French courses in Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence, a city of water and a city of art, epitomises the Provençal way of life. Its rich historical heritage, its gastronomy and the beauty of its surrounding countryside, which so inspired Paul Cézanne and the Impressionist painters, make it an exceptional city to discover without moderation.

Our partner school has over 30 years’ experience. Located 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre, the school is well served by public transport: 2 bus stops are just opposite the entrance.

Every year, school groups and professionals from all over the world come to the school for language study holidays. This cultural diversity makes for rich classes: lively discussions and debates go hand in hand with an atmosphere that is both studious and friendly.

Accreditations: Qualité Français Langue Etrangère, SOUFFLE, EAQUALS and IALC

The school offers you

  • 16 well-equipped classrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • A terrace
  • A garden

The school is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

French courses: general information

  • Length of lesson: 45 minutes
  • Number of students per class: between 5 and 10
  • Timetable: lessons are generally given in the morning and/or afternoon, depending on the course chosen
  • Placement test: on the first day of the course
  • Certificate of attendance at the end of the course
  • University-qualified teachers (master’s degree in French as a foreign language)

20 lessons of general French per week
Minimum duration: 2 weeks

Maximum duration: 8 weeks (levels B1 to C1) and 10 weeks (levels A0 to A2)

With this programme, you will have lessons every morning from 9:00 to 10:30 and from 11:00 to 12:30, Monday to Friday. You will develop the 4 basic skills of written and oral expression, listening comprehension and reading.

Levels offered: beginner to advanced

20 lessons per week
Duration: 8, 16 or 24 weeks

This course is designed for adults wishing to consolidate their knowledge of French. The content is based on the language skills required for the DELF exam

Levels offered: elementary (A2) to upper intermediate (B2)

20 group lessons 10 mini-group lessons (5 to 10 students)

Duration: 2 to 8 weeks

In addition to the standard course, in the afternoons you will take 10 themed mini-group lessons focusing on oral practice and developing your knowledge: conversation, French culture (through the media, literature, theatre, music, etc.), phonetics and writing games, study visits, etc. Classes run from Monday to Friday according to the following timetable:

  • 5 mornings a week: 9.00am – 10.30am; 11.00am – 12.30pm
  • 4 afternoons a week: 2pm – 3.30pm
  • 2 times a week: 4pm – 4:45pm

Levels offered: elementary (A1) to advanced (C1)

This tailor-made option offers maximum flexibility for students with specific needs. Courses can take place in the morning or afternoon, as required.

Levels offered: all levels

Duration: 2 weeks

This programme combines the standard programme with cultural options in the afternoon, to be chosen from :

  • Discovering Provence (approx. 20 hours): excursions and guided tours, tasting of local produce, etc
  • Discovering Provence on foot (approx. 17 hrs): guided walks through the magnificent Provençal countryside, which has attracted painters from all over the world for centuries

Levels offered: elementary (A1) to advanced (C1)
Minimum number of students required per option: 4

The school organises sports and cultural activities in the afternoons and evenings, in which you are free to participate or not. These activities may be free or at cost, and their frequency varies according to the time of year.

Examples of possible activities:

  • Guided tour of the city
  • Cooking lessons and wine tasting
  • Guided tour of the market
  • Pastry-making, writing and language workshops, etc.
  • Petanque tournament with aperitif
  • Tree climbing
  • Hiking
  • Sailing (mainly in summer, but available all year round on request)
  • Full-day or half-day excursions: Arles, Avignon, Cassis, Marseille, Saint-Tropez, Baux-de-Provence, Camargue, Pont du Gard, Luberon, etc.

Single room and breakfast

Travel time to school: families are carefully selected within a radius of around 20 minutes by bus or 30 minutes on foot.

Practical information :

  • Bed linen and towels provided and changed weekly (towels) or fortnightly (sheets)
  • Possibility of doing your own washing (the family usually makes its washing machine available once a week or will let you know on what day it will be done)
  • Cleaning will be done once a week

Options at extra cost

  • Half board

Travel

Day of arrival: Sunday
Day of departure: Saturday

Arrival station or airport: – Marseille-Provence airport – Aix-en-Provence TGV station

Transfer available on request

The school will book you a taxi at a guaranteed price, to be paid directly to the driver, for the following journeys:

  • Marseille Provence airport to Aix-en-Provence city centre
  • Aix-en-Provence TGV station to Aix-en-Provence city centre

Note: do not book your ticket until we have confirmed your stay (approximately 4 days after payment of your deposit).

Visa information

Do you need a visa to follow this programme? For more information, please see our Visa Information page.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email or telephone if you require any further information.

Dates 2023

Start dates:

Standard Course and Intensive Course: 09/01, 23/01, 06/02, 20/02, 06/03, 17/03, 02/05, 30/05, 26/06, 24/07, 21/08, 18/09, 16/10, 13/11, 11/12

Complete beginners (standard course): 23/01, 20/03, 15/05, 10/07, 04/09, 30/10

Long-term courses: 17/01, 14/03, 09/05, 04/07, 29/08, 24/10

Standard courses with cultural options:

  • Discovering Provence: 06/03, 17/04, 26/06, 04/09
  • Discovering Provence on foot: 20/03, 12/06, 18/09, 16/10

Public holidays (lessons not held on public holidays will be rescheduled for the afternoon on other days of the week concerned): 01/01, 10/04, 01/05, 08/05, 18/05, 29/05, 14/07, 15/08, 01/11, 11/11, 25/12

Prices 2023

All taxes and registration fees included

WPCS 42.0.3
Lessons & accommodation in a host family, single room, breakfast
Duration20 lessons per week30 lessons per week
2 weeks 1.210 1.460
3 weeks 1.745 2.120
4 weeks 2.235 2.735
6 weeks 3.085 3.835
8 weeks 3.925 4.925
10 weeks 4.885-
16 weeks 7.255-
24 weeks 10.840-
Lessons + cultural activities & accommodation in a host family, single room, breakfast
Options2 weeks
Discover Provence on foot 1.555
Discover Provence Cuisine 1.555
Optional extras
Accommodation in a host family, half board (per week) 75
Private lessons (1 lesson = 45 min) 55
Accommodation in residence hotelContact us

The above prices include:

  • The course chosen
  • Homestay accommodation, single room and breakfast
  • Level test
  • Certificate of attendance
  • A guided tour of the city on the first day
  • All taxes and school administration costs

Not included:

  • Travel and transfers
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Optional insurance


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