Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Before coming to France or any country abroad, it’s a good idea to try to figure out what your language level is.

Created between 1989 and 1996, CEFR is a guideline to help you determine out what level you are, and what  level you want to try and achieve. For example, to do a masters in France you need a minimum level of B2. Huh? B2… What does that mean?

CEFR breaks down the language into 6 parts starting from A1 to a basic user to C2 a native speaker. Below is a self-assessment guide to help you determine your language. This isn’t just for French, but all of Europe: English, German, etc  And other countries around the world are following this guide as well.


It’s a little hard to read, but you can download the document at Europass

But how do I officially determine my level?

As I stated before, to follow a masters at France you need to have a B2 level, and to prove it there are two different national tests you can take:

Side note! If you finish a language course at CIREFE, you  will receive a diploma (if you pass of course), and this is sufficient for a few schools only at Rennes.

Hopefully, this has given you a little more preparation for if you are planning to come to France or anywhere in Europe!

À bientôt!




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