French exam

A good knowledge of French is required for admission to the University of Lausanne.

Candidates to a Bachelor programme whose mother tongue is not French and who have no Swiss secondary school diploma, but who are exempted from the Complementary Examination of Swiss Higher Education Institutions (ECUS), must sit a French exam before final registration on a Bachelor programme.

Candidates admited to a preparatory programme leading to a Master programme must also sit a French exam before final registration on a preparatory programme unless they speak French as a mother tongue or they hold a Swiss secondary school diploma (maturité) or their previous university studies where fully followed in French.

You can find an example of the exam on the website of the French as a foreign language school.

Cases where this requirement does not appear to be necessary are decided by the Rectorate whose decision is final.

Candidates who fail the French exam are not admitted for registration.

This exam takes place on 27 August 2020 (autumn semester) and on 4 February 2021 (spring semester). 
Exemption

Students holding one of the following diplomas can be exempted from the French exam providing that they have been obtained within the last three years before the start of studies at UNIL:
Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF Tout public) niveau B1
Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF Tout public) niveau B2
Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF Tout public) niveau C1
Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF Tout public) niveau C2
Test de connaissance du français (TCF) pour les étudiants et futurs étudiants de niveau B1 ou plus haut
Test d'évaluation du français (TEF) de la Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris niveau 3 minimum, accompagné des 2 épreuves facultatives niveau 3 minimum.
Diplôme Supérieur Langue et Culture Françaises de l'Alliance française
Diplôme de Hautes Etudes Françaises de l'Alliance française
Diplôme de langue de l'Alliance française
Certificat de qualification en français (degrés B1-B2, B2-C1 ou C1-C2) du Cours de vacances de l’UNIL
Attestation d'une année d'études complète avec obtention d'au moins 60 crédits ECTS à:

. l'Ecole de langue et de civilisation française de l'Université de Genève;
. l'Institut de langue et civilisation françaises de l'Université de Neuchâtel;
. l'Ecole de français langue étrangère de l'Université de Lausanne.

A copy of the diploma or certificate must be enclosed with the application.

Vacation courses at UNIL

French courses for regular students at UNIL

NOTE

the French version of the registration conditions prevails
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