Language requirements

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

In 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

The Language Centre holds intensive pre-semestral courses in French and German 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 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 activities.

To register or obtain additional information, please contact the International Relations Office .

Intensive language course

During the semester

The University’s Language Centre offers free language courses.

Language courses