French Lessons

Our mission   |   Our activities   |   Our volunteers

When the association was born, students wrote anonymous letters to asylum seekers welcoming them to France
The French Lessons Team provides scholastic material for both teachers and students.
Teachers have sometimes had to adapt to the situation: above, Sepideh teaching asylum seekers in a highway exit!
French Lessons Coordinators Zoe and Pierre on their way bag from a school supplies shopping spree

Our mission

Sciences Po Refugee Help’s French Classes Team operates in various housing centres hosting asylum seekers to teach French, raise awareness amongst residents on French culture’s principal themes, and facilitate their social integration within French society. The main objective is to return a sense of autonomy to asylum seekers’ daily lives, overcoming language barriers as they learn to interact with French speakers and gain a better understanding of the environment they live in.

Our activities

Our 40 or so volunteers teach near twenty, one hour and a half classes per week. Our teams operate in 4 different housing centres, each receiving 3 classes a week so as to ensure progress on participants’ behalf. These centres are:

  • The René Coty Housing Centre
  • The Jaurès Housing Centre
  • The Albin Peyron Housing Centre
  • The Prés Saint Gervais Housing Centre

Our priority is to develop solid communication tools that can help people orient themselves in their day to day activities. As such, a particular emphasis is placed on oral communication; our sessions are rooted in oral exchange, and are constructed in a highly interactive manner. Registration is not mandatory, and our classes are open to all.

Our volunteers

French classes are delivered by over 40 Sciences Po Refugee Help volunteers, led by 2 coordinators. Student volunteers use teaching material provided to them by the association, and receive a training from a licensed French language teacher at Sciences Po each semester. Both students and teachers are in constant communication throughout the academic year to monitor class progression, and discuss the various obstacles encountered. On their end, coordinators ensure fluid communication with social workers and centre administration, handling material purchases, organising class schedules, and assessing the needs of asylum seekers in the Paris region during classes. Activities are then reported to the Administration Team of Sciences Po Refugee Help, and communicated to other branches for discussion and feedback.

Contact us! Write to

Sciences Po Refugee Help, Association loi 1901

50 rue des Tournelles 75003 Paris, France