Class Duration

Class Per Week

Student Age

Class Days

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

SUN

Fly out to Tours airport where you’ll be provided with transport to Saint Denis boarding school in Loches.

Flight Advisory

MON

French language courses

French language classes or mainstream classes. Sports activities

Dinner and free time

TUE

French language courses

French language classes or mainstream classes. Arts and crafts

Dinner and free time

WED

French language courses

French language classes or mainstream classes. Study

Dinner and free time

THU

French language courses

French language classes or mainstream classes. Sports activities

Dinner and free time

FRI

French language courses

Students go to host family for the weekend

French language classes or mainstream classes

SAT

Free time with friends or host family. Every month there will be an excursion organised in the surrounding Loire Valley area.

SUN

Free time

Course Summary

15 Students

15 - 17 year olds

A0,A1,A2,B1,B2,C1,C2

Yes

Description

There are two options for Transition Year students who spend time at our superb affiliated Saint Denis secondary school in Loches:

Programme A for beginner students.

As part of this programme, students attend forty lessons a week. These will include intensive French lessons in smaller groups using interactive learning materials. Depending on the student’s progress and ability, there will eventually be a gradual integration into mainstream French classes, including science and maths, where they will learn alongside native-speaking students. The rate of this integration is dependent upon each individual’s growing ability to speak and understand French. Each week they will take a language test to help monitor their progress. They will also have access to a personal tutor, a language lab and supervised study sessions. Once they are fully integrated, they will attend thirty two mainstream French classes and eight intensive French lessons within small groups and their personal tutor who will continue to monitor their progress. The excellent tutors at Saint Denis use stimulating and interactive teaching methods with a focus on allowing the student to learn at their own pace.

Students will get to experience everything that a French Boarding school has to offer. Parents can be assured that safety is paramount and everything is geared to allowing students to make friends with students and improve their French. Each student will be assessed prior to acceptance to ensure they are suitable for this environment before full confirmation is made. 

Programme B for more advanced students. (available pending an interview with the student)

This is for students with intermediate French skills. Programme B includes 42 lessons per week. Students in this programme will integrate into the mainstream student population at a more rapid pace. They will take ten intensive French lessons per week. The remaining thirty-two will be a variety of subjects such as Maths, History and Science taught through French. They will also have access to a personal tutor, a language lab and supervised study sessions. The excellent tutors at Saint Denis use stimulating and interactive teaching methods with a focus on allowing the student to learn at their own pace.

Apart from the excellent tutoring provided, students will make strides in their French through being exposed to the language everyday through interacting with friends, teachers and their host family. During the year, you’ll also be taken on regular excursions to the surrounding tourist attractions found in the peaceful town of Loches. This total immersion into a new language, culture and lifestyle will allow you to naturally increase your French vocabulary and conversation skills.

Students can fly into Tours - Loire Valley Airport directly with Ryanair - we will recommend which flights to book and transfers can be added depending on the mode of transport chosen. Flights and transfers are not included in the quoted prices. 

Dates & Prices

For forty/forty-two classes per week, accommodation, full board, use of school sports and recreational facilities the price list is as follows:

Two weeks €1,500
Three weeks €2,250
Four weeks €3,000
Five weeks €3,750
Six weeks €4,500
Seven weeks €5,250
Eight weeks €6,000
Nine weeks €6,750
Ten weeks €7,500
Eleven weeks €8,250
Twelve weeks €9,000
Each additional week costs €750 - Semester and year prices are available on request. 

Accommodation

From Monday to Thursday, students will stay on the Saint Denis school campus. Here you’ll share accommodation with other students under supervision of school staff members. Full board is provided as part of this package.

Students will stay with a local host family who have been previously vetted from Thursday to Sunday. The family home will be located close to the school in Loches. Here you will also be provided with all meals and have the opportunity to spend time with a French family which is sure to enrich your conversation skills and understanding of local culture and lifestyle.

This is the ultimate full emersion into a French Boarding School with an expectation from students to take control of their own learning goals. This programme is perfectly flexible for Transition Year students from Ireland. An option to stay at the local host familly full time can be arranged. Prices are quoted for host family at weekends and the residence during the week. 

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You are required to organise your own flights. But we will provide you with all the details you need regarding the airline you travel with, the flight number and flight times of your outgoing and return journey.

Students can opt to share accommodation with friends although most decide to travel alone during this secondary school immersive experience.

From Monday to Friday you’ll be staying on campus in student residences which you’ll share with other pupils. This is a great opportunity to mix with other students of varying fluency and practice your language skills. You’ll be sharing a double room and be provided with full board from the campus cafeteria. On weekends, students stay with their assigned host family close by the campus. This allows you to experience authentic French family life while practicing your conversation skills in everyday situations.

The closest airport is Tours Val de Loire Airport but you can also fly into Paris.

Transfer from the airport to your accommodation is provided by the school on your arrival and departure.

Students can stay at the school between one and ten months- the longer you stay, the more fluent you’ll become.

You are free to go to Saint Denis at any point during the duration of the immersion programme once you confirm availability with the school first.

While all meals are provided, you’ll need money for socialising and shopping during your time away.

The two options available for beginners and more advanced French speakers make this a suitable option regardless of ability. But given the length of time you could be spending at Saint Denis, we would recommend having a foundation of conversation skills before heading off.