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
6 January, 2020
20 January, 2020
3 February, 2020
17 February, 2020
2 March, 2020
16 March, 2020
30 March, 2020
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.
Pricing for Course and Homestay Accommodation
€890 per week (minimum of 2 weeks stay)
– One to One Lessons – €55 per lesson
– Sailing Lessons – €220 per lesson
– Join the Local Gym – €140 per month
How to book
To book, please click on the Book Now button and fill out your details.
Alternatively, you can email [email protected] with the following information:
If booking outside 8 weeks, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable holding deposit of €500
Once we have this information, we will send you forms for completion, an invoice and flight details for you to book.
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 20 minutes walking 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 6 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 can fly out on the Sunday before your start date. For 2019/2020, 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.
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.
It was a really good course for learning to use French. We were encouraged to use as much French as we could. The teachers were all very good.
The family I stayed with were very friendly and accommodating , the teachers were very relaxed and helpful, much more enjoyable than regular school, the trips were tiring but enjoyable and gave me the opportunity to further practice my french, I learned a lot!
Overall I found the whole experience extremely positive. Stein study literally organised everything and answered any queries I had. I also found the French school and staff to be particularly approachable and helpful. Josh was initially a bit nervous about going to La Rochelle but quickly settled into his accommodation...
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience in La Rochelle. When I came I had very bad French and my French has improved. The classes were good and all the teachers that I had were really nice I think the classes were really beneficial. My host family were so nice. They made such an effect to make us feel comfortable. I found most of the activity’s fun. The group leader defiantly made them better. They put such an effort to make the activities as fun for us as possible.
I came in with a very basic knowledge of speaking French since being here. The teachers were very friendly and helped if you couldn’t understand something. The direction was super. I also really enjoyed the freedom available in the school. The activities were very enjoyable as well over because of the weather, it was a very new enjoyable experience for trying to improve the standard if your French.