A Guide to Learning French in Switzerland

Language schools in Switzerland are generally small, to ensure that it remains personal, supportive and friendly. Its students have chosen to join an intimate community of motivated learners who are keen to venture into new territory, literally and metaphorically. They are keen to discover, to create, to master, to make friendships and to lead generous lives.

If you are an international student wishing to learn or improve their French, there are colleges and language schools which offers an ideal bilingual environment where both languages are used and spoken on a daily basis. Each term extensive French courses are instructurd by qualified, native speakers lead our classes with a focus on university and / or certification preparation.

Students can opt for private tuition or mini-group sessions of no more than 6 students (providing group level is available) and must take a level test prior to registration. Intensive courses are available during summer holiday breaks, They include accommodation, meals and a choice of optional activities (sport and/or cultural programme depending on the period chosen). The intensive courses are also available for mini-groups of no more than 6 students (providing group level is available). 

Costs can varies according to the length and type of programme chosen. Bursaries are available for suitable candidates. Alpine, cultural excursions and expeditions are also available if students wish, when courses are not being held. 

On completion of a course, extensive or intensive courses students, where appropriate, can be entered for the Cambridge First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency examinations in English as well as the TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français) in French. The TCF is compulsory for future students undertaking the DAP (Demande d’Admission Préalable/preliminary admission application) for admission on first and second year university degree courses as well as for Architecture students in France.

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Popular Places to Study French in Switzerland

You can find top rated French Language Schools throughout Switzerland in places like:

  • Bern
  • Geneva
  • LausanneFribourg
  • Biel-Bienne
  • Neuchâtel
  • La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • Sion
  • Zurich


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