HEC Paris French School

HEC Paris offers an intensive preparatory French course for incoming international students with beginner to intermediate level.

HEC Paris French School allows students to practice and improve their language skills to communicate in French. Both oral and written skills are targeted, in order to be linguistically equipped to effectively perform in personal, educational, and professional (business) oriented communication situations.

HEC Paris French School is operated on behalf of HEC Paris by the CCI Paris Ile-de-France French language Centre in Paris.


All HEC Paris students, as well as their partners, are eligible to participate, provided they meet the entry-level requirements: Beginners (no previous knowledge in French), A1, A2 or B1.1 level for written and oral skills in general French. No advanced level will be taught (over B1.1).

Entry level is assessed by the Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF©) test results, or through a self-assessment grid with a written sample sent via e-mail (see Application Form).

Objectives and Course Content

To take into account the diverse French levels among students, coherent groups are created, based on the students’ respective skills and capabilities. Courses are available from absolute beginners to B1 level. Different groups of the same level may be organized in order to keep a reasonable number of students in each group.

The program includes:

  • a French language course (45 contact hours) to build up communication skills in order to be linguistically equipped to effectively perform in everyday and business communication tasks
  • a cultural guided tour (1 afternoon) to discover historical sites and the cultural heritage of Paris “Ville Lumière”.

Training objectives for each group correspond to selected acts of communication in accordance with the main communicative needs of this group (According to the European Common Framework of Reference established by the Council of Europe):  

Beginners - Level 0 / A1.1

At the end of the course, students will be able to interact in a simple way to address immediate and concrete needs: talk about oneself, interact with people, locate in time and space…


  • identity
  • transports
  • shopping
  • food
  • education and training
  • interpersonal relationships at work
  • socio-cultural aspects
  • etc.

Basic - Level A2.1

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • communicate with their immediate surroundings using simple sentences to describe in a short simple way familiar activities or personal experience: talk about oneself, describe an object, an event, present an idea
  • interact in a professional environment.


  • hobbies
  • travel
  • shopping
  • food
  • education and work experience
  • socio-economic news
  • corporate life (organization, roles)
  • intercultural reflection
  • etc.

Independent 1 - Level B1.1

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • interact efficiently in most everyday life situations and communicate in a simple, connected way on familiar job-related topics: understand and present facts and figures
  • organize and write coherent texts
  • participate in an interview
  • present an option/a point of view…


  • news and daily life
  • education and work experience
  • socio-economic news
  • corporate life (organization, roles)
  • intercultural reflection
  • etc.


The training is focused on communicative tasks which correspond to socio-cultural or professional topics and to communication situations of everyday or business life.

The accomplishment of these tasks requires linguistic, discursive, cultural and professional skills. These will be learned through a wide range of class activities: analyzing written and oral texts, exercising on grammatical, lexical or discursive structures, implementing newly acquired skills in role-plays or broader simulations, etc.)

The prompts used for the various class activities consist for the most part in authentic documents selected and gathered from various sources (audio-visual broadcasts or printed press, Internet, etc.) of everyday life or more professional environment.

Successful learning requires personal involvement: participant should be prepared to invest sufficient time and energy during the class as well as in the personal assignments regularly given by the French instructors in between classes.

Timetable and Location


The 2 week course takes place in Paris at the CCI Paris Ile-de-France French language Centre located at 8, avenue de la Porte de Champerret in the 17th district.

This is an excellent opportunity to discover Paris and learn French before the beginning of the semester at HEC Paris.

To preserve good interactivity conditions, size of the groups varies from 8 to 15 students.


Duration: 8 days (45 hours French Course + Cultural tour)

Tue. 21/8

Wed. 22/8

Thur. 23/8

Fri. 24/8

Welcome meeting

French course

French course

French course

French course

Mon. 27/8

 Tue. 28/8

Wed. 29/8

Thu. 30/8

French course

French course

French course

French course


Transfer to HEC campus by bus


During the course, the teacher monitors the progress made by each student by ways of personal assignments and regular class-activity observation.

Besides, an evaluation of the acquired competences in the main skills is made at the end of the course. The student’s final grade is based on the following criteria: new skills, involvement, and attendance.

Official certificates will be issued to each participant who has completed the requirements stated above.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation is self-organized by the student.

The Accommodation in Paris Guide provides information to find accommodation solutions in Paris, with a nightrate of about €40 to €75 (incl. breakfast).

Lunch and dinner are self-organized by the student. There are plenty of restaurants, bistros and snack bars in thevicinity of the French language Centre.

Living costs: approximately €100 per day for accommodation, dinner and local transportation (RATP Navigo weeklytransportation card: €22.80, €14.90 for 10 tickets or €1.90 for one ticket).


HEC Paris offers all students from Grande École and the One-year Masters Programs a financial participation of 50% of the course fees which reduce students’ participation to €350 which includes the French language course, the course materials and the cultural tour. Course fees do not include travel to Paris before the program, or accommodation. Transfer by bus from the CCI Paris Ile-de-France French language Centre to HEC Paris at the end of the program will be arranged by HEC Paris.


Registrations are made on a first come first served basis. However, slots are pre-reserved for students from all admission sessions.

Step 1

Students already admitted to HEC apply by filling in the on-line Application Form before July 8th, 2018.

Step 2

Starting from Mid-May, students receive a confirmation of successful application from the French language Centre together with the final registration form in which they are invited to proceed to the payment of the course fees.

Step 3

Students receive final confirmation of their registration from the French language Centre.


Christopher (Australian, MBA participant):

Excellent class, helped my french a lot, great way to meet fellow HEC students pre-course commencement.

Collette (American, Master in Management student):

Amazing experience. Excellent teaching. Wonderful people. The opprtunity to live in the heart of Paris, and fully immerse yourself in the French culture and language in an intensive way, is the perfect transition to life in France. Not only will you see huge improvement in your French, no matter what level you enter with, you also have the opportunity to meet and form friendships with other students before arriving on campus. One of the best and most memerable experiences of my time in France so far!

Sharjil (Bangladeshi, MSc Managerial and Financial Economics student):

It was a fantastic way to get back into the habit of learning French, and pick up some new concepts as well. The teaching was structured, and most importantly, we learned practical things that would be useful for daily life in France. I would highly recommend this preparatory course to anyone who is eager to learn French.

Jens (German, Master in Management student):

Very enjoyable two weeks in the heart of Paris. It’s the perfect way to make first friends, explore the city and enjoy the French culture to the fullest.