Foundation Year in Intensive French

The Foundation Year in Intensive French is a one or two-year programme, which provides non-French-speaking students with intensive French language studies to obtain a University Diploma (DU), which is required for enrolment on any undergraduate programme.

The Foundation Year in Intensive French improves a student’s studies and career prospects by learning a language acclaimed for its cross-cultural influences and presence in today’s globalised world.

Throughout the one or two-year programmes, students are divided into groups depending on their language ability, which allows for improved teaching and learning. Students are introduced to information and communication technology (ICT) during the study programme to supplement their learning. During the second semester of their first year, students are given the opportunity to attend bachelor courses to become acquainted with academic methodology.

Daytime students receive approximately 23 hours of teaching per week, combining general French with the development of specific skills such as speaking, writing and listening. The academic year covers two semesters from September to January and from February to June. Students are required to pass various tests during their studies including a mid-term exam in January and the final university diploma (DU) exam at the end of June.

A study course in France can be arranged at a language school, allowing students to practice French and reinforce their level.

This diploma provides graduates with several options to pursue further academic studies at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi or Sorbonne University. Furthermore, being proficient in French is beneficial for students to have a range of rewarding careers in private institutions, consultancies, government, diplomatic institutions, education and tourism around the world.

Evening Courses

French Evening Courses by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi offer working professionals a unique opportunity to discover the French language, spoken on all five continents. Classes take place during the evening from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, providing flexibility to students who work full-time, and combine traditional and distance learning through interactive and dynamic teaching methods.

Our evening course programme is delivered over two years. Upon completion, students will receive the same diploma as those studying the full-time Diploma in Intensive French study programme.

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Tuition fees (including admin fees):
AED 48,700 (approximately USD 13,271)

Admission deadlines

  • 22 July 2021 (morning classes, entry test required)
  • 15 September 2021 (evening classes, no entry test required)

Entry test dates
The test takes place on Sundays at 4:30 pm on the following dates:
28 February
14 March
18 April
25 April
23 May
30 May
20 June
27 June
4 July
27 July

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Admission requirements

High School Diploma with a minimum 80% average (or equivalent)

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: for more details.

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