Academic Year 2019-2020

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


Academic Year 2019-2020

This course is tailored to the needs of PhD students who wish to improve their level of general English as well as their skills in oral presentations and scientific writing.

Pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary activities will be provided.

Speaking skills: all PhD students are expected to give 2 presentations (one on general matters, one on a scientific issue) during the semester.

Writing skills: Different aspects of scientific writing will be covered according to the students’ needs, but this course does not include reviewing the students’ individual articles and papers.

2 groups of up to 17 students - Jacques Blanc and Kirti Sardesaï

8 weekly sessions of 3 hours - Total: 24 hrs.

Attendance Policy Once you have signed up for this course, attendance is expected. Please inform your teacher if you cannot attend a class. At the end of the semester, you will be given a certificate for the number of hours that you attended. Please note that we will not issue any certificate for PhD students who did not attend a minimum of 15 hours.


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: langues.sciences@u-psud.fr

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 for information on how to follow English lessons.