Foundation Year in Intensive French

Programme duration :1 semester, 1 y, 1.5 y, 2 y
Delivery language :French
Degree awarded :Diplôme d’université (DU) in Intensive French
Deadline to apply for the January intake :10 December
Placement test dates for the January intake :17 October – 31 October – 14 November – 28 November – 12 December. For more information, please click here
Deadline to apply for the September intake :22 July
SPOC (Small Online Private Course) Pandora: A 5-week online introductory French course is proposed to all students who have successfully passed the Entry test and wish to join the Foundation Year in Intensive French. This asynchronous video-based course aims to familiarise the new students with the French language and culture before the beginning of the classes.
Placement test dates for the September intake : International students 15 April – 24 June
UAE Residents and Nationals 30 January – 13 February – 27 February – 13 March – 27 March – 17 April – 22 May – 5 June – 19 June – 3 July – 17 July – 24 July.
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The Foundation Year in Intensive French is designed to assist students acquire French proficiency and develop academic skills. The programme is delivered over one to four semesters (Fall and Spring) depending on students’ level in French, academic profile and performance.

IntakeProgramme Duration
Late JanuaryOne semester (Spring)Intermediate students of B1- level may undertake one semester and sit the DU exams at the end of the academic year (June).
SeptemberTwo semesters (Fall and Spring)Beginners may undertake one year of Intensive French and sit the DU exams at the end of the academic year (June)
Late JanuaryThree semesters
(Spring Y1, Fall Y2, Spring Y2)
Beginners may undertake one year and half of Intensive French and sit the DU exams at the end of the second academic year (June).
SeptemberFour semesters
(Fall Y1, Spring Y1, Fall Y2, Spring Y2)
Beginners may undertake two years of Intensive French and sit the DU exams at the end of the second academic year (June).

The French as a Foreign Language (FLE) department provides non-French speaking students with the French language education that they need to succeed academically and professionally. Dedicated to preparing students for an undergraduate degree in French, this programme ensures that the students have the required language level whilst providing vital insight into French Higher Education.

Daytime students receive approximately 22 hours of teaching per week. The courses focus on each of the four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking with an emphasis on vocabulary and grammar development. They promote intercultural awareness through the discovery of the French and Francophone cultures and civilisations. Students also attend methodology courses and get familiarized with academic methods and techniques, such as note-taking and research writing. The ICTE (Information and Communication Technology for Education) course provides a stimulating learning experience and aims to develop students’ digital literacy skills through language learning. The programme offers also a big variety of elective courses such as cinema, film analysis, theater, creative writing, singing, mobile learning, debate club, etc.

FLE Website

To join the Foundation Year in Intensive French, students must have a High School certificate (or equivalent) with a grade of not less than 80%. They also need to pass an admission exam in English organised by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Applicants who are applying to join the intermediate level should also sit a French placement test to confirm their French language ability.

Other Countries Education’s Systems

Conditions apply on other foreign curriculums according to the admission’s policy set by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Please contact the Student Recruitment office by email: admissions@sorbonne.ae for more details.

•    Intensive day classes:
AED 48,700 (approximately US$ 13,271)
•    Payment of fees:
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Scholarships*

HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Scholarship for Emirati students

Admitted Emirati nationals and children of Emirati mothers’ are awarded a full scholarship covering tuition and study related fees for their Bachelor Programmes (and Foundation year, if any)

Current high school students may apply through NAPO, whereas the graduates of previous years can apply on the Apply Now page.

Academic Excellence Scholarships (for the 1st semester of enrolment)

• 15% scholarship on tuition for the 1st semester of joining

New joiners with excellent academic results in high school are eligible following the below criteria. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

  • Government schools: 90% in the advanced stream, or 95% in the general stream.
  • American system: CGPA of 3.6 out of 4.0 or minimum average of 90%.
  • British system: “A” grade or higher in three “AS-Level” subjects or “A” in the equivalent “A-Level” Subjects, plus “B” grade or higher in six O level subjects.
  • SABIS: minimum average of 85%.
  • International Baccalaureate: IB diploma with minimum score of 5 out of 7 in all courses – three of those subjects must be higher-level courses.
  • French Baccalaureate: minimum average of 14 out of 20.

Academic Excellence Scholarship (starting from the 2nd semester of enrolment)

• 25%-75% Academic Excellence Scholarship

Based on the academic results obtained during the previous semester at SUAD, students are eligible to the academic excellence scholarship granted semester by semester. The scholarship scheme is progressive (25% to 75% and the minimum average grade to be eligible is 12/20. A specific scholarship is available for the 2nd semester of the Foundation Year. For more information, please contact admissions@sorbonne.ae

Other Scholarships

10% French Curriculum Schools Scholarship for the 1st semester of enrolment

Students holding a French baccalaureate obtained in one of the GCC countries are eligible for a 10% discount for their first semester. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

Sponsored scholarships

Total, Chalhoub and Ardian Foundation, offer specific scholarships based on academic excellence and/or financial circumstances to selected students.

The deadline for submitting an application is communicated by University email each semester to all enrolled students. Applications are submitted via the online application form. Incomplete and late applications will not be assessed.

Scholarships can’t be combined. For more information, please contact admissions@sorbonne.ae

Preferential rate: 10% Family discount

Students who have a first-degree relative currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate programme are eligible for a 10% discount.

*Conditions apply