Faculty of Arts

Studying at the Faculty of Arts and the School of French as a Foreign Language
Description of studies and contacts
Faculty of Arts - School of French as a Foreign Language
Faculty of Arts
University of Lausanne
UNIL - Chamberonne
Anthropole - office 2051
CH-1015 Lausanne
Faculty of Arts
E-Mail: info_lettres@unil.ch
Phone: ++41 (0)21 692 2978

School of French as a Foreign Language
E-Mail: efle@unil.ch
Phone: ++41 (0)21 692 3080
Description, aims and objectives

THE FACULTE OF ARTS, founded in 1837, is one of the largest schools at the University of Lausanne, with over 2,000 students of more than 80 different nationalities.

It offers a vast range of traditional disciplines, including philosophy, history, modern and classical languages, archaeology and history of art. It also teaches other subjects, reflecting the enlargement of human knowledge, such as the history and aesthetics of cinema, information technology for human sciences, linguistics, history and religious sciences. With over 4,560 possible combinations available at Master’s level, the Faculty of Arts offers teaching aimed at making the wealth of past intellectual output meaningful and grasping the issues of contemporary realities.

A study of the arts is inherently multi- and interdisciplinary, offering you the opportunity to develop numerous skills, such as independence, a sense of responsibility and organisation, the ability to summarise and convey complex information, proficiency in written and oral communications, and versatility.


Faculty Website in French: www.unil.ch/lettres


THE SCHOOL OF FRENCH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE is affiliated to the Faculty of Arts. IIt offers complete degree courses or “satellite” courses of French focusing on the French Language and French and more generally Francophone Culture. Every year, over 1000 students from more than 70 countries participate in the various courses at different levels.

To improve French, it is also possible at the School of French as a Foreign Language to take just a few "satellite" courses in order to integrate other studies in one of the faculties of the UNIL.

Complete degree programmes provide extensive training in French as a Foreign Language (FFL) in its linguistic and cultural dimensions, as well as the theoretical knowledge of literature, linguistics and teaching methodologies necessary to achieve proficiency in this field.

School Website in French: www.unil.ch/fle


Degrees awarded




  • Master of Arts

  • Master of Arts with specialisation in :
    - African Studies: texts and fieldwork
    - Arts and Switzerland: borders, territory, identities
    - Culture, Civilasation and Resurgences from the Middle Ages
    - Comparative European Languages and Literatures
    - Dramatic Art and Theater History
    - Explaining interculturality
    - French and francophone studies in the European context
    - History of Culture: texts, images and society
    - History of Film Theory/Practices
    - History of the Book and Critical Edition
    - Literary Translation
    - New American Studies
    - Pedagogy and cultural mediation in the humanities
    - Public Discourse and Communication Analysis
    - Theatre Studies
    - Working in the Field of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

  • Master of Arts in the Study of Religions (with or without specialisation)

  • Master of Arts in Digital Humanities

Masters of Advanced Studies


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Faculty of Arts: Major Assets...

> training of the mind by which the student "learns to learn", encouraging a sense of responsibility and organization and opening the door to a wide range of professions

> an approach to teaching that develops critical thought, while cultivating open-mindedness as well as intellectual independence and autonomy

> a permanent interdisciplinary approach, enriched in particular by a wide range of different disciplines and combinations

> close links with the city and the wider arts world, in particular by setting up temporary exhibitions with museums and foundations

> an open-minded approach to research methodologies, revisiting traditional tools and taking advantage of new technologies

School of French as a Foreign Language: Major Assets...

> emphasis on the diversity of the linguistic and cultural practices of French speakers

> training for studying in French

> emphasis on gaining and assimilating knowledge

> experience in didactics of foreign languages

> teaching methods and content based on literature in research, linguistics and didactics

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Tel. +41 21 692 11 11
Fax +41 21 692 26 15