Language programme in Biarritz

Flanked by the spectacular waves of the Atlantic Ocean, Biarritz is a seaside resort of 40 000 inhabitants located 12km from Spain. Its famous sandy beaches, stretching over an expanse of 3 kms, attract surfers from all over the world who are eager to catch the next wave.

Biarritz is also the capital city of Basque Country, a fascinating region with the print of Anglo-Saxon and Spanish cultures.

This is a pleasant and lively city which attracts a lot of young people. Its picturesque cobbled streets, trendy shops and cafes, varied dining options and sports events make Biarritz the ideal summer destination for students of all ages. Apart from surfing, youngsters can join a golf, rugby, basketball or tennis game, or get a bodyboard out and try your hand at pelota.

With nearly 25 years of experience, our partner school and has created a teaching method specifically adapted to young learners. Every year it is host to young students from all over the world.

The school is ideally located in the centre of Biarritz, a short walk from the beach.

School facilities include:

  • 10 bright classrooms, equipped with AC and projectors
  • Reception
  • WiFi
  • 2 student lounges
  • 5 bathrooms
  • 2 kitchens

French lessons

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Class size: maximum 15 students
  • Schedule: from 09:00 to 12:30 (including 30 mn mid-morning break)
  • Placement test: online writing test prior to arrival, oral test on the first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Qualified native teachers
  • Language level: beginner to advanced


Duration: minimum of 2 weeks (1 week upon request only)

French & Surfing

This programme is open to all surf levels, from complete beginners to advanced surfers. A certificate of completion issued by the French Surfing Federation will be given to all participants at the end of their stay. Fully qualified surf instructors coach and supervise the activity. Surf gear and equipment can be loaned at the school free of charge.

The course includes:

  • 20 French or English lessons per week
  • 4 half-days of supervised surfing activity per week. Each session lasts for 1:30 hour
  • 1 all-day excursion on Saturday
  • Sunday spent with the host family

Important note: the surfing activity depends on the tides times and the overall state of the sea (power of the waves). It therefore cannot be organised at pre-scheduled times but the total number of sessions is guaranteed over the entire duration of the stay.

Some of the many activities available include:

  • All day trips / Cultural visits: Biarritz miniature train sightseeing, Chocolate Museum, Surf Museum, Sea Museum, Bayonne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, San Sebastián (Spain),

Note: vists and excursions are subject to changes and will be adapted according to the current heatlth restrictions

In addition to these activities, students aged 15 to 18 will have the opportunity to attend various parties and barbecues.

Important note: if the students want to go out after the evening meal or on Sunday afternoon, a written parental consent will be required.

Homestay (host family)

Shared room (with student of same gender but different nationality and mother tongue), shared bathroom, full board.

Travel time to school for 13-14 years: families live within walking distance (about 10 minutes maximum).

Travel time to school for 15-18 years: families are located in residential areas within Biarritz, about 15-20 minutes away from the school by local bus transport. A Bus-Pass is provided to students placed in families living more than 15 minutes transport time from the school.

All families provide a packed lunch on activity week days.

Optional at extra cost:

  • Special diet (gluten and/or lactose free, etc.)


Arrivals: Sunday

Departures: Saturday

Please book your travel so that you arrive and depart between 12:00 and 18:00. If you plan to arrive at your host family’s before 12:00, an additional fee may apply (contact us for further details).

Arrival airports/train stations:

  • Airports: Biarritz (transfer included), San Sebastián (additional fees apply, see Prices & Dates tab)
  • Train stations: Irun and Hendaya (additional fees apply, see Prices & Dates tab)

Transfers: Airport or train station pick-up and drop-off are available on request at no additional charge. However, an additional fee may apply for arrivals after 23:00.

Travel details must confirmed at least 2 weeks prior to arrival otherwise we will not be able to arrange your transfers.

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 & Prices 2021

Dates 2021

All sessions last for a minimum of 2 weeks, available from July 4 to August 15

Prices 2021

Programme prices

Includes all taxes and enrolment fees

WPCS 42.0.1

Prices including 20 lessons, accommodation, activities and transfers (from/to Biarritz)
DurationFrench & Surfing
2 weeks 1.935
3 weeks 2.900
4 weeks 3.855
Special diet (per week) 20
Extra night 50
Round Trip transfers extras
San Sebastián Airport 45
Irun or Hendaye Railway Stations 35

Prices include:

  • 20 language lessons per week
  • Homestay accommodation, shared room
  • Full board
  • Course materials
  • Activities and excursions according to chosen programme
  • Biarritz airport or train station round-trip transfers
  • 24/7 supervision and assistance
  • All school taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and from Biarritz
  • Surfing option (at extra cost)
  • Pocket money (approx. €100 per week recommended)
  • Visa fees (if any)
  • Optional insurances