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Intensive French Courses
9.4 Overall Rating
9.4 Overall Rating

Program Summary

Located in the center of Geneva, Switzerland, ELFI is a school intended for eager adults to start learning or improve their knowledge of the French language. Personalized computer lessons are also available.

French lessons proposed by ELFI are intensive and are aimed at non French-speaking people, for every level, from beginners to advanced. French classes are held daily and throughout the year.

Using well-known and efficient learning methods, the courses prepare for all major French certificates and diplomas like DELF/DALF, TCF/TEF, as well as for entrance examinations for university: the French admission examination and the French part of the ECUS examination, or Examen Complémentaire des Universités Suisses.

ELFI brings an ideal environment for studying. In a serious yet family like atmosphere, the school offers quality lessons and tailors its teaching to the level, progress, and the difficulties of the students.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Academics

    10

La vie en rose à l'école ELFI

If you are in Geneva and you want to learn French, you cannot do better than going to ELFI. I came in, an absolute beginner, and after only four months I am still in disbelief at how much I have learned. The strategy of giving us two teachers was brilliant. Each teacher had a particular style which complemented the other, and the combination of the two in the space of one week, each week, made for a comprehensive study that had both width and depth. Overall, the teachers were efficient and organized in bringing students through each lesson and as the pace picked up, they knew when to slow down and when to push on. They were also very generous with casual conversations on the finer points of French culture. Their warmth and kindness created a close and family-like school environment. The administrative staff were no different, assisting and advising students even in daily practical matters and always receptive to feedback from their students. That being said, it would be prudent to keep in mind, that your success in learning French will ultimately depend on the effort you are prepared to put in. If you are committed to learning French, ELFI will help you achieve your goals as fast as you're ready to go.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    7

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

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Great year at ELFI

I took a year of intensive classes at ELFI and finished with a DELF B2 certificate in French. I loved the teachers and the pedagogy but the best thing about the school was the ambiance. I made great friends that really helped ease the integration into Geneva. Highly recommend this school to any adult learners who are looking for day classes and lots of interaction with others. They are fairly flexible too and accommodate any hiatuses due to travel etc.

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10/ 10

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    10

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    10

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    10

  • Program Administration

    10

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Overall a great experience

I studied there for 6 months. The teachers are professional and warm, the small class exercises are well organised. I had a great time there and have recommended it to people that I know who would like to seriously learn / improve their French.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

Perfect

After studying 3 years in Geneva, I decided to pursue the DELF B2 exam by enrolling in this school. I started in January 2018 and took the exam in March 2018. I love the way they prepare us for the exams as we could choose what we wanted to focus on. The teachers are nice and helpful which means that learning and interacting is not a big issue.

One of the activities that happens frquently though, is when the teachers will ask you to voice out your opinions and thoughts about a certain topic. It is fun and helps a lot to those having trouble speaking French.

I do recommend this to people looking to prepare for the DELF B2 exam as the exam can be a real mess without enough practice.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

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    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

Highly recommended

I joined the ELFI family in September 2016 without any knowledge in the French language. I have since drastically progressed and have accomplished my goals of reaching the DELF B2 level in French and have successfully passed the exam. ELFI offers an experience like no other and I can happily say I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The staff members are extremely welcoming and helpful. I highly recommend this school to anyone of any level in French. I guarantee you will have no regrets! :)

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    9

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    10

  • Program Administration

    10

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Nothing but great memories!

The most wonderful teachers and administrators you can ask for. From walking your through visa requirements to keeping you informed about all the cultural events happening in the city, ELFI, places the student experience a #1 priority.

The teachers are super knowledgeable and friendly. Incorporating many different learning techniques to ensure every student can benefit from their natural way of learning. What I really appreciated is that you will rotate through teachers every couple weeks so to benefit from different teaching styles as well as regional accents.

The classroom sizes are between 8 - 10 students making it dynamic, but also intimate. The classrooms themselves are clean and well furnished.

Be prepared to be offered lots of tea during breaks and to have to play a game of hide and seek with the owners' adorable daughter.

In all I highly recommend ELFI for their teaching style, the friendly environment and the endless laughs I shared with new friends.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Great place to learn French

ELFI is one of the best places in the area to learn French. I followed French courses at ELFI for about 6 months and I am extremely satisfied with the results. When I started I had some very basic grammar knowledge and was not able speak French at all. Now I can make a proper conversation in French without feeling shy or intimidated. Each class has fewer than 15 students and therefore there is a personal relationship between the teachers and the students. The management is very attentive, flexible and always tries to help. I would recommend ELFI to any new student that wants to learn French efficiently, in a nice and friendly environment.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    6

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

Intensive french course

The intensive french course was very insightful. I learned how to enhance my french skills in communicating as well as writing. The environment is friendly and welcoming. As for the staff, they were helpful and kind.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Great school!

ELFI is a small school with warm welcoming. The teachers are kind and patient. They put lots of effort to teach the students. The staff is kind and very helpful. I'm sure you will enjoy your study there.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

I strongly recommend ELFI!

I took French classes with ELFI from April until June 2017 as part of my preparation for the DELF level B2. I passed the exam with a satisfactory mark and was very happy overall. ELFI is a small school so you get to know the professors pretty well. Also the administrators are friendly and promote a relaxed atmosphere. They offer 3 hour courses, with AM (9 to 12) or PM (2.15 to 5.15) sessions. It is the best value and you get the most out of your money/investment. No textbooks required in advanced classes, although they rely on Alter Ego+ series for the most part, and photocopies of any exercises are provided daily. I would strongly recommend ELFI for anyone looking to learn French in Geneva.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Learning at ELFI was a great experience for me

ELFI is a great place to learn French. The classes are small (approx 15 students per class) and the teachers are really skilled and dedicated. This means that the teachers really get to know the students and understand their personal goals, abilities and progression in learning. The pace of learning is quicker than many other schools but that means that your French communication skills develop faster than most. You will need to review lessons at home, though, as there will be plenty of content coming your way every day. The city of Geneva is vibrant, really international but also quite expensive. One of the hidden benefits of going to a school like ELFI is being able to share tips on how to make the most of your time in Switzerland with other students. The admin is friendly and supportive and offered me plenty of help and advice regarding visas, insurance and other useful bits of information to help me settle. They are also open to discuss any issues that might affect your learning progression. My overall experience at ELFI was great and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn French in Switzerland.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

Learning French with ELFI!

I took French classes with ELFI from October 2016 until May 2017. When I arrived, I was at DELF level A2 and very nervous when speaking in public; when I finished, I was almost DELF level B2 and could speak with much more confidence. My oral and reading comprehension also approved. ELFI is a small school so you get to know the professors and the administrators in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Everything is immersive - they speak to you in French from Day 1! I would strongly recommend ELFI for anyone looking to learn French in Geneva.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Commitment gives rewards!

I studied at ELFI for six months and as well as making a lot of progress with my French, after years of neglect!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

Advanced exam preparation

I came to Geneva to study for the DELF B2 exam. ELFI is very conveniently situated by the main train station. The atmosphere is lovely, very friendly and supportive. My teachers were excellent and provided both a high standard of formal instruction and lots of friendly conversation about events in the local area. The administration was highly efficient and extremely helpful - they were even able to advise me on enrolling for the actual exam. I very much enjoyed studying here and would definitely recommend it.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

Studying French at ELFI

I studied at ELFI from August 2016 to March 2017. I really enjoyed my time at the school and feel that my French improved quite a lot as a result of the course. I found the administration to be very clear and direct. The teachers were wonderful and extremely helpful.

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

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  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

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Great place to learn! Best cost-benefit in Geneva!

Overall, I think ELFI offers by far the best cost-benefit relationship in Geneva. It's not as expensive as other places and, in many cases, the teaching quality surpasses that of more expensive schools.

I think the teachers are the highlight of ELFI. They are dedicated, professional and very organized. They are able to move you forward if you put some effort. In my case, I came without speaking a word of French. My teachers never spoke a word of English or other language I know, and I was still able to advance. Thanks to that support, I was able to get to B2 level in 11 months.

While sometimes it was a bit difficult to agree on schedules and administrative stuff, overall, they were receptive to my goals and thanks to that, I was able to pass move forward.

I absolutely recommend ELFI if your goal is to learn the language and you are willing to put the effort.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

If you want to improve your French, I strongly recommend to take a intensive course at ELFI!

My experience in Geneva was better than I could have ever imagined.
I had the pleasure to study in an amazing school with the best location in Geneva.
Inside is a bit tiny, but you can find everything that you need.
Excellent teacher and staff. Always care about you and will help with any problem you have. I liked the method of teaching.
The school's approach is entirely different to some others that I am used to finding. I started my French from scratches and them I learned grammar, conjugation of verbs, practiced new vocabulary and became fluent in French and our teachers, made all of it easy and fun!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Great French school in Geneva!

I had a year courses from Oct 2015 till Nov 2016. Started with 0 level, not being able to create a simple sentence, I am coming out with B1-B2 level. Great teachers, helpful administrative assistance, perfect location next to train station.
I totally recommend this schools for perfect price\quality combination.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

Excellent experience

I studied French at ELFI from April 2015-November 2015. When I started the lessons, my french was very limited and it was hard for me to express myself. Thanks to ELFI I started to progress very fast and my speaking improved a lot. It is an excellent school, the teachers are great and all the staff is very helpful and friendly. Additionally, it has an excellent location, 2 min walking distance from Cornavin Station and the prices are affordable. My experience was excellent and I would recommend ELFI to everyone.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

A rewarding experience

I highly recommend ELFI to anybody interested in taking a French immersion course in Geneva. You will find a very comfortable and friendly environment. The instructors and staff are very very capable indeed. The small size of the school makes it a relatively intimate experience and renders the administrative staff very accessible. The administrative staff are very helpful not just with the course but also with navigating through the Swiss administrative processes. The course material is very good and introduces students to themes and issues that are both very current and essential to French culture. Students are encouraged to speak and develop their conversational skills. Of course like with any other course you get what you put in. But all in all I really enjoyed my experience at ELFI and if I have another chance to study there again I will.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Intensive French course

My experience in taking the Intensive French Class in ELFI is excellent. The staffs are very accommodating and helpful. The teachers are all native French speakers, very friendly and eager to teach. The school is very well located in the Geneva city center, and close to train stations. I am a total beginner in French when I came to ELFI and I am happy that I've been able to pass my DELF B1.

I highly recommend this school.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    7

  • Living Situation

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  • Cultural Immersion

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  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

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Comprehensive program

I studied at ELFI from July 2015 until October 2016. I began at the A1 level and by the end of my time there, was able to attain a very good result for my DELF B2 exam. If you are wanting a school that offers a gradual and consistent progression in all four areas of learning a language: speaking, listening, reading and writing, then I recommend this school. I always felt looked after by my teachers and my experience with the administration staff was always very prompt, friendly and helpful. As is to be expected though, you will only the most out of this experience if you put in extra hours on your own time. I wouldn't have achieved the same result if I hadn't also been speaking and reading outside of the classroom.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

From 0 to DELF B2 Diploma :)

I studied in ELFI for a year and a half. Honestly speaking, I didn’t know any French word that time. Back then, I had no exposure to French language. I went to school a week late, not even knowing how to introduce myself in French. It’s the professors who have helped me a lot. Because of them I had progressed and I didn’t even imagine myself speaking the language fluently like I do now.

The classes were intensive and the quality of teaching is excellent. The professors are organized and systematic in teaching the students considering that we came from all over the world and we speak different languages. During those times, I've met great people and gained friends. Through ELFI, I was exposed to French culture because we also celebrate the country's festivals inside the class and we celebrate it with the other students from the other classes.

I passed the DELF B2 because of ELFI. :)
I had the pleasure of learning French in this school. It was a great experience. :)

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    6

Goal accomplished!!

When I started @ ELFI I had B1 level in French not enough to have my diploma be recognized in Suisse.
As I am working I came 2x a week for few months and to prepare for the DELF B2 test I had intensive course for a month and violá I passed the exams!
Thanks to the staffs as they were very supportive and helpful.Now I have my certificate "droits de pratique"and happy of my new post @ work!
The fee is reasonable and worth it as it's an investment for life!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

Rendezvous with French

ELFI's programme is very well organized and structured to ensure speedy grasping of grammar and vocabulary. The friendly and caring attitude of the teachers make the experience a really memorable one. A special thanks to Francois and his team for their all-round help and support to the foreign students.

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