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French Riviera Academic Institution

Centre International d'Antibes
The Centre International d’Antibes (CIA) is a private institution of higher education, fully accredited by the French Ministry of Education.
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French Language & Culture
Centre International d'Antibes Outside Garden

Centre International d'Antibes

Founded in 1985, the Centre International d'Antibes (CIA) welcomes more than 5,000 students every year to the French Riviera, offering instruction in French at all levels from beginner to advanced. The CIA has recently received the "Quality Award for French as a Foreign Language" for the quality of its teaching, its facilities and its services. This Quality Award is a commitment on the part of the French Ministry of Education for centers in France and its overseas territories where French is taught as a foreign language. The CIA is also a preparatory center for the Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française (DELF) certificate which is administered by the French Ministry of National Education and is internationally recognized.

The CIA is located in "Le Château", a provençal mansion surrounded by flowered gardens and palm trees and set in a calm environment only 800 meters from the center of Antibes Old Town and the beaches. There are panoramic views of Nice, Monaco and the Italian Riviera from the patio within the school. The school has 17 classrooms, including 4 outdoor classrooms with well-equipped facilities and up-to-date audiovisual equipment. The school offers a variety of services to CEA students including a student ID card, computer lab with internet access, student travel office, self-service restaurant, library, computer room, Wifi access and vending machines.

Classroom Information

  • Language and elective courses are taught by international faculty at the Centre International d’Antibes (CIA).
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance of classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Class size ranges from 8 to 12 students, allowing for more personalized attention.
  • Classes are specifically offered to be taken with other international students of equivalent language level and not with French students.
  • French style of teaching is different from those found in the US or Canada. Students should 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.