Château de Chenonceau, near Tours in France

Learn French in Tours

Learn French in Tours, the city at the heart of one of the most beautiful regions in France: the Loire Valley!

6 classrooms
30 student computers
Course materials included (on loan)
Wi-Fi throughout the building
Multi-media language lab for phonetics classes
Access to a unique online learning platform
Certified Label Qualité FLE centre
Member of Campus France and the FLE Group

Our school in Tours

Learn French at our school in Tours, and you’ll be studying right in the heart of this elegant city. Our French language school occupies 3 impressive historical buildings, which comprise 30 classrooms and 6 language laboratories. You’ll find it easy to keep in touch with friends and family during your French course in Tours, as our school offers free Internet access throughout!

Situated just a few minutes from the medieval district and the city’s main shopping street, you will have countless cafes, shops, restaurants and bars right at your fingertips. It is also the perfect base to explore the city’s key attractions on foot, such as the Natural History Museum and the Musée des Beaux-Arts.


Our school in Tours
French lesson at our school
School courtyard at break time
The school library


Many students choose to learn French in Tours because it lies in one of the most beautiful and historic regions of France – the Loire Valley. Known as the Garden of France, the Loire Valley was long favoured by the French Kings, and it’s easy to see why! With countless chateaux, fine wines and great weather, it’s a favourite with our students too. The people of Tours speak French without a regional accent, so it’s an ideal choice if you really want to perfect your French. What’s more, with over 30,000 students in the city, Tours has a lively nightlife, centred round the medieval Place Plumereau. Whether you’re in Tours for a week or you’ve booked a longer course, don’t miss world famous chateau Chenonceau, France’s second most visited monument!

Courses in Tours

Available courses

    Our school offers a wide range of quality French courses to suit all types of people, including our popular Intensive course of 20 lessons a week and our Super Intensive course of 28 lessons per week. These courses are perfect for those who wish to improve their general French skills in groups of fellow language enthusiasts!

    For a more personal learning experience, you may wish to choose a course of Private Lessons. Individual tuition is particularly beneficial, as it allows you to target specific areas of the language and ensures fast improvement. Or, if you wish to combine group lessons with individual tuition, opt for our Semi-Intensive + Private Lessons course.

    In the month of July, we also offer a Teachers Course, helping you develop all the necessary skills you need to teach French as a foreign language.


    Available accommodation

      To maximise your progress during your time in Tours, why not stay with one of our carefully selected host families? This type of accommodation includes half-board, giving you the opportunity to enjoy two delicious meals with your family. Meal times are also the perfect chance to put your language skills into practise in a welcoming and authentic environment! If you would like you own private bathroom, opt for a host family plus.

      If you want to mix with other students during your French course, then try our school’s student residence. This is a great option for anyone looking to make friends from all over the world!


      Our school in Tours organise an extensive activity programme for students, allowing you to socialise with your classmates, explore Tours and its surroundings and sample local culture. Activities include guided visits of Tours’ medieval district, cooking workshops, visits to some of the city’s main attractions such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Saint Gatien cathedral, as well as excursions to nearby points of interest, including Blois, Chaumont and Amboise!

      How to get there

      To get to Tours, you can fly to Tours Airport, and take an airport shuttle to the city centre. There is also a tram nearby, which will take you directly to the city centre, where the school is located! Alternatively, we can arrange private airport transfers which will take you directly to your accommodation. Please note that the transfer service is not included in the price of the programme and will incur an additional fee.

      Location: central Tours
      Nearest convenience store: 160 m
      Nearest café: 220 m
      Nearest metro stop: N/A
      Distance from train station: 1 km
      Nearest bus stop: 250 m (Gare Vinci)
      Distance from airport: 281 km (Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport)

      Location of our school in Tours


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      Average score for our school in Tours based on 14 previous client reviews.

      Student reviews & feedback

      School Staff

      The 21h Intensive course at the Institut de Touraine was really helpful in being full immersed in the French language and being able to discuss current events in French news and French culture within comprehensive lessons of phonetics and grammar.

      Staying with a host family was a pleasant experience, and the accommodation was nice.

      School Staff

      Very helpful and interesting. The classes were long, but the teachers did their best to keep us interested. Very professional, and I made a lot of progress.

      School Staff

      Great school with excellent teachers For momments I think 16 students was a little bit to many. The accommodation was very well located also very confortable confortable for one person. Wi fi worked really well!

      School Staff

      Very enjoyable experience, much variety of students from around the world. The course was comprehensive and interesting, and it seems that I have made a great improvement in French in only 2 weeks.

      Good town in France in which to stay and visit, close to Paris but ideally less busy and many students to meet and lots of sightseeing to be done. Staying with a French family, particularly in a large house with other students, was very beneficial for practice in speaking French and for getting to know the food and culture in France.

      School Staff

      The course was quite satisfactory. The Institute had great teachers and facilities. It was recreational learning. There wasn't much homework or work. Regardless, I learned tons.

      My accommadation was pretty good. My host was a single, older woman who was really nice and a great cook. The house was comfortable enough.

      School Staff

      I found both my teachers very capable and conscientious in their preparation of lessons. I learnt a lot. The accommodation was superb! I felt extremely lucky to have such a delightful hostess who went to no end of trouble to make me feel welcome and to show me around Tours and the Loire valley. Her home was beautiful and comfortable. I couldn't have asked for more.

      School Staff

      I felt that the course was very useful, particulary the conversation classes as there was only a small group of people per class.

      School Staff

      The course was very good. The accommodation was very good. My host was a very thoughtful host and her cooking was excellent.

      School Staff

      The summer courses at Tours are incredibly well structured and it is a brilliant time to go there as you will meet students from all over the world. There are lots of activities outside of school hours to take part in if you want to. A great all round experience, so much so that I stayed on for an extra two weeks and have already arranged to go back again! A great experience, spending summer in the Loire valley. The local inhabitants of Tours were all very courteous and helpful. A great all round experience.

      Student stories on our blog

      A tour in Tours

      1st toursLocated in the central region of France, Tours is a well preserved jewel of French History. The "City of art and history” was the capital of the French Kingdom in the 15th and 16th century. Tours is crossed by the Loire River, a place that has been sparking numerous artists’ inspirations throughout the times. Tours is also famous for its “art de vivre” (art of living) thanks to the architecture of its many magnificent monuments, its mild climate (important for wine production), as well as its world-renowned gastronomy. Read more...

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