Class Duration

Class Per Week

Student Age

Class Days

Course Summary


16 - 18 year olds




Are you looking to study abroad to improve your French language skills ahead of your LC? Choosing to study at the InLingua French language school in La Rochelle is certainly a sound choice!

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 and enjoy other activities such as sports and water sports. Why not learn to surf whilst you're there or take yachting lessons? And for those who aren't so sporty, there are plenty of interesting museums and excursions on offer.  The course is offered through a high-quality language school -  inLingua, which is ideally located just moments away from the sea and town centre. 

Students stay in Home Stay Accommodation. Support and guidance is provided to students throughout their stay and they will benefit from a busy programme that includes 3 afternoon activities (including sailing) and 2 evening activities a week, and a full day excursion at the weekend. 

This course provides the perfect opportunity for students to improve their French language skills ahead of their LC, whilst also enjoying a host of fun activities in a beautiful and vibrant French town. 

Dates & Prices

Starting Dates in 2019

There are still LIMITED SPACES available for August.

12 Aug 2019 - 2+ weeks

Starting dates in 2020

6 April to 18 April (Monday to Friday only) 

1 June - 2+ weeks

8 June - 2+ weeks 

15 June - 2+ weeks 

Other dates apply please email us to find out more - [email protected]

Prices 2019

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Included in the price

- 20 French classes per week from 9.00am to 4.15pm Monday to Monday.  

- 7 Leaving Cert French classes per week specifically tailored for Irish LC prep students

- 3 afternoon activities per week including a sailing course 

- 1 full day excursion per week on a Saturday 

- 2 evening activities per week

- Dedicated local French Group Leader 

- 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

  • One to One lessons - €55 per lesson

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

  • Sailing lessons - €220 per lesson

  • Local Gym - €140 per month

  • Golf lessons - €180 for 2 lessons

  • Round of Golf - €90 per round

  • Tennis lessons - €50 per lesson

How to book

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

  • 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

Once we have this information, we will send you forms for completion, an invoice and flight details for you to book.

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 accommodation chosen by inLingua is of a much higher standard than most other locations. As La Rochelle is not a haven for language tourists, Home Stay Families are taking students for the right reasons. We realise that Home Stay Accommodation is not for everyone. If you select this type of accommodation, you will need to be open-minded and understand that you may not benefit from all your usual creature comforts. You have to be willing to practice your French no matter how bad you may think it is! You will have breakfast and dinner with your family as well as lunch on the weekends.

Parents can create the curfew for students however the maximum curfew the school allow is the following - 12pm (midnight) Sunday - Thursday 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 classes

LC prep classes

Dinner/Free time


French classes


Dinner/Free time


French classes


Dinner/Free time


French classes

LC prep classes

Dinner/Free time


French classes

LC prep classes or cultural activities

Dinner/Free time


Excursion to Rochefort and Brouage village


Free time and surfing lessons

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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 local families who are well vetted and carefully chosen

You can fly out on the Sunday before your start date. For 2018, start dates are 4 June, 11 June and 18 June. Other start dates are however available on request

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

You can opt to partake in this LC prep 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. The school residence is also very central

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

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

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

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