If you are a student with a passion for language, you now have a fantastic opportunity to study French in the beautiful seaside city of La Rochelle! With more than 3 million visitors a year, La Rochelle is the third most visited city in France. The city is set in surroundings made up of green parks, sandy beaches, fortifications and limestone cliffs.

For the duration of 4 weeks, you have the option of taking either the French Language, Culture and Gastronomy program or the French Language and Sports program.

For those who are interested in French culture and its history of fine wine and elegant cuisine, we would recommend the French Language, Culture and Gastronomy program. You would attend French lessons in the morning and cultural activities in the afternoon. Scheduled activities include: 1 entry to the annual music festival (Francofolies festival), visit to La Rochelle Tower, the market and its local products, French cooking classes, wine tasting, oenology conference and wine tasting, a visit to a salt production company, a visit to COGNAC and Pineau des Charentes producer.

If you are not passionate about French food and wine, the French Language and Sports program is a fantastic way to combine your love for French language and sports. In addition to the French lessons, the program offers you the options to choose from the following sports activities: kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, swimming, playing tennis, squash, badminton and fitness.

The program is taught by the French Language Institute (IEF), which has over 80 years of experience in teaching French as a foreign language. The French language classes at IEF are taught at different levels from elementary to advanced. So whether you are a fluent French speaker or just looking to improve your French skills, this is a perfect opportunity for you. French classes run every day from 9 am to 1.30 pm (4 hours/day) and weekends will be free. On top of 80 hours of French lessons with professionally trained and experienced teachers, living with a local family will also allow you to put your acquired language skills into real life practice!

* Details of the 2017 program are still subject to final change *

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French Language Institute

What better way to learn a language than in-country and in-context! Learning French in La Rochelle is your gateway to immersion in French language and culture. Accredited by the French State and holder of the Foreign Language Quality Label, you are guaranteed to experience a comprehensive language course at L’institut d’Etudes Françaises (IEF).

Established in 1931, the French Language Institute (as the name suggests) is a language school whose entire purpose is to strengthen and develop your communication skills and be able to apply them both in the classroom and out of it. IEF, as part of La Rochelle Business School, has multiple large learning rooms, access to a diverse arsenal of modern teaching resources as well as offers a range of recreational activities and numerous opportunities to interact with local French students.

As well as having a friendly, professional staff, the Institute has comprehensive access to a 475 m² library located 5 mins walk from the school, a self-service multi-media centre, an on-site cafeteria, sport centre and medical service,

Site Visits and Cultural Activities

Scheduled activities French Language, Culture and Gastronomy program are not confirmed yet, however they will most likely include: one entry to the annual music festival (Francofolies festival), visit to La Rochelle Tower, the market and its local products, French cooking classes, wine tasting, oenology conference and wine tasting, a visit to a salt production company, a visit to COGNAC and Pineau des Charentes producer.

In addition to the French lessons French Language and Sports program offers you the options to choose from the following sports activities: kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, swimming, playing tennis, squash, badminton and fitness.

Accommodation

The accommodation for the intensive French program is a real highlight – you’ll be staying in homestay with some of the locals!

All host families are carefully selected by the institute and many of them have been providing homestay accommodation for international students for several years.

You’ll stay with a local family – note that a ‘family’ might be a ‘traditional’ family of parents and kids, but might also be a couple with no children, a grandmother or another combination. What they have in common is the great reception they’ll provide you – your family will come to meet you at the La Rochelle train station when you arrive and also provide your breakfast daily whilst you’re on the program.

Destination Information

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 La Rochelle

La Rochelle, a historic city located on the Atlantic Coast in Western France, is the ideal setting in which to study the French language. The architectural beauty of the city centre, the variety of local gastronomy and the proximity of famous sites such as Bordeaux, Cognac and the Loire Valley Castles, make La Rochelle one of the most visited destinations in the Atlantic coast area.

It is a dynamic town that is both bustling and welcoming at the same time. The historical, nautical and seaside city will seduce you with its setting and surroundings, not to mention the diverse array of activities available, whether it be economic, touristic, cultural or sporting. With its sunshine and excellent geographical positioning, the town is the third most visited place in the whole of France, after Paris and the Mont-Saint-Michel.

You are only 3 hours away from Paris via the high-speed train, only 1 ½ hours from Bordeaux, Nantes and Poitiers, and what is more, the local airport has flights to London, Brussels, Oslo and Lyon, amongst others.

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Application Information

Applications for our July 2017 programs are now closed. 

We are no longer taking applications for our July 2017 round of programs. Applications for our January 2018 programs will be open on May 22nd.

If you wish to know more, or if you have any questions about our programs please contact us via info@aimoverseas.com.au or (02) 9975 7792. You can also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Alternatively, register your interest now for a January 2018 or July 2018 program, meaning you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline and when applications are open.