Frequently asked questions

Can I obtain a grant in order to study at the Cours de vacances?

Unfortunately the Cours de vacances doesn't give out study grants.

What happens on the first day of class?

You will meet at 8:15 a.m. in the Anthropole building of the University of Lausanne (the room and the name of your teacher will be communicated to you a few days before the beginning of the course, by e-mail). 

Is there an entrance test?

Yes, this test is done online, a few days before your first day of class and it helps us place you in the class that corresponds to your level. This is only to help us place you in the class suited to your level. During the summer courses, the test doesn't concern the complete beginners.

Except for the "Introduction to academic texts" course.

Your entry in this class depends on the result of your assessment test, you must at least be at level A2/B1 this means you must have acquired the skills of the A2 level and be on the path to acquiring the level B1 on the first day of the course.

if your result at the assessment test is too low, we will try to put you in a regular class but this will depend on availability.
if your result at the assessment test is too low and there are no spaces available in the regular classes you will not be able to attend the course and we will not refund your course.

Are all levels represented in each 3-week session?

During the winter, all levels are represented except the complete beginner (the person has no elementary notion and has never taken lessons). During the summer, all levels are represented and we also offer a 6-week course for the complete beginners.

Does the Cours de vacances have accommodation for its students?

During the summer, the Cours de vacances has a few rooms in a university residence for those enrolled in a course. The price of the room is not included in the price of the course. More information can be obtained from the school secretariat ( 

During the winter, the Cours de vacances does not have accommodation to offer but can provide information on the various accommodation options. 

Is it possible to study French as a foreign language at Lausanne University during the academic year?

Yes, at the Ecole de français langue étrangère, tel: ++41 (0)21 6923080, e-mail:,

How can I self-assess my French level in order to enrol in the appropriate course?

By refering to the criteria found on the following page: global scale of the European language portfolio. For a more precise appreciation, you can download a test application on the website Le Point du FLE.

Plan 40 to 60 minutes to do the test.

However, classes will be organized according to the CDV placement test that you will take online a few days before the course begins.

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