About us

The RCM's legal basis and objectives

The Research Centre on Multilingualism (RCM) is affiliated with the Institute of Multilingualism of the University of Fribourg and the University of Teacher Education Fribourg. It is financed by the Swiss Confederation in accordance with the Language Law and the Language Ordinance. The RCM commenced its activities in 2011.

Research at the RCM covers a wide range of topics: "Multilingualism in individuals", "Language teaching and learning, assessing and evaluating language skills", and "Multilingualism in institutions and society".

We pursue an ambitious goal: specifically with our research projects, we aim to contribute scholarly and empirically supported findings on social questions currently surrounding multilingualism. For us, this also involves active – and critical – participation in the public debates on multilingualism.

Alongside our research activities, we place great value on developing a palette of scientifically based services not only for researchers, but also for a broader audience, to whom the RCM will offer an overview of current research findings. Not less important is networking and increasing the visibility of Swiss research on multilingualism.


The RCM is under the direction of the Institute of Multilingualism.The RCM's work is carried out in accordance with the Language Law and a mandate from the Swiss Confederation, which is represented by the Federal Office of Culture. The RCM's work is regulated in a performance agreement.

The Federal Office for Culture has established a steering committee to coordinate the interests of the federal offices involved as well as those of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK). The committee is especially responsible for the appraisal of the RCM's roster of activities and its statement of accounts.

The RCM is advised by an academic advisory board which periodically assesses the RCM's research activities.