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Funding for German courses: what kind of support is available?

German courses: how to finance your course

Would you like to learn German to develop your skills, increase your employability and open up new opportunities? It's possible, and you may even be able to get financial support to finance your German courses.

There are several ways to do this: you can ask your employer, receive a private grant or get financial support from the cantonal authorities.

Our language advisors will be happy to guide you through these possibilities.

In this article, you will find the most common financing options for your course.

Financing through the chèque annuel de formation (Canton of Geneva only)

The Chèque Annuel de Formation (CAF) is a grant from the Canton of Geneva worth CHF 500 which can be used to finance your German course.

For more information on the CAF, who can benefit from it and how to apply for it, please click here or contact us.

Taking German courses through Temptraining

If you are a temporary worker in Switzerland and are looking to develop your professional future, you may be eligible for reimbursement for your German 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.

Financing your German course with Disability Insurance

Disability insurance (DI) is offered by all the cantons to anyone whose ability to work has been restricted due to chronic health problems. DI aims to make it easier for these people to reintegrate into the labour market, in particular by contributing to the funding of language courses.

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

Financing your German course through Social assistance (Hospice)

Provided and controlled by each canton, social assistance aims to provide social and professional support to people in need.

Unemployed people with financial difficulties can apply for partial or total funding of their German course (individual or group) at École Suisse d'Allemand.

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

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