Section internationale

The British international section

Please find below the application form to apply to the International Section for the 2017 school year. The application deadline is: March 24 2017.

Application form International Section

Please note that admission in the International Section is very selective and requires a lot of extra work from students.

Please see below for details about the application and admission processes, a general presentation of the section, its objectives and general recommendations.

About the British international stream

The International Section at Marguerite Duras wishes to offer students a bilingual but also bicultural education. This stream combines the traditional French curriculum, together with high-level English, literature and history-geography classes.

The International Section classes are taught by native English-speaking teachers, or Anglophone trained teachers, who are responsible for teaching literature, language and history-geography to the British national standards.

The International Section at Marguerite Duras follows the students from Sixième through Troisième, where they sit the International Option of the DNB in English and History-geography.

Admission and application process

* Please note that the admission in the British International Section is subject to availability and requires a lot of extra work from the students.


  • Deadline to submit the application form: March 24 2017.
  • Language commission: end of May
  • June: Final validation given by the Conseils de Classe (Cambridge certification compulsory)
  • End of June: Final results sent to the families.


  • Application form to be filled out and sent to
  • A Cambridge certification is compulsory for admission:
    • To enter International Section 6e: KET-A2
    • To enter International Section 5e: PET-B1
    • To enter International Section 4e: PET-B1
    • To enter International Section 3e: FCE-B2
* Please note that CM2 students in Anglais + at Marguerite Duras must fill out and send an application form as well.


  • A language commission, to be held in May, will assess the applications, and the final validation will be given by the Conseils de Classe in June.
  • For newcomers, the commission will study each student’s file and application form. A language test will have to be organised with a referent teacher from their school.

Classes and exams

  • LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE: this incorporates the teaching of literature in English, together with a focus on all the language skills (6 hours/week, with 1 teacher)
  • HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY: the French syllabus is adapted to include a greater emphasis on the history and geography of the section country (4 hours a week instead of the usual history-geography provision, with 2 hours taught in English).
  • EXAMS AND DIPLOMAS: Pupils enrolled in the international section sit the International Option of the DNB (Diplôme National du Brevet) in literature and history-geography. The international option of the DNB is made up of:
    • All standard written exams in French
    • Two specific oral exams in language and literature and history-geography each with a coefficient of 1. Both exams are in English.

Private reading and summer reading lists

In order to allow full exposure to the English language, and for your child to meet

English in its various forms, we strongly recommend private reading. The following reading lists have been drawn up by the English teachers. They are intended to be suggested reading ideas, and are by no means to be regarded as compulsory lists.

International Section Suggested Reading Lists 6-5

International Section Suggested Reading Lists 4-3


All students will have to complete two summer readings. These readings are compulsory and will be used in class. A summer Reading Study Guide will have to completed by the end of summer (one for each novel).

* Please note that copies of the books are available at school and will be lent to the students in June. For newcomers, you will be given the Summer reading Lists once the admission in International Section is validated at the end of June.

Summer Reading List Study Guide