France, La Rochelle
15 - 17 yrs
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
If you love playing rugby and are looking to study abroad to improve your French language skills during TY, then this is the course for you! This one of a kind course, offered by the inLingua French language school in La Rochelle, combines morning French classes with rugby workshops and training sessions in the afternoons. There is even the opportunity to attend a pre-match training session with a top 14 French Rugby Team!
You will attend 15 French language classes throughout the week at the language school and then in the afternoons, you will either attend a rugby training session (2 per week) or a Rugby in France Workshop (2 per week).
The training sessions are hosted by a local La Rochelle rugby team. You will join in with their weekly 2.5 hour training sessions and benefit from learning from their experienced and enthusiastic coach.
The workshops take place at the language school and will focus on the topic of ‘Rugby in France’. They offer a great way for students to use their language skills to talk about a topic they enjoy and are passionate about. Themes for discussion include; ‘The rise of rugby in France’ and ‘Match observation and analysis’.
And perhaps the most exciting part of the course is that you will get to attend a pre-match open training session for one of the top teams in the country – La Rochelle Atlantique Stade Rochelais. The team includes some of the best players in the country. At the training session, you will observe and make notes on training techniques and prepare a warm-up/training session for fellow students. Another great way to practice your French and learn new vocab.
We have scheduled this course around the match fixtures for the La Rochelle Atlantique Stade Rochelais rugby team so that students can not only attend the pre-match training session but can also purchase tickets to the actual match. Tickets are available for the following matches:
13th April 2019 – La Rochelle vs Pau
04th May 2019 – La Rochelle vs Toulon
Fixtures for 2020 have not been released
Match tickets and transport can be booked with us when booking your place on the course for the price of €40 (includes ticket and transport).
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 in a fun and safe environment. When not involved in rugby activities, students will have the opportunity to join other students at the language school for organised activities and excursions.
Students stay in Home Stay Accommodation and support and guidance is provided to students throughout their stay.
Please note that this course is for students who already play rugby. It is not for beginners.
Rugby Workshop followed by guided tour of La Rochelle
Free time at home with host family
Training exercises followed by gym
Free time at home with host family
Rugby Workshop followed by gym
Training exercises followed by climbing activity
Free time at home with host family
Full day excursion
Full day excursion
Rugby Match Stade Rochelais
6 April, 2020
13 April, 2020
20 April, 2020
27 April, 2020
4 May, 2020
11 May, 2020
2 weeks to 6 weeks
€890 per week
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How to book:
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Full payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure.
Students stay in local Home Stay accommodation with people 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 accommodation chosen by inLingua is of a much higher standard than most other locations. As La Rochelle is not a haven for language tourists, Home Stay Hosts 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 understand 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 family as well as lunch on the weekends. All Home Stay Accommodation is located within 30 minutes cycle or easy bus route to the language school.
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.
The closest airport is La Rochelle
Students will stay in Home Stay Accommodation with a well vetted and carefully chosen local family close to the language school
The 2020 start dates are listed on the dates & prices page
The language school is located close to the town centre and all host's are within easy cycling distance or bus ride to town and school. You will be provided with a bus pass for the duration of your stay. The school can also help students rent bikes for the duration of their stay.
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.
You can opt to take the course for a minimum of 2 weeks up to 6 weeks
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. The school will accommodate all requests as best they can.
All meals are included in the price. You will however need money for socialising and shopping during your time away.
Transfer between La Rochelle airport and your accommodation is provided on arrival and departure
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.
I Thought the teachers were very professional and the course was good
My French was not great when I came to La Rochelle but was not bad and I did not have much confidence to speak it but spending 4 weeks here it has improved written, oral and aural. The French were very patient in La Rochelle when I was trying to speak French, more then I expected and were great help when it came to try to find an English word in French. The Leaving Cert practice was also very beneficial to me as I got to correct it with a French person. The class hours and activities were amazing. I personally feel the activities got me to speak French more casually and the not like school work. My French has improved here in La Rochelle, I was very happy with my stay and would love to return.
I spent a month in La Rochelle with a wonderful host lady. La Rochelle is a fantastic location as not only is it beautiful but it is a very accessible city. It was a wonderful experience and I wish I'd been brave enough to book for longer.
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.
It was a great experience to immerse myself in the French Language in La Rochelle. Everybody in La Rochelle that we met were very nice and corrected our mistakes when speaking that was very helpful. I learnt most of my French while at home with my host. Overall I learnt a lot and I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to La Rochelle and all of the teachers & instructor’s, they couldn’t have been nicer.