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Course Summary


15 - 17 year olds




If you love playing rugby and are looking to study abroad to improve your French language skills during TY, then this is the course for you! This one of a kind course, offered by the inLingua French language school in La Rochelle, combines morning French classes with rugby workshops and training sessions in the afternoons. There is even the opportunity to attend a pre-match training session with a top 14 French Rugby Team! 

You will attend 15 French language classes throughout the week at the language school and then in the afternoons, you will either attend a rugby training session (2 per week) or a Rugby in France Workshop (2 per week). 

The training sessions are hosted by a local La Rochelle rugby team. You will join in with their weekly 2.5 hour training sessions and benefit from learning from their experienced and enthusiastic coach. 

The workshops take place at the language school and will focus on the topic of 'Rugby in France'. They offer a great way for students to use their language skills to talk about a topic they enjoy and are passionate about. Themes for discussion include; 'The rise of rugby in France' and 'Match observation and analysis'.  

And perhaps the most exciting part of the course is that you will get to attend a pre-match open training session for one of the top teams in the country - La Rochelle Atlantique Stade Rochelais.  The team includes some of the best players in the country. At the training session, you will observe and make notes on training techniques and prepare a warm-up/training session for fellow students. Another great way to practice your French and learn new vocab. 

We have scheduled this course around the match fixtures for the La Rochelle Atlantique Stade Rochelais rugby team so that students can not only attend the pre-match training session but can also purchase tickets to the actual match. Tickets are available for the following matches: 

13th April - La Rochelle vs Pau 

04th May - La Rochelle vs Toulon

Match tickets and transport can be booked with us when booking your place on the course for the price of €40 (includes ticket and transport). 

La Rochelle is a magnificent port town on the west coast of France with plenty to see and do for teenagers. With innovative public transport and lots of green spaces as well as beaches, it is an ideal location for Irish teenagers who want to study abroad in a fun and safe environment. When not involved in rugby activities, students will have the opportunity to join other students at the language school for organised activities and excursions. 

Students stay in Home Stay Accommodation and support and guidance is provided to students throughout their stay.

Please note that this course is for students who already play rugby. It is not for beginners. 

Dates & Prices

Starting Dates in 2020

 6, 13, 20, 27 April 2+ weeks

 4 and 11 May 2+ weeks

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Included in the price

- 15 French classes per week from 9.00am to 12.15pm Monday to Monday.  

- Full day excursion on Saturday 

- 2 afternoon workshops "rugby in France"

- 2 rugby training sessions (4-5 hours)

- Attending a pre-match training session of a top 14 team

- Access to the gym

- Transfers to/from La Rochelle airport

- Home Stay Accommodation 

- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

- Local bus pass for duration of stay

- Emergency contact 24/7

Price does not include: 

  • 24/7 supervision

  • Flights

  • Spending money

  • Travel Insurance

  • Any extras outlined below

Optional Extras
  • Tickets and transport to a match - €40
    Match fixtures;
    13th April - La Rochelle vs Pau 
    04th May - La Rochelle vs Toulon

Match tickets must be booked at the same time as booking the course - Limited tickets available and will not be available to purchase from the school.

  • One to One lessons - €55 per lesson

  • The only English speaker in the Host Family - €60 per week

  • Sailing lessons - €220 per lesson

  • Golf lessons - €180 for 2 lessons

  • Round of Golf - €90 per round

  • Tennis lessons - €50 per lesson

To book, please click on the Book Now button and fill out your details. 

Alternatively, you can email [email protected] with the following information:
If booking outside 8 weeks, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable holding deposit of €500
Once we have this information, we will send you forms for completion, an invoice and flight details for you to book.

  • Name of course

  • Parent's full name, phone number and email

  • Student's full name, date of birth, Irish school, email and phone number

  • Any medical/food requirements

  • Course start date

  • Course length

  • Accommodation choice (if applicable to course)

  • Any optional extras

  • Special requests

  • If travelling with a friend and whether they would like to share accommodation

Full payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure


Home Stay Accommodation 

Students stay with local Home Stay Families who are vetted and chosen by the language school, InLingua La Rochelle. Students will have their own room or can share with a friend. The Home School Accommodation chosen by inLingua is of a much higher standard than most other locations. As La Rochelle is not a haven for language tourists, the families are taking students for the right reasons. It is a great way to practice your French no matter how bad you may think it is! You will have breakfast and dinner with your Host as well as lunch on the weekends.

Parents can create a curfew for students however the maximum curfew the school allow is the following: 12pm (midnight) Sunday - Thursday and 1am Friday and Saturday. Please note that if a parent would like to adjust their child's curfew they must allow a 24 hour changing period.

Sample week

*Subject to change. Some activities may have an additional cost.


French lessons

Rugby Workshop followed by guided tour of La Rochelle

Free time at home with host family


French lessons

Training exercises followed by gym

Rugby Training


French lessons

Free time

Free time at home with host family


French lessons

Rugby Workshop followed by gym

Rugby Training


French lessons

Training exercises followed by climbing activity

Free time at home with host family


Full day excursion

Full day excursion

Rugby Match Stade Rochelais


Time off with host family

Photo Gallery

Students can opt to share a room with a friend or can be placed with another student if they have traveled alone. Staying with a student who you didn’t know before your trip is a great way to widen your circle of friends while getting the chance to practice your language skills with new people

All meals are included in the price of the course. However, you will need money for socialising and shopping during your time away

Yes, this course is for students who already know how to play rugby. It is not for beginner rugby players.

Having a foundation of conversational French is beneficial to students going on any of our language courses and even advanced students will benefit

Transfer between La Rochelle airport and your accommodation is provided on arrival and departure

You can opt to partake in this French and Rugby Course for a minimum of 2 weeks up to 6 weeks

All host families are within walking distance or easy bus route distance from the schools. You will get given a local bus pass for the duration of your stay.

There is a curfew of 10pm Sunday to Thursday and 12am Friday and Saturday.

You can fly out on the Sunday before your start date. For 2019, start dates are 8, 15 and 22 April.

The closest airport is La Rochelle

You’ll need to arrange your own flights. But we are happy to help advise you on the most direct route.

Students stay in Home Stay Accommodation with a local family who have been well vetted and carefully chosen.