2 listenings) /25 30 minutes
Exam part 3 Content Score Duration
Speaking Commentaire or exposé of a document of 500 words /25 1 hour

To be eligible for the B2 course, applicants must have a B1+ level in French language.

For the C1 course, applicants should present a B2 certificate.

Programme tuition fees:
B2 level AED 5,750 (approximately US$ 1,567)
C1 level AED 5,950 (approximately US$ 1,620)
Payment of fees:
Upfront before the start of the programme

Preferential rates

This programme is only open to the preferential rates* listed below:

20% Alumni preferential rate

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi alumni are eligible to a 20% waiver on tuition fee.

5%-15% corporate rate

Companies and organizations benefit from a special discount, based on the number of employees enrolling in programmes. For more details, please contact +971(0) 2-6569311

*Conditions apply