Learn French in Biarritz


Learn French in Biarritz

French School

French school in Biarritz

The French school in Biarritz is a family run school, established in 1987 and is one of the best French language schools in France. The school is located on the first floor of a nice stone building, in the traditional architecture of Biarritz. There is a reception area, internet cafe with Wi-Fi, 2 student lounges and 2 kitchens. Facilities also include 7 brightly designed classrooms with air-conditioning and video projectors and 2 classrooms for private tuition.

The school runs adult courses and teenager courses in Biarritz in the summer and also offers the very popular French & Surfing course as well as Standard French courses and exam preparation courses.

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French Courses

Standard course

This short term course is suitable for students that want a general French course focusing on the four key language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening. Suitable for students with previous knowledge of French or complete beginners that have a short time to spend learning the language abroad.

Lessons per week 20 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 17

Intensive course

This course is as the standard course but with 6 extra French lessons per week of no more than 12 students per class. Ideal for students that want an Intensive short term course.

Lessons per week 26 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 17

Combined courses

Students follow the Standard course in Biarritz and have an extra 6 or 10 private lessons each week depending on how intensive a course they desire. Perfect for students that want the diversity of a group course but would like a few private lessons to focus on a specific area of the language, topic or exam.

Lessons per week 20+6 or 20+10 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 17

French for Life course

This long term course is as the Standard or Intensive French course in Biarritz but for a longer duration. Particularly popular with Gap Year students, people on Career breaks or students that have a several months spare to learn French.

Lessons per week 20 or 26 Duration 12-48 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 17

French AS/A-level revision course

Students will follow the Standard French course with 20 group lessons per week with 3 additional lessons dedicated to French AS or A-level revision.

Lessons per week 20+3 Duration 1+ weeks
Levels AS or A2 level Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 16

Private tuition

Lessons can be tailored to the needs and requirements of the students, to a particular subject or focusing on a specific exam. Students can have private lessons on a 2 to 1 basis providing they are of a similar ability.

Lessons per week 10 or 20 Duration 1-12 weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class 1:1 or 2:1
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 16

DELF preparation course

Students will follow the Standard French course with 20 group lessons per week with 3 additional lessons dedicated to preparing for the DELF exam.

Lessons per week 20+3 Duration 1+ weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 17

French & Cookery course

Students follow the standard French course of 20 lessons and have 2 cooking session of 3 hours per week. The cookery course is run at two different levels: 1) Minimum A2 level, 2) Beginner level. Level 1 will have 2 baking classes and 2 cooking classes. Level 2 will have to 2 traditional meal preparation classes: starter, main course, desert, 1 prepare a buffet dinner class and 1 tapas workshop.

Lessons per week 20 + 6 Duration 1+ weeks
Levels 1) Beginner 2) Min. A2 level Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 17

French & Surf course

Students follow the standard French course of 20 lessons per week and have 5 surf session a week. Each surf session is approximately 90 minutes and exact times vary due to tide times.

Surf sessions take place on the famous Côte des Basques beach, located 10 minutes walk from the school. On this beach participants can expect a wide range of waves for all levels. On the first day, an instructor collects the students and takes them to the beach. On the following days students make their own way to the location.
Subject to the weather, we may sometimes need to take the students to other beaches (in which case transport will be included).

  • Fully-qualified instructors of our partner surf school
  • Small groups of 8 students maximum
  • Contents adapted to the needs and levels of the participants
  • All material provided by the surf school (wetsuits and boards)

From November to March : surf sessions will be open with 3 students minimum.

NB: In summer surf lessons take place on the beach of Corsairs in Anglet.

Lessons per week 20 + 5 Duration 1+ weeks
Levels Beginner to Advanced Students per class Maximum 12
Minutes per lesson 45 Minimum age 17

Accommodation

Host Family

Staying with a host family is a unique, cultural experience. As customs and habits vary from country to country, and even family to family, host family accommodation depends on mutual respect and a willingness to adapt. Depending on the expectations and objectives you have for your French program, you can choose from several types of family accommodation.

You can choose a single room or share your room with a friend or a member of your family on a B&B, half-board or full board basis. There are limited host families with private bathrooms on request.

From June to September, students aged 16 to 19 are in shared rooms with twin beds.

If you would like to share unique moments of daily life with your family, using your French in real situations, then a half-board option is for you. This includes breakfast every day and a set number of evening meals to suit your needs. The room only or room with breakfast only option would suit those who are looking for more independence, but still enjoy the warm environment of a family home.

All our host families are carefully selected by our team. They are all welcoming and hospitable, regardless of age or circumstances. We are committed to satisfying everyone’s requirements.

Our families all live 5 to 35 minutes from the school. Each family normally hosts one or more students with a different mother tongue.

Tourism Residences

Please contact the office for details.

Transfer

Students staying in host family accommodation will be met at Biarritz airport or train station by their host family. Alternatively students can get a taxi to their accommodation. We are happy to advice you of the best travel options.

Leisure

The schools lively team of staff accompanies you throughout your stay and proposes a large choice of activities. This is a very good opportunity for you to meet the other students of the school, while increasing your knowledge of the French language and culture after the lessons: evenings at the opera, film club, guided tours, weekend excursions, sports activities, gastronomic discoveries and much more!

Every week, the Biarritz school designs a programme of activities chosen according to the season. All you have to do is enjoy your French experience!

You’ll be able to explore typically French places that are not on the well worn tourist trail, and get a taste of real French life! You can also benefit from special deals reserved for French students: discounts, reduced price tickets and more. A list of these activities will be given to you Monday morning, at the welcome breakfast.

2018 Course Prices

FRENCH COURSES

1 lesson = 45 minutes  /  Minimum age = 17

ADMINISTRATION FEE: € 50.00

Week (s) STANDARD COURSE (20)

20 lessons per week / Max. 12 per class

INTENSIVE COURSE (26)

26 lessons per week/ Max. 12 per class

1 € 300.00 € 360.00
2 € 600.00 € 720.00
3 € 900.00 € 1080.00
4 € 1060.00 € 1300.00
6 € 1590.00 € 1950.00
8 € 2120.00 € 2600.00
12 € 2460.00 € 3120.00
16 € 3280.00 € 4160.00
20 € 4100.00 € 5200.00
24 € 4920.00 € 6240.00
extra weeks € 180.00 € 225.00
High Season (04/06 - 31/08/18) supplement of € 20.00 a week
COMBINED COURSE (6) 

20 group + 6 private lessons per week/ Max. 12 per class

1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks
€ 700.00 € 1400.00 € 2100.00 € 2400.00
High Season (04/06 - 31/08/18) supplement of € 20.00 a week
COMBINED COURSE (10) 20 group + 10 private lessons per week/ Max. 12 per class
1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks
€ 975.00 € 1950.00 € 2925.00 € 3340.00
High Season (04/06 - 31/08/18) supplement of € 20.00 a week
FRENCH AS/A LEVEL REVISION COURSE20 lessons+ 6 exam prep. lessons / Max. 12 per class
1 week
€ 340.00
Week (s) FRENCH & SURFING (20)20 French lessons & 5 Surf lessons per week / Max. 12 per class
1 € 550.00
2 € 1100.00
3 € 1650.00
4 € 2060.00
6 € 3090.00
8 € 4120.00
extra weeks € 515.00
High Season (04/06 - 31/08/18) supplement of € 20.00 a week

 

ENROLMENT FEE € 80.00 per person

2018 Accommodation Prices

ACCOMMODATION

Sunday to Saturday

STANDARD SUPERIOR
HOST FAMILY  SINGLE ROOM / BREAKFAST € 194.00 per week € 245.00 per week
Summer supplements per week from 03/06 - 01/09 : € 21.00 per week € 28.00 per week
HOST FAMILY  SINGLE ROOM / HALF BOARD € 268.00 per week € 336.00 per week
Summer supplements per week from 03/06 - 01/09 : € 26.00 per week € 35.00 per week
Superior host families are for special requests: city centre, private bathroom & special dietary requirements.
ACCOMMODATION BOOKING FEE € 80.00 per person
TRANSFER SERVICE  -   ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE  ONE WAY
BIARRITZ AIRPORT € 40.00
SAN SEBASTIAN AIRPORT € 110.00

2018 Dates

STANDARD, INTENSIVE, COMBINED COURSES, FRENCH & SURF AND FRENCH & COOKING COURSE: Non-beginners can start on any Monday through out the year. Beginners must start on the dates shown in RED.
 JANUARY 8 15 22 29
FEBRUARY 5 12 19 26
 MARCH 5 12 19 26
APRIL 2 9 16 23 30
MAY 7 14 22 28
JUNE 4 11 18 25
JULY 2 9 16 23 30
AUGUST 6 13 20 27
SEPTEMBER 3 10 17 24
OCTOBER 1 8 15 22 29
NOVEMBER 5 12 19 26
DECEMBER 3 10 17
PRIVATE TUITION Any Monday
FRENCH AS/A LEVEL REVISION COURSE Any Monday
FRENCH & SURF COURSE As Above
DELF PREPARATION COURSE Please contact the office for dates.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2nd April, 1st, 8th, 10th & 21st May, 14th July, 15th August, 1st & 11th November. Christmas break: 22nd December 2018 to 6th January 2019. Lessons lost on these public holidays will be not be made up or refunded.

Summary

School size Large
Minimum age

Adults: 18

Teens: 14-18

Levels Beginner to Advanced
Extras

AS/A-level

Surfing

Accommodation
  • Host family
download Free WiFi