Language programme in Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo, City of the Privateers and gateway to Brittany set on the Emerald Coast, has much to offer in its own right – ringed by ancient ramparts and towering imperiously over the sea, it cuts an imposing figure. The city’s history is full of swashbuckling tales of pirates – some of them government-sanctioned with the aim of frightening away the English. Today, the city is a top destination for Europeans in France and its gorgeous scenery, including a historic citadelle, warm summer weather and lovely clean beaches draw the crowds in every year. The ideal spot for sailing but also for visiting the nearby spectacular Mont Saint-Michel or the medieval town of Dinan.

Our partner school is located in the heart of historic Saint-Malo, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach.

French course

15 French lessons per week (3 lessons per day)

  • Lesson length: 50 minutes
  • Class size: maximum 15 students
  • Class schedule: Monday-Friday, 09:30 to 13:00.
  • Placement test: first day of lessons (written test)
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the stay
  • Qualified native French teachers. The 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 speaking, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Students take part in classroom role playing games, discussions and debates. Multimedia materials are also used during the classes.
  • Language level: beginner to advanced (no complete beginners – minimum 1 year of French studies)

On top of the French lessons you can enjoy a complete timetable of social and leisure activities every week, either in the afternoon or evening from one of the following options:

  • 5 afternoons of supervised activities per week
  • 1 full-day excursion per week

Some of the many activities include:

  • Guided tour of the inner Saint-Malo
  • Beach games
  • Brittany “crêpes” party
  • Treasure hunt
  • Sports (basketball, football, tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball…)
  • Visit of the Sea Life Centre & Aquarium
  • Catamaran rides
  • All day outings in the area: Mount Saint-Michel, cruise to Dinan medieval town and tour of the historic centre

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

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  • 5 afternoons per week sailing lessons aboard a catamaran and lead by professional instructors at a renowned sailing club in Saint-Malo. Optimal supervision is provided and sailing equipment is supplied.
  • 1 full-day excursion per week

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

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

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

Host family

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

Travel time to school: 20 to 25 minutes maximum by local public transport

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)
  • The host family may offer the student to join a local activity or excursion during the week-end (a small financial contribution may be asked to the student for the occasion)
  • Laundry available according to the family schedule (generally once a week)


Arrival day: Sunday
Departure day: Saturday

Arrival airports and train stations:

  • Airports: Rennes-Bretagne or Saint-Malo-Dinard-Pleurtuit
  • Train stations: Saint-Malo or Rennes

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 at the latest.

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 2023

Dates 2023

All programmes :

  • 2 weeks: 02/07- 15/07 ; 16/07 – 29/07 ; 23/07 – 05/08 ; 30/07 – 12/08 ; 13/08 – 26/08
  • 3 weeks: 02/07 – 22/07 ; 16/07 – 05/08 ; 23/07 – 12/08 ; 30/07 – 19/08
  • 4 weeks: 02/07 – 29/07 ; 16/07 – 12/08 ; 23/07 – 19/08 ; 30/07- 26/08

Prices 2023

All taxes and enrollment fees included

WPCS 42.0.1
Programme prices including French lessons + option + homestay full board
DurationFrench & Mixed activitiesFrench & SailingFrench & Sailing + Activities
2 weeks 1.475 1.925-
3 weeks 1.995- 2.555
4 weeks 2.445- 2.935

Prices include:

  • 15 French lessons per week
  • Cultural, social or sports activities according to programme
  • 1 excursion per week
  • Full-board Homestay accommodation, shared room
  • Course materials and use of the school premises
  • Attendance certificate
  • Transfers from and to Rennes or Dinard Airport or Saint-Malo or Rennes train station (arrivals between 12:00 and 18:00, departures between 09:00 and 14:00)
  • Bus Pass for local transport
  • All school taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and from Saint-Malo
  • Optional insurances
  • Visa fee (if any)