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Learn French in Montpellier

A French course in Montpellier is ideal for students who want to study the French language in a vibrant, youthful town. Home to one of the largest universities in France, more than a quarter of the population of Montpellier are French students, meaning that those who study French at our school here will find it easy to make friends and to practice the French they learn at school! This beautiful historic city in southern France, with its medieval streets and marvellous historic buildings, also has a wonderful climate and is close to sandy beaches and several of France’s most beautiful cities. The warm Mediterranean atmosphere and lifestyle make Montpellier a beautiful and popular location to learn French on a language course!

Our school in Montpellier

Our Montpellier school has a great location the heart of Montpellier's picturesque, pedestrianised centre, making it the perfect base for exploring Montpellier's historic centre. You will find a wide range of sun lit terraces, street cafés, boutique shops and restaurants in the school's vicinity and the Place de la Comédie, Montpellier's main square, where you will find the Italian style opera house is just two minutes' walk away.

Our Montpellier language school has comfortable, air-conditioned classrooms, all equipped with multi-media facilities. The school also has computer room with 40 computers and free Wi-Fi access!

You can also take a course at our 'Montpellier Premium' French language school which is located in a historic building in the heart of Montpellier, 2 minutes’ walk from the ‘Place de la Comedie. This school has 20 air-conditioned classrooms, an Internet area with free Internet access and a study room/ library.

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Courses in Montpellier

Available courses

  • Intensive (20)
  • Intensive + Private Lessons (25)
  • Super Intensive (30)
  • Academic Year (20)
  • Super Intensive Academic Year (30)

Students taking a French course in Montpellier can attend an Intensive course which includes 20 lessons each week, or a Super Intensive course with 30 lessons each week. Each French lesson lasts for 45 minutes and has a maximum class size of 12 students.

Courses of private lessons can also be arranged for students wanting extra language tuition, or the opportunity to focus on a specific area of the French language.

Our Montpellier Premium school has smaller class sizes, with just 10 students in each group. In addition to Intensive and Super-Intensive group courses, this school also offers a DELF exam preparation course, as well as a Business French lessons for students looking to learn French in a more professional context. We can also arrange French Club 50+ courses at our Montpellier Premium school for students aged 50 and above who wish to learn French with students of a similar age. Our Club 50+ courses combine French lessons with regular social activities and excursions, allowing more mature students to learn French whilst experiencing the local culture of Montpellier.

Anyone with an interest in French gastronomy may also be interested in our Intensive + cookery course. This course combines group French lessons with 8 cooking classes each week, giving you the perfect opportunity to discover French gastronomy and try your hand at new recipes!

Special courses in Montpellier

Accommodation

Available accommodation

  • Campus (July & August only)
  • Host Family
  • Student Residence

Accommodation in Montpellier is available with carefully selected French host families on a bed and breakfast or half board basis, which includes two meals per day. This is a really popular option as meal times with your host family provide the perfect opportunity to practice speaking French in an informal environment.

Student residence accommodation is also available in the centre of Montpellier (usually within 10 minutes walking distance of the school) and is shared with French university students or other international students taking French courses. The residences are available on a self-catering basis and each room has a private bathroom. Free Internet access is also provided.

We can also arrange private studio apartments for anyone looking for a little more independence during their stay in Montpellier.

Activities

Our Montpellier schools organise an extensive cultural program, including guided tours, excursions, social evenings, picnics at the beach, cooking classes, language exchange evenings, student parties, restaurant evenings, theatre and cinema trips. Not only do these activities help students enjoy their time in Montpellier, but also enable them to use the French that they have learned in lessons outside of the classroom!

    Sample activity programme

How to get there

Fly directly to Montpellier, the airport is just 8km from the city centre. Alternatively, fly to Carcassonne and take a direct train to Montpellier. Transfers from Montpellier airport or train station are included on arrival for students booking host family accommodation.


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Average score for our school in Montpellier based on 98 previous client reviews.

Student reviews & feedback

A good level for my french. Well suited - challenging in some aspects, but provided a good revision of principles

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The course was very well taught, and I found the teachers to be universally patient, helpful, and willing to challenge us. I should also add that the after-school activities were a blast, and not to be missed.

The accommodation was great, and my host family were very kind, and in fact quite eccentric too. I was pleased to find that they spoke exclusively in their native tongue, which was both a baptism of fire and the only way to have it! I learned as much from the various Francophones with whom I socialised as I did from the classes themselves.

Thanks for a wonderful trip, I look forward to doing it again soon!

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I found the course very good for improving oral communication especially the Intensif part of my course. The Residence Clémenceau was excellent and I didn't have any problems while there. It was very close to shops and walking distance to the school.

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I learnt a lot in my course and I was very happy with the activities.

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The course was amazing, the teachers and activities were varied and I improved a lot on my speaking skills. The teacher(Guillian) was always ready to help and look at any piece of work, no matter if from the course or other work.

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It was very immersive and everyday it had relevant grammar points, learning objectives and fun group exercises.

My accommodation was very well situated, well furnished and above all spotlessly clean. The staff that worked at the Clemenceau residence were always attentive and quick to offer assistance.

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The course was carefully graded and I felt I was at the right level. The course was challenging enough at the beginning to make me work but I didn't feel out of my depth. The challenges gradually increased as the two weeks went on which was great.

This was very French and close to the school in a wonderful 'hotel particulair'. My host, Anne Vincent, is quite a character and I will keep in touch with her. I enjoyed our evening conversations over dinner and I tried my best to follow the French TV that she encouraged me to watch.

This was a Club 50+ course and the excursions were good although sometimes there wasn't much time to see everything. I loved the cheese tasting and patisserie exploration. I was with a good crowd who wanted to learn French but also enjoy themselves and make the most of the opportunity. It was a quality experience!

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I was put into a class that was the perfect level for me, but they still try to teach you more advanced french than A2 as and when necessary which I thought was good. The host family I stayed with were great, really friendly and always happy to talk to me even though my french was fairly limited especially at the start.

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It was a good course, where I could learn something more than basical French, I think, in a few days, enjoying myself. My accomodation was a nice residence where I met many friendly studiends easily, and I hook up a lot of friends from all over the Europe.

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The teachers were wonderful and most of them made the lessons fun and enjoyable. i have learnt a great deal and will never forget my time in montpellier. WONDERFUL! I was thrilled with my host mother and the location of her apartment in relation to the school and other activities.

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I was very pleased with the lessons; the teacher was very good. One small observation is that I maybe would have wanted a bit more speaking practice, for example in pairs. The family were very friendly and supportive and I was made to feel completely at home. My room and facilities were absolutely fine, and the location of the flat was fantastic.

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Excellent course. I arrived knowing absolutely no French and left a week later able communicate in short sentences and understand far more than I could say. Wish I had been able to stay on longer - it was great.

I stayed with a host family and it was great as it was an oppertunity to practise what I'd learnt during the day. The person I stayed with was lovely and very helpful.

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Course was well run, fun, really good teaching. I always looked forward to going to the classes, and never dreaded going. We did such a variety of topics, which were all really useful, and there were different ways of learning them all that I thought it was fantastic. Excellent location, and the staff all very helpful.

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Teacher & course material was wonderful. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Great students as well. Always something to learn, every minute, every day. Teacher was extremely enthusiastic and helpful.

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The teacher was excellent. The class was small, onlyfive students, it was lively and entertaining and we were all at a similar advanced level. I liked Montpellier very much and had a wonderful time I liked all the people on the course and we had a great rapport together.It was good to be accommodated close enough to the college to be able to walk to and fro through the old town.

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Very satisfied with the quality of the teaching. The classes were enjoyable and absorbing. I thought the assessment during the induction was thorough and effective. My accommodation was of a high standard but very good value!

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The teacher, Eddie, was absolutely brilliant. He refused to speak any English so when we couldn't understand a particular word in French he acted out the meaning. I certainly enjoyed the lessons enormously. I had no complaints about my accommodation. I had a nice room and a very good three or four course meal every evening. It was a very useful and enjoyable week in a delightful town. I shall return to Montpellier I am sure.

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Very nice atmosphere, friendly and always open teachers. Accomodation OK, maybe a bit too far from school, but it is not a serious problem.

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Enjoyed the week of classes with the Club 50+ and it was a perfect mix with classes in the morning and interesting cultural activities each afternoon. Met a lovely group of people which was a real bonus.

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The lessons were my favourite part of the whole experience! The teacher was great, very perceptive and good at teamwork and including everyone in the class. The lessons were fun and informal, and the class bonded well. I enjoyed the course, and would do it again.

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The small class size works well making for better learning. Preferred having classes in the morning as this freed up the afternoon although it did mean you could stay out later and recover during the next morning. The parents were very friendly and the meals were excellent. Good sized room and good area. A bit far from the city but the frequent transportation compensated for this.

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I found the course very good and the teaching methods very satisfactory. My residence was in the best possible location which was great however i found the actual accomodation to be just adequate.

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The teachers at the school were very good, the school was friendly and offered a good range of after school activities.

The standard of accommodation was good, and was very conveniently placed, I loved every second of my time living there amongst the other students.

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I really enjoyed the course and I felt that there was a good mix of activities during the classes which kept the students motivated and interested.

My accomodation was really great, I was very close to the town centre and could get around easily. The family were lovely and really made me feel very comfortable in the house.

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My teacher was brilliant, she was great at motivating all the students and was friendly and approachable. She also welcomed questions whether it be about grammar or which cinema to go to which gave lessons a great relaxed atmosphere.

I stayed with two ladies who were incredibly welcoming and great cooks although it wasn't in the centre this was only a problem at night. I stayed there with a german student but think 2 is the most there should be staying with one family to keep a good french atmosphere.

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I really enjoyed my time in Montpellier. The staff at the school were really welcoming and my teachers were all really friendly and had new ideas on different ways to learn French. My accomodation was nice. It was a good location and the house itself was lovely.

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Very good excercises done in class, i learnt a lot of grammar and found my oral french has improved as a result. My house and family were excellent.

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I was really satisfated with the course but I think that the professors should be more strict and that they should give a weekly exams so on that way the students would be obliged to study on a daily basis.

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Great lessons and teachers. The visits and evening activities arranged by the school were a really good way to meet people and well organised.

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Montpellier is an excellent place to learn Frwnch as the city is big enough to have everything but not so big as to get lost or to have people treat one rudely. a host family is much preferable to residence, in my opinion, because of there being more French. The younger ones loved the residence. The school had the outings on Friday pm which worked fine for me but I would have liked to know this before hand.

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The course was quite challenging for me, not having studied french for over 30years and we were not allowed to speak anything other than french in the class. However the teacher was incredibly helpful and encouraging and I enjoyed the company of all the other students. the lessons were a good combination of written work, speaking, games, videos and listening to songs.

I also very much enjoyed a theatre trip arranged by the school in the evening. I went with my husband and son and we were all in different groups and we all had a great time and would certainly go again

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The course was fantastic - the teachers were friendly and helpful, and never reprimanded any of the students if they didn't know an answer. They seemed to geniunely enjoy teaching us, which made the experience so much better. At the start of the course, I had no French whatsoever, and after 5 weeks of school, I couldn't believe how much I could understand - it was fantastic!

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My host family were lovely, and I got a room to myself, which was nice. I liked how other students stayed there, because I had someone to travel to school with, and to practice my French with at home.

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I attended this course over the summer holidays between grades 11 and 12. I was a bit worried that I had given up my summer holidays, but I found it to be the most amazing experience of my life.

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Everything we did in class was completely revelant and incredibly helpfull for my studies in Ireland! The notes and teachers were fantastic.

Location of my accommodation was amazing...ten minutes walk from school and the town. Food wasn't great though...the food was goregous just the portions were really small....

Best three weeks of my life. I'm going back as soon as I can. I'm already saving to go. Its worth every penney.

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I enrolled in an "intensive" course. I do well on multiple choice tests and was probably in a class above my real level as a result. My morning "standard class" teacher was superb - highly organized, high energy, good to work with. I stayed with a host family - two women. The room was adequate, the food was fantastic. My hostesses had the Provencal accent in full flower, which was a little bit of extra challenge for a learner, but not a big problem.

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Great teachers, a variety of teaching methods, I learned a lot. My guest Family was great, no problems.

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C. Holt

Our teacher was wonderful and very eager to help! She had everything planned out for us and obviously knew what she was doing! I loved the family that I was allocated, the food and room was lovely, and they were great fun! I had a great time and learned lots.

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A. Poynter

The teachers were fantastic and the material was always useful and varied.

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J. Murphy

Extremely enjoyable, learnt a lot and met lovely people.It is a great school at which to learn French.

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I. Cremen

I really enjoyed the course and feel that my French has greatly improved. The host woman was so nice and the house was full of character, I would recommend it to anyone.

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P. Paterson

The course was all that I'd hoped it would be. It covered grammar instruction, interesting discussions, conversation and debates, with varied and stimulating topics. Although I was older than the other students in my class I didn't feel awkward, it was fun to be with people younger than myself. My hosts were lovely people. They're warm and hospitable and the facilities they have for students are very good. My bedroom was clean and comfortable, and I would love to go back there again!

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S. Aal

The course was excellent. My teacher was outstanding...lively but sensitive and very keen to extract learning from whatever comes up. My hosts were lovely people...my new French Family! Montpellier is a fascinating place. In the fortnight I was there I only scratched the surface. I'd like to spend much longer and will, sometime soon.

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P. Vousden

The course was very good and I feel I gained a lot in just one week.

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E. Waters

The classes were excellent, really good. The teacher was wonderful and I learnt a lot.

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D. Custerson

The level that was chosen for me after the level test was spot on. Although the class had students that had been there a few weeks, it seemed tailored for my needs. The teacher was friendly and amusing and put us at ease immediately. Everyone was so friendly. I think I'll be going again this year. The family I stayed with were great. They tried to help me as much as they could. I was made very welcome. I can recommend Montpellier as a first class destination to learn French. A very pleasant city with something for everyone I think.

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S. Browning

The classes were fun and interesting with excellent teachers ans the school was well-organised. I stayed with a very kind family with a high standard of accommodation, including swimming pool in garden!

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P. Triantis

I had a very supportive teacher with flexible and really interesting lesson plans. My host family were very accomodating and provided me with everything expected and more.

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Austrian (4)
Colombian (3)
German (6)
Italian (4)
Spanish (3)
Swedish (4)
Swiss (8)
British (11)
American (10)

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* Statistics considered correct at the time of publishing

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