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

The Diploma prepares you to teach French in your native country. 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.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 25 October 2022

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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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