Characteristics of the Intensive course
- Course organization
- Admission requirements
- Credits and certification
- Next courses
The intensive course lasts all day long and lasts 3 weeks in winter and 3 or 6 weeks in summer. It is intended for people who want to learn french as a foreign language by enhancing their experience in an immersion situation and obtain ECTS credits and a grade. The content of the courses is from level A2 to C1, according to the scale of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The intensive course aims at learning French through practical language activities and intends to take advantage of the experience of strangeness that every student who learns a language in an immersion situation has to go through, in order to progress in his learning of French and his environment. In these particular conditions, the participants share their experience of the French-speaking world and thus discover certain aspects of it through the eyes of the other.
It is possible to take the Intensive course 3 weeks with the "Introduction to Academic Texts" option (level A2 must be reached).
You can find a description of the course on Le Fil.
The Intensive Course can be chosen over 3 or 6 weeks. The 6-week version is only available in the summer and cannot be chosen with the "Introduction to Academic Texts" option.
Courses take place in the Anthropole bulding in Quartier Chamberonne of the UNIL campus.
This course consists of 106 periods of 45 minutes. You will have classes all day, Monday through Friday. These classes will be organized as follows:
Morning (8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
You will take a practical language course of 56 periods of 45 minutes. If your language level on our placement test is A2-B1 or higher, you will have the opportunity to choose a specific grammar, writing or pronunciation workshop that you will take during the second part of the morning.
Afternoon (from 1:30 to 3:00 pm or 3:30 to 5:00 pm, depending on the group you are assigned)
The afternoon will be devoted to the Mutual Teaching in Context (MTC) program of 50 periods of 45 minutes. These 50 periods will be devoted to the completion of ethno-linguistic activity sheets carried out over 18 periods in class and 32 periods of independent work.
Level of French required
To have reach A1 level on the online placement test that you will take a few days before the beginning of the course in order to be placed in a class corresponding to their learning level.
If you choose the "Introduction to academic texts" option, you must have acquired level A2 on the placement test.
You must be at least 17 years old on the first day of class. No exceptions are possible.
This course awards 5 ECTS credits (or 10 ECTS for the 6 weeks course, only available in summer) and a grade.
ATTESTATION OF ACHIEVEMENT
The Intensive course awards you an Attestation of achievement on which appear the level of the course attended, the number of class hours, the ECTS credits and a grade which is an average of the grades received for each task.
The Intensive course will help you compile the portfolio which is a prerequisit of the admission to the CQF exams (Certificate of qualification in French) but the enrolment in this course doesn't lead to the CQF.
If you wish to attend this course and get a certification of your level you have to enrol in the course and in the CQF exams on our enrolment portal.
3 week Intensive course without the Certificate of qualification in French (CQF) : CHF: 950.-
3 week Intensive course with the Certificate of qualification in French (CQF) : CHF 1'250.-
DISCOUNT* for UNIL students
3-week intensive course: CHF 660 instead of CHF 950 (with CQF: CHF 960 instead of CHF 1250)
Dates of the 2022 Winter courses
- January 31th to February 18th 2022
Dates of the 2022 Summer courses
- June 27th to July 15th 2022
- July 18th to August 5th 2022
- August 8th to August 26th 2022
Winter session 2022
Registration opening : September 15th 2021
Enrolment Deadline : December 15th 2021
As the number of places is limited, registrations may be closed before this deadline.
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.