CAVILAM is an Institute of Higher Education, founded in 1964 by the University of Clermont-Ferrand and the City of Vichy (where it sits).
CAVILAM has become a leading school in France for teaching French as a foreign language and a center of pedagogy research with a worldwide reputation.
French Universities and Grandes Ecoles (Engineering and Business Schools) are among our traditional partners: before they enter these schools, foreign students and scholars go through an efficient immersion
training and get prepared to attend courses in a French environment at their Institution of choice.
CAVILAM is also a long-time institutional partner of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the field of teachers training (foreign French teachers of state schools, Alliances Françaises and French Institutes).
Finally, we welcome hundreds of individuals every year, who have bought a package to an agent (language
study trips organizers, tour operators...)
In total, CAVILAM trains every year more than 5,000 students and teachers from all over the world, both on its modern and international campus in Vichy or during expertise missions abroad.
Using modern methods of teaching, all our teachers are fully-qualified native French speakers, and specialist training in the teaching of French as a foreign language. They ensure that each student receives individual attention.