Your exchange at UNIL is an ideal opportunity to learn French or perfect your knowledge of the language. During your time here, you will be able to take French classes alongside your study plan or incorporate them into it.
The School of French as a Foreign Language (EFLE), which is part of the Faculty of Arts at UNIL, offers a free plan that has been specially designed for exchange students, which allows you to select credit-bearing courses from a vast range of options, while you are taking classes in your host faculty. When you enrol online, select the “Plan Libre EFLE” (EFLE free plan) option in addition to the main subject area you are going to study. Class enrolments take place shortly after the start of the semester.
You can find all the information you need about the EFLE plan here. EFLE classes are free for UNIL students.
You can also take intensive French classes before the start of your semester(s) with our Cours de vacances. These are three or six-week sessions of intensive classes that combine theory and practice, to give you the solid foundation you need while you are living and studying in Lausanne. A fee is charged and some modules provide ECTS credits.
The UNIL Language Centre offers a wide range of language courses to UNIL students, free of charge. When you enrol, you will be asked to take a test to determine your level in the language chosen. Enrolment with the Language Centre is entirely separate from your online enrolment before you arrive.
Some Language Centre courses may entitle you to ECTS credits. However, the courses you take will not appear on the final transcript sent to your home university.
Please see the Language Centre website for further information.