A program of intensive courses in French as a Foreign Language (Français Langue Étrangère) for refugee or asylum-seeking artists who have undertaken or completed higher education in the arts in their country of origin.
The Herodotus program, which does not lead to a diploma, welcomes artists for one academic year. They follow FLE courses, according to their level of French, beginner or correct level, at the rate of three sessions of 1h30 per week. The training is a way for these artists to find an artistic environment, to have access to all courses as free listeners. They are accompanied in their discovery by voluntary student tutors.
The Herodotus program is conducted by the Studies Department of Beaux-Arts de Paris, under the responsibility of Sophie Marino.
For the year 2018-2019, following the auditions of June 26, 2018, 12 candidates have joined the program for one year. All applications were suggested by the association l'Atelier des Artistes en Exil.
One participant, of Yemeni nationality, joined the School following the entrance exam for the year 2019-2020.
This year was an opportunity to communicate more about the program and to join the MENS network « Migrants dans l’enseignement supérieur » (Migrants in Higher Education), which brings together all the initiatives to help refugees and asylum seekers to resume their studies.
The program was invited to be presented as an example at the meeting of International Non-Governmental Organizations at the Council of Europe on April 9, 2019.
A new recruitment took place on September 25, for the year 2019-2020. The partner structures that recommend applications are the Cité internationale des arts and the UNIR association, which accompanies refugees and asylum seekers in their academic integration.