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I was wondering if it  is  possible to build your fluency in a year to be able to study at a French-speaking university...
I am moving to Geneva, Switzerland shortly. I am a translator, but thinking of returning to university to study art history. I was wondering if it is really possible to learn French in a year to be able to study at a French-speaking university. Geneva university offers preparatory courses at all levels,  as far as I know.Has anyone attended the intensive preparatory courses of French they offer?  Are they good enough?  


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Hi Sarah

Good luck! Your plans sound really exciting! When you say you are a translator, which languages do you translate? If you are already fluent in more than one language, this should really aid you in learning another one.

I would suggest that if you really apply yourself to learning the language then in one year your level of French will be good enough to start on the course. It may be a challenge at first, but soon the course itself will increase your proficiency. Also, if you move to Geneva several months before the course starts, you will be able to completely immerse yourself in the language and culture, which will be great preparation.

My advice would be to go for it! And keep us up to date with how you are getting on!

All the best



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