Optional French Language Course Package
AGS strongly encourages its students to take advantage of their time in Paris to learn French and gain what is both cultural enrichment and a highly valuable skill for their future careers. While no knowledge of French language is necessary to enroll at AGS, students pursuing the Master's or Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy are required to have reached at least an intermediate level of French (A2 on the CEF level scale) by the end of the program in order to graduate.
In support of that policy, AGS offers an optional French language course package in the first year of the Master's and Ph.D in International Relations and Diplomacy. Students who already have a more advanced level of French as they enter the program are also encouraged to use that option to further improve their level.
French language courses are offered in partnership with the world-renowned French language school Alliance Française. Classes take place in the same building as AGS. They typically meet three mornings a week over 24 weeks, usually broken down into two three-month periods. Students are placed in courses by level based on their performance on assessment tests offered at the start of the program.
Tuition is 2,200 Euros for the 24-week course, a preferred rate over regular Alliance Française tuition. (Note that while French courses are billed through AGS, they fall under Alliance Française rules and policies regarding grading, withdrawal, and all other regulations.) As AGS students, those who wish to take more French language classes after completing that first course package receive a 12% discount at Alliance Française.
All French language courses are optional. However, they are a good way to make the most of the cultural immersion already provided by the location of AGS, and to acquire knowledge in written as well as oral language. Students who do not wish to take courses at Alliance Française may choose to enroll at another language school at their own expense or opt out of French courses altogether. Regardless of whether they have attended formal courses, all students graduating in the Master's and Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy programs must demonstrate that they have reached or exceeded the level required for graduation.
At the end of their studies at AGS, students have the opportunity to take an exam to obtain a diploma of French language: the DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) or DALF (Diplôme Approfondi en Langue Française) - depending on their level. These diplomas are issued by the French Ministry of Higher Education and accredited throughout Europe. The cost of the exam ranges between approximately 100 and 250 Euros, depending on the level (more information here). It is not mandatory but AGS highly recommends taking it as it is a widely recognized and valued credential.
Alternatively, students can take the BULATS certification exam, which validates oral and written skills in professional French. This exam costs 120 Euros. More information here.
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