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:
- 16 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
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!
Combo Course: 20 group lessons per week + 5 or 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.
Language level: A1-C1
Exam Preparation Course (DELF/DALF) Minimum stay: 5 weeks
Exam preparation courses are held at specific intervals throughout the year. DELF B1, B2 and DALF C1 exam preparation courses include the Standard General French course (20 morning lessons per week) + 6 specific exam prep lessons, 2 afternoons per 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
French and Cookery Classes: 20 general French lessons per week + 8 cookery classes 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: Our partner school's carefully selected host families live under 35 minutes' travel time to the school. They reside nearby or 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 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 2016 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 2016
Course start dates: Courses start every Monday, year-round.
Course start dates for complete beginners: 4 Jan, 1 Feb, 7 Mar, 4 April, 2 May, 2 June, 4 July, 1 Aug, 5 Sept, 3 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec 2016
Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates. Lessons will be rescheduled for an afternoon of the same week): 28 Mar, 5 May, 14 Jul, 15 August, 11 Nov, December 16 (2016) - January 9 (2017) inclusive.
French & Cooking courses are held every Monday, except the weeks of 25 April, 1 August and 8 August.
DELF/DALF Exam Preparation Course (5-week sessions):
March Session (B1, B2 & C1): 15 Feb - 18 Mar
B1 exam: 17 Mar
- B2 exam: 17 Mar
C1 exam: 18 Mar
May Session (B1, B2 & C1): 25 April - 27 May
B1 exam: 26 May
- B2 exam: 26 May
C1 exam: 27 May
June Session (B1, B2 & C1): 17 May - 17 June
B1 exam: 16 June
- B2 exam: 16 June
C1 exam: 17 June
July Session (B1, B2 & C1): 20 June - 22 July
B1 exam: 21 July
- B2 exam: 21 July
C1 exam: 22 July
October Session (B1, B2 & C1): 12 Sept - 14 Oct
B1 exam: 13 Oct
- B2 exam: 13 Oct
C1 exam: 14 Oct
December Session (B1, B2 & C1): 14 Nov - 16 Dec
B1 exam: 15 Dec
- B2 exam: 15 Dec
- C1 exam: 16 Dec
- 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 insurance
Residence reception opening hours:
1 October 2015 - 31 May 2016:
- 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. (Saturday)
The night watch arrives at 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 8:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Arrival airports and stations:
- Nîmes Airport
- Montpellier 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 2016 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.