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France’s capital is one of the world’s most famous cities, and undoubtedly one of the best places to attend a French language course. A powerhouse of culture, Paris is renowned as the birthplace of perfectionism. It’s a city of exceptional artistry and world-class education, of haute cuisine and high fashion, and of almost unparalleled political influence. The city’s rich history and significant cultural heritage attracts visitors from around the world; for centuries, people have flocked in their millions to see the huge variety of attractions on offer. With some of the planet’s most recognisable landmarks - like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre’s glass pyramid - hundreds of museums and galleries to enjoy, and a wealth of interesting shops and restaurants to explore, it’s certainly difficult to get bored here. So what are you waiting for? Learn French in Paris with us and discover this iconic city for yourself!
Paris - also known as the City of Light, the City of Art, and the City of Literature - was founded over 2,500 years ago and quickly became a key stop on the north-south trade route. Its importance only increased over time, and the city has long been one of the world’s premier economic, cultural, and political epicentres. History buffs can learn more about Paris’ past in its many museums. Of particular note is the Carnavalet Museum, which has a collection of interesting artefacts from the earliest Celtic settlements right up to the 19th century artistic Golden Age. Other key historical sites include the iconic Notre-Dame cathedral, the Basilica of Saint Denis, and the Luxembourg Palace complex. All these sites and more are within easy reach of our Opéra school.
From the Middle Ages onwards, Paris has been the stomping ground of some of the world’s greatest intellectuals and creatives. The city is the mother of such famous names as Voltaire, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Pierre Curie, and many, many more who have left their mark on humanity. The legacy of Paris’ great minds includes iconic literature, prominent philosophical ideas, and life-changing inventions including the stethoscope, the aqualung, and the first photographic image. Simply by strolling along Paris’ streets and boulevards, you’ll pass the favourite haunts of those who made their name here. Cafés like Le Select in Montparnasse and Les Deux Magots in Saint-Germain, for example, were once the political and artistic nerve-centre of the city, and counted amongst their patrons Ernest Hemingway, Emile Zola, Pablo Picasso, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Today they offer the perfect opportunity to gain insight into the day-to-day life of ordinary Parisians - be sure to take the time to visit a coffee house, grab a café crème and a copy of Le Monde, and watch the world go by before you.
There are so many notable attractions in Paris that it’s hard to enumerate them all here. One thing’s for sure, however: an immersive French course in Paris is guaranteed to be unlike any other!
Our school in Paris (Eiffel)
Our Paris Eiffel school’s main building is located in the capital’s 7th arrondissement, a bustling district which is home to some of the city’s major and best-known attractions. These include of course the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars gardens, the Esplanade des Invalides, L’ École Militaire, and a large number of art museums including the Musée d'Orsay, the Musée Rodin, and the Musée Maillol. The area also boasts some of the best examples of classic Haussmann architecture, which gives the city so much of its charm. Sites like the Grand Palais, Place de la Concorde, Luxembourg Gardens, and the Louvre are easily accessible by bus or metro.
Lessons take place in a boutique language centre just off the picturesque, tree-lined Avenue de Suffren. The building has 11 classrooms and a large computer lounge which students can use to complete homework, get in touch with friends and family back home, or surf the web. A selection of materials and books are available to borrow to supplement your classroom tuition, and there are also several hot and cold drinks machines. The building also benefits from air-conditioning, and there is Wi-Fi throughout.
When you learn French with us at our Paris Eiffel school, you benefit from high-quality immersive tuition which has been awarded Qualité FLE accreditation from the French Ministry of Education. The school has been welcoming international students for more than 30 years; over this time its staff have developed excellent techniques for teaching French to students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The facility is also a member of Campus France and Datadocké, and its courses are eligible for CSN and Bildungsurlaub funding. Its prime location makes it a popular choice for many of our students.
Courses in Paris (Eiffel)
- Intensive (afternoon) (20)
- Intensive (morning) (20)
- Super Intensive + Cultural lessons (34)
- Super-Intensive + Private Lessons (31)
- Private Lessons (20)
- Business Course (42)
- DELF/DALF Exam Prep (34)
- Family Course (20)
- Family Course (26)
- Family Course (6-17 years) (20)
- Language for Lawyers (42)
Core general French lessons offered by our Paris Opéra school take place either on a morning or an afternoon schedule. The standard course is the Intensive programme, which consists of 20 classes per week in groups of no more than 14. Morning lessons take place between 09:00 and 12:00 each weekday and cover all four key aspects of language learning: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The morning course is offered in groups arranged by starting ability, allowing you to jump right in at the appropriate level. Afternoon classes take place between 14:15 and 17:15 each weekday and consist of mixed-ability workshops covering written French, grammar, oral communication, and French culture. These afternoon lessons are ideal for those who prefer to focus on particular areas of their studies, as opposed to the more general approach offered on the morning course.
This school offers a variety of more rigorous general French programmes. On the Super-intensive 26 course, you’ll add 6 extra classes per week to your core Intensive programme. You can either select the morning course and receive extra general French lessons or select the afternoon course and attend additional workshops on the topic of your choice. If you want even more language practice, you can select the Super-intensive 30 course and add 10 afternoon workshops per week onto the core Intensive morning programme. This way, you’ll get the best of both types of course and combine general language learning with specialised focus on a range of linguistic and cultural topics. Super-intensive packages of 34, 38, 42, and even 52 weekly lessons are also available. Feel free to get in touch with our language advisors for more information about these packages.
Please note: if you have no previous experience with French, you will need to start your course on a specific date - contact us for available start dates for beginners.
If you think you may need extra support with your studies, or if you want to cover specific French topics, we recommend that you book private tuition. The standard package consists of 20 one-to-one lessons per week, though bespoke packages are available on request. Since you’ll have the undivided attention of the teacher, you’ll receive tuition that’s tailored to your exact requirements and benefit from much more language practice than you would have on a group programme. However long you’re able to study for, you’ll find that you make incredible improvements on a private course.
Though private lessons are extremely beneficial in terms of progression, they don’t offer the same kind of social experience as group classes. Fortunately, you can combine the best parts of both courses with a Super-intensive + Private package! This programme adds 5 or 10 one-to-one classes per week to your Super-intensive 26 course, giving you the extra practice afforded by private lessons but still allowing you to experience the social side of a group course.
For those who want to learn more about the French way of life, this school offers a fantastic French & Culture programme, which combines your Super-intensive 26 morning course with 8 afternoon workshops per week. The afternoon lessons will give you a deeper understanding of French history, French art, cinema, and literature, the way of life in France, and even some of Paris’ key districts. This package is open to students of all ability levels, including complete beginners. Beginners should note that they will need to begin their programme on a suitable date.
If you want to improve your speaking ability, the French & Communication course is for you. On this programme you’ll have 26 general French lessons in the morning plus 8 weekly afternoon workshops. The afternoon lessons will introduce you to new vocabulary, help you to hone your listening comprehension, develop your French pronunciation, and give you extra conversation practice. You’ll be speaking with confidence in no time!
Alternatively, if it’s the rules and structure of the language that you’re struggling with, why not book the French & Grammarprogramme instead? This course also consists of 26 general French lessons in the morning followed by 8 additional workshops in the afternoon. These will cover the specifics of French grammar and help you to improve your written skills with focused tasks.
Teenagers learning French at school can get themselves in the best position to pass their exam with flying colours on our Exam Preparation course. British and Irish students can prepare for their A Level/Leaving Certificate exams on this specialised programme, which consists of 26 Super-intensive classes plus 8 mini-group lessons per week. The additional afternoon classes cover exam-specific topics and vocabulary. This course is available in July and August for students with a starting ability level of B1 or higher. The programme can also be tailored to German students preparing for the Abitur exam.
Younger students can attend the school’s excellent junior programme, which takes place at the Saint Nicolas facility in June and July. For parents who want to accompany their children to Paris, we can offer our summer family course, which consists of 20 Intensive lessons per week on the morning schedule. Children learn in age-appropriate groups (6 - 11 and 12 - 17) while parents study in adult classes at the same language centre. You’ll then be free to explore the city together in the afternoons and enjoy an exciting and rewarding family holiday.
If you need to learn studying French for work or you’re planning to work in a French company, you can learn the appropriate skills on our Business French course. When you book this programme, you’ll add 16 specialised mini-group lessons to the Super-intensive 26 morning course. These mini-group sessions have a maximum of just 3 students, so you’ll get lots of opportunities for language practice and be able to tailor the lessons to your requirements as needed. In your extra sessions, you’ll learn professional and administrative vocabulary, how to read and write business documents and/or prepare business presentations, and learn the specifics of formal communication in French corporate settings. Your afternoon lessons can also be used to cover Legal French. Both courses are open to students with B1 or higher starting ability. Please contact us for more information on available start dates.
On the first day of lessons, you should arrive at the school at 08:00. You will sit written and oral level tests after registering; these are used to determine your starting language ability and place you in a group that’s most suitable for that level. This methodology provides students with the best possible opportunity to improve their language skills, regardless of their starting level. At the end of your course, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement which can be used to demonstrate the French ability level you have reached during your time at the school.
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Special courses in Paris (Eiffel)
- Host Family
- Shared Apartment
- Student Residence
- Studio Apartment
- University Residence
Experience the French way of life first-hand and practice your language skills with native speakers by staying with a local homestay host! All hosts live within 50 minutes of the school by public transport and offer private single or double* bedrooms on either a breakfast-included or half-board basis. Half-board includes breakfast and dinner each day and is ideal if you’re looking for a fully immersive experience, since meal-times present the perfect opportunity to practice your French in an authentic setting. You’ll also have access to the communal spaces like the living room and bathroom, though some hosts can offer private bathroom access for an additional fee. Bed linens and towels will be provided by your host(s) and changed weekly; your host(s) will either do your laundry for you or let you use the home’s facilities once a week. Most hosts can offer Wi-Fi access, but you should advise us at the time of booking if this a requirement for you. You will have your own key to come and go as you please, but you must respect house rules and schedules.
For those who prefer to cook for themselves, we offer shared apartment lodging with local Parisians. This package includes breakfast each day and kitchen access for the cooking of your other daily meals. Though this option offers fewer opportunities for conversation practice than homestay lodging, you’ll be staying with a native French speaker so you will be able to put your newly developed language skills to use. Bed linens and towels are included, and you’ll have access to the home’s washing machine to do your laundry. Many apartments have Wi-Fi access, but you should advise us at the time of booking if this is a requirement for you. You’ll have your own key, so can come and go as you please.
If you prefer more independence, we highly recommend student residence lodging. The school works with two year-round residences which are both located around 45 minutes from the school by Metro. Both residences offer single and double* bedrooms with their own private bathrooms. Breakfast is included each day and served on-site; it is also possible to upgrade your meal package if you wish. Bed linens and towels are provided and changed regularly; laundry services are available for an additional fee. Both buildings have reception areas manned by friendly staff members who will be happy to assist you should you need anything or to recommend the best local attractions to see during your stay. Please note that other residences with similar facilities may be used during high season.
Between July and August, the school offers summer residence lodging in university halls of residence. This is a low-cost and highly social option that’s great for students aged 18 - 25. When you select this type of accommodation, you’ll have a single bedroom with kitchen facilities. As standard you’ll share the bathroom and living areas with the other residents; it is possible to upgrade to a room with an en-suite shower for an additional fee. These rooms are available on a self-catering basis, though crockery and utensils are not provided; you will need to bring your own or buy supplies locally. Bed linens are included but towels are not, so you should bring your own. A coin-operated laundrette is available on-site, and the building has free Wi-Fi access.
For a higher standard of accommodation select a studio in one of the school’s aparthotels. These lovely apartments have fully equipped kitchenettes, private bathrooms, and added amenities including air-conditioning and Wi-Fi access. Studios are offered on a self-catering basis, allowing you to cook for yourself or sample local restaurants as you prefer. Bed linens and towels are included and changed regularly; laundry is available on-site for an additional fee. The school works with various aparthotel complexes in the city, and students are placed based on availability; we therefore cannot guarantee the location of your accommodation.
During summer, private apartments for up to 6 people are also available. These apartments are located in a complex close to the Saint Nicolas facility and are ideal for families attending this language centre together. Available apartments vary in cost; please contact us for further details.
*Twin bedrooms and studios are only available to students travelling together. If you select a shared room or studio but are travelling alone, you will be swapped to a single room or studio.
You really will be spoilt for choice for what to do in Paris after your lessons have finished. Though this school does not offer a specific activity programme, our colleagues there will be delighted to offer advice and suggestions for what to do in your spare time.
Popular activities for visitors include exploring Notre-Dame, Sacre-Coeur, and the city’s other impressive churches, seeing a French-language show at one of the many theatres and concert halls, or simply strolling along Paris’ gorgeous boulevards and promenades. History buffs can learn more about the city’s past in its museums, while culture vultures can take in the works of some of Europe’s greatest masters in Paris’ many art galleries. Shopaholics will have hours of fun exploring the hundreds of boutiques and stores across the city, and nature lovers can enjoy a vast array of interesting and beautiful public parks. You can even take a trip out of Paris and visit the stunning Loire Valley, the incredible Versailles Palace, or the several natural parks which surround the city. Whatever you want to do, our school’s staff can help you do it!
How to get there
The French capital is served by two airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) and Paris Orly. Both airports are around 30 minutes from the city centre by car, and flights to both are available from many worldwide locations.
When you arrive, you can either make your own way to your lodging or we can arrange an airport transfer service for you. If you select this service, a driver will be waiting for you when you land and will take you directly to your accommodation. If you select this service on departure as well, you will be taken back to your chosen airport in time for your departing flight. Transfer services are also available at all train stations in central Paris.
You should arrange to arrive in Paris on the Sunday before your course starts and to depart on the Saturday after it finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed.
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