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Learn French in Lyon

From fine restaurants and stylish boutiques to beautiful cathedrals and basilicas, Lyon is the epitome of elegance and a feast for the eyes. There are picturesque cobbled streets, lush gardens and parks, and grand, colourful buildings overlooking the Rhône. Even the airport is a work of modern art! This ancient capital of Gaul is now the culinary capital of France, offering sublime gourmet cuisine, as well as delicious local wines! With 100,000 students, Lyon is nothing if not lively and eclectic, so whatever your tastes, you’ll have a great time if you learn French in Lyon!

Our school in Lyon

16 classrooms
Large student lounge
Course materials included
Certified Label Qualité FLE centre
Member of IALC and Campus France
Wi-Fi throughout the building
Library with multi-media resources & computers
Communal area with vending machines serving hot and cold drinks and snacks
Approved for CSN, Erasmus+, and Bildungsurlaub programmes (various states)



Our school is located right on one of the main thoroughfares in the centre of Lyon, on the scenic west bank of the Rhône. A short walk will bring you to the massive Parc de la Tête d’Or, a stunning park with its own lake and zoo! An attractive Art Deco building is home to our school, which has nine comfortable classrooms, a computer room, library, free wireless Internet connection and many restaurants and cafés nearby.

Location: Brotteaux, 6th arrondissement, Lyon
Nearest convenience store: 300 m
Nearest café: 160 m
Nearest metro stop: 300 m (Foch)
Distance from train station: 2.1 km (Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu)
Nearest bus stop: 600 m (Masséna)
Distance from airport: 28.9 km (Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport)

Courses in Lyon

Available courses

  • Intensive (25)
  • Intensive + Cookery (20)
  • Intensive + Cultural lessons (20)
  • Intensive + Private Lessons (20)
  • Super Intensive (25)
  • Private Lessons (20)
  • DELF/DALF Exam Prep (20)
  • Semi-Intensive (15)
  • Semi-Intensive (21)

At our school, you can study in same-level groups, in one-on-one classes or with a combination of both. The most popular group courses are the Intensive and Semi-intensive, which cover speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar, thereby improving your overall level of French! The Intensive course also includes two French language workshops each day, focusing on areas such as conversation, the French media, phonetics and cinema.

If you’d like to get a better taste of the French way of life, our school runs a French & Culture course, which includes a variety of additional cultural activities each week. In France, food is an integral part of the culture, so our school’s French & Cookery course is a great way to discover the Lyonnais lifestyle, as well as some tasty recipes!

Private Lessons are also available at our Lyon school, giving your teachers the chance to concentrate solely on improving your level of French. They’ll tailor lessons to suit your interests and requirements, and you’ll soon be using French with confidence!

We also offer exam preparation courses aimed at students who are planning to sit the official DELF or DALF examination. These courses help to familiarise students with the structure of the exam, as well as providing advice on how to answer tricky exam-style questions!


Available accommodation

  • Host Family
  • Short-term studio
  • Studio

Live with locals or in your own space whilst you learn French in Lyon! Our school can arrange accommodation with a host family or in a short-term studio during your language immersion programme.

Staying with a host family gives you the advantage of extra language practice with native French speakers! You’ll have a single room in the home, and access to a bathroom and kitchen. You’ll receive a warm welcome and, according to your preference, two meals per day or breakfast only.

For a little more independence and privacy, choose a studio apartment, equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, TV and Internet access. Bed linen and towels are also provided! Apartments are located a maximum of 30 minutes away from the school by public transport.


Make the most of your time in Lyon and practice your French with our school’s varied activities program. Our school organises activities such as food tasting sessions, guided tours, museum trips, picnics, cookery classes, concerts and market visits. At the weekends, you can join excursions to nearby places of interest, like the Institut Lumière, which celebrates the work of the Lyonnais pioneers of cinema.

How to get there

Our school offers one-way and two-way transfers from Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. Please note, however, that this service is not included in the cost of your French course in Lyon.

Location of our school in Lyon


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Average score for our school in Lyon based on 18 previous client reviews.

Student reviews & feedback

1-2-1, 15 lessons over 3 days...a tough ask for both me and teacher (Justine) but learnt lots by focusing in on key problem areas. Felt I could ask when in doubt and all objectives achieved giving me renewed confidence about my French.

Room, accommodation, facilities all great with really good breakfasts and evening meals, the latter lasting long into the evening!! Good location in relation to school. Madame Odile was simply the best! Such a lovely lady who could not have done more for me and who could not have been any better for me. We had such a laugh!

School Staff

Carefully developed and titrated. Teacher was very good, supportive.. and fun

The Roche family were absolutely superb, going out of their way to make me feel welcome. To profit from my time I have been with other families, and this one was truly the best.

School Staff

I thought the course was great. I had lessons just in the morning which left the afternoons to explore Lyon and have fun. It was really well rounded with emphasis on all areas of the French language and the teachers were really great.

I was staying with a host family and it worked really well. I could come and go as I pleased and got lots of delicious meals.

It was so useful to have someone to talk to in English when I was trying to organise my language course, everyone I spoke to at Apple Languages was really helpful. I had an amazing time in Lyon!

School Staff

I had a great time although I felt the assessment could have been better as I covered a lot of stuff I already knew and therefore didn't get as much as I hoped from the course

The apartment was in an excellent location and my room was fantastic. The family were very friendly and helpful.

I had a great time in Lyon, it is an excellent city and a great school and I would love to go back!

School Staff

I liked it because there was no set textbook and a relatively small amount of homework.

The woman I stayed with (Mme Champeymont) was very kind and welcoming. She cooked very well. Her language was clear and she was easy to talk to. She respected my privacy and helped me in every way possible.

School Staff

I have a very good memory of the school in general. In particular, the teachers I had were really willing, well-prepared and friendly. I hope to have the chance to come back!!

School Staff

I really enjoyed the course and the easyness to find it! Was a good week and I really find helpfull the mediation of Apple Languages with the school.

The course was interesting and provided plenty of oral opportunities. The workshops on pronunciation were particularly interesting and useful. I was housed with an absolutely lovely woman and her young son, with a comfortable and spacious room of my own. I was very much made to feel at home.

School Staff

A great introduction to French, in a very friendly and relaxed environment. I immediately felt that I was part of a big family.

School Staff

Lyon is an extremely friendly language school and is also well organised. My lessons were pitched at just the right level for me, lots of enjoyable oral discussion, but also some challenging grammar. I loved my host family. We hit it off instantly. The food was excellent and they made me feel very welcome. I would go back in a heartbeat.

School Staff

I had a great teacher, and school had very helpful staff. I learnt a lot on the course. My host family spoke to me in French all the time - excellent!

School Staff

I thought the course was excellently structured. Given that I was only there for two weeks it was inevitable that I had to join in at a particular point on what was obviously an ongoing syllabus but this was administered with a deal of flexibility and I also enjoyed immensely the discussions of topical issues. My host family consisted of a middle-aged lady and her cat. She was very helpful and hospitable and I'm sure helped me to improve my french. The food was excellent.

School Staff

School statistics

Nationality (%)

Brazil (15)
English speakers (5)
German speakers (15)
Italian (15)
Japanese/korean (5)
Spanish speakers (15)

Average Student Numbers

* Statistics considered correct at the time of publishing

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