Complete beginner course

Characteristics of the course for Complete beginners

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Winter 2024 course dates

22 January to 16 February 2024

Summer 2024 course dates

22 July to 16 August 2024



The Complete beginner course is specifically tailored for students who begin their learning of the French language (who have never taken any classes). The course level is A1 (for people of level A0 or Pre-A1).

Courses take place in the Anthropole building in the Quartier Chanberonne of the UNIL campus in Dorigny


4 weeks, Monday to Friday.


The Complete beginner course awards you with a particiaption attestation on which are mentioned the level and content of the attended course and the number of class hours.


The Complete beginner course doesn't prepare for the exams of the CQF (Certificate of qualification in French).

Admission requirements

Level of French required

This course is aimed at people who have no notion of French or who have never taken a French course (A0 or Pre-A1 level)

Minimum age

You must be at least 17 years old on the first day of class. No exceptions are possible. 


Price:  CHF 970.-

30% discount for UNIL Students. More information here

Course organization

You will have the language classes in the morning (8.45am-12pm) in groups of 16 to 18 students. 

A sample timetable will be available soon.


Winter session 2024

Registrations opening : October 2023

Enrolment Deadline : January 5, 2024 (subject to availability)

Registration for the summer course will open in March 2024

Cancellation and refund

Please see our cancellation conditions.


The Cours de vacances reserves the right to cancel your registration: 

  • according to the directives of the FOPH or the UNIL Rectorate in relation to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic; 
  • if we have an insufficient number of registrations.

In both cases, the full registration fee will be refunded. 

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