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Financing your French courses

If you want to learn French, know that there are different ways in which you can get help to fund your course.

This may be through an agreement with your employer, a private scholarship or assistance from the cantonal authorities.

Our language consultants will be happy to explain these possibilities to you.

Here are some of the most common financing options:

Chèque annuel de formation (Canton of Geneva only)

The Chèque Annuel de Formation (CAF), issued by the State of Geneva, is a voucher worth CHF 500 which can be used to finance your French courses.

For more information on the CAF, on who is eligible and on how to apply, please click here or contact us.


If you are a temporary worker in Switzerland and you are looking to develop your professional career, you may be eligible to receive a reimbursement for your French course.

To find out if you are eligible for this subsidised training or to find out more about how to apply, click here or contact us.

Disability Insurance

The asurance-invalidité (AI) is offered by the cantons to any person whose ability to work has been restricted due to chronic health reasons.

The AI helps affected people to integrate back into the labour market by contributing to language courses.

For more information, please consult the documentation available from your cantonal office or contact one of our language experts.

Social assistance (Hospice)

Provided and controlled by each canton, social assistance is intended to provide social and professional help to people in need.

Unemployed people who have financial difficulties can request it. The courses provided by Swiss French School may be financed, fully or partially, under this option.

The conditions for this funding are subject to certain requirements set by law. They may be obtained from your social worker.

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