French as a Foreign

Stage BELC 2020 Université d’été ▾

What are BELC trainings ?

The BELC training, organized by France Education International (formerly known as CIEP) are intensive courses offered to teacher trainers every year on the campus of the Université de Nantes. BELC (Bureau pour l'Enseignement de la Langue et de la Civilisation Françaises) trainings are intensive professional courses focused on four main objectives: improving instruction, improving training, improving evaluation, and improving classroom management.

The Embassy of France in the United States sponsors 2 participants to attend these intensive trainings every summer. 

Please see below for eligibility criteria, application, and other important details.

Unfortunately, in light of the current sanitary situation, the Embassy is unable to offer BELC scholarships this year as we are unable to guarantee both the safety of participants and the ability to travel to France. BELC on-site trainings are thus cancelled for 2021. 

Although this is disappointing news, we believe it is the wisest course of action for the health and safety of all. We welcome your application for next year's cycle. 

Luckily, the BELC will be held online--open and free for all--this year, thanks to France Education International and its "Campus Numerique". Please visit FEI's webpage for more information at

« Université d’été BELC - les métiers du français dans le monde »

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Eligibility criteria

- Currently holding a teacher training position or in the processing of becoming a teacher trainer

- Must be an American citizen or permanent resident (French nationals may not apply for the BELC grants) 

- Must have intermediate proficiency level in French (at least C1* level on the CEFR scale) 

- Those who have received a grant from the French government within the last three years are not eligible to apply. 

*C1 level speakers can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning; express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes and produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Grant details

Each BELC grant includes:

  • Waiver of BELC application / training attendance fees 
  • Train economy tickets from Paris to Nantes
  • Housing and meals in French host families or on campus
  • A financial aid in the amount of $1,200 USD for international flight from city of residence to Paris and back (each grantee must purchase his/her own flight tickets and will receive a refund in the amount of $1,200 maximum after the training)
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