Language requirements

The teaching languages at the University of Fribourg (Unifr) are French, German and English. 

At the Faculty of Science and Medicine courses on Bachelor level are taught in French and German. Therefore, it’s preferable if you have knowledge in both languages. On Master level all courses are taught in English.

All the other Faculties offer their studies in French and German. A variety of courses taught in English are offered as well, but mainly on Master level. Some faculties allow Bachelor student in their Master courses taught in English.

Language proficiency for Bachelor’s and Master’s students

No language proficiency test is required for exchange students (non-degree-seeking students) who come to study at Unifr. However, having a B2 level, before you arrive, in the language or languages in which you will be taking tuition is recommended. During your stay, you have the opportunity to improve your language skills. 

Language skills for researchers (Unifr grants, Confederation scholarships and self-funded placements)

The language used in research is usually English. It is also recommended that you are able to speak at least one of the national languages to facilitate your integration in Fribourg and the University. You will also have the opportunity to improve your language skills during your stay.

Language courses

  • Before the start of the semester: Intensive French course

    The 3-week intensive French courses before the autumn semester will take place from 30 August to 17 September 2021. The courses offer a unique thematic programme. The French language skills acquired in the morning classes are specifically applied in the afternoons during excursions in Fribourg and the surrounding area. Programme details will follow shortly.

     

    The Language Centre holds intensive pre-semestral courses in French in collaboration with the International Relations Office (3 weeks before the autumn semester and 2 weeks before the spring semester). 

    These courses will help refresh your French language skills or introduce you to a new language, which will facilitate your integration in Fribourg and at the University. You will meet other students (mobility and local students) and have the opportunity to discover the town of Fribourg and the region thanks to a variety of cultural and sports activities.

    Classes are established according to the number of students and their respective levels, ranging from level A1 to level B2.

     
    Costs

    For students coming as part of a partnership agreement with a foreign university:

    • 3-week course preceding the autumn semester: 400 CHF 
    • 2 week course preceding the spring semester: 300 CHF

    For other categories of students and employees of the University of Fribourg:

     For information concerning the applicable rate please consult the Language Centers website

     

    Validation of the Course
    • The course before the autumn semester (duration 3 weeks) is worth 6 ECTS credits 
    • The course before the spring semester (duration 2 weeks) offers 4 ECTS credits. 

    Obtaining a certificate requires regular attendance and active participation in the various class activities and tasks.

    Registration

    For mobility students of the University of Fribourg:
    Registration form 

    For other categories of students, employees or Alumni of the University of Fribourg, for students of the "Hautes Ecoles/Hochschulen de Fribourg", for other public:

     Please register using the online registration form

    Registration deadline
    • 15 August 2021 for the course in the autumn semester (30.08.-17.09.2021)
    • 15 December 2021 for the course in the spring semester 2022 (February 2022)
    Information and contact

    Further Information: Language Centre

    Contact: International Relations Office international-incoming@unifr.ch 

  • Before the start of the semester: German intensive preparation course

    The German intensive preparation course before the start of the autumn semester 2021 has been cancelled.

     The next course will take place before the start of the spring semester 2022 (7 until 18 February 2022). Information will be published later (approx. autumn 2021)

  • During the semester

    The University’s Language Centre offers free language courses.

    Language courses