Language Courses in Lausanne 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 Lausanne 

Some well-known language schools in Lausanne include Migro Klubschule, Berlitz and Swiss French School. The specialist department for integration (Bureau cantonal pour l'intégration des étrangers et la prévention du racisme) (FR) has a comprehensive list (FR) of language classes in canton Vaud that also focus on integration. For language related clubs, look into Toastmasters, English Forum or Meetup

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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: Patricia Bellenot

Married with one child. Swiss nationality born in Sri Lanka. Currently lives in Montreux, Switzerland and soon moving to Sydney, Australia in June this year. Graduated from the Friendship university in Moscow, Russia with a master’s degree in Economics. Professional background in Finance and audit. Lived and worked in Russia, UK, Switzerland, Poland, Romania and South Africa. Having experienced expat life in many countries and involvement in international associations motivated me to work for a relocation company (Packimpex) helping expat families to settle down in a new country.

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  • 10/17/14 11:09 AM

    Hi Alvin, thanks and great to hear you'd like to learn French. You can check our listing of language schools all across Switzerland by visiting the Directories section of this website. Here's the direct link: http://www.helloswitzerland.ch/directories/-/category/Language+Schools/

  • 7/8/13 10:58 AM

    I'm interested in learning french. Can anyone recommend a good language school? The lessons should take place in the evening 'caus I'm working full-time. I appreciate your recos...

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