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French classes for scientists' spouses

The Espace Ulys offers beginning-level French lessons to the spouses of visiting scientists and PhD students: 32 hours of French-as-a-foreign-language instruction at the Alliance Française. You will only need to pay for your registration and your class materials (around €86).

Two formulas are available:

  • Evening classes: the classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6 to 8 PM, during two months in a row.
  • Day-time classes: the classes are held every day in the morning (9am-12am) or in the afternoon (2.15pm-5.15pm) during two weeks in a row (+ 2 hours of oral training).

Who can benefit from these language courses?
You must meet the following preconditions to benefit from this offer:

  • You must be in a stable, long-term relationship with a foreign scientist or PhD student.
  • You must be staying at least 6 months in France.
  • You must request the French lessons within your 1st year in France;
  • You must be a beginning-level French learner (levels A0 to B1).
  • Your partner (guest scientist or PhD student) must be registered with the EURAXESS France database.

How to benefit from these courses?
To take advantage of this offer, please contact us as soon as possible and register yourself here. Please note, you can benefit from this offer only once.
Contact the Espace Ulys to benefit from French-language courses.



In addition to French classes, there also exist numerous solutions for learning French online and in Lyon. Here are a few suggestions:

Online tools

  • Duolingo: Language-learning website offering free basic French instruction, notably for English-speakers.
    Visit the website
  • Italki: An online language learning website for 1-on-1 lessons with native speakers.
    Visit the website
  • Comme une française TV : On her Youtube channel, Geraldine explains you different French specifities (cultural, linguistic, ...) in English. A good ressource to better understand the French culture and learn a few words of French.
    Visit the website
  • Digital ressources of the Lyon Municipal Library : The Lyon Municipal Library members benefit from free access to online French courses. 
    Visit the website
  • Bonjour de France: Free online magazine for learning French.
    Visit the website
  • Conversation Exchange: This website allows you to freely contact French-speakers looking to learn your language via bilingual conversations. The site allows you to organize face-to-face meetings, chat/webcam conversations and email exchanges.
    Visit the website


Language exchanges

  • The KoToPo: The KoToPo is an association offering monthly convivial free language exchanges between French-speakers and native speakers of other languages. An excellent way to share your language while learning French.
    Visit the website
  • The Polyglote Club: The Polyglote Club hosts free language-exchange evenings in Lyon. 
    Visit the website
  • Fil (Faciliter l'insertion par le langage): Registration possible all year long. Visit the website