Who we are

ACCENTS is the French language center ofUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc.

We've been offering year-round French courses for foreigners (F.L.E) from level A1 to C2 since 1981.

We're located on the Jacob-Bellecombette campus, a 10-minute walk from downtown Chambéry.
Here, you'll discover an exceptional area between lake and mountains. Chambéry welcomes you to a city on a human scale, offering you a rewarding and reassuring student life.

Part of the International Relations Department, the center offers language courses for anyone wishing to improve their French language skills.

The center is also an authorized examination center for France Éducation International (FEI) and Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie (CCI) international French language certifications.

Accents, our university center for French as a foreign language, is :

  • Year-round French courses in small groups (6 to 15 students)
  • A school on a human scale (50-60 students) with a personalized welcome
  • A recognized quality center with the Qualité FLE label
  • A team of passionate, experienced professionals
  • Attractive rates
  • A green campus with access to university services : library, sports facilities, restaurant, cafeteria and discounted cultural events, etc.
  • Cultural, sporting and leisure activities organized to discover the region
  • Assistance in organizing your arrival and stay in France (visa, accommodation...)
  • An FEI-certified center for French language exam s (DELF, DALF, TCF...)

Open since 1981 and now part ofUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc, ACCENTS (formerly ISEFE) specializes in teaching French language and culture to non-French-speaking foreigners.

It has been awarded the Qualité FLE label by the Commission Interministérielle de Labellisation des Centres de Français Langue Etrangère since 2007, and is a member of the Association des Directeurs de Centres Universitaires d'Etudes du Français pour Etrangers (ADCUEFE).

The ACCENTS center holds the Label Qualité Français Langue Etrangère (Quality Label for French as a Foreign Language ) issued by France Education International and awarded by an interministerial commission (Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Europe, Ministry of Culture).

In 2021 and for a period of four years, the ACCENTS center has been awarded 3 stars (i.e. the maximum rating) in each of the reference areas:

  • Training and education
  • Teachers
  • Welcome, support
  • Premises, safety, equipment
  • Management

The Label Qualité FLE identifies, recognizes and promotes French as a foreign language centers whose language offerings and services offer guarantees of quality.

Information to come

General terms and conditions

Registration fee refund policy :
For all courses (D.U. and C.U.):
A €100 administration fee is retained regardless of the reason for withdrawal or postponement. All deposits are non-refundable.
Any course started is due in full.

The remainder of the deposit may be refunded for any of the following reasons:
- Medical reasons*
- Refusal to grant visa
- Failure to obtain required diploma
- Health crisis (inability to follow online courses)

For non-European Union nationals or those requiring a visa to study in France,it is important to start the visa application process well in advance (3 months recommended) so that the procedure can be finalized in time for the start of the course. Courses must be paid for in full in order to obtain a certificate of enrolment, which will enable you to apply for your visa.

*Official proof must be provided, without which no refund will be granted.

For refunds, postponements or claims, please contact the coordination: accents@univ-smb.fr

Version téléchargeable - Downloadable version :

Information to come

For refunds and deferrals, please contact the certification office directly at certifications.accents@univ-smb.fr.



Opening hours

ACCENTS welcomes you Monday to Thursday, 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 4:30pm. Fridays until 12:30 pm.

Postal address

Domaine universitaire de Jacob Bellecombette
Bâtiment 14 BP 1104 73011 Chambery Cedex

Contact us :

COURSES: Information / Registration

  • +33 (0)
  • contact.accents@univ-smb.fr

CERTIFICATIONS : Information / Registration / Certification results

  • +33 (0) (closed on Wednesdays)
  • certifications.accents@univ-smb.fr


  • +33 (0)
  • accents@univ-smb.fr

Teaching on the 3 campuses is provided by a team of 7 teachers:

  • Ms Sandrine AHACHE
  • Ms Alcina CAMILO
  • Ms Amandine CARACO
  • Ms Mélanie DURMAN
  • Ms Céline PAGET
  • Ms Bakhta PERRIER
  • Ms Laetitia REY

Pedagogical coordinator:

Ms Amandine CARACO: pedagogie.accents@univ-smb.fr

Practical information for your stay

Our university's reception service is in charge of welcoming international students and can help you find accommodation.

Contact: international@univ-smb.fr - +33(0)4 79 75 91 15

Here is some information about housing in Chambéry :
Accommodation information in French
Accommodation information in English

Throughout the year, our university's reception service offers cultural, leisure and sporting activities to help you discover our beautiful region between lakes and mountains !

Some activities are organized jointly with the other international students atuniversité Savoie Mont Blanc, while others are reserved for Accents' French-speaking students.
Ski outings, snowshoeing in winter, visits to the city of Chambéry, discovering nearby towns... you'll receive all the information you need during your stay.

In summer, a special program is designed - more details here!