Located on the doorstep of the wild wetlands of Petit-Camargue, a gorgeous natural region stretching across the southwest coast of France, Montpellier is a haven of peace, all relaxed vibes and beautifully preserved architecture. Founded in medieval times as a farm and birthplace of La Marseillaise, this once-sleepy university town - now home to 80 000 students, 30% of the population - won't fail to charm your senses.
Montpellier is a thriving southern town a-buzz with cultural happenings, flavoursome southern cuisine and multicultural energy centred around the dazzling white-paved pedestrian expanse of the Place de la Comédie, crowned by the Opera House and the place for people-watching and enjoying one leisurely drink after another. Elsewhere in town, l'Ecusson district's underground electronica concerts, art house cinema and quirky boutiques will also keep you entertained.
Montpellier is a well-kept French secret only a hop, skip and a jump away from beautiful white sand beaches - a great place to make progress in French while experiencing authentic Languedoc culture.
Our partner school, LSF, is located just a few minutes' walk to the famous Place de la Comédie with bus and tram stops just 3 minutes away on foot. LSF is now revolutionising its teaching methods thanks to new tools on the cutting edge of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Education. During their stay, LSF students can now enjoy a full pack of tools and services: the school blog, an internal social network for students and alumni, and a Moodle platform with extra classes.
The student body is multicultural and diverse and lessons focus on intercultural exchange as well as language learning.
The school is accredited by Groupement FLE and Germany's Bildungsurlaub, and is officially recognized as a quality-assured French language school by the French Ministry of Education.
School facilities include:
- 20 bright, fully-equipped classrooms
- 3 SmartBoards
- Flatscreens with broadband Internet and free WiFi access
- Chillout lounge with vending machines with hot drinks and snacks and a water cooler
- Air conditioning
- Outdoor terrace
- Private garden
- Library and film library
Activities and events during your stay
You will enjoy a varied calendar of social and leisure activities every week, in the afternoon or during the evening. Attendance is optional. Many of these activities are free of charge, however, some may charge a fee. All activities are subject to change without notice and may be offered seasonally.
Some of the many activities available include:
- Guided tour of Montpellier
- Museum outings
- Traditional Montpellier apéritif tasting
- Sports: football, handball, bowling, ice skating
- Day trips to Avignon, Pont du Gard, Parc naturel régional de la Camargue, Saint Guilhem-le-Désert, Grottes de Clamouse, Carcassonne, etc
French language courses: the basics
- Lesson length: 45 minutes
- Class size: average 8 students (10 maximum)
- Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons
- Placement test: written test before departure, speaking assessment on the first day of lessons
- Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
- Access to Moodle platform with extra online classes during your stay
- Weekly progress tests to make sure you are ready to move up
- Qualified native French teachers
Courses on offer
Standard Course: 20 general French lessons per week
15 hours of lessons per week (Monday-Friday) will give you a practical understanding of the French language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve as our partner school trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Language level: A1-C1
Semi-Intensive Course: 26 general French lessons per week
Includes the above Standard French classes, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 6 lessons on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. These extra lessons focus especially on speaking and conversation, with debate topics sure to get everyone talking. While the class does not focus specifically on grammar, the grammar points learned in the morning classes are used and practised. Emphasis is placed on improving fluency and pronunciation.
Language level: A1-C1.
Intensive Course: 30 general French lessons per week
Includes the above Semi-Intensive course lessons plus four extra group lessons. Lessons are held every morning and 3 afternoons per week, Monday-Friday. These 4 extra lessons focus on speaking, with theatre, video, photography, poetry, comic strip, critical analysis, French literature and chanson française workshops as well as encounters with French artists and artisans to kick your creative side into gear as your French makes strides!
- Intensive course PLUS : 26 semi-intensive courses + 4 individual classes of 45 min per week
This programme allows you to improve your language skills and your knowledge of French culture, to reinforce oral communication and to work on specific areas depending on your individual needs and intended learning outcomes (vocabulary, phonetics, garmmar...). Your teacher will adapt the course to your needs and will provide personal guidance and corrections.
Language level: A1-C1
Combo Course: 20 group lessons per week + 10 private lessons
Includes the Standard French course, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 5 or 10 private lessons tailored to your language needs. Private lessons are held in the afternoon. This programme is also adapted for those who wish to perfect their French skills for personal reasons (for example in medicine, the tourism industry, French business, diplomacy...)
Language level: A1-C1
Exam Preparation Course (DELF/DALF): 30 lesssons a week
20 standard lessons + 10 lessons dedicated to preparing students from the DELF / DALF exams each week
Your teachers will guide and monitor you to make sure that you progress at the correct rate to succeed in your exam, giving you the specific vocabulary and grammar and study plan you need. Using sample exam papers you will learn how to effectively answer questions so by the time you take the test, you will know the style of questions to expect and how to answer them.
Language level: intermediate and up (B1/B2- DELF, C1/C2 - DALF**
Duration: 4 weeks
French and Cookery Classes: 20 general French lessons per week + 8 cookery classes per week
20 standard lessons (15 hours) + 2 cooking classes (2 x 3 hours) per week
Our general French course will give you a practical understanding of the French language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve as our partner school trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. And several afternoons per week, get in the kitchen and rattle them pots and pans as you learn to chop, julienne, simmer and sizzle the French way in a tailored cookery workshop!
Cookery classes are held in a prestigious cookery school, fully-equipped and just 5 minutes from our partner school. You will be placed in lessons with French natives also taking part in the classes, making these lessons a great way to practise your spoken French as well as improve your cooking prowess. Several class levels are available depending on your experience and preferences - from beginner to advanced.
Language level: A1-C1
Single room, shared bathroom and breakfast.
Travel time to our partner school: the carefully selected host families live under 35 minutes' travel time to the school. They are located nearby or just a short bus or tram ride away.
- Half board
- Linens/towels provided
- Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day
- Airport or railway station roundtrip transfer included
- Single occupancy or 2-person studio*
- Fully-equipped kitchen (fridge, electric hob, microwave, cupboards, cutlery and crockery)
- Private bathroom
- Travel time to school: approx. 10 minutes on foot
- Located in the city centre, 10 minutes on foot from Place de la Comédie
- Deposit to be paid on arrival (see Dates & Prices 2017 tab), refunded at the end of your stay provided no damages are incurred
Facilities and services
Linens provided (students should bring their own towels) - Communal area with vending machine - WiFi access - Self-study area - Coin laundry facilities - Large, sunny patio with tables and chairs
Please Note: Your studio must be left in good condition. A cleaning service is available for €35 payable on departure, plus €20 if washing dishes is required.
*2-person studios available for students travelling together only.
Prices & Dates 2018
Course start dates: Courses start every Monday, year-round except otherwise indicated as follow. In case Monday is a Bank Holiday, the course starts on Tuesday.
Course start dates for complete beginners: the first Monday of each month
French & Cooking courses start every monday unless Monday is a holiday.
Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates): 02/04, 21/05, 01/05
School will be closed during the Christmas holidays from 22/12/18 - 06/01/19 included.
All taxes and enrollment fees includedBook now
|Cours & logement en famille, chb indiv., petit-déj.|
|Duration||20L / week||26L / week||30L / week|
|1 week||485 €||555 €||585 €|
|2 weeks||835 €||975 €||1,035 €|
|3 weeks||1,215 €||1,425 €||1,515 €|
|4 weeks||1,550 €||1,830 €||1,950 €|
|6 weeks||2,285 €||2,705 €||2,885 €|
|8 weeks||2,860 €||3,420 €||3,660 €|
|10 weeks||3,550 €||4,250 €||4,550 €|
|12 weeks||4,005 €||4,845 €||5,205 €|
|16 weeks||5,155 €||6,435 €||6,915 €|
|18 weeks||5,790 €||7,230 €||7,770 €|
|20 weeks||6,020 €||7,620 €||8,020 €|
|24 weeks||7,210 €||9,130 €||9,610 €|
|32 weeks||9,585 €||12,145 €||12,785 €|
|36 weeks||10,775 €||13,655 €||14,375 €|
|Extra week||295 €||375 €||395 €|
|Classes and homestay accommodation, individual room & breakfast|
|Duration||20L group & 10 indiv.||26L group & 4 indiv.||French & cooking|
|1 week||910 €||730 €||600 €|
|2 weeks||1,740 €||1,380 €||1,120 €|
|3 weeks||2,570 €||2,030 €||1,610 €|
|4 weeks||3,350 €||2,630 €||2,110 €|
|6 weeks||4,985 €||3,905 €||-|
|8 weeks||6,460 €||4,860 €||-|
|10 weeks||8,050 €||6,050 €||-|
|Extra week||-||575 €||-|
|DELF/DALF Prep & homestay, single room, breakfast included|
|4 weeks||1,985 €|
|Possible options||Per week|
|Extra night in homestay or residence||45 €|
|Half board with host family (per week)||50 €|
|Residence accommodation: single / double room (per person, per week)||60 €|
|Transfes - Price per journey|
|Extras||Arrival during the day||Arrival between 22:00 - 07:00|
|Montpellier Railway or Bus Station – Residence||40 €||55 €|
|Montpellier airport - Residence||55 €||75 €|
|Homestay : Return journey from Montpellier airport/station|
- Your chosen course and accommodation
- Single room, homestay, breakfast
- Course materials
- Access to all school facilities
- Access to school Moodle platform
- Guided tour of Montpellier
- All taxes and enrolment fees
- Transfers, if homestay
Prices do not include:
- Travel to Montpellier
- Airport transfers, if residence
- Lunch and dinner, if homestay; all meals, if residence accommodation
- Optional extras
- Transportation in and around Montpellier
- Exam fees, where applicable (DELF/DALF)
- Deposit on arrival, where applicable (€150, payable on arrival)
- Cleaning service: €35 payable on departure, plus €20 for washing dishes, if residence accommodation
- Visa fees
- Optional insurances
Residence reception opening hours:
1st of October 2016 - 31st of May 2018:
- 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.-6:00p.m. (Monday-Saturday)
- 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Sunday)
Year round the night watch arrives at 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 8:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Arrival airports and stations:
Montpellier, Nîmes or Marseille Airport or Railway Station
Please note that if you have opted for Residence accommodation, only airport transfers are available (on request, fees apply, see Dates & Prices 2018 tab). An additional fee may be charged for transfers 10:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m. The residence is located 300m from Montpellier Railway Station.
If you have opted for a Homestay, airport or railway station transfers are included in the price of your stay. Your host family will pick you up and drop you off.
Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.
You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.
Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.