Language Courses in Geneva 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 Geneva

French is the official language of Geneva and many French courses are available. Some well-known language schools in Geneva include Migro Klubschule, Berlitz (with two Geneva locations, one in the city centre and one in Lancy), Inlingua and Swiss French School

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?

 

Author: Julie Eassom

Julie has worked in relocation for the last 6 years helping expats from all over the world. With personal experience and many years in Switzerland Julie enjoys the challenges in helping people to make a very stressful time enjoyable. She enjoys a busy social life and meeting new people.

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  • 10/17/14 11:08 AM

    Hi Richard, thanks for you comment! Type 'language courses' into our site's Search and you will find that we do indeed have similar guides for other areas of Switzerland!

  • 8/24/13 9:38 AM

    Great guide! It would be great to have similar guides for other areas in Switzerland.

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