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French Christmas Course in Vichy
This famous spa town in central France is an ideal location for a French Christmas course. Here you’ll be close to the beautiful French countryside whilst still being able to enjoy the festive atmosphere in the town centre, which offers seasonal attractions such as the Place Charles de Gaulle Christmas Market. With a strong cultural heritage, Vichy is home to the Art Nouveau opera house, the magnificent Palais des Congrès, and Napolean III’s private chalets, making it the perfect destination for language lovers and culture vultures alike. Vichy is a relaxed, welcoming place with a distinctly ‘French’ feel. Along the tree-lined avenues you’ll find traditional boutiques, cosy cafés, and locally owned eateries. The pedestrianised centre makes it a peaceful place to spend an afternoon, and there’s plenty to do to entertain yourself!
This is one of the only French schools that stays open over the Christmas period, and it offers an extensive activity programme to give students a fully rounded insight into the French way of life. If you’re looking for an immersive experience away from home and an invaluable educational and cultural adventure, then attend a French course here in Vichy and see for yourself why this town is so popular!
Our super-intensive Christmas course in Vichy consists of 22 group French classes per week, which are held between 08:45 and 12:30 Monday to Friday (with a short break in-between). Social and cultural activities are offered in the afternoons and evenings. Students are placed in classes according to their starting language ability level, and there’s a maximum of just 15 people per group. Language lessons cover all aspects of French, with particular focus on oral communication skills. The school is only closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, so you can enjoy almost completely uninterrupted tuition and Christmas-themed activities as offered by the school.
This programme also includes:
• course materials
• breakfast available at the school
• seasonal activities and cultural workshops
• half-day excursions to local points of interest
Accommodation is not included in the package but can be added.
Duration: 2 weeks
Course dates: 23rd December 2019 to 3rd January 2020
Accommodation dates: 22nd December 2019 to 4th January 2020
Age: Minimum 16 years
Level: This course is suitable for students who already have some French experience, and is therefore not appropriate for complete beginners. Tuition is available up to advanced level.
Accommodation is not included in this package as standard but can be added for an additional fee. The below options are available between Sunday 22nd December and Saturday 4th January 2020.
To maximise your stay in Vichy, we highly recommend booking homestay lodging. With this type of accommodation, you’ll have your own private bedroom and receive 1 or 2 meals per day as part of your lodging package. Our hosts are native French speakers and therefore offer you the opportunity to practice your language skills even when outside the classroom. You’ll share bathroom facilities with your host(s) and any other students in the home. Bed linens, towels, and a weekly laundry service are included in the package price.
For a more social experience, you may prefer to stay in one of the school’s student residences. Residences are located within easy travel of the school and offer private bedrooms and communal areas including a kitchen, bathroom(s), and a lounge. Some residences also offer bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Rooms are offered on a self-catering basis, allowing you to cook for yourself during your stay. Bed linens are included but towels are not, so you should bring your own. Available residences vary based on availability; please contact us if you’re interested in this option.
If you prefer complete privacy and independence, you should select a studio apartment. You’ll have a self-contained apartment with a fully equipped kitchenette, a private bathroom, and a bedroom with a television and study space. Studios are offered on a self-catering basis, giving you the freedom to cook for yourself during your stay. Bed linens are included but towels are not, so you should bring your own. Studios are located within walking distance of both the school and the town’s best attractions, so you’ll be ideally placed to enjoy your stay in Vichy.
Hotel accommodation may also be available on request. Please get in touch if you’d like further information about this.
If you prefer, you are welcome to book just your tuition with us and arrange your own lodging in Vichy.
To complement your language tuition, our school also offers an extensive selection of social and cultural activities at this time of year. These include:
• breakfast each day at the school
• guided visits to local museums and monuments
• trips to artisanal Christmas markets
• French film screenings
• skiing at La Loge des Gardes
• traditional craft workshops
• winter dinner (fondue/raclette) with mulled wine
• Christmas dinner with your teachers and fellow students
• New Year’s Eve party
• half-day excursions to local points of interest
Activities are held in French, allowing you to practice your language skills even when outside the classroom. Most of the activities offered in conjunction with this programme are Christmas-themed; you’ll therefore get a lot of insight into French festive traditions and the history of the town. Some activities may incur an additional fee to cover entrance and/or transportation costs.
How to get there
Optional airport transfers to and/or from local airports can be arranged at an additional cost, which will take you directly to your accommodation. Please contact us for more details about the locations in which this service can be arranged.
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