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European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. For successfully completed studies, ECTS credits are awarded. One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS-credits in all countries irrespective of standard or qualification type and is used to facilitate transfer and progression throughout the Union.
Alpine French School’s courses may be transferred to ECTS credits. To arrange this you need to contact the French department at your university before starting your course with us. They will provide you with detailed information of how to arrange your credit and then we will provide all documentation required.
American students who would like to use their course with us to receive credits towards their American university course should contact the French department or the study abroad department of their university to ask for further information about how to arrange this. We will then provide all documentation required by your American University.
Students from Sweden can apply for financial aid for post-secondary language courses abroad through CSN, the Swedish Student organisation. Please contact us for further information about the grants available to you or visit www.csn.se
In Germany, the institution of Bildungsurlaub allows employees from any sector to apply for up to an extra 5 days of educational leave per year that are to be used for professional advanced training which can be cumulated to make 10 days over 2 years. Intensive language courses have become a popular option for Bildungsurlaub as it allows employees to travel and advance their foreign language skills abroad.
DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language. DELF and DALF are composed of 6 independent diplomas that correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The TCF is the French language diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education. It assesses the level of a person’s French language for general purposes. It is intended for people who are not native French speakers and who, for professional, personal or academic reasons, wish to have their competency in French assessed and certified simply, reliably and quickly. It is required to obtain French citizenship and it can be useful if you plan to work in a French company, in a French-speaking country or for an International Organisation.
Advent calendars – les calendriers de l’Avent French children open Advent Calendars like in many other countries during the month of December leading up to Christmas. Postcards from Père Noël Letters from French kids to Father Christmas always receive a response from Santa. Since 1962, France has had a…Continue Reading
Apprendre le français pendant ses vacances, c’est possible ! Avec Alpine french school, vous pouvez conjuguer l’utile à l’agréable. Tous les étés, dans le petit village de Morzine se réunit une irréductible équipe de professeurs pour enseigner le français à des anglophones. Précurseur, Morzine est, au début du XXᵉ siècle, un…Continue Reading
Joyeux Halloween! Halloween in France differs from the celebration we know in english-speaking countries. This however, does not mean you can’t have your fun if you celebrate the holiday. Traditionally on the 31st October, children and adults dress up to enjoy the celebrations, either at parties or trick-or-treating in the…Continue Reading
The French Political System It is important to understand and be aware of the political system in France if you are planning on moving here. France is ruled by a semi-presidential system of government. The President appoints the Prime Minister as the head of said government. The bicameral parliament consists…Continue Reading