Exemption from the French exam

In your application file, you must provide a copy of your diploma or proof that you have passed one of the applicable exams.

Exemptions only apply to the basic test. The supplementary writing test is mandatory for candidates applying to the Faculty of Arts (including the School of French Language and Civilization) and the Faculty of Theology.

You are exempt from the French exam if you...

  • are of Swiss nationality
  • are required to sit for the Complementary Examination of Swiss Universities (ECUS)
  • have a certificate proving that you have attained at least a B2 level of French under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (see diplomas listed below)
  • are applying to a master's program or certificate if sitting for the French exam is not required (see the list of requirements)
  • are applying to a Doctorate or Master of Advanced Studies (MAS)
  • hold a foreign high school or university diploma (minimum three-year programme, equivalent to at least 180 ECTS credits). The diploma must be obtained from an institution that is recognized by our university, and French must be the official language of instruction.
  • are applying to the Faculty of Translation and Interpretation (FTI) and have passed the FTI’s French (passive language) admission exam (for the Bachelor of Arts in Multilingual communication, the Master of Arts in Translation, or the Master of Arts in Conference Interpreting)

You are exempt from the French exam if you hold one of the following diplomas or certificates

  • DLSCF (Diplôme Supérieur Langue et Culture Françaises), delivered by the Alliance Française
  • DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) 2nd degree certificate, or DELF B2 certificate
  • DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française) under the old or new system
  • DHEF (Diplôme de hautes études françaises), delivered by the Alliance Française
  • TCF (Test de connaissance du français), minimum B2 level for mandatory tests as well as optional (supplementary) tests
  • TCF DAP (Test de connaissance du français pour la demande d’admission préalable), minimum B2 level for mandatory tests as well as the written test (compulsory)
  • TEF (Test d’évaluation française), minimum B2 level for mandatory tests as well as optional (supplementary) tests, delivered by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de région Paris Ile-de-France (CCIP)/Alliance Française
  • Certificate for a summer French language course at the University of Geneva
  • Certificate proving that you have successfully completed one full year of studies at
    • the University of Geneva’s School of French language and Civilization (ELCF) or
    • the University of Neuchâtel’s Institute of French Language and Culture (ILCF) or
    • the University of Lausanne’s School of French as a Foreign Language (EFLE) Level B2
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