How about learning French before coming to France?
Increase your chances by beginning French lessons before you leave. It's the best way to prepare your stay and your studies in France and shows your motivation to come to France.
French is spoken by over 274 million people in over 75 countries across the world. Speaking French is an advantage for your career and for your cultural outlook.
Here are a few words of advice to help you discover our language. It is not difficult, and don't forget that in "n+i" paths to success, you will have 7 months in which to adapt to the culture and language. There is no reason why you should not be as successful as your predecessors!
- Take lessons in specialised teaching centres, such as Alliance française, the French department of your university where you can learn the basics of French with teachers who are used to teaching French to non natives (grammar, vocabulary, written and oral expression),
- Listen to French-speaking radio such as Radio France Internationale RFI, which broadcasts programmes in French and other languages throughout the world.
- Watch French-speaking television channels such as TV5 or France24.
- Watch French films with sub-titles to get used to the music of the language.
- Read French magazines and newspapers on line (www.lemonde.fr, for example).
- Start by reading children's books and then move on to well written classics (by Jules Verne, Georges Simenon, Joseph Kessel, Marcel Pagnol etc.) or periodicals and journals.
For nearly 20 years, 3,000 students from 80 different countries have passed their exams and learnt French thanks to the "n+i" network! If they can do it, so can you!