French courses in Montpellier

Come and take French courses in Montpellier, a must-visit destination in the south of France. This magnificent city has it all: history, culture, modernity, sun, beaches and the proximity of many magnificent natural sites, such as the Camargue and the Pont du Gard.

It’s also a university town, welcoming more than 80,000 students a year and offering an abundance of cafés, restaurants, concerts, museums, operas and festivals. A great place to learn French!

Highlights of the destination

  • A city in the south of France with a wealth of assets: sunshine, history, culture and proximity to the sea
  • Large, dynamic and lively university centre
  • School located in the heart of the historic centre of Montpellier
  • A school renowned for the quality of its teaching and its friendly atmosphere
  • A varied programme of cultural and leisure activities

Interested in a holiday by the sea and in the mountains? Combine our 2 destinations, Montpellier and Annecy. The 2 schools are associated and follow the same teaching method, so you can continue your progress easily and discover 2 magnificent regions of France.

Our LSF/IEF partner school is located in the historic centre of Montpellier, just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Place de la Comédie.

It has several buildings. The main school for adults is on rue Foch, in a characterful building opposite the Palais de Justice and the Arc de Triomphe. The Barnabé annex is a 5-minute walk away.

The main bus and tram stations are just a 3-minute walk away. The school welcomes over 80 different nationalities every year.

Accreditations: Qualité FLE, Qualiopi

The school offers you

  • 20 bright, fully-equipped classrooms, 12 of which are air-conditioned, in 3 buildings 5 minutes’ walk from each other
  • 5 interactive flat-screen monitors
  • Flat-screen computers with high-speed Internet access or free Wi-Fi
  • Relaxation area with tea, coffee, chocolate and soft drinks, snack machine and water fountain
  • A private garden (Foch main building)
  • A roof terrace (Foch annex)
  • A resource centre with a selection of films and French literature, exercise books, etc.
  • Tourist information: guides, brochures, newspapers, cultural calendar, etc.

French courses: general information

  • Length of lesson: 45 minutes
  • Maximum number of students per class: 14
  • Timetable: lessons are given in the morning or afternoon
  • Level test: online written test before departure and oral test on the first day
  • Levels : from false beginner (A1) to advanced (C1/C2)
  • Certificate of attendance at the end of the course
  • School mobile app for easy access to your timetable
  • Weekly test to assess your level of French
  • Our teachers are native French speakers with university degrees in French as a foreign language

Optional: access to the school’s e-learning platform for individual study of specific modules.

20 lessons of general French per week

This course provides you with the essential lexical and grammatical tools for communicating in French by working on the 5 skills necessary for language acquisition: oral comprehension, oral production, oral interaction, written comprehension and written production. It forms the common core of all courses.

Levels offered: A1 to C2

Classes take place either in the morning or in the afternoon, depending on the language level and the number of students.

Timetable – Mornings

Monday 09:00 – 12:15
Tuesday 09.00am – 12.15pm
Wednesday 9am – 12.15pm
Thursday9am – 12.15pm
Friday9am – 12.15pm

Afternoon timetable

Monday14:30 – 17:45
Tuesday2.30pm – 5.45pm
Wednesday2.30 pm – 5.45 pm
Thursday2.30 pm – 5.45 pm
Friday2.30 pm – 5.45 pm

26 lessons of general French per week

Our intensive courses enable you to communicate in French on everyday topics as well as current affairs and social issues.

You will study essential grammar, conjugation and vocabulary to enable you to develop the 5 basic skills: oral comprehension, oral production, oral interaction, written comprehension and written production.


The intensive courses are designed to help you perfect your oral French. All the material used comes from French-language media: videos, radio programmes, reports and games. They allow you to exchange ideas, discuss and debate in order to
express yourself more fluently.

Levels offered: A1 to C2

Classes take place either in the morning or in the afternoon, depending on the language level and the number of students.

Timetable – Mornings

Monday09:00 – 12:15
Tuesday09:00 – 12:15
Break
12.45pm – 2.15pm
Wednesday9am – 12.15pm
Break
12.45pm – 2.15pm
Thursday9am – 12.15pm
Break
12.45pm – 2.15pm
Friday9am – 12.15pm

Afternoon timetable

Monday14.30 – 17.45
Tuesday12.45pm – 2.15pm
Break
2.30 pm – 5.45 pm
Wednesday12.45pm – 2.15pm
Break
2.30pm – 5.45pm
Thursday12.45pm – 2.15pm
Break
2.30pm – 5.45pm
Friday2.30pm – 5.45pm

40 general French lessons per week

Our super intensive course, offering 40 lessons per week, is the perfect fusion of our standard morning and afternoon sessions.

This programme is designed for those looking for total and accelerated immersion in the French language.

Each day, you’ll cover the fundamentals of the language through reinforced practice of the five key skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and interacting. By doubling the standard sessions, this course intensifies your exposure to the language, guaranteeing rapid and effective progress.

Ideal for students motivated to maximise their learning in the shortest possible time.

Levels available: A1 to C2

Classes take place throughout the day.

Timetable

Monday09h0 – 12h15
Break
14:30 – 17:45
Tuesday9.0am – 12.15pm
Break
2.30pm – 5.45pm
Wednesday9.0am – 12.15pm
Break
2.30pm – 5.45pm
Thursday9.0am – 12.15pm
Break
2.30pm – 5.45pm
Friday9.0am – 12.15pm
Break
2.30 pm – 5.45 pm

All the school’s teachers are native speakers of French and hold a university degree in FLE (French as a Foreign Language).

The permanent team is made up of 7 teachers who all have extensive experience in LSF and in teaching FLE in general. We attach great importance to pedagogical innovation, which is why our teachers undergo regular training to guarantee a high level of excellence in LSF.

We only recruit experienced, creative, competent and enthusiastic teachers who know how to make their French lessons coherent, stimulating, enjoyable and fun.

All the teachers at LSF are regularly observed by the school’s Director of Education, which ensures the consistency of the courses offered by LSF. Students are also encouraged to give feedback on the courses they have attended.

The LSF teaching team develops its own classroom content to offer original, authentic and up-to-date courses while respecting the Common Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). In particular, we have 5 classrooms equipped with digital interactive screens, enabling teachers to offer interactive and fun lessons.

Prior to the course, students complete an online written test which enables us to assess their level. On arrival, this level is clarified during the oral test. Students are placed in the class best suited to their level. We attach great importance to the satisfaction of our students: throughout their stay, from their first week to their last day, we make sure that the courses offered meet their expectations and needs.

“LSF’s guarantee: to accurately assess the entry level of each student and to remain attentive to the objectives expressed by each one, in order to offer them the learning adapted to their needs. We carefully monitor the progress of our learners throughout their journey in the French language.” – Elisa, Teaching Director.

We listen carefully and, if necessary, offer remedial solutions, which can take the form of a change of class and/or level or personalised help as part of the tutoring offered each week at the school.

To make life easier for students, LSF has created an application available on smartphones that allows them to consult their class timetable.

The school offers a wide selection of late afternoon, evening and weekend activities. These activities are offered free of charge or at cost and their frequency varies according to the time of year.

Example of possible activities:

  • Guided tour of Montpellier
  • Cultural activities : visits to museums, wine tours, gastronomic tours, tasting of local produce, introduction to watercolour painting, photo trails, etc.
  • Sports activities: kayaking, wakeboarding, canyoning, beach volleyball, surfing and paddling, hiking, etc.

Single room, shared bathroom, breakfast (kitchen access)

Journeytime to school: families are located a maximum of 35 minutes away. They live close to the school or only a short distance away by public transport (tram or bus).

Options at extra cost :

  • Half board

Practical information :

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Washing machine
  • Return transfer included from the airport or from one of Montpellier’s train stations (St-Roch or Sud de France) between 8am and 10pm

Résidence l’Observatoire – 1 rue Henri Guinier or Résidence Beaux-Arts – Nemea – 9 avenue Saint-Lazare

Accommodation is allocated according to availability. However, it is possible to express a preference, which will be respected subject to availability.

Rooms are allocated by the residences on a “1st come, 1st served” basis and subject to availability.

Features :

The 2 residences have virtually the same features

Small individual studios* equipped with :

  • 1 single bed, 1 desk, 1 chair
  • Dining area and TV corner
  • Kitchenette with hob, microwave, fridge, cupboards, crockery kit
  • Shower room with shower, washbasin and WC
  • No meals included
  • Journey time to school: 20 minutes on foot, 14 minutes by tram (Beaux-Arts); 10 minutes on foot (Observatoire)
  • Location: less than 20 minutes’ walk from Place de la Comédie (city centre)
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival, refundable by the school at the end of your stay if no damage is found

Facilities / Services available :

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Unlimited Internet connection (local network and WIFI)
  • Communal rooms (with TV, including Netflix available in one of them)
  • Bike park
  • Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (fee payable)
  • Parking spaces (subject to availability and a charge)
  • Monthly cleaning of studio
  • Cleaning kit
  • Reception open 7 days a week, Monday to Saturday, 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm; open on Sundays
  • Night porter

At the end of your stay, your room must be left clean. Cleaning on departure is compulsory and will be charged extra.

*Double studios only available for participants travelling in pairs, at extra cost.

Appart’hotels

The school works in collaboration with several hotel residences. Rates vary according to the category of the residence (2*, 3* or 4*) and the period requested.

Features :

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

Facilities / Services available :

  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels not provided
  • Wi-Fi

Prices: on request

Travel

Day of arrival: Sunday
Day of departure: Saturday

Any departure or arrival outside these days will incur additional accommodation costs. Please contact us beforehand to check availability.

Residence reception opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday, 9am to 12pm and 2.30pm to 6pm

All year round, the night porter arrives at 10pm on Saturdays and 8pm on Sundays.

Arrival station or airport :

  • Montpellier St-Roch, Gare Sud de France, Marseille or Nîmes.

Please note:

  • If you are staying in a residence, only transfers from Montpellier airport or Gare Sud-de-France can be organised, on request (at an additional cost, see “Dates & prices” tab). Supplements apply for transfers between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.
  • If you are staying with a family, the transfer from the airport or one of Montpellier’s train stations is included in the price of the accommodation and paid for by the family.

Note: do not book your travel 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 on this subject.


Dates & Prices 2024

Dates 2024

Start dates: Courses start every Monday throughout the year, unless otherwise stated below. If Monday is a public holiday, the session starts on Tuesday.

Start dates for completebeginners (A0): 08/01, 04/03, 29/04, 01/07, 02/09, 28/10

Public holidays*: 01/04, 01/05, 08/05, 20/05, 15/08, 01/11, 11/11

Christmas holidays: from 23/12/24 to 06/01/25 inclusive

*For students on intensive courses of 1 to 4 weeks, lessons not given on public holidays are made up or compensated by an activity. For other courses, lessons are made up.

Prices 2024

All taxes and registration fees included

WPCS 42.0.3
Courses & homestay, single room, breakfast
Type of course StandardIntensiveSuper Intensive
Duration20 lessons 26 lessons 40 lessons
1 week 550 620 780
2 weeks 920 1.060 1.380
3 weeks 1.335 1.545 2.025
4 weeks 1.750 2.030 2.670
6 weeks 2.465 2.885 3.965
8 weeks 3.260 3.820 5.260
10 weeks 3.950 4.550 6.550
12 weeks 4.725 5.445 7.845
16 weeks 6.115 7.075 10.435
18 weeks 6.870 7.950 11.730
20 weeks 7.620 8.820 13.020
24 weeks 9.130 10.570 15.610
32 weeks 12.145 14.065 20.785
36 weeks 13.655 15.815 23.375
Extra week  375 435 645
Additional options (per week)
Access to the school's E-learning platform 10
Access to the school's E-learning platform (exam preparation) 25
Accommodation supplements (per week)
Homestay, half board  50
Student residence, small studio, without meals  80
Special diet (gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, etc.) 50
Transfers* (per trip)
Montpellier St Roch station - residence (except residence l'Observatoire) 50
Montpellier Airport or Montpellier Sud de France train station - residence 70
Arrival between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.: 30% supplement on the above rates
Arrival between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.: supplement (contact us)

The above prices include:

  • The course chosen
  • Homestay accommodation in a single room, breakfast included
  • Teaching materials
  • Home stay: return transfer from Montpellier station or airport between 8am and 10pm
  • Certificate of attendance
  • The school’s mobile app
  • Guided tour of Montpellier
  • All taxes and school administration costs

Not included:

  • Travel to and from Montpellier
  • Return transfer (residence)
  • Deposit for the residence and cleaning service, if applicable (to be paid on site)
  • Any visa fees
  • Optional insurance

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