Reopening of the Arqus Café: an interactive, friendly online platform to exchange ideas and practice foreign languages

From March 23, 2021 to June 30, 2021

The Arqus Café is a free, easy to access, easy to use online platform for students who are interested in practicing and improving their foreign language skills and exchange ideas with other European students in a friendly, relaxed environment.

What is the Arqus Café?

The Arqus Café, created by the University of Leipzig, is an online platform where students can meet, exchange ideas and practice one or more foreign languages together. The Arqus Café is designed to provide students with an authentic online language learning experience outside the classroom.

The Arqus Café is not a language course, though! Its purpose is to encourage free-flowing discussions in a positive environment. Each one-hour session will be led by native-speaking students, who will act as language tutors to assist with and lead the discussions.

Today, courses are available in the following languages:

  • German
  • African (Twi and Ga)
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Lithuanian
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Turkish


Who is it for?

The Arqus Café is open to students from any of the Arqus member institutions, including the Université de Lyon. At the Lyon and Saint-Étienne sites, the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 and the Université Jean Monnet are all involved.

Students are required to have at least level A2 in the target language, i.e. be familiar with basic vocabulary, be able to understand simple sentences and express themselves in everyday situations.

How to sign up

A weekly one-hour discussion session is held for each language.
If you are interested, you should register beforehand by sending a request (specifying their surname, first name and chosen language), using your student email address, to:

Students will then be invited to take part via the Zoom application.


Receive a certificate for taking part

Students who take part in and/or lead the Arqus Café sessions can also receive a certificate confirming their involvement in foreign language learning and teaching: an excellent addition to your resumé!

Arqus is looking for volunteer tutors to set up foreign language discussion groups!

Arqus is looking for volunteer tutors to set up new foreign language discussion groups. There is only one requirement: the discussion group you lead must be in your native language.
Interested? Simply send an e-mail to: