CercleS in brief

Founded in Strasbourg in 1991, CercleS is a confederation of independent associations from 22 countries in Europe.

It brings together some 350 Language Centres, Departments, Institutes, Faculties or Schools in Higher Education whose main responsibility is the teaching of language. Its members have several thousand academic, administrative and technical staff, and some 250,000 students who learn all the world's main languages. CercleS is committed to the highest possible standards in language education and research.

To support language centres in European establishments of higher education, for the provision of language training backed up by appropriate technological and pedagogical resources.

To promote research in foreign language learning at international level.

To encourage international and interdisciplinary cooperation between language centres in order to enable them to co-ordinate the pursuit of their objectives.

In order to achieve its aims CercleS organises conferences, distributes a regular printed Bulletin to all its members, runs electronic bulletin boards and publishes its conference proceedings. CercleS also facilitates:
  • staff trainingstaff
  • exchanges between centres
  • research into language teaching and learning
  • observatories on technological developments
  • scholarly publication

Membership fees for 2019 and for 2020
The CercleS membership fee for 2019 and for 2020 is set for 100 EUR per workplace/year.

Each national association or an associate member pays the fees directly to the CercleS bank account till the end of March. For further info on the payment details,
please contact the Secretary General - generalsecretariat@cercles.org

This fee entitles a member to:
1. get regular information about the CercleS activities (seminars, workshops, conferences, focus group events, calls for publications)
2. participate in CercleS activities conferences at a reduced fee
3. participate in CercleS conferences at a reduced fee
4. get access to the CercleS website (members' area)
5. get access to all Mouton De Gruyter publications in the login area of the CercleS website
6. get an opportunity to become a part of the community sharing values and ideas of modern language and communication learning in HEA.

We are committed to promote state of the art language teaching and learning, as well as research
in Higher Education in and for a multilingual Europe and world.
Please join us in this fascinating endeavour.
CercleS President

CercleS Members

General Secretariat

Get in touch with us


University of Zurich UZH
Language Center of the University of Zurich 
and ETH Zurich
CH-Rämistrasse 71
8006 Zürich, Switzerland
tel. 41 44, 6345280

General Secretariat:

Université de Lorraine
UFR Lansad 
(Langues pour Spécialistes d’Autres Disciplines)
CLSH - 23 Boulevard Albert 1er - B.P. 60546
54005 NANCY CEDEX, France
tel. (33) 3 72 74 31 87
e-mail: generalsecretariat@cercles.org