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French in Nice

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Why study French in Nice?

  • Ages 17+
  • From 1 week
  • Mediterranean seaside city
  • Highly reputed school in the city centre
  • General French and DELF/DALF exam preparation
  • Homestay or residence accommodation


Language programme in Nice

Located in the extreme south-east of France, 30 kilometres from the Italian border, Nice is a colourful Mediterranean mish-mash flanked by the gorgeous Bay of Angels on one side and the rolling Ligurian Alps on the other. Nice's 350,000 inhabitants enjoy superb culture (museums, plays, opera, libraries and concerts) as well as blue skies, sparkling sea and sun year-round. Numerous public works by celebrated artists such as Chagall, Nikki de Saint-Phalle and Matisse are dotted around the city.

The Old Nice is a labyrinthine quarter of medieval streets, delicious local delicacies for nibbling on the go (courgette fritters, pissaladière, socca) and a decidedly Italian feel. Savour the sea air and gorgeous views as you stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, walking in the footsteps of celebrities as diverse as King Farouk of Egypt and the Rolling Stones.

International House Nice School

Our partner school, International House, is located in one of Nice's tranquil residential areas. The school is housed in a fully air-conditioned, 400-square-metre building, and is only 5 minutes away from the station and 10 from the main road (avenue Jean Médecin). The seafront is just a 5-minute walk away. A park as well as plenty of cafes and restaurants are also located nearby.

During the peak season, lessons may be held in the school annex, centrally located on avenue Jean Médecin.

Accreditations : Groupement FLE, German government's Bildungsurlaub, and recognized as a quality-assured French language school by the Swedish government (CSN).**

School facilities include:

  • 400m2 building
  • 8 bright, spacious classrooms (11 in peak season)
  • Self-study room with IT suite
  • Excellent library facilities including newspapers and magazines
  • Vending machines with drinks and snacks

Teaching Methods

IH follows a 'Communicative Method' syllabus, which works to develop all four language skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening. Special attention is paid to speaking, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

To give an engaging and relevant framework to learning these skills, your professional and friendly teachers will select topics that create interest, discussion and debate in the class, allowing you to develop your confidence both in speaking and listening throughout your stay, in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

The teaching materials IH uses are specially designed by the school and realia such as newspapers, videos and other materials is also used.

As well as taking an active part in classroom discussions - the best way to improve your fluency - you will work on your language skills in small groups, pairs or individually on tasks and projects. IH's teachers work to create a welcoming environment with mutual support among students - so you'll feel at home while your French improves!

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:

  • Excursions to Cannes, Monaco, Antibes, Saint Tropez, Saint Paul de Vences, Eze, etc
  • Visits of Chagall, Picasso and Matisse Museums

Cooking or sport options

  • Cooking : a 3-hour session of traditional French Cuisine course (from 15:00 to 18:00) in a small cooking school of Nice. Students follow cooking lessons in small groups to learn the basic principles of traditional quality French Cuisine. Classes are held by a "Chef" in a convivial cooking environment and friendly atmosphere. Lessons must be booked in advance. Every lesson is dedicated to the preparation of a complete meal with starter, main course and dessert and finishes with the tasting of what has been prepared by the students accompanied by a bottle of good quality wine.

  • Sport : horse riding, golf or tennis available. Please contact us.


French language course: the basics

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Class size: minimum of 3, maximum of 10 students
  • Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons
  • Placement test: written and speaking assessment tests on the first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the stay
  • Qualified FLE native French teachers

Courses on offer

  • Standard French Course: 20 lessons per week

    Usually scheduled in the morning from 9:00 to 12:15, but afternoon classes can also be arranged from 13:15 to 16:30. These courses focus on vocabulary and grammatical structures aiming at the improving of your French communication skills.

  • Intensive French Course: 26 lessons per week

    Usually scheduled from 9:00 to 12:15 everyday and 3 afternoons per week from 13:15 to 14:55. In addition to the standard classes, students take part in activities in smaller groups, focusing on oral expression or your specific needs .

  • Combined French Course: 20 group lessons + 4 or 10 private lessons per week

    In addition to the standard course, you will have individual lessons during which you can work on your own personal goals: specific vocabulary, correcting common errors, work on a personal or professional project in French etc. Therefore, the content of the course is to be decided between you and your teacher beforehand.

Combined Optional French Course - 2 options:

  • 24 lessons: 20 group lessons and 4 private lessons

    Standard French lessons from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:15 and 2 afternoon individual lessons from 13:15 to 14:55.

  • 30 lessons: 20 group lessons and 10 private lessons

    Standard French lessons from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:15 and 5 afternoon individual lessons from 13:15 to 14:55.

  • DELF Exam Preparation (A1, A2 and B1)

    In addition to the Standard French Course, you will take 3 afternoon sessions per week, 2 lessons dedicated to the exam preparation. These lessons are held in small groups from 13:15 to 14:55.

  • DELF B2 or DALF preparation

    In addition to the Standard French Course, you will have each week, two individual lessons where your individual teacher will prepare you to the exam using speaking exercises and correcting homework. These lessons are held twice a week from 13.15 to 14:00.


Homestay (mandatory for students under 18)

Single or shared room, shared bathroom, no meals provided

A very warm Mediterranean welcome and total immersion in the French language make this housing option the most efficient solution to practice French. The school takes into account your age, profession, and particular interests when selecting and screening your host family.

Travel time to IH Nice: All host families are located no longer than a 20-minute walk from the language school. Those that are slightly further from the school are always close to a regular bus or tram travel line.

Practical Information:

  • Bed linen and bath towels are provided (students should bring their own beach towels)

The shared rooms are reserved only for people travelling together, in July and August.

Half board in option (see Dates & Prices tab)

Residence "France Riviera"


  • Single or shared room
  • Ensuite bathroom & toilet
  • Fully equipped kitchenette in each room
  • Self-catering (no meals provided)
  • 25 minutes' walk or shorter bus trip to school
  • Located within walking distance of the "Promenade des Anglais" (5 minutes), in a busy shopping area
  • Deposit (€150) to be paid on arrival and to be refunded at the end of your stay by the school, providing your room is clean and tidy with no damage (see Dates & Prices tab)

Facilities and services

  • Bed linen provided
  • Bed, desk, chair and wardrobe
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • WiFi (additional fees apply)
  • Room cleaning placed under student's responsibility

Residence "Adagio Acropolis"


  • Single or shared room
  • Ensuite bathroom & toilet
  • Fully equipped kitchenette in each room
  • Self-catering (no meals provided)
  • 5-minute walk to school
  • Located 1 minute on foot away from the Garibaldi tram stop, 5 minutes away walk from the Old Town and 15 minutes walk from the beach

Facilities and services

  • Bedlinen provided
  • Bed, desk, chair and wardrobe
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • WiFi (additional fees apply)
  • Room cleaning placed under the student's responsibility

Résidence "Ségurane" (summer only)


  • 1-room Studios (17 square meters)
  • Self-catering (no meals provided), small kitchen in room
  • 20 to 25 minutes away from the school by public transport
  • Located near the sea in the the port area

Facilities and services

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • 1 bed, desk, chair and wardrobe
  • Common kitchen in each small building
  • Pay-per-view laundromat
  • Free WiFi
  • Room cleaning placed under student's responsibility

Dates & Prices 2020

Dates 2020

Course start dates: Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

2018 Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded): 13/04, 01/05, 08/05, 21/05, 01/06, 14/07, 11/11. School is also closed during Christmas & New Year holidays**: from December 18, 2020 to January 04, 2021.

Should the course include 2 bank holidays during the first 4 weeks of stay, one out of two days will be refunded by the school.

Start dates for total beginners: 06/01, 20/01, 03/02, 17/02, 02/03, 16/03, 30/03, 14/04, 27/04, 11/05, 25/05, 08/06, 22/06, 06/07, 20/07, 03/08; 17/08, 31/08, 14/09, 28/09, 12/10, 26/10, 09/11, 23/11, 07/12, 04/01/21, 18/01/21

Exam Prep Course Dates:

  • DELF Preparation (A1, A2, B1 & B2):

    • January 16, 17 & 18
    • February 20, 22 & 22
    • March 27, 28 & 29
    • May 15, 16 & 17
    • June 12, 13, 14, 20, 21
    • July 16, 17 & 18
    • August 21, 22 & 23
    • October 16, 17 & 18
    • November 13, 14 & 15
    • December 11, 12 & 13

Exam preparation courses must be booked at least 4 weeks prior to course start.

  • DALF Preparation:

The DALF exam is held at the University of Nice in June and December.

Prices 2020

This programme contains classes Accommodation included 24h support
Booking prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

Lessons, accommodation in a host family, single room, no meals included
Duration20L26L & DELF A1/A2/B1DELF B2 & DALF COMB 20+4COMB 20+10
1 week640 €720 €760 €785 €1,220 €
2 weeks1,100 €1,260 €1,335 €1,565 €2,260 €
3 weeks1,515 €1,730 €1,865 €2,210 €3,255 €
4 weeks1,990 €2,275 €2,455 €2,920 €4,310 €
6 weeks2,945 €3,370 €3,640 €4,335 €6,425 €
8 weeks3,895 €4,465 €4,825 €5,750 €8,535 €
12 weeks5,020 €5,620 €---
16 weeks6,665 €7,465 €---
18 weeks7,485 €8,385 €---
20 weeks8,305 €9,305 €---
24 weeks9,470 €10,910 €---
32 weeks12,600 €14,520 €---
36 weeks13,805 €15,820 €---
Accommodation extra per week
Host family - single room, half board50 €
France Riviera (Oct - April) (1 pers)185 €
France Riviera (May-Sept) (1 pers)220 €
Adagio (Oct - April) (1 pers)235 €
Adagio (May-Sept) (1 pers)450 €
Ségurane (July - Aug), single room55 €
Transfers - per journey
Host family (between 10 am and 9 pm)35 €
Host family or residence - after 9 pm (shuttle service)45 €

Prices include:

  • Chosen course
  • Homestay accommodation, individual room, no meals included
  • Course materials
  • School administration fees & taxes

Prices do not include:

  • Transport to/from Nice
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Activities and excursions
  • Deposit where applicable (to be paid on arrival)
  • Exam fees
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurance

Practical Info

Getting there

Arrivals: Sunday afternoon

  • Homestay: from 16.00

  • France Riviera: check-in is at 18.00 but students can arrive anytime. Key cards are available at reception so students can access their rooms prior to check-in.

  • Adagio Acropolis: no specific check-in time, but reception is closed between 12.00 and 14.00 on weekend and bank holidays.

  • Ségurane (summer only): from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 17.00 to 19.00

Departures: Saturday

  • Homestay: before noon
  • Residence: before 11 am (noon at France Riviera)

    • Arrival airports or stations:

    • Nice Airport or Station

Transfers are available on request and at extra cost (see Dates & Prices tab).

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course (about 4 days after payment).

Visa Information

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.


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