Diploma in French as a Foreign Language

General Content

This programme is intended for people whose culture and/or language of reference is not French (upper secondary school-leaving certificate obtained in a non French-speaking country or territory). It offers extensive training in French as a Foreign Language in its language-related and cultural dimensions and provides the theoretical knowledge in literature, linguistics and teaching necessary for achieving mastery in this field (French-language literatures, linguistics and sociolinguistics of French, teaching the literature and the language, etc.).

Students without the linguistic knowledge required for access to the Diploma course of study must complete a preparatory (foundation) year (level A2) and, if necessary, an elementary year (level A1).

Practical Information

School of French as a Foreign Language

Degree Awarded
Diploma of French as a Foreign Language

ECTS Credits

4 semesters

Teaching Language

Enrolment deadline
30 April. If you require a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February.

Further information

Career Prospects

EFLE graduates often become teachers of French as a foreign language. Other career prospects are similar to those of graduates of the Faculty of Arts.

People who wish to teach French as a foreign language in the German- or Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland are advised to choose the discipline "French as a foreign language" as a part of a Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Students who fulfilled the admission requirements for the School of French as a Foreign Language without fulfilling the admission requirements for the Faculty of Arts, and who graduated from the School of French as a Foreign Language, can apply for the Faculty of Arts.

Subject to changes.
Last update: 26 August 2019

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School of French as a Foreign Language

Université de Lausanne
Bâtiment Anthropole
1015 Lausanne



Unicentre - CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 11 11
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