Learn French in Bordeaux

Bordeaux is famous around the world for its wine and is a true gem in the southwest of France. As well as the excellent wineries, the region has a great deal to offer. Bordeaux is a university city which welcomes more than 90,000 students each year. This gives the city a youthful dynamism and enriches the cultural life. Bordeaux is an ideal destination for those who want to experience not only the French language but also the culture at close hand in an area of magnificent scenery.

When you come on a language courses in Bordeaux you will be able to experience the incredible charm and the magnificent architecture of the city. It has a unique flair, and you can stroll along the Garonne and through the beautiful streets and alleyways. There are many sights and museums to visit, and numerous restaurants and cafes where you can sit and relax. The attractive historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and those interested in architecture will find more buildings from the time of the Enlightenment here than in nearly any other French city. Only Paris has more historic buildings than Bordeaux.

The surroundings of Bordeaux offer delightful contrasts and great opportunities for outdoor activities so you can enjoy yourself away from the French language course as well. Nearby, there is the Atlantic Ocean with its sandy beaches and the foothills of the Pyrenees. A course in Bordeaux offers a variety of things for you to do ranging from wine tasting in the wineries, surfing, hiking and visits to cultural events.

Come on a language course in Bordeaux and experience for yourself the beauty of the French language and the uniqueness of the region!

Our School Location

School Facilities

Our French partner school in Bordeaux was founded in 1993. The school is located in a 19th century typical Bordeaux-style building close to the city centre and many wonderful attractions, cafes and restaurants.

The language school is beautiful from the outside and the interior is tastefully decorated and contemporary in design. In this environment the students are made to feel welcome by the pleasant atmosphere and the warmth of the staff.

Our language school has nine well-equipped classrooms each with TV, video recorder and DVD players. The air-conditioning provides a comfortable learning climate during the summer. The school has free Wi-Fi throughout and a cosy, Bordeaux red lounge area for the breaks. The school also has a nice small garden where you can relax and take a breath of fresh air.

The minimum age for participation on a French course in Bordeaux is 16.

School Accreditation

Our language school in Bordeaux offers services of the highest quality and has accreditation from several international organisations.

The Label Qualité FLE is awarded to language schools within the French territories on behalf of three French ministries: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Communication. In order to receive this accreditation the school must comply with strict quality requirements in respect of customer care, facilities, teachers and teaching.

Many German states recognise the French language courses at our partner school in Bordeaux as `educational leave`, which offers funding for students on the courses. Sweden offers a similar program for Swedes who can be funded by the CSN; their centre offering financial support for students.

We are happy to give you further information on funds available for these courses.

Language Courses

Our language school in Bordeaux offers a variety of French language courses to meet as many different needs and objectives as possible. They are available at all levels from beginners to advanced.

Whatever you choose from the selection of General French language courses, private lessons, specialised courses and the unique programs that combine French and Wine or French and Surfing, it is guaranteed to be a success!

One lesson at our school in Bordeaux is 45 minutes and the courses consist of between 15 and 40 lessons per week. The maximum group class size is 12 participants learning together, but on average there are 8 or 9 participants. The courses are structured around a written and oral placement test so that the students can be placed in the correct group with participants of a similar level. The written test is carried out prior to arrival on the language course and the oral assessment takes place on the first day.

The school places great emphasis on interactive teaching to improve the students´ communication skills. The small groups are ideal for the teacher to be able to respond to individual needs and to guarantee that each student has the chance to participate in group discussions. The students can enjoy learning and are motivated to learn the language because the lessons are designed to be fun.

The minimum age for participating on a language course in Bordeaux is 16. The course price includes all course materials and a certificate on completion of the course.

Course Prices (in Euro)

All course fees include: courses as described, placement test and course certificate, course materials*, information, free Internet access, computer room, extensive program of activities and a library.
*Course book is available at the school for a fee of €25-€48.
Save! The longer the course duration, the cheaper the price per week!

Courses begin every Monday1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Wk6 Wk8 Wk12 Wk24 Wk
Standard course (20 lessons)2755508251,0001,5002,0002,2804,080
Semi-Intensive course (26 lessons)3356701,0051,2601,8902,5202,7004,920
Intensiv 'Crash' course (30 lessons)3857701,1551,4602,1902,9203,1206,240
Business French course (20+6 lessons)6951,3902,0852,4403,6604,8806,600-
French for Lawyers (20+6 lessons)6951,3902,0852,4403,6604,8806,600 -
French for the Medical Profession (20+6 lessons)6951,3902,0852,4403,6604,8806,600 -
French for Diplomats (20+6 lessons)6951,3902,0852,4403,6604,8806,600-
French for Teachers (26 lessons)*-730------
French and Wine (20+5 lessons)*/**735-------
Private course (20 lessons)1,2002,4003,6004,8007,2009,600- -
Private course (30 lessons)1,8003,6005,4007,20010,80014,400- -
 Exam Preparation course (26 lessons)3356701,0051,2601,890-- -

lesson= 45 minutes, * This course is only available on specific dates. ** Minimum age: 18!

Course Dates and Info

Please consider the following dates when planning your course in Bordeaux:

General language courses, specialised courses start dates 2017: Start every Monday

Absolute beginner start dates 2017: 16. January, 6. Febuary, 27. Febuary, 20. March, 10. April, 02. May, 22. May, 12. June, 03. July, 24. July, 21. August, 11. September, 02. October, 23. October, 13. November, 04. December

French and wine dates 2017: 15. - 19. May, 12. - 16. June, 03. - 07. July,  31. July - 04. August, 11. - 15. September, 09. - 13. October, 06. - 10. November

French for teachers dates 2016: 24 July - 4 August 

Holidays in Bordeaux (weekdays) 2016: 01. January, 17. April, 1. May, 8. May, 25. May, 05. June, 14. July, 15. August, 1. November, 11. November. Winter break will be from 23/12/2017 to 07/01/2017.

Accommodation

You can choose from a variety of forms of comfortable accommodation for your trip to Bordeaux. Accommodation is an important aspect of a successful course. We want you to be able to feel at home and relax and enjoy your time and to concentrate on your lessons.

Our partner language school in Bordeaux knows that not all people prefer the same type of housing and therefore offers accommodation in a host family as well as the possibility of staying in a private apartment or hotel. You can get to know daily French life with a host family or enjoy maximum flexibility and privacy in a private apartment or hotel.

We can find the right accommodation for you if you come alone, with friends, a partner or the whole family. We are very happy to offer you advice on choosing the right form of accommodation.

Private Apartment

Private apartments are the perfect choice for those who want to be as independent and flexible as possible during their stay. There are numerous furnished apartments of different sizes available in Bordeaux. It is possible to find an apartment for individuals, couples or families with children.

All of the apartments are fully furnished, and the facilities vary but have a minimum of a small kitchen and a bathroom and generally there is a TV and telephone. Some apartments have free Wi-Fi and bed linen and towels are included in the price or available for a surcharge. Some of the apartments have a weekly cleaning service so that residents can concentrate fully on the lessons and the attractive leisure activities in and around Bordeaux. The apartments can be booked through the school, but payment is made not to the school, but directly to the owner or manager of the apartment. More information about the prices is available on request.

Host Family

Host family accommodation is an ideal option if you want to experience French family life. Our host families are carefully selected by the school and may be the classic family with children, single people or couples without children. Several students may be staying with a family at the same time and the school makes sure that there is a good mix of nationalities.

This ensures that you speak as much French as possible in your free time and can meet people from other countries.

The host families are normally located about 15 to 30 minutes away from the school on foot. There is comfortable single room accommodation with bed linen and towels provided. You have breakfast and an evening meal during the week with the host families and dinner is also provided at the weekends.

Arrival at the host families is on Sunday and departure is on Saturday. The price includes pick-up from the railway station or airport on arrival in Bordeaux.

Summer Residence

From studios to apartments, our summer residence allows students to have a high degree of autonomy while benefiting from specific services that make daily routine easier (laundry self-service, safe parking, etc.). The residence is 15 minutes by tram away from the school and it is located near the city center.

All studios and apartments are furnished and equipped with a kitchenette (ceramic hob, extractor, microwave and fridge), dining area, bathroom, toilet, wardrobe, telephone and internet. Water, internet and electricity charges as well the general maintenance of the residence are included. Towels and bed linen are provided. Please note the residence does not offer weekly cleaning.

Accommodation Prices (Euro per person)

Duration1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Wk5+ per Week
Homestay (BB, single room)**223403583763180
Homestay (HB, single room)**270497724951227
Homestay (BB, double room)**210377544711167
Homestay (HB, double room)**250457664871207
Private apartment
(self-catering, studio for 1-2 Persons)
4456801,0231,366-
Private apartment
(self-catering, studio for 2-4 Persons)
6259401,4231,906-
Summer residence (self-catering, studio)*293448542623On request

BB: Bed and breakfast - HB: Half board - FB: Full board, * Available from 04/06/2016 until 26/08/2016** It is recommended to arrive in the family after 18:00. For arrivals before 14:00, an early check-in fee of 30,- euros will be chaged. Departures are on Saturdays before 12:00. Airport transfer is included in the price when staying with a host family.

Arrival is on Sundays and departure is on Saturdays. If you want to arrive or depart on other days, we will be happy to book additional nights for you (at an extra charge).

School Activities

Bordeaux and its surrounding area offers a huge variety of interesting leisure activities. The school is in the immediate vicinity of the centre of Bordeaux where you can walk and admire the distinctive architecture and discover some of the sights. The school staff are happy to give recommendations and pass on information regarding the activities and events.

The activities will normally cost in the region of €5 to €30. In addition, the school also organises several free activities, such as French film nights and sightseeing tours.

There are several international events in Bordeaux throughout the seasons. Horse lovers can enjoy the skills of the horses and their riders in February at the show jumping World Cup. If you prefer golf, there is the International Golf Open every June. June is also the time of the wine festival in Bordeaux where you can appreciate the good food and wine of the region and socialize with others.

Bordeaux has a lot to offer shoppers as it has the longest pedestrian area in Europe and there are plenty of shops in Bordeaux´s typical Bordeaux-style Rue Sainte Catherine.  

Discover the enchanting city of Bordeaux and the surrounding areas on sightseeing tours. The friendly staff at our partner language school will happily advise you on what best to do in terms of leisure activities and give you tips to make your time a great success!