Linguistic validation

Published on January 28, 2011 Updated on June 5, 2020

Linguistic validation required for international students

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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
For a first admission in the first year of higher education (except BTS, DUT and preparatory classes), one of the following tests is required:

Test de connaissance du français pour la Demande d'admission préalable (TCF-DAP) of France Education International (former CIEP)
Compulsory for candidates for whom the Demande d'admission préalable (DAP) applies, if they do not have the DELF B2 or DALF.
UPEC is an examination center for the TCF-DAP. For more information, please contact the Office of International Affairs (DRI) at dap@u-pec.fr 
Some candidates can be exempt from the TCF-DAP

Test d'évaluation du français (TEF) of the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP) 

Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) level B2 and the Diplôme approfondi en langue française (DALF) of France Education International (former CIEP)

OTHER CASES
Universities are free to choose their recruitment criteria in the following cases:
1) admission in first year (L1) for the students for whom the Demande d'admission préalable (DAP) does not apply :
holders of a  Secondary school final exam obtained through Francophone channels,
holders of a Secondary school final exam obtained in the European Union,
children of diplomats based in France
students enrolling for a second time in French higher education.

2) admission in the other university courses:
UPEC takes into account the following tests/diplomas:
the Test de connaissance du français (TCF) level 4 of France Education International (former CIEP)
the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) level B2 and the Diplôme approfondi en langue française (DALF) of France Education International (former CIEP)
the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) level B2 and the Diplôme approfondi en langue française (DALF) of the Alliance Française
the Test d'évaluation du français (TEF) of the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP)
the Diplôme Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (DUEF) level B2 offered by French as a Foreign Language university centers members of the ADCUEFE such as the Delcife 

Each department has specific linguistic requirements, please refer to the degree description sheet for more details. 

DELCIFE QUALIFICATIONS
At UPEC, the department of civilization and French institutions teaching (Département d'enseignement de la langue, de la civilisation et des institutions françaises – DELCIFE) prepares students for the following qualifications :
the Diplôme Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises A1 (DUEF A1)
the Diplôme Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises A2 (DUEF A2, former CELF)
the Diplôme Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises B1 (DUEF B1, former CPLF)
the Diplôme Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (DUEF B2, former DEF)
the Diplôme Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (DUEF C1, former DAEF)

The DUEF B1 and the DUEF B2 are taken into account by the different assessment mechanisms of UPEC and may be considered for the validation of higher education application. This does not mean that the admission is guaranteed: it depends on the level and content of the student's university degrees, the adequacy of his/her request for the training offered by the university, and the number of seats available.

Some departments have decided that foreign students seeking validation of higher education must have a minimum level of French language proficiency to enable them to pursue their studies. Please check with the different faculties. 

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