Tandem Exchanges at the UHA

NovaTris, the Université de Haute-Alsace (UHA) Centre for cross-border skills, offers all UHA students and staff the opportunity to improve their knowledge of a foreign language with a Tandem Exchange. This independent learning concept is based on the principle of mutual exchange of knowledge.

How does it work?

Tandem is a language-learning method which enables two individuals with different mother tongues to communicate and learn each other’s language. This method, which is free of charge, is based on two broad principles: independent learning and reciprocity. Each learner is responsible for their own and their linguistic partner’s learning process. They both define their requirements, set their objectives, and decide on their working methodology, while contributing their know-how and linguistic expertise in their mother tongue.

NovaTris Support

In practice:

  • Enrolment
  • Formation of language pairings
  • Organisation of events

From a pedagogical point of view:

  • Setting suitable and realistic objectives for oneself
  • Self-assessment as learning progresses
  • Developing ideas for appropriate activities
  • Formalising one’s learning process


Who can participate?

All UHA students and staff, as well as anyone from outside who wishes to improve their knowledge and practice of one or more foreign languages. A minimum level of A2/B1 is required to begin a Tandem Exchange.

How to enrol…

For UHA students and staff: tandem.lc@uha.fr.

What People Say

“I wanted to improve my German or, in any case, keep up the level I’d already reached. I turned to NovaTris to help me find a tandem exchange partner. A visit from students from Freiburg in May 2019 made it possible to arrange a Franco-German workshop where I met a girl studying in Freiburg. I embarked on my tandem exchange learning with her. Through NovaTris, we have access to materials and guidance, if need be. My tandem exchange partner and I help each other to correct documents, for example, and we are always open to requests from each other. We make the trip to visit each other a few times a year, either in France or Germany. I am delighted to be able to take advantage of a flexible tandem exchange based on mutual trust.*Rémi Colin, student on the Engineering course, specialising in Mechanics, Université de Haute-Alsace

*These comments have been translated from French.