Language and intercultural centre – CLARIFE

CLARIFE is the Language and intercultural centre of Université catholique de Lille open to all: students, private individuals, employees.. Our center is specialised in teaching French as a foreign language, evening classes in 14 languages, and intensive courses dedicated to preparing for official English exams.


Courses at Clarife are open to students who study at schools in the region, for support or language testing, employees for professional education, and individuals coming from many different cultural and professional backgrounds.

There are collaborations between foreign universities who send their students for language stays, regional associations looking for tailor made language and intercultural programs and various companies.

French as Foreign Language (FLE)

At Clarife, we are specialised in teaching French as a foreign language. The goals of the classes are the facilitation of integration into university life, adapting to French culture and the perfection and enrichment of linguistic resources.

The classes are offered as intensive or non-intensive courses. Once the course is completed, a certificate attesting to the language level of the student is given.

Through a new on-line course proposed by Clarife, distance is no barrier to continuing to improve your French language skills.

Priority is given to making sure the participants feel welcome and fully immersed in the language classes. Clarife also offers and organises short language trips, guided cultural visits, and residential and homestay programs.

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Intercultural communication

Courses in intercultural communication, given in French or English, allow multicultural teams to improve their effectiveness in communication and allow businesses to expand within the context of a changing world.

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Other foreign languages

Evening classes lasting 36 hours are also offered, from beginner to advanced, in the following languages: English, German, Arabic, BCMS (Bosnian – Croatian – Montenegrin – Serbian), Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish. 

Intensive courses dedicated to preparing for official English exams are regularly planned in school holidays.

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Clarife is an approved Exams Centre for Cambridge Assessment English, allowing language students to validate their level of English (all levels of the Common European Framework for Languages, or CEFL), that is recognised by several government bodies and institutions in France and abroad.

Clarife also offers the Linguaskill Test, which allows a candidate to validate his or her level on the CEFL with an official test in English only.

TOLES means ‘Test of Legal English Skills’. The TOLES programme consists of a structured course of legal English training materials supported by three levels of professional exams.

Several other languages can also be assessed with the Bright test (Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Russian).


Certification Cambridge



Certification voltaire

Costs & Registration

Applications in Clarife Courses are online.

Costs depends on type of courses and of your situation : students, private individuals, employees…

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Teaching staff

The multicultural teaching staff, composed mostly of native teachers with university degrees, possess significant experience in teaching a wide variety of students from different backgrounds. The teachers employ a wide variety of innovative teaching practices

Equipment and services

Students and their teachers have a wide variety of pedagogic resources at their disposal, such as the MediaLab, wiki-radio, tablet PCs (free wifi) and classrooms equipped with video projectors.

On campus, students have access to the university library, health services, sports centre, university chaplaincy and university restaurants.

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