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 2,200 students of more than 80 different nationalities.

The Faculty offers a wide range of disciplines, from history to theoretical approaches in the humanities and the study of modern and ancient, national and international languages. Areas of study include currents of thought and the full range of cultural output, from literature and speeches in all their diversity to the traces of ancient civilisations, film, photography, music, cartoons, video games and more.

With 20 disciplines on offer in the Faculty (and therefore thousands of possible course combinations), studying the arts makes sense of the intellectual richness of the past as well as the social realities of today. The range of courses we provide is further enhanced by the disciplines offered by our partner Faculties at UNIL and other universities in French-speaking Switzerland.

The multi-disciplinary nature of the Faculty’s Bachelor’s and Master’s courses enable students to develop numerous skills, including the ability to analyse and summarise, critical thinking, rigorous interpretation, independence, organisation, arguing, strong written and oral communication, and the ability to convey complex knowledge.

Numerous joint ventures with the city and the world of the arts means your training in the field will prepare you for a range of career opportunities in fields such as culture (museums, theatres, festivals and foundations), publishing, media and communications, teaching, international organisations or events management.


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 90 countries participate in the various courses at different levels.

If you want to improve your French, you can take Satellites courses at the School of French as a Foreign Language to complement other studies in one of UNIL's faculties.

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 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

> a place for students from all over the world to meet and exchange ideas

> a broad exposure to the cultural life of the region