France, La Rochelle
15 - 17 yrs
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
This new and exciting course for TY students will not only see your French language skills improve in leaps and bounds but you will also gain valuable work experience in a French-speaking work environment. It is a great way to make your CV stand out!
The course comprises 15 hours a week of general French classes in the mornings followed by working for a local business or at the language school in the afternoons.
Students will need to complete an online test to establish their ability level. Those who obtain at least a B1 level or above will be asked to write their CV and cover letter in French to be presented to French businesses for work placements. There is a wide selection of sectors to choose from including museums, tourist hotels, offices, youth hostel, restaurants, industrial businesses and businesses specialised in the nautical sector. It will not be possible to always be placed in your first choice of sector.
Students below B1 level can still take this course and experience valuable work experience at the inlingua language school – carrying out roles such as reception desk work, administrative tasks, observation of English classes and assisting English teachers during lessons.
La Rochelle is a magnificent port town on the west coast of France with plenty to see and do for teenagers. With innovative public transport and lots of green spaces as well as beaches, it is an ideal location for Irish teenagers who want to study abroad and enjoy other activities such as sports and water sports. Why not learn to surf whilst you’re there or take yachting lessons? And for those who aren’t so sporty, there are plenty of interesting museums and excursions on offer. The course is offered through a high-quality language school – inlingua, which is ideally located just moments away from the sea and town centre.
Students stay in Home Stay Accommodation. Support and guidance is provided to students throughout their stay and they will benefit from a busy programme that includes 1 evening activity a week and weekend excursions.
This exclusive course provides the perfect opportunity for students to improve their French language skills as well as work experience in a French workplace.
Students under 18
In accordance with the school rules and local laws all students under the age of 18 at the time of travel will need parental permission for unsupervised free-time from 8:30pm until the maximum curfew time. Curfews are 12pm on Sunday to Thursday and 1am on Friday and Saturday. Parents can choose an earlier curfew.
Excursion to Rochefort and Brouage village
Free time/time spent with host family
2 weeks to 4 weeks
€890 per week
2 weeks minimum stay required. 2 students per date.
Prices include the following:
– Transfers from and to La Rochelle airport
– Full board accommodation
– Weekly bus pass
– French classes in groups of 10 maximum
– Assessment of language test (online + speaking)
– Correction of French version of application and CV (for B1 and above only)
– Research and presentation of the internship
– Relation with the company during the internship
– Creation of a contract in compliance with French work regulations
– One evening activity per week
– Full day excursion on Saturdays
– Health insurance
– Dedicated local French Group Leader. 1 Group Leader for every 10 students. This Group Leader is responsible for Stein Study students only.
How to book:
Please click on the Book Now button and fill out your details.
You will be asked to pay your booking deposit, please read our terms and conditions.
We will send you the forms to complete for your booking
Full payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure.
Inlingua La Rochelle has a network of hosts that accommodate students throughout the year. The language school carefully chooses and vets hosts to ensure they will provide a safe, comfortable environment for the students throughout their stay. All hosts are located within 40 minutes cycle or easy bus route to the language school.
Curfew: Parents can create a curfew for students however the maximum curfew the school allows is 12 pm (midnight) Sunday – Thursday and 1am Friday and Saturday. Please note that if a parent would like to adjust their child’s curfew they must allow a 24 hour changing period.
No flights are not included in the price. You will need to arrange your own flights, although we are happy to advise. The closest airport is La Rochelle.
Students can opt to share a host family with a friend or can be placed with another student if they have travelled alone. Staying with a student who you didn’t know before your trip is a great way to widen your circle of friends while getting the chance to practice your language skills with new people
All meals are included in the price. You will however need money for socialising and shopping during your time away.
Having a foundation of conversational French is beneficial to students going on any of our French language courses but even less advanced students will see their fluency flourish in a short space of time during this intense language course. Students will be tested online before they depart to assess whether their work placement will be within the language school or with a local business.
Transfer between La Rochelle airport and your accommodation is provided on arrival and departure.
You can opt to take the course for a minimum of 2 weeks up to 4 weeks.
The language school is located close to the town centre and all host families are within easy walking distance or bus ride to town and school. You will be provided with a bus pass for the duration of your stay.
You will fly out on the Sunday before your start date. For 2020/2021, start dates see date and pricing section of course.
Students will stay in Home Stay Accommodation with a well-vetted and carefully chosen local family close to the language school
The closest airport is La Rochelle
Local business placements could be museums, tourist hotels, offices, youth hostel, restaurants, industrial businesses and businesses specialised in the nautical sector. Inlingua language school placements will be - reception desk work, administrative tasks, observation of English classes and assisting English teachers during lessons.
The first few days were a bit nerve wracking for me but the school were good at helping me settle in. I had such a good time and I really don’t want to go home. The activities were really super.
My standard of French really improved during my time here especially my oral and aural. Oral work was definitely what I found most difficult prior to my time in La Rochelle however I find it so much easier now. The morning classes were really beneficial when we spoke about general topics such as the media on sport for example. It was really good to practice Leaving Cert papers too however I don’t think it was necessary to do as many as we did.
I have Found my language Experience very good and I think I have learnt a lot. Our Host was very nice, and I have learnt a lot from listening to their conversations at dinner, going to classes has also been very good and our teachers very good and I felt that I have learnt a lot. I have also really enjoyed doing all the activities an getting to walk around La Rochelle. The teachers are nice, and they ensured that everyone enjoyed the activities. I think La Rochelle is a great place to come as the weather is nice and there is a great night life which had been fun to experience. I feel that I have learnt a lot from the classes and just listening to French people talking when we are out and about
I had a wonderful time, my host family were perfect. The college staff were very helpful and made it very easy to settle in. I enjoyed the fact that there were people from all nationalities. I would love to go again and would recommend it highly.
Overall it was a very good experience and I really enjoyed it. Most of the classes were very good and I learned a lot. I do think that some of the exam prep classes were a bit long. All the organized activities were really fun and enjoyable. The house was very nice and in a good location not being too far from school or the town. I would recommend this to others.
My overall experience was extremely positive. During my time here. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect such as the classes and the activities organised at Inlingua. The activities were so varied and the organisers did everything to make everyone feel welcome and to make sure everybody was enjoying themselves. The French classes were all so interesting and both of the teachers that I had were very friendly and helpful. We covered so many topical over the two weeks and the teachers always made each topic interesting and easy to understand. We also had classes for leaving cert prep spread over 5 classes during 2 weeks I found these classes so helpful for the understanding of the exam next year and our teachers were so helpful and accommodating towards us. Staying with a host family was also great for getting the full French experience and our host family made us feel very comfortable. I enjoyed the whole trip and made so many new friends from my trip.