Located on the doorstep of the wild wetlands of Camargue, Montpellier is a gorgeous natural region stretching across the southwest coast of France. Founded in medieval times as a farm and birthplace of La Marseillaise, this once-sleepy university town – now home to 80 000 students which make up 30% of the population – will succeed in charming your senses, taste-buds and eyes in every possible way.

Montpellier is a thriving southern town a-buzz with cultural happenings, flavoursome southern cuisine and multicultural energy centered 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, and only a hop, skip and a jump away from beautiful white sandy beaches. It’s a fantastic 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.

School accreditation: Qualité FLE 5*, Campus France

School facilities include:

  • 20 bright, fully-equipped and air-conditioned classrooms spread out in 3 different buildings located at a 5mn walk from each other
  • 3 SmartBoards
  • Flatscreens with broadband Internet and free WiFi access
  • Chillout lounge with vending machines with hot drinks and snacks and a water cooler
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Private garden
  • Library and film library
  • Tourist information: guidelines, brochures, newspapers, cultural programme

French language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Class size: average 8 students (10 maximum)
  • Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons. During summer and the high season, the school reserve the right to organize the standard courses in the morning or the afternoon, in order to preserve the teaching quality
  • Placement test: written test before departure, speaking assessment on the first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Access ot the school e-learning platform during your stay (access to course summaries, self-corrective exercises, grammar and vocabulary sheets, oral and written comprehension exercises, school activities,…)
  • Weekly progress tests to make sure you are ready to move up
  • Qualified native French teachers

20 general French lessons per week

Standard courses 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. This option is an ideal one to combine learning French with discovering the wonders of the South of France.

Language level: beginner to advanced

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 twice per week in the afternoon. 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 practiced. Emphasis is placed on improving fluency and pronunciation.

Language level: beginner to advanced

30 general French lessons per week

20 standard lessons + 6 extra group lessons two afternoons per week (4h30) + 4 workshops one afternoon (3h) per week. These 4 extra lessons focus on practicing French verbally in particular Montpellier places.

Topics covered during these extra lessons: theatre, video, photography, poetry, guided tours, treasure hunt, surveys, meetings and conferences, painting, comic strips, cookery and music

Language level: beginner to advanced

26 semi-intensive courses + 4 individual classes of 45 min per week

This programme allows you to improve your language skills and your knowledge of French culture, to reinforce oral communication and to work on specific areas depending on your individual needs and intended learning outcomes (vocabulary, phonetics, grammar…). Your teacher will adapt the course to your needs and will provide personal guidance and corrections.

Language level: beginner to advanced

20 group lessons per week + 10 private lessons

Includes the Standard French course, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 10 private lessons tailored to your language needs. Private lessons are held in the afternoon. This programme is also adapted for those who wish to perfect their French skills for personal reasons (for example in medicine, the tourism industry, French business, diplomacy…)

Language level: beginner to advanced

30 lesssons a week

20 standard lessons + 10 lessons dedicated to preparing students from the DELF / DALF exams each 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 required: B1/B2 for DELF, C1/C2 for DALF

Duration: 5 weeks

20 general French lessons per week + 8 cookery classes per week

20 standard lessons (15 hours) + 2 cooking classes (2 x 3 hours) per week

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 practice 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 required: intermediate

LSF has initiated a process of pedagogical excellence and has invested in Information Technology for Communication and Education (ICTE) to provide its students with unique tools: a blog “La Gazette LSF”, a showcase of the school’s pedagogical know-how, an internal social network for LSF students and alumni as well as a Moodle platform offering students complementary online courses.

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, Regional Nature Park of the Camargue, Saint Guilhem-le-Désert, Clamouse Caves, Carcassonne, etc

Single room, shared bathroom and breakfast included.

Travel time to our partner school: the carefully selected host families live about 35 minutes away from the school. They are located nearby or just a short bus or tram ride away.

Optional extra:

  • Half board

Practical Information:

  • 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 round-trip transfer included

Residence L’Observatoire – 1 rue Henri Guinier

Individual Studio Features:

  • 1 single bed, 1 desk, 1 chair
  • A TV corner
  • Small kitchen (fridge, electric hob, microwave, cupboards, cutlery and dishes)
  • Private bathroom
  • No meals included
  • Travel time to school: approx. 10 minutes on foot
  • Located in the city centre, 10 minutes on foot away from Place de la Comédie
  • Deposit to be paid upon arrival (see Dates & Prices tab), refunded at the end of your stay provided no damages are incurred

Facilities and services

  • Bed linen provided (students should bring their own towels)
  • 2 common areas with TV and Netflix
  • WiFi access
  • Bicycle parking
  • Mailboxes
  • Self-study area
  • Coin laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service once per month
  • Reception 7/7 days (Monday- Saturday 9:00 to 12:00 am and 2:00 to 6:00 pm, permanence ensured on Sundays)
  • Night watchman

Please Note: Your studio must be left in good condition. A cleaning service is available, with a supplement if washing the dishes is required.

*Double Studio only available for participants travelling together

The apartments or houses are located in the historic centre of Montpellier or in the surrounding area. This option is available during the summer or for long stays during the school year.

Characteristics :

  • Single room
  • Common equipped kitchen
  • No meals included
  • Shared bathroom
  • Travel time to school: within 30 minutes of school
  • Geographical location: variable
  • Deposit to be paid on the spot, refundable by the school at the end of the stay if no damage is found.

Equipment/Services available :

  • Sheets provided
  • Towels not provided
  • Wi-Fi


Arrivals: Sunday

Departures: Saturday

Residence reception opening hours:

  • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.-6:00p.m. (Monday-Saturday)

Year round the night watchman arrives at 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 8:00 p.m. on Sundays.

  • Arrival airports and stations:
  • Montpellier St-Roch, Sud de France, Nîmes or Marseille 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 tab). An additional fee may be charged for transfers between 10:00 p.m. and 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.

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 2021

Course start dates: Courses start every Monday, year-round except otherwise indicated as follow. In case Monday is a Bank Holiday, the course starts on Tuesday.

Course start dates for complete beginners: 04/01, 01/02, 01/03, 29/03, 03/05, 31/05, 05/07, 02/08, 06/09, 04/10, 08/11, 06/12

French & Cooking courses start every Monday

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and will be rescheduled during the week): 01/01, 05/04, 13/05, 24/05, 01/11, 11/11. The school will be closed during the Christmas holidays from 18/12/2021.

Prices 2021

All taxes and enrolment fees included

WPCS 42.0.1

Lessons and accommodation in a host family, individual room, breakfast included
Duration20 lessons per week26 lessons per week30 lessons per week
1 week 485 555 585
2 weeks 835 975 1.035
3 weeks 1.215 1.425 1.515
4 weeks 1.550 1.830 1.950
6 weeks 2.285 2.705 2.885
8 weeks 2.860 3.420 3.660
10 weeks 3.550 4.250 4.550
12 weeks 4.005 4.845 5.205
16 weeks 5.315 6.435 6.915
18 weeks 5.970 7.230 7.770
20 weeks 6.220 7.620 8.220
24 weeks 7.450 9.130 9.850
32 weeks 9.905 12.145 13.105
36 weeks 11.135 13.655 14.735
Extra week 305 375 405
Lessons and accommodation in a host family, individual room, breakfast included
Duration20 group lessons & 10 private26 group lessons & 4 privateFrench & Cookery
1 week 910 730 645
2 weeks 1.740 1.380 1.170
3 weeks 2.570 2.030 1.610
4 weeks 3.350 2.630 2.110
6 weeks 4.985 3.905#REF!
8 weeks 6.460 4.860#REF!
10 weeks 8.050 6.050#REF!
Extra week#REF! 575#REF!
DELF/DALF preparation and accommodation in a host family, individual room, breakfast included
5 weeks 2.360
Accommodation extras
Extra night 45
Host family - Half board (per week) 50
Special diet (Vegan, Lactose or Gluten free, etc.) per week 50
Residence - double or individual room (per week and per person) 60
From Montpellier station to the residence 40 80
From Montpellier airport to the residence 60 120
Host family: round transfer from Montpellier airport/railway station to accommodation included
Arrival between 22.00 and 07.00: extra fee (please contact us)

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course and accommodation
  • Single-room homestay, breakfast included
  • If homestay: round-trip transfer from and to Montpellier airport or railway station
  • Course materials
  • Access to all school facilities
  • Access to school Moodle platform
  • Guided tour of Montpellier
  • All school taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and from Montpellier
  • Airport/Railway station transfers, if residence
  • Deposit on arrival, and cleaning service where applicable
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurances