Language Courses in Zurich Language courses in your area

Switzerland has four national languages. Although English is widely spoken, it's a good idea to learn the local language of your region. Schools offer a variety of language courses.

Languages of Switzerland      

Switzerland has four national languages, German, French, Italian and Romansh. Information is always printed in German and French, and often in Italian as well. The German part of Switzerland has spoken regional dialects known as Swiss German. High German is the written language. English is widely spoken in Switzerland and is often used in business. Learning the local language and making an effort to understand the dialect will help with integration. 

Learn more about the benefits of multilingualism in the article Multilingualism: an overlooked gift

Language schools in Zurich & Winterthur

German is Zurich's official language and many language courses are available.

 For school children and other newcomers, Integrationsförderung Zürich and Integrationsförderung Winterthur provide lists with available language classes in Zürich and  Winterthur. Most of these offers are state funded with a focus on integration. Should you prefer to just learn the language without the integration element, consult language school directories

Language courses & education

Courses vary according to structure, duration, degree of intensity, level, language, class size and cost. In general, there is an option to suit most people's needs. Most schools offer day and evening classes to accommodate students with other commitments. There are usually opportunities for study online, in small groups or in private lessons. Some schools offer language assessment exams to help determine your level before beginning a course, it may be taken online or at school. At certain locations it may also be possible to sit in and try an introductory lesson before committing to the entire course. 

Things to consider when choosing a language school

Before making a final decision, visit the school in person to discuss your class options and to get a feel for the school culture and environment. Ask these questions: 

  • What training do the instructors undergo? 
  • What is the average class size? 
  • Is there an entrance test to ensure that you begin at the correct level? 
  • Is it possible to join an introductory class before enroling?
  • Is the course material suitable and helpful? 
  • Is there a recognised certificate on completion of the course?
  • Are private lessons available? 
  • Are other adult education courses available?

 

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