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Language courses

Each applicant is responsible to register for a course which corresponds to his or her actual level. Course descriptions use the common reference levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) that is divided in six levels from A1 (breakthrough or beginner) to C2 (mastery or proficiency).
 
If you don’t know your level in the target language you wish to learn, you can use several tools developed by the Council of Europe:
  • Self-assessment grid and checklists downloadable here : English gridEnglish checklist
  • A more user-friendly version of the self-assessment grid: https://www.ecml.at/
  • For a more thorough evaluation, you can use the DIALANG software, directly on the Dialang website or on all the computers at the E.M.A
Courses organised by the LC are open to all students and staff of the university: Bachelor's students, Master's students, doctoral students, academic and administrative staff. Members of the SAN can also register in our courses and use the E.M.A.
 
Our courses are also open to students and academic staff of other institutions in Neuchâtel: EPFL, HE-Arc, HES-SO and members of SAN
 
The LC provides general language courses but also courses in academic English and German. For students starting a Master's programme in English, we offer an intensive course in English during the spring and summer breaks (February and September)
 
Finally, the LC offers special courses to prepare for international exams in German and English:

Learners who wish to prepare for these exams at other levels or who would like to prepare for the Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE) or the Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE) can find methods, books and CD-Roms at the E.M.A. Materials for the preparation of the Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) are also provided there.

Weekly courses

  • for 1 semester (about 28 teaching hours) :

BA MA doctoral Students UniNE: CHF 182.-
Admin and technical staff UniNE : CHF 182.-

Academic Staff UniNE and SAN member : CHF 234.-
Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.): CHF 234.-
Staff other institutions: CHF 286.-

Flexi-courses

  • for 1 semester (about 14 teaching hours and 10 hours of self-study) :

BA MA doctoral students UniNE: CHF 126.-
Admin and technical staff UniNE : CHF 126.-
Academic Staff UniNE and SAN member : CHF 168.-
Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.): CHF 168.-
Staff other institutions: CHF 182.-

Express courses

  • for a 10 hour teaching programme  :

BA MA doctoral students UniNE: CHF 100.-
Admin and technical staff UniNE : CHF 100.-
Academic Staff UniNE and SAN member : CHF 128.-
Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.): CHF 128.-
Staff other institutions: CHF 159.-

Beginner courses A1 and German A2

  • for a 28 hour teaching programme  :

BA MA doctoral students UniNE: CHF 375.-
Admin and technical staff UniNE : CHF 375.-
Academic Staff UniNE and SAN member : CHF 390.-
Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.): CHF 390.-
Staff other institutions: CHF 390.-

English Intensive courses

  • for a 28 hour teaching programme  :

BA MA doctoral students UniNE: CHF 220.-
Admin and technical staff UniNE : CHF 220.-
Academic Staff UniNE and SAN member : CHF 250.-
Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.): CHF 250.-
Staff other institutions: CHF 320.-

German Intensive courses

  • for a 28 hour teaching programme  :

BA MA doctoral students UniNE: CHF 355.-
Admin and technical staff UniNE : CHF 355.-
Academic Staff UniNE and SAN member : CHF 375.-
Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.): CHF 375.-
Staff other institutions: CHF 375.-

Workshops

CHF 30.-, course material included

These fees are based on an hourly rate of approximately CHF 8.- to CHF 12.- They do not cover the cost of the teaching materials (about CHF 40.-) and the extra registration fees for the international exams like IELTS, TOEFL or Goethe.

Payment is due before 30th September / 28th February. Past these dates, the fees are owed and no refund will be given.

 

You can register online during the enrolment periods (see below). Look at the course descriptions on each course page.

Applications will be handled on a first come, first served basis. The number of participants is limited to 16 or 20 depending on the course. When this number is reached, your application will be sent on a waiting list.

Classes start on the first day of the semester, even when they take place on a Monday!! Your place in the course will be confirmed by email at the latest the Thursday before the start of the semester.

Enrolment periods:

  2020-2021 2021-2022
Autumn 03 August to 18 September 2020 02 - 20 September 2019
Spring 08 - 26 February
2021
03 - 21 February 2020

 

 

The LC delivers two kinds of certificate:

  • Certificate of achievement

To get a course certificate, students need to regularly attend courses (80% ratio of attendance is required). Moreover, participants have to meet the requirements of the course assessment. 

  • Certificate of participation

If a particpant fails part of the course assessment or cannot take a class test, they will get a certificate of participation ONLY if they can prove a 80% ratio of attendance (including the 10 hours of self-study at the E.M.A. for the flexi-courses).