How to learn French in Paris (free or cheap)

In Paris, most courses at university or in school are in French. Therefore, to succeed in your studies, it is important that you have a good level of French. Here are some ways to improve your practice of the French language in Paris:


Most universities organize intensive courses of French language and culture in September, before the start of classes. They are usually free, but reserved for students under an exchange program. Some universities also offer courses in French as a Foreign Language (FLE) during the year. Register with the International Office of your home university (before June 30 for intensive courses and in September for the semester courses).
- Universities in Paris
- Universities around Paris
Paris 3 and Paris 4 Universities offer French language and civilization courses open to all foreign students (you have to pay):

- Phonetics courses for foreigners
The Institute of Linguistics and General and Applied Phonetics (ILPGA)
University of Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle

- French language and civilization lessons at the Sorbonne
University of Paris Sorbonne - Paris

- French language and culture courses
Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle

Private schools

There are many private schools giving French courses for foreign students. Their rates vary widely from school to school. See for yourself what formula you are interested in comparing the rates!
- Directory of French foreign language centers in France
- Visit to visualize various training centers by region on the France map.

The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP)

The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris offers a range of activities to improve your knowledge of French, whether you are a resident of the Cité or not:
- The Multimedia Centre for Language Self-Study, among others, offers conversation groups.
- Access Paris Centre organizes "French Practice" workshops ONLY for students in Master 1 or 2, PhD students, researchers, and their spouses.

Some associations and City Hall offer French as a Foreign Language (FLE) courses

- Philotechnique Association (very cheap classes)
More information

- Courses for adults organized by the Paris City Hall
Participate in conversation groups:
- Polyglot Club Paris offers French courses and conversation workshops every day in Paris and allow you to find friends for language exchange.

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Evgueny profile picture EvguenyDecember 2022

Добрый день. Я рекомендую для изучения французского языка использовать платформу RealLanguage.Club (RLC). Весь материал бесплатный! Упор на развитие разговорных навыков.

doaa_hosse profile picture doaa_hosseJune 2022

I m excited to learning 

doaa_hosse profile picture doaa_hosseJune 2022

I m excited to learning 

JasmineN profile picture JasmineNMarch 2022
Hi community, I am new here and would like to ask how I could renew my visa with learning french. As I know that I need to enroll in universities or private schools of french language courses. However, I would like to find other lower price or free courses and I consider if any of them could provide me the ”attestation de scolaire” to renew my student visa. Hope you guys could give me some advice. Thanks
vincent profile picture vincentSeptember 2017
Polyglot Club has now 2 classes a week in Paris: Tuesdays and Thursdays (6€ for 1 hour!).
- Tuesday (beginner level):
- Thursday (intermediate level):
shteuf profile picture shteufSeptember 2015
or you can chat with me and i'll teach you some french !