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Financing German courses

If you want to learn German, there are several ways in which you can receive help to finance your course.

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

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

Here are some of the most common financing options:

Chèque annuel de formation (Canton of Geneva only)

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

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


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 further training or to find out more about how to apply, click here or contact us.

Disability Insurance

Disability insurance (DI) is offered by the cantons to anyone whose ability to work has been restricted for reasons of chronic health. DI can help people to re-enter 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 aims to provide social and professional support to people in need.

Unemployed people with financial complications can apply for it. The courses offered by École Suisse d'Allemand can be fully or partially financed under this option.

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

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