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Learning French in Grenoble and Valence

Several centers and organizations offer courses, intensive courses and training sessions in French as a foreign languague for newcomers.

Learning French on Campus, in Saint-Martin-d'Hères

Le Centre Universitaire d'Études Françaises (CUEF)

The CUEF is a department of the Université Grenoble Alpes. It delivers courses and training sessions in French throughout the year (summer included) for international newcomers in Grenoble. The main objective is to develop both oral and written skills in French, as well as getting a good knowledge of French culture.
Three types of courses are offered:

  • Monthly courses: intensive courses, courses with an emphasis on improving writing skills
  • Semester courses: in French language and French culture
  • Specific courses: adapting to French university; preparing for university; DELF preparation course (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française), and DALF advanced diploma (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)..

Centre Universitaire d'Études Françaises
1 491 rue des résidences
Domaine universitaire de Saint-Martin-d'Hères/Gières
+33 (0)4 76 82 43 70
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Learning French in Grenoble

L'Alliance Française de Grenoble
The Alliance Française in Grenoble offers courses of all levels, for groups or individual tuitions. Different options are offered: : 

  • General French,
  • French for specific purposes,
  • French for professional purposes,
  • Scientific French,
  • Preparation courses for TCF and DELF/DALF.
The Alliance Française proposes as well cultural visits, open to all, and free (except for certain activities).
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To register, please send an email to :

L'Alliance Française de Grenoble
7 rue élisée Chatin - 38100 Grenoble
+33 (0)4 76 56 25 84
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The associations
Several associations offer courses in French as a foreign language in Grenoble. Whether a course runs or not, depends on how many sign up! You should therefore contact each association to find out what is on offer.

To find the associations and centers offering French as a foreign language courses, you can visit the city of Grenoble website, and search on the directory of associations (Annuaire des associations).
Select ‘Cours de langue’ in the scroll-down menu of the ‘Domaine d’activité’.
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You can also contact the Maison de l’International, who can give you information on the associations delivering French courses, as well as on other international associations.

Maison de l'International
1 Rue Hector Berlioz
38000 Grenoble
+33 (0)4 76 00 76 89
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Learning French in Valence

Some associations offer french courses.
These courses are usually free, given by volunteer teachers.
However, you may have to pay for the annual subscription to become a member of the association.

To find out more, please visit the following website :
Section ‘Trouver une formation près de chez vous’ > ‘Drôme’ > then choose a city


Learning French online

Many other resources are also available online, on the internet.

The website Apprendre le Français avec TV5 Monde offers :
  • Free interactive and auto-correcting exercices of all levels, beginners to advanced (with an access to exercices by levels corresponding to the CEFRL),
  • Hundreds of videos on various subjects,
  • Original and lively resources to improve your comprehension and get a better grasp of the Francophone cultures.
Click here to find out more about that website.

The section ‘Apprendre le français’ of the website Le Point du FLE offers more than 7000 links to courses and free exercices to learn French online. Several options are possible to access the exercices and activities, according to your interests and needs:
  • By type of activity (recordings, reading comprehension, spelling…)
  • Culture and civilization (songs, cinema, history, intercultural, media…),
  • Vocabulary (school, family, computers, health…),
  • Grammar,
  • Verb tenses,
  • By type of public (beginners, children, students…).
And many other websites such as : Didier Accord (auto correcting exercices), Loecsen (conversation guides for beginners and travellers), …

A free app to download on your laptop or smartphone: Pas à Pas. This is for beginners to learn the basics and be able to talk in the everyday life situation.

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are free online courses open to anyone.
Many MOOCs are offered throughout the year, on various topics, including learning french as a foreign language. They generally last a few weeks or months. Registrations are made possible in advance, before the course starts but often also during the course. A certificate can sometimes be delivered.
A good starting point to search for a MOOC is the 'portail du numérique dans l’enseignement supérieur' (portal to digital technology in higher education). Click here to access the calendar of all current Moocs and Moocs to come.
Many other platforms can be found, such as :
  • Fun-MOOC: online courses on different topics about "Living in France" - level A1, A2, B1, offered by the Ministère de l'intérieur and the Alliance française.
  •, is designed most particularly for students about to enter higher education in francophone countries. There is a special course, open all year round, aiming at improving french grammar and thus french for academic purposes : ‘FLOT de Grammaire élémentaire de la langue française’.
  • Coursera (fees may apply to certain options or courses),

Good to know

There are also alternative solutions to learn French that give the opportunity to meet other people and thus build up a social network in Grenoble at the same time.

The ‘tandem program’ : rather for Students and PhD students
The ‘tandem program’ is a good way to meet with other students wishing to learn or improve their skills in a foreign language. The idea is to alternatively speak either one or the other’s language. Each student can then improve his/her own speaking skills, vocabulary, but also learn about each other’s cultures.
The ‘tandem program’ is organised by the Grenoble international students association : InteGRe.

Other options, rather for PhD students, researchers, their spouses and family

Updated on March 23, 2020

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