Frequently asked questions

Can I obtain a grant in order to study at the Cours de vacances?

Unfortunately the Cours de vacances doesn't give out study grants.

What happens on the first day of class?

Meet us at 8.15 am in the Anthropole building of Lausanne University (the hall number will be on your Enrolment Confirmation letter). You will take a written assessment test (written comprehension and expression and oral comprehension) in the morning and an oral expression test in the afternoon. The tests will finish at 3.30 pm.

Is there an entrance test?

Yes, the assessment test which takes place on the first day of your course (writing in the morning, oral in the afternoon). This is only to help us place you in the class suited to your level. During the summer courses, the test doesn't concern the complete beginners.

Except for the "Introduction to academic texts" course.

Your entry in this class depends on the result of your assessment test on the first day of the course, you must at least be at level A2/B1 this means you must have acquired the skills of the A2 level and be on the path to acquiring the level B1 on the first day of the course.

if your result at the assessment test is too low, we will try to put you in a regular class but this will depend on availability.
if your result at the assessment test is too low and there are no spaces available in the regular classes you will not be able to attend the course and we will not refund your course.

Are all levels represented in each 3-week session?

During the winter, all levels are represented except the complete beginner (the person has no elementary notion and has never taken lessons). During the summer, all levels are represented and we also offer a 6-week course for the complete beginners.

Does the Cours de vacances have accommodation for its students?

During the summer, the Cours de vacances has a few rooms in a university residence for those enrolled in a course. The price of the room is not included in the price of the course. More information can be obtained from the school secretariat ( 

During the winter, the Cours de vacances does not have accommodation to offer but can provide information on the various accommodation options. 

Is it possible to study French as a foreign language at Lausanne University during the academic year?

Yes, at the Ecole de français langue étrangère, tel: ++41 (0)21 6923080, e-mail:,

How can I self-assess my French level in order to enrol in the appropriate course?

By refering to the criteria found on the following page: global scale of the European language portfolio. For a more precise appreciation, you can download a test application on the website Le Point du FLE.

Plan 40 to 60 minutes to do the test.

However, the classes are organized according to the assessment test (written and oral) that takes place on the first Monday of your course.

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