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Courses for au pairs in Switzerland

Are you looking for a language school for au pairs in Switzerland? Find out more about a language course in Switzerland!

 

Information at a glance

  • Every au pair should have enough time off to be able to take language classes.
  • Normally, the host families pay for the language school.
  • The prices for language courses vary, depending on the school, but they are similar to prices in other places in Europe.

 

Switzerland

schweiz aupairIn the heart of Europe you can find a beautiful country with picturesque landscapes surrounded by mountains – Switzerland.

 

Switzerland is not part of the European Union, but joined the Schengen community in 2008.

 

There are four official languages in Switzerland: German, French, Italian and Rhaeto-Romanic (a Swiss dialect). There is also a fifth language – Yeniche.

 

This language has elements of German, Hebrew, and Celtic. In the western part of Switzerland, the official language is French, in central Switzerland people speak German, and in the south east you will hear Italian and Rhaeto-Romanic.

 

Language Courses in Switzerland

According to the au pair agreement in Switzerland, every au pair has to have enough time off to be able to take language classes. There are many language schools to choose from, the best schools being in the big cities, such as Zurich or Basel. In Switzerland, you can find any type of language course, from private classes to courses in small groups to courses in adult educational centers (Volkhochschulen). Every certified language institute offers various types of language courses: the course length, class size and price are different at every language school.

 

Course Length

If you work as an au pair in the French part of Switzerland, you have to complete 120 hours  of language classes – in other parts of Switzerland au pairs have to take at least 4 hours per week.

 

Costs

The vocational schools offer the cheapest language courses, being about 15 Swiss Francs per hour. For private lessons you will pay between 20 and 30 Swiss Francs per hour, and the courses at the Berlitz language schools, at 50 Swiss Francs per hour, are among the most expensive. Usually, if your au pair stay is successful, the host family will pay for (part of) your language class costs.

 

Language Level in Switzerland

When you sign up at a language school, you usually have to take an initial exam to evaluate your language level (from A1 to C2) in German, French or Italian. Then you will be able to take language classes according to your level.

 

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is the basis for evaluating your language level in Europe. There are 6 levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. A1 stands for beginner while C2 corresponds to the level of a native speaker.

 

Language Schools in Switzerland

sprachschule aupairBern

  • Intermundo
  • Sprachenoffensive GmbH

Zurich

  • Dr. Steinfels Sprachreisen
  • EB Zurüch
  • STS Education

Luzern

  • Alemania
  • Universität

Basel

  • Arcadia Schule
  • Orsini

 

 

Adult Education Centers (Volkshochschulen) in Switzerland

  • VHS Verband der Schweizerischen Volkshochschulen

 

 

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