Rouen city centre, France

Learn French in Rouen

Learn French in Rouen, the heart of Normandy, a city rich in heritage, renowned for its majestic cathedral and meticulously preserved medieval streets.

12 classrooms
Student computers
Certified Label Qualité FLE centre
Registered DELF/DALF and TCF test centre
Wi-Fi throughout the building
Approved for Bildungsurlaub programmes
Winner of Education Stars’ 2018 Certificate of Excellence
Member of IALC, Campus France, and the FLE Group
Resource centre with multi-media study materials

Our school in Rouen

Conveniently situated near the centre of the city, our French school in Rouen is easily accessible and close to Rouen’s botanical gardens (the fashionable ‘Jardin des Plantes’), cafes, and shops. Housed in a modern building with picturesque views of the River Seine, the school spans a 600-square-meter structure all on the ground level.

The school is comprised of 12 spacious classrooms, a resource centre with 10 computers and free internet access, and a library stocked with many useful materials, including French books and CDs. Our school in Rouen is specially set up to provide a conducive, professional, and relaxed learning environment to all students wanting to learn French. Students also benefit from the school's dedicated car park and courtyard, ensuring both convenience and comfort.

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French lesson at our school, Rouen
School internet cafe
The city centre, Rouen
The surrounding countryside is beautiful!

Rouen

Learn French in the vibrant and historic city of Rouen, the capital of Normandy. Our school is perfectly situated to offer a fully immersive language-learning experience. With its celebrated cathedral, well-preserved medieval streets and long association with art, Rouen is a beautiful city, steeped in history. It is Rouen where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake and where Claude Monet took inspiration for numerous paintings.

When your French lessons at our Rouen school have finished for the day, discover one of the city’s many museums, see the ornate “Gros Horloge” (Great Clock), or simply wander along the banks of the river Seine, enjoying the charm of this fine, walkable city. Whilst studying in Rouen and you will also have a great base from which to explore other fantastic locations in France. Paris is just 80 minutes away by train, and you can also visit the iconic abbey of Mont Saint-Michel, or explore the other 350 miles of Normandy’s coastline, including the historic D-Day Beaches and varied landscapes, during the weekend.

Rouen is an exceptional and picturesque destination for those eager to learn French. It is a relatively small port city along the river Seine and serves as Normandy's main prefecture. If you do not want to walk around the city then Rouen boasts an excellent public transport system, which is also free on Saturdays. As the culinary capital of the region, Rouen invites you to indulge in its delicious gastronomic scene. The city also features a vibrant shopping scene and a lively social atmosphere, providing a comprehensive French language and cultural experience.

Rouen played an important part during the French Renaissance, whilst its cultural significance stretches back through the Middle Ages and the Roman Empire. Opting for a high-quality and engaging French language course in Rouen allows you to fully immerse yourself in this fascinating history. The well-preserved medieval charm of the old town surrounds you with Normandy's historical richness, featuring gothic churches, charming alleyways, and picturesque squares adorned with typical half-timbered houses.

The strategic location in the north of France adds another layer of appeal to Rouen. Immerse yourself in French with confidence, guided by fully qualified and experienced instructors against the backdrop of Rouen's beautiful architecture and atmosphere. The city's rich connections to art and literature provide an inspiring setting for language learning. Additionally, enjoy authentic French hospitality from kind and friendly host families, making your stay in this charming university town truly immersive.

Courses in Rouen

Available courses

    Our Rouen school offers a variety of different courses to choose from, suitable for students of all levels! No matter which course you choose, you will be taught by native, experienced, and fully qualified French teachers.

    Select our popular Intensive French course in Rouen, and you will have 25 hours of lessons each week with a maximum of 12 students per class. If you’d prefer fewer French lessons, our Semi-Intensive course offers 15 hours of lessons each week. Lessons for the Semi-intensive French course take place from 9:30 -13:00 each day with a 30-minute break from 11:00 - 11:30. The Intensive course also gives you extra lessons in the afternoons from 14:00 - 16:00.

    Both group French courses comprehensively address key elements of the language, placing a special emphasis on communication. The primary focus is on enhancing proficiency in the four French communication skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, whilst you boost your confidence in communicating effectively in French across a diverse range of topics. Your classes will encompass aspects such as topical vocabulary, language structure, grammatical study, pronunciation, listening skills, social skills, cultural awareness, reading and writing proficiency, and conversational French.

    Choose Semi Intensive + Private Lessons to combine 15 group lessons with 5 additional private lessons per week; or, for an entirely personal experience, opt for a course of Private Lessons only! Your 1-to-1 private French lessons are designed to cater to your specific goals and needs, allowing you to focus on the areas of French you are particularly interested in. With the one-to-one attention and support from our experienced French tutors, you will find that you have more opportunity for feedback and specific guidance at a pace that suits you. The schedule for the private lessons is usually Monday to Friday from 14:00 to 16:00 but do contact us if you have any certain requests for a different schedule. With all our French courses in Rouen you will receive an orientation session on the first Monday afternoon.

    If you are preparing to sit a DELF or DALF examination, one of our exam preparation courses in Rouen just might be the perfect option for you! It will help to familiarise you with the specific examination, and revise in the company of like-minded students. The DELF certificate (Diplôme d'études en langue française) is an official accreditation from the French Ministry of Education. Passing the DELF exam is considered a requirement for studying at a French institution or working in the French-speaking corporate world. It will show that you have completed one of four levels of French, corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages levels A1, A2, B1 and B2. Our DELF Exam Prep course in Rouen is a 5-to-12-week programme that combines the Semi Intensive French course with an extra 10 hours of intensive exam preparation each week.

    The DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française) is a more advanced diploma in French for levels C1 and C2. Whilst the DELF is internationally recognised and useful for applying for employment or degrees in French, the DALF diploma is beneficial to European higher education institutions and employers seeking new students or staff with a higher level of French. Contact us for more information about our French examination preparation courses!

    On specific dates throughout the year (usually on the first Monday of each month) we offer an Intensive + Cookery course, allowing you to combine language learning with “French and Pâtisserie”. On top of the 15 group French lessons, you will receive three cookery lessons, where you will learn to prepare several French delicacies, including macarons, eclairs, and Normandy apple tart!

    The Teachers Course is a one-week programme offering full in-service professional training and development for teachers of French. We offer a total of 25 hours of tuition for our one-week teacher's course in Rouen. Daily classes are scheduled from 9:30 to 16:00, including a coffee break from 11:00 to 11:30 and a lunch break from 13:00 to 14:00. The main programme focuses on 'Method and Language,' and you also have the option to choose from additional courses such as 'General Methodology,' 'Intensive Language,' or the 'Neurolinguistic Approach to Language Learning' (ANL). If you're interested in exploring further details about these options or prefer a special two-week package, please contact us for more information.

    Finally, our school has two start dates each year for their special Club 50+ programme. View our dedicated page for this using the link below.

    Special courses in Rouen

    Accommodation

    Available accommodation

      Experience the authentic French way of life through our carefully selected Host Family accommodation options in Rouen. Living with a host family provides a unique opportunity for language immersion, exposure to regional specialties, and a genuine local experience. Practice your French language skills in a warm and welcoming environment with a friendly local family. You will have single room and a half-board meal plan. You can also choose the Host Family Plus option which includes a private bathroom.

      The half-board host family plan with our Rouen school includes two meals-breakfast and dinner-provided by your host on weekdays. On the weekends full-board meals will be offered, possibly including a simple packed lunch depending on your afternoon schedule. Additionally, amenities such as clean towels, sheets, and bed linen, along with light laundry services, will be included. You'll also have access to a calm workspace with a desk and chair for your work and study needs. Accommodation in Rouen is available from Sunday to Saturday, with the option to arrange extra nights upon request.

      Your host family in Rouen is committed to providing a full French immersion experience and will communicate with you exclusively in French. They offer not just accommodation, but also support for you when abroad. Our school’s Welcome and Wellbeing Coordinator ensures the quality of your accommodation and will endeavour to match you with families that align with your needs. Informing us and your host family about any special plans or requirements will ensure a smooth and enjoyable stay.

      For durations of four weeks and more you have the option of a Studio in Host Family. This gives you the reassurance and immersive experience you would receive with a standard host, but with greater independence and ability to cook your own meals.

      If you're seeking an alternative self-catering option, furnished flats and student residences are available upon request. The Studio in Residence accommodation option in Rouen is conveniently located just a 10-minute walk from our French language school. This residence offers single rooms with weekday breakfast included in the price. You must be at least 18 years old to reserve a studio in the residence.

      Services at the residence building include disabled access, a reception area, monitored entry system, washing machines, bicycle hire, vacuum, ironing room, parking, breakfast lounge, and television lounge. It's important to be aware that a one-month’s rent deposit is required for each studio, and this deposit will be fully refunded at the end of the stay unless any damage to the studio has occurred. If you have any questions or need further information about this student residence or any of the accommodation options in Rouen, then please don't hesitate to contact us.

      Activities

      Our Rouen school also organises an extensive programme of activities, allowing you to experience France and test your French with the locals! All students are invited on a free walking tour on their first day. During the week and after your morning French lessons you can also join in with visits to museums, sampling local cuisine on restaurant evenings, enjoying theatre performances and experience much more! Saturday excursions can include trips to Paris, Monet’s garden at Giverney and the D-Day landing beaches on the Normandy coast.

          Sample activity programme

      How to get there

      Optional airport transfers upon arrival and/or departure from/to Paris Roissy, Paris Orly, Paris Beauvais or Deauville airports can be arranged upon request. Please note that the transfer service is not included in the cost of the programme and will incur an additional fee.

      Location: South Rouen
      Nearest convenience store: 190 m
      Nearest café: 190 m
      Nearest metro stop: N/A
      Distance from train station: 3.6 km (Gare de Rouen-Rive-Droite)
      Nearest bus stop: 1 km (Voltaire)
      Distance from airport: 148 km (Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport)


      Location of our school in Rouen

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      4.4 / 5
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      4.5 / 5
      School Staff

      4.7 / 5
      Average score for our school in Rouen based on 29 previous client reviews.

      Student reviews & feedback

      Intensive 25 with Host Family
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      Good quality teaching Slight over-reliance on use of computers for teaching.

      Accommodation was good, comfortable and very friendly

      Intensive 25 with Host Family
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      Excellent teachers with great energy in the classroom. Very well planned but fun classes.

      The host couple were very lovely people who provided fabulous meals and company! House was really nice and conveniently located one minute from the school.

      Semi Intensive with Host Family
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      Course was well put together and at the right level me: some consolidation; some challenge.

      Isabelle and Pascal are excellent hosts, excellent.

      Semi Intensive with Host Family
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      Good course. Very good host family - very friendly and generous. Excellent dinners every night.

      Semi Intensive with Host Family
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      Really great, attentive teaching and helpful staff.

      Lovely, welcoming family and excellent cooking!

      Semi Intensive with Host Family
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      The three week course was excellent! It was well structured and covered not only french grammar but culture also. The teachers were very helpful and made everyone feel welcome and comfortable regardless of their level. I was the oldest student there but not once did i feel out of place. It was a good learning environment for young and old!

      My accomodation was comfortable, private and in a lovely neighbourhood. My hostess was friendly and patient with a good sense of humour :) The only criticism relates to the location - a bit removed from the city center and public transport was sparse to the area on weekends.

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      I thought the course was excellent. The accommodation was excellent, i was staying with a host family and they were so nice and friendly and welcoming. The staff at the school were BRILLIANT, i loved almost all my teachers (only one that i didn't take to!) and they were always nice and friendly and helpful. there was one "excursion" - a meal for students and teachers together - that i wished was on every week.

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      The quality of teaching & the good humour of the 'profs' made this a thoroughly enjoyable learning opportunity.

      Time with my host family contributed to the learning process.

      Super Intensive 25 with Host Family
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      I really enjoyed it, we covered a variety of topics through a variety of mediums: reading, listening etc. Grammar was interspersed throughout the topics. I stayed with a really friendly family with a clean and comfortable room. I hope to stay in touch with them.

      Super Intensive 25 with Host Family
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      It was verry good, in 1 week I learned a lot. Everybody was very nice. The family where I stayed was also very nice, very hospitable and you learned a lot from them.

      Semi Intensive with Student Residence
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      Professional approach. Welcoming, helpful staff. School is modern clean and well resourced with a very wide range of student nationalities. Excellent studio apartment in modern block. Friendly, helpful staff and well situated for the school (10 minutes on foot).

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      The course was well run - focused on conversation but the instructors were well-versed in grammar when needed. Used a 'theme for the week' to teach (I had 'fine arts' and 'global warming') which I enjoyed but those (with less open minds) disliked. Can't say enough good things about the accomodation. The hostess was excellent. She was knowledgeable and experienced and ensured that I was comfortable and I knew what was going on. Super experience. I would have preferred if the school had had more 'field trips'. They had some workshops (making macaroons was excellent!) and trips, but the instructors on the trips, while pleasant, added no real value. I did a lot of things on my own, interacting with the friendly people of Rouen. There was enough to keep me busy for 2 weeks!

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      It was very nice to be in a class with different nationalities and the teacher was very motivated and explained the material in an understandable way. I wish I could have stayed longer.

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      Teaching, facilities and admin staff was excellent. My host was lovely-very friendly and helpful with the language.

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      I loved the course, and especially my teacher. I must add, all the staff were fabulous.

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      The lessons were very interactive and quite diverse, which makes it very agreeable to follow. My hosts were very friendly people, it was really pleasant as well as very useful to stay at this host family.

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      The course had a good mix of basic rules of grammar and conversation about daily life and about issus of public interest (ecology, migration, etc). The teachers were excellent.

      School statistics

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      Brazil (6)
      China (10)
      Czech republic (5)
      Gb (4)
      Germany (15)
      Italy (2)
      Japan (11)
      Netherlands (4)
      South korea (7)
      Switzerland (17)

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      Rouen – a historic and beautiful city

      Medieval Rouen buildingsRouen, the capital of Normandy, is a historic and beautiful city in Northern France with plenty of things to see and do! Rouen is famous for being hugely important during medieval times. It is significantly known as the place where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, giving a special meaning to this city and making it a place full of historical interest. Read more...

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