Semi-intensive course

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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 content and organization of the lessons are adapted to levels A1 to C1 according to the CEFR scale. The semi-intensive course aims at learning French through practice in language activities.

CHOICE OF "Introduction to Academic Texts" OPTION

It is possible to take the "Introduction to Academic Texts" option  (level A2 must be reached). 



Courses take place in the Anthropole building in the Quartier Chamberonne of the UNIL campus.



4 weeks



Admission requirements

Level of French required

To have reach Pre-A1 level before the beginning of the course

If you choose the module "Introduction to academic texts", you must have acquired level A2.

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

This course consists of a practical language course module. You will have classes every morning, Monday through Friday, from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm. If your language level on our placement test is A2-B1 or higher, you will have the option of choosing a specific grammar, writing or pronunciation workshop that you will take during the second half of the morning (note that there is no workshop with the "Introduction to Academic texts" module).

Credits and certification


The semi-intensive course awards you with an attendance attestation on which are mentioned the level and content of the attended course and the number of class hours.


The semi-intensive course doesn't help you compile the language portfolio which is a prerequisit of admission to the exams of the CQF (Certificate of qualification in French) and the enrolment in this course doesn't lead to the CQF. If you wish to be accompanied in the realisation of a portfolio we advise you to attend the Intensive course.  

If you wish to follow the semi-intensive course and obtain certification of your level, you must register for the semi-intensive course and the CQF exams on our registration portal.


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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