Semi-intensive course

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Dates of the Summer 2023 courses

  • July 24th to August 11th
  • August 14th to September 1st

The semi-intensive course is a program given every morning over 3 weeks in winter and over 3 or 6 weeks in summer. The content and organization of the lessons are adapted to levels A1 to C1 according to the CEFR scale. The semi-intensive course is also offered with an option "Introduction to academic texts" (from level A2-B1). The semi-intensive course aims at learning French through practice in language activities.



It is possible to take the semi-intensive course with the "Introduction to Academic Texts" option (level A2 must be reached). 

You can find details of this course on Le Fil.




Courses take place in the Anthropole building in the Quartier Chamberonne of the UNIL campus.



The semi-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.



Admission requirements

Level of French required

To have reach Pre-A1 level before the beginning of the course

If you choose the "Introduction to academic texts" option, you must have acquired level A2.

Minimum age

You must be at least 17 years old on the first day of class. No exceptions are possible. 


3-week Semi-intensive course

  • without the Certificate of qualification in French (CQF) : CHF: 700.-
  • with the Certificate of qualification in French (CQF) : CHF 1'050.-

30% discount for UNIL Students. More information here

Course organization

This course consists of a practical language course of 55 periods of 45 minutes in class and ca. 25 periods of independent study hours. You will have classes every morning, Monday through Friday, from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm. If your language level on our placement test is A2-B1 or higher, you will have the option of choosing a specific grammar, writing or pronunciation workshop that you will take during the second half of the morning (note that there is no workshop with the "Introduction to Academic texts" option).

You will find a sample schedule below.

Credits and certification


The semi-intensive course awards you with an attendance attestation on which are mentioned the level and content of the attended course and the number of class hours.


The semi-intensive course doesn't help you compile the language portfolio which is a prerequisit of admission to the exams of the CQF (Certificate of qualification in French) and the enrolment in this course doesn't lead to the CQF. If you wish to be accompanied in the realisation of a portfolio we advise you to attend the Intensive course.  

If you wish to follow the semi-intensive course and obtain certification of your level, you must register for the semi-intensive course and the CQF exams on our registration portal.


Summer session 2023

Registrations opening : March 15th 2023

Enrolment Deadline : June 15th 2023

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. 

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