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Institut Richelieu – École de Français

INSTITUT RICHELIEU - École de français, Rue Centrale 10, 1003 Lausanne Direction : Monsieur Patrick Vallat
Created in 1962, the Institut Richelieu is a French school of human size, ideally located in the city center of Lausanne, the Olympic capital designated some time ago as the "best small city in the world" by the British magazine Monocle.

For its 60th anniversary, the Richelieu Institute has a new look and welcomes you in its superb premises in the hypercenter, with a young and dynamic team, driven by the enthusiasm and know-how of its new management. You will benefit from the pedagogical skills of your trainers, all of whom are native French speakers with solid experience in teaching adults. They will accompany and support you to help you achieve your objectives.

The Richelieu Institute is resolutely turned towards the future and keeps at heart the family spirit and the conviviality which characterize it since its foundation. You will appreciate the original activities that will be proposed to you in addition to your courses (visits, tastings, discoveries, ...): a complete immersion in the service of your progress in French!

Average manpower

200 students 30 teachers 15 classes


Further education for adults


16-18 years old

Range study


Classes taught in



Day school


Certificate of study
Languages diplomas
Other diplomas


Full time
Part time
Evening classes


Eduqua certification

Member of AVDEP and FSEP

Certificates from the Richelieu Institute


Intensive courses : 11 weeks : 20 periods per week : To learn French quickly and efficiently, there is nothing better than an intensive course ! Daily practice of the language allows you to develop your comprehension and expression skills in both oral and written French. Thanks to entertaining and varied activities, you will gain confidence and ease in communicating in French. You will also discover different aspects of French culture in a French-speaking Swiss context, right in the heart of Lausanne. Semi-intensive course: 11 weeks: 2 x 4 periods per week: Thanks to this course, you learn French in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere two afternoons per week. You will acquire solid skills to communicate effectively and reach your goals quickly. General courses : 11 weeks : 2 x 2 periods per week : You wish to learn French in parallel with your professional activity ? You only have a few hours per week to devote to your French learning? Our general courses are made for you: you will be amazed by your progress in only two evenings per week!

Experience and excellence:

Created in 1962, the Richelieu Institute is a human-sized company that has trained several generations of French language lovers. A guarantee of excellence, this longevity is attested by the EDUQUA certification.

Quality of training:

All our trainers have been teaching in their native language for several years. Their experience and know-how guarantee you an optimal supervision throughout your progress.

At the Richelieu Institute, you are an actor of your learning, not a spectator!

More than a school :

The Richelieu Institute is a real personalized follow-up and also a team that listens to your needs, a friendly atmosphere, discovery activities and support in your procedures (student visa, residence permit and other administrative procedures).

A real immersion in the French culture:

You will study in the hypercenter of Lausanne, the cultural center of Vaud. We regularly organize visits, excursions and tastings of regional products (chocolate, cheese and other typical local specialties).

The best quality-price ratio:

Offer 10 + 1 :

Sign up for eleven weeks (full term) and pay only ten (one week of classes free), all in splendid premises in the heart of the historic center of Lausanne, close to public transport and the lively Flon district.


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