What is the CQF?

Characteristics of the CQF | CQF Guided tour

Characteristics of the CQF


The Certificate of Qualification in French is a language examination wich certifies the French level of the candidates, according to the scale of the CEFR. It is thought for all non-french speakers who wish to have a certification of their level of French. 

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

In order to obtain the CQF one has to deposit a portfolio and pass three exams: a writing exam, a listening and reading comprehension exam and an oral exam. Once the 3 exams have been passed, the CQF is awarded with the mention of the final result. This result is the global language level of the candidate in the terms of the CEFR levels A1 to C1. 

Our Intensive course is an optimal preparation for the CQF as it includes the writing and compilation of a portfolio which is necessary for the admission to the exams. 

You are pre-registered at UNIL?

The Certificate of qualification in French level B1 will allow you not to take the French exam for entering UNIL.

More details available on the Admissions office website.


CQF exams without any courses: 

CHF 350.--

CQF exams with 3-week Intensive course: 

CHF 1'250.--

CQF exams with 6-week Intensive course: 

CHF 2'200.--

The Intensive course offered by the Cours de vacances is an optimal preparation for the exams of the CQF. In that course a teacher accompanies you during the compilation of your portfolio. 

CQF exams with 3-week Semi-Intensive course: 

CHF 1'050.--


Next sessions

Summer 2023

The exams will be held on Friday, September 1st (afternoon) and Saturday, September 2nd, 2023 (whole day). 

Please note that, depending on the number of registrations, the exams may only be held on Saturday. 




Summer session 2023

Registration openings : March 15th 2023

Enrolment Deadline : June 15th 2023

Consult our cancellation conditions.

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