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Aix-en-Provence Academic Institution

Aix Marseille University is recognized by the French Ministry of National Education as a degree granting institution.
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French Language & Culture
Aix Marseille University

Aix Marseille University

The Aix Marseille University has an established reputation as one of the oldest universities in France. Its law school remains one of the largest in France today, and many prominent government leaders have studied at the university's Institute of Political Studies. It is centrally located just a few minutes from the famous Cours Mirabeau. All students who successfully complete their program will be issued an official transcript by the Aix Marseille University, which is recognized by the French Ministry of National Education as a degree granting institution.

Students take courses which are offered through the Service Universitaire Français Langue Etrangère (SUFLE), the University center dedicated to teaching French. The SUFLE was founded in 1953 by the Aix Marseille University and is regarded as one of the best French-language teaching centers in the country. Today, the institute hosts almost 1,000 students annually from 65 countries who wish to learn or to improve their French.

The SUFLE offers instruction in French at all levels, from beginner to advanced, preparing students for the diplomas of the Paris Chamber of Commerce, as well as its own university diplomas and certificates. The SUFLE allows students to learn and appreciate the French language, its literature and civilization as well as Provençale and European civilization. The SUFLE, in conjunction with larger community of the Aix Marseille University, has proven to be not only a friendly place for foreign students to study, but also an institution of remarkable education.

The University offers a variety of services to CEA students including a computer lab, library, university ID card, and sports facilities.

Classroom Information

  • Language and elective courses are taught by international faculty at the Service Universitaire Français Langue Etrangère, an extension of the Aix Marseille University for international students who wish to learn French.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance of classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Class size range between 10 to 30 students allowing more personalized attention.
  • Classes are specifically offered to be taken with other international students of equivalent language level and not with native French students.
  • French style of teaching is different from those found in the U.S. or Canada. Be prepared to adapt to the different classroom structure and coursework expectation for your school.


The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the US system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a French grade by a factor of five to find its U.S. equivalent. Grades in France are awarded on a scale of 1-20, but the tradition is such that grades higher than 16 are seldom awarded. The passing grade for a single subject is usually 10/20 although grades of 8 and 9 can indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is particularly severe and can vary from one institution to another and from one course to another.

The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange recommends the following comparison of grades:

French Number Grade
US Letter Equivalent

Finally, French diplomas often include one of the following five “mentions” which we have translated into English:

Très Bien Outstanding A
Bien Very Good A to B+
Assez Bien Good B to B-
Passable Passing Passing
Ajourné Failing D to F


  • Interpretation of the French scale in terms of American grading standards was taken from the website of World Education Services, WES (
  • The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange supports the interpretation of the French scale provided by WES.
  • For more information regarding the French educational system refer to:
    • Assefa, A. Mariam. France: A Study of the Education System of France and a Guide to the Academic Placement of Students in Educational Institutions in the United States. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, 1988.