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Language of Instruction

In Esisar, the language of instruction is French. However, some Industrial projects may be carried out in English. See Industrial projects for more information.

Since 2001, France uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), established by the Council of Europe. Within this Framework, exchange students should have a level of French of at least A2 (level C2 being the top level). That means you have to know enough French to make yourself understood, understand what your tutors are saying, and take exams.

Foreign graduating students should have a level of French of at least B2. That means that you can understand technical discussions in your field of specialization. You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue.


Extra-Time for Exams


In Esisar, the language of instruction is French. However, we understand that for most foreign student for whom French is not their mother tongue, this might be problematic, especially during exams. In order to offset this difficulty, international students benefit from extra time (1/3 time more) to write exams or from an adjustment of written and oral tests. Furthermore, bilingual paper dictionaries are always accepted during exams.


French courses for Foreigners

Throughout the first semester, Esisar provides French courses for non-French-speaking international students. These courses, entitled “Français Langue Étrangère” (FLE – French as a Foreign Language), are given by the “Centre d’Etudes de Langues” (CEL - within the Esisar Language laboratory.
The official registration will be made during your registration at the beginning of the school year.

For the Fall Semester, 3 hours of French classes are offered each week.

French level test

The courses will begin with French level test. This test is not an exam, it only evaluates your language skills and chooses the right level group for you.

French intensive courses before your arrival in Valence

If you wish, you can take intensive French courses in Grenoble. These courses are taught by the CUEF (Center Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises). You can register directly on their website.
Registration and accommodation fees for this intensive month are at your own expense.
If you register, please inform Esisar’s International Office (


Written by Xavier Oster

Date of update January 17, 2017

Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes