Brest is an ideal location for anyone wanting to learn French, as the city is still relatively untouched by tourism and students have plenty of opportunity to practice their language skills while enjoying the cuisine and beautiful scenery that Brittany is so famous for!
With it’s beautiful natural harbour, Brest has always maintained a close connection to the sea and is today is an important research centre for marine biology, as well as home to an impressive aquarium and marine centre!
Every four years in July, Brest hosts an international maritime festival, ‘Les Tonnerres de Brest’, where 2,500 boats, 20,000 sailors and a million visitors transform the city for a week.
During quieter periods, you can wander along Brest’s bustling quays to the castle, finding a charming view of a modern port, hundreds of brightly coloured buoys and working shipyards.
Our school in Brest
Our French language school in Brest occupies all 4 floors of a 19th century manor house, which is on the surrounded by beautiful wooded grounds, located on the banks of the River Elorn.
Fully renovated, the building has been converted into a state-of-the-art language learning centre with exceptional facilities, including 24 spacious and comfortable classrooms, a resource centre and library where magazines, books and other study materials are available for students, a common room where you can play table tennis, a cafeteria selling hot and cold drinks and snacks and a student Internet room, with free Internet access. Wireless Internet access is also available throughout the school.
The premises of our language school in Brest are shared with French students studying on postgraduate courses, providing our language students with an excellent opportunity to meet native French speakers and speak French out of class.
Courses in Brest
In Brest you can choose to take an 'Intensive' course which includes 20 lessons each week. Classes last for 45 minutes and have a maximum of 12 students per group. Private lessons offering completely personalised tuition are also available.
Anyone hoping to gain extra practice in conversational French will be interested in our 'Intensive + Conversation' course which includes additional lessons focusing on conversation skills such as oral expression and comprehension, phonetics and vocabulary. This course is offered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
The excellent 'Teachers course' is ideal for anyone teaching French as a foreign language, preparing existing teachers and students teachers to widen their teaching skills by exploring new teaching materials, educational tools and teaching methodology.
To speak and learn as much French as possible during their course, we would advise you to stay with a French host family, where you will practise your new langauge skills as you speak with your family.
Our school can also arrange accommodation for you in a university residence, where language students mix with French students and so have ample opportunity to speak French with native speakers.
You can also choose to stay in a nearby hostel, which offers reasonably priced accommodation. Rooms are shared (4 beds per room) so there is plenty of opportunity to meet other people and socialise. The rooms have been recently renovated and residents have access to a cafeteria, common rooms with table football, a piano and pool table and a laundry room. The hostel is located next to the marina and is close to the beach.
Private studio apartments are also available on request.
Like all our schools in France, our language school in Brest organises a cultural program to help students explore the area, learn more about Brittany and speak French outside the classroom. Activities include various visits, excursions to Mont St. Michel, St Malo, the Breton Islands, sailing, tennis, and other sports.
How to get there
Brest is well connected by air, bus and train. Students staying with a host family will receive a free transfer from Brest Airport or Train Station on arrival.