9. Could I be exempt from the TCF for DAP?

There are several possibilities. You are exempt from the TCF for DAP if:

  • you hold a DELF B2 (Diplôme d'études en langue française (Diploma in French Studies), "General public" or "Junior/academic" or "professional" version) or a DALF C1 or C2 (Diplôme approfondi de langue française [Diploma in Advanced French]), a French baccalaureate (from the French Ministry for Education), or are a student from the French bilingual departments featured on a list established jointly by the French Ministry for National Education and Foreign Affairs;
  • you are a citizen of an official francophone country: Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea-Conakry, Mali, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Togo;
  • you are a citizen of a European Union member country, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway: you can apply directly to a university of your choice, which will then make a judgement on whether or not you should still take a linguistic verification examination;
  • you have passed the test d'évaluation du français (TEF) (French Evaluation Test) organised by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Paris, and you have achieved at least 14/20 in the writing examination.

Note: Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon and Tunisia recognise Arabic as their official language. French is a special status language. Candidates from these four countries must therefore also take the TCF for DAP.

Note: to be considered exempt from the TCF for DAP, citizens from multilingual countries where French is the official language (Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Comoros, Djibouti, Haiti, Madagascar, Seychelles, Switzerland, Chad, Vanuatu) must have completed all of their secondary education in a French language establishment.