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National diploma of French proficiency






The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) and the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are national diplomas awarded by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Learning and Research. These diplomas officially certify that foreigners have achieved a given level of knowledge, practice and proficiency in the French language.

These diplomas are lifelong qualifications and they may not be taken again once passed. The DELF has included 4 levels while the DALF has 2. These levels are accredited by distinct certificates that reflect the standards established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The Institute of French Language of the University of Orleans is an examination centre that has been officially approved by France Education International and by the Orleans-Tours Rectorate for taking the DELF and the DALF examinations.



Public in question

Foreign nationals and French citizens from a non-Francophone country, and who do not hold a French public secondary school education or post-secondary education diploma may be awarded the DELF or the DALF.

Description of examinations

Four skills are evaluated for each diploma: 

  • listening comprehension,
  • reading comprehension,
  • spoken production
  • and written production

Each counts for 25 points. The examinations are collective except for one individual part (spoken production). The DELF and the DALF are constituted by six entirely independent diplomas. Candidates can register directly for the examination they wish to take according to their level.

The French Institute of Orléans University offers four of the six diplomas: DELF A2, DELF B1, DELF B2 and DALF C1.

For more information , see the France Education International website


Examination - May 2020

Due to the health crisis linked to COVID-19, the IDF will not be able to organise the DELF and DALF exam session initially scheduled for May 2020. Exam preparation courses will also not be able to take place.  

For candidates who have already paid the registration fee, you may be reimbursed in full. The IDF secretariat will contact you to establish with you the modalities of reimbursement. 

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