Language programme in Arcachon

Located on the ocean with sandy beaches, pine forests and balmy breezes galore, Arcachon is a popular seaside resort among French and foreign tourists alike.

The town is only 1 hour drive to Bordeaux, historic, cultural and vibrant city, renowned for its “châteaux” and worldwide famous vineyards.

Our partner school is located in the heart of the city in a busy shopping street with plenty of public transport options nearby including the train station.

School facilities include:

  • Fully-equipped classrooms
  • Garden
  • Free WiFi

French Course

15 French lessons per week (3 lessons per day)

  • Lesson length: 50 minutes
  • Class size: maximum 15 students
  • Placement test: first day of lessons (written test)
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the stay
  • Qualified native French teachers. Our partner school follows a ‘Communicative Method’ syllabus, which works to develop all four French language skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening. Special attention is paid to speakinggrammarvocabulary and pronunciation. Students take part in in-classroom role plays, discussions and debates, and multimedia materials are also used in the classroom.
  • Language level: beginner to advanced (no complete beginners – minimum 1 year of French studies))

On top of course, you can choose among the following activity options:

1. French & Activities

  • 4 afternoons of local activities per week
  • 1 full-day excursion per week

Some of the many activities include:

  • Guided tour of Arcachon
  • Beach games
  • Treasure hunt
  • Sports: cycling tours, basketball, football, tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball, introduction to canoeing and horse riding…
  • Outings in the area: Aqualand Park, the Pyla Dune, the city of Bordeaux, boat cruise to Cap Ferret

2. French & Surfing

  • 4 afternoons of surfing per week. The French & Surfing course includes 2 weeks of French courses and an introduction to surfing. The school provides the surfing gear (surfboard, wetsuit), including foam boards, ideal for beginners as they are totally safe.
  • 1 full-day excursion per week

3. Combined French & Surfing + Activities option

Please note this course is available for 3 or 4 week stays only.

This option includes 2 weeks of French & Surfing and 1 or 2 weeks of French & Activities (as above described).

Typical day schedule (given as example and subject to potential changes):

Host family

Shared room with same-gender student from a different country and different mother-tongue, shared bathroom, full board

Travel time to the school: 15 to 30 minutes maximum by public transport. Host families usually live in small towns a short train ride from Arcachon. Your host family will drop you off and pick you up at the end of the day from the nearest train station.

Practical Information

  • Full board includes breakfast and dinner “at home” and a packed lunch on days of tuition & activities (cooked lunch at home upon week-ends)
  • Some students may stay in single rooms, depending on housing type and availability
  • Wi-Fi is not guaranteed
  • Students spend weekends with their host families. Additional fees may be charged for some activities and excursions with your host family (e.g. cinema or theme park entrance fees
  • Laundry available according to the family schedule on a weekly basis


Arrival day: Sunday
Departure day: Saturday

Arrival airports or train stations:

  • Nearest airport: Bordeaux-Mérignac
  • Nearest train stations: Arcachon or Bordeaux

Transfers: Pick-up and drop-off (between the airport or train station of your choice and your homestay) are included. You must plan an arrival between 12:00 and 18:00 and a departure between 09:00 and 14:00.

Please note: do not make any travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Evening outings curfew rules

Students 15+ holding a valid parental authorisation will be allowed to go out in the evening until 21:00 maximum.

All students under 15 or those 15+ not holding a valid parental authorisation will not be allowed in any case to go out outside of the activity programme schedule. This all inclusive language lessons & activity programme is organised so as to keep the students fully occupied at all times.

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.

Dates & Prices 2022

Dates 2022

ATTENTION: all dates are now fully booked for the summer

All programmes:

  • 2 weeks : 26/06 – 09/07 (French & Activities only) ; 03/07-16/07 (dates full) ; 17/07-30/07 ; 24/07-06/08 ; 31/07-13/08
  • 3 weeks : 17/07-06/08 ; 24/07-13/08
  • 4 weeks : 17/07-13/08

Prices 2022

All taxes and enrolment fees included

WPCS 42.0.1
Programme price including French course + option + full board Homestay
DurationFrench & ActivitiesFrench & SurfingFrench & Surfing + Activities
2 weeks 1.510 1.845-
3 weeks 2.075- 2.555
4 weeks 2.445- 2.795

Prices include:

  • 15 French lessons per week
  • Cultural, social and sports activities and outings according to programme
  • Homestay full board
  • Course materials and use of the school premises
  • Attendance certificate
  • Transfers from and to Bordeaux airport or train station (pick-up 12:00 to 18:00, drop-off 09:00 to 14:00), or Arcachon train station.
  • All school taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and from Arcachon
  • Transportation in and around Arcachon
  • Optional insurances
  • Visa fees (if any)