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English is taught in all scientific subjects and at every level. Students are divided into small groups according to their level.


General English. Evaluations based on the Cambridge ESOL exams (Preliminary English Test, PET, and First Certificate in English, FCE).


Scientific and Business English: Simulation of scientific conferences, CV and cover letter writing skills, job interviews, business meetings, intercultural projects, presentation skills,  scientific posters, creation of a start-up, blog writing...

The Language Department also organises a DEBATING CLASS. This class can replace your conventional English U.E. If you get the go-ahead from the coordinator for English, you can follow your course AND the Debating course.

Some of our Master’s programmes offer the opportunity to take part in global, intercultural web-conferencing partnerships and discuss topical, socio-political or scientifc issues with students from universities across the world (the USA, the Middle East and Europe) via the online platform Soliya.

To share their findings, students in their first year of a Master’s degree in Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution and others studying a Master’s in Integrative Plant Biology and Physiology present the results of this cross-cultural partnership in an evening of “TED Talks”.

We also offer this online cross-cultural communication programme to all students with an English level of B2+ or higher. Sessions take place in our new Language Centre (Plateau Campus). More details can be found here.

PhD Students

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Preparation for the TOEIC, BULATS, TOEFL and CLES 2 for candidates of the Agrégation and CAPES.

Students can prepare for certifications in the Multimedia Centre, located in room 240 on the 2nd floor of building 336. It is open to all students for self-study and preparation of the TOEIC, TOEFL, BULATS and CLES 2.


For information about precise lesson times, please contact the secretaries' office:

If you wish to improve and practice your English outside of normal lessons, the Language Department also offers informal Conversation sessions with native speakers which are open to all students at lunch times and at the end of the day.

All rooms are equipped with a PC and audio-visual equipment.

University staff should contact the Formation Continue department for information on how to follow English lessons.