Terms and Conditions of Study
1. Organisation of Classes
1.1. The French Institute in Latvia undertakes to provide professional French language study courses, based on the guidelines established by the Council of Europe. The classes are taught by professional and highly qualified French language instructors.
1.2. The classes are held at FIL, at 59 Elizabetes Street, or at hired premises in the centre of Riga.
1.3. The Language Course Secretariat will inform course participants about opportunities to apply for examinations to obtain the following internationally recognised diplomas as proof of their French language skills: Delf, Dalf, TCF (CIEP), business language diplomas (CCI Paris Ile-de-France).
1.4. Classes are not held on National Holidays but are rescheduled for another date.
2. Tuition Fee
2.1. Payment for courses must be made in full within three business days of the receipt of confirmation that a group has been formed. Failure to comply with this condition may result in the annulment of enrolment in the selected group.
2.2. The price of any course book is not included in the course fee.
2.3. Payment of the tuition fee must be made by bank transfer.
3.1. In case of late payment, a penalty equal to 1% of the amount due for each day of delay in payment will be applied.
4. Annulment of Application
If participation in courses is cancelled after the commencement of lectures, payment for courses will not be reimbursed.
5. Study Procedure
5.1. The number of students per group will be 10 – 15.
5.2. If the number of persons who have applied for a group is below 10, the group may be closed or merged with another group of the same level.
5.3. A 5 minute break is provided after each 60 minute session of study.
5.4. If a course participant wishes to change the level of their study course during the semester (no later than 3 weeks from the commencement of the study session), then they should notify the Language Course Secretariat about the proposed change in writing; the change of level should be coordinated with the instructor of the group and the Language Course Secretariat.
6. Study Methods
6.1. The study programme offered by FIL and the additional learning materials used in the study process have been designed, based on the current teaching methods for learning French as a foreign language.
6.2. At the end of the semester, all General French Language groups are offered a language test which allows each participant to assess the level of French language proficiency that he/she has attained. After the successful completion of this test, the course participant may pass to the next level. If the test has not been passed, the course participant may be offered a skills enhancement course and/or a specialised course.
6.3. Parents can obtain information about a child’s or adolescent‘s performance and class attendance at the Course Secretariat.
6.4. The course participant should contact the Course Secretariat to obtain a document proving the course participant‘s French language proficiency level, or other documents certified by FIL.
6.5 The course participant can arrange for a consultation about his/her proficiency level to obtain an internationally recognised diploma (DELF-DALF, TCF, DFP), at the Language Course Secretariat
7. Responsibilities of Course Participants
7.1. The course participant will commit himself/herself to promoting a positive atmosphere in class and respecting other course participants (eg. regarding religion, political, ethical issues etc.).
7.2. The use of mobile phones is forbidden during classes
8. Internal Regulations for the Minors
8.1. The Institute is responsible for the child’s security only during classes. Before/after the class, the child’s security is the responsibility of his/her parents or guardians (hereinafter – the Parents).
8.2. Children aged 7 or above may arrive at/leave the classes independently. Children under the age of 7 are to be accompanied to classes by an adult who is to leave the child with the teacher at the beginning of the class. At the end of the class, the adult must collect the child outside the classroom.
8.3. The Institute does not provide childcare on the premises of the Institute. If, due to unexpected circumstances, the Parent who is supposed to collect the child is delayed, his/her duty is to inform the Language Course Secretariat of the Institute (67201858) about the delay or notify the Information Telephone of the Institute (67201851).
8.4. If the child’s behaviour disturbs the class, the Language Course Secretariat will contact the Parents. If the child continues disturbing the classes, he/she may be suspended from one or several classes without reimbursement for these classes.
8.5. It is the Parents’ duty to inform the Institute if the child has serious health problems.
8.6. It is the Parents’ duty to inform the child about the Internal Regulations of the Institute.