France, La Rochelle
15 - 17 yrs
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Studying in the magnificent port town of La Rochelle France is sure to make a memorable French language learning experience. And being fully immersed in a local High School provides the perfect opportunity for students to experience the real France and to meet and become friends with local students.
Located on the West coast, La Rochelle has innovative public transport and plenty of green spaces. It is an ideal location for Irish teenagers who want to study abroad and enjoy other activities such as sports. We have partnered with an excellent French Language School, inLingua, which is located just moments away from the sea and town centre. The language school works closely with local secondary schools to create this popular programme for a transition year abroad.
Students start with a 2 week Intensive French Course at the language school, then attend a local private secondary school for the remainder of the programme with local French students.
First 2 weeks (Intensive French Course)
● 27 French classes per week
● 9am to 4.15pm, Monday to Friday
● Approx 10 students per class
Week 3 onward (High School)
● Students attend the mainstream high school classes with local students
● 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
● 3 x private French classes per week at the language school in the evening
The language school provides support and guidance to students throughout their stay and they will benefit from a busy programme that includes a full day excursion at the weekend.
This course provides the perfect opportunity for students to improve their French language skills whilst mixing with French students and enjoying other activities on a weekly basis.
Private French class
Excursion to night market
Intensive French course
Private French lesson
Private French lesson
Intensive French course
Sports, Arts and free time
Full day excursion to Rochefort and Brouage Village
1 months to 10 months
You can choose to spend from 6 weeks up to 10 months on this program. The first two weeks of the program will be an intensive French language course at the language school. After which you will move to a local high school for the remainder of the program. It is therefore recommended that you opt to spend at least 6 weeks on this program to give you the opportunity to experience life at a local French high school.
Please note that the high school will close for certain weeks during the year for school holidays. Students can opt to stay in France and join a course in the Intensive school or they may opt to come home for their break. Please note that classes wont take place on public holidays and no refund will be given for days missed. See below for the list of school and public holidays.
1 month to 10 months
€890 per week
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Full payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure.
French School Holidays 2020
Students stay with local Home Stay Families who are vetted and chosen by the language school, InLingua La Rochelle. Students will have their own room or can share with a friend. The Home Stay Accommodation chosen by inLingua is of a much higher standard than most other locations. As La Rochelle is not a haven for language tourists, the families are taking students for the right reasons.
We realise that Home Stay Accommodation is not for everyone. If you select this type of accommodation, you will need to be open-minded and realise that you may not benefit from all your usual creature comforts. You have to be willing to practice your French no matter how bad you may think it is! You will have breakfast and dinner with your Host as well as lunch on the weekends. Whilst you are in the language school you will need to buy your own lunch. When you are at the French Secondary School, you will have lunch in the canteen (included).
Daily transportation to and from the school is also included. Transport on arrival and departure in La Rochelle is also included
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.
Students can stay for 6 weeks to 10 months.
The closest airport is La Rochelle.
You’ll need to arrange your own flights. But we are happy to help advise you on the most direct route.
While all meals are provided, you’ll 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 language courses but even less advanced students will see their fluency flourish in a short space of time during this immersive experience.
Transfer between the airport and your accommodation is provided on arrival and departure from La Rochelle airport.
Students will stay with a well vetted and carefully chosen host family close to the language school and secondary school.
Students can opt to share a room 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.
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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 and school life. He particularly enjoyed all the extra social activities. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending stein study and feel it's a very good and worthwhile experience.
Very Good, the games and activities were very good to help people get to know each other and the freedom afterwards helped this too. The host’s were very friendly and seemed happy to have us. Everyone was included. Teachers were very nice and friendly. The classes were very good.
I enjoyed learning French by playing games through French during school. I think that learning French this was has improved my vocal and the leaving cert prep classes did help me prepare for my exams next year.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time here. The classes were very good, and I felt like my French improved because of them. All if the teachers were nice and made a real effort. Our host family couldn’t have been nicer! They really made us feel as comfortable as they could. The food was mostly good. The group leaders were so kind. All three of them made such an effort and it didn’t go unnoticed. They really tried to make the actives as fun as they could for us. The tour around the town was good and allowed us to get our bearings which was very useful. The restaurants ect were lovely and we enjoyed going in the evenings.
People in language school lovely and very eager to teach. Teachers very good. The activities such as Sailing, bowling, cinema and beach very enjoyable. Melanie my host mum was so sweet and kind and her son was so cute.
I have learnt a lot here. I had good craic. I think it helped that the teachers had limited English as it improved my French a lot. I enjoyed the activities after school and the trips in a Saturday, but I think it would be better to have one or two Saturdays off, so we can do what we wanted. My host was very nice, and she spoke little English which also improved my French. Overall, I really enjoyed my time here.
I love it! I improved my French so much!