Studying in the magnificent port town of La Rochelle France is sure to make a memorable French language learning experience. And being fully immersed in a local High School provides the perfect opportunity for students to experience the real France and to meet and become friends with local students.
Located on the West coast, La Rochelle has innovative public transport and plenty of green spaces. It is an ideal location for Irish teenagers who want to study abroad and enjoy other activities such as sports. We have partnered with an excellent French Language School, inLingua, which is located just moments away from the sea and town centre. The language school works closely with local secondary schools to create this popular programme for a transition year abroad.
Students start with a 2 week Intensive French Course at the language school, then attend a local private secondary school for the remainder of the programme with local French students.
First 2 weeks (Intensive French Course)
● 30 French classes per week
● 9am to 4.15pm, Monday to Friday
● Approx 10 students per class
Week 3 onward (High School)
● Students attend the mainstream high school classes with local students
● 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
● 3 x private French classes per week at the language school in the evening
The language school provides support and guidance to students throughout their stay and they will benefit from a busy programme that includes 3 afternoon activities a week, as well as a full day excursion at the weekend.
This course provides the perfect opportunity for students to improve their French language skills whilst mixing with French students and enjoying other activities on a weekly basis.
Dates & Prices
Starting Dates in 2018All year round
You can choose to spend from 6 weeks up to 10 months on this program. The first two weeks of the program will be an intensive French language course at the language school. After which you will move to a local high school for the remainder of the program. It is therefore recommended that you opt to spend at least 6 weeks on this program to give you the opportunity to experience life at a local French high school.
- Intensive French Course: €990 per week (for 2 weeks)
- High School: €800 per week (for the remainder of the program)
Included in the price
- Dedicated local French Group Leader
- Emergency Contact 24/7
- 3 x private French Lessons per week once student moves to secondary School
- 3 x afternoon activities per week
- 1 x full day excursion every Saturday
- 2 x evening activities per week
- 1 x surf lesson per week
- Transfers to/from the airport in La Rochelle
- Homestay accommodation including breakfast, lunch (after first 2 weeks) and dinner
- Local bus pass for duration of stay
Price does not include:
- Lunch during the first 2 weeks at the language school
- 24/7 supervision
- Spending money
- Travel Insurance
- Optional Extras
- Additional private French classes - €55 per lesson
- Surf lessons - €40 per lesson
- 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 lessons
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:
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
Accommodation choice (if applicable to course)
Any optional extras
If travelling with a friend and whether they would like to share accommodation
If booking outside 8 weeks, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable holding deposit of €500
Full payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure
Students stay with local Hosts 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 Hosts chosen by inLingua are of a much higher standard than most other locations. As La Rochelle is not a haven for language tourists, the Hosts are taking students for the right reasons.
We realise that Homestay accommodation is not for everyone. If you select this type of accommodation, you will need to be open-minded and realise 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 Host as well as lunch on the weekends. Whilst you are in the language school you will need to buy your own lunch. When you are at the French Secondary School, you will have lunch in the canteen (included).
Daily transportation to and from the school is also included. Transport on arrival and departure in La Rochelle is also included
Class Per Week
Private French class
Excursion to night market
Intensive French course
Private French lesson
Private French lesson
Intensive French course
Full day excursion to Rochefort and Brouage village
Students will stay with a well vetted and carefully chosen host family close to the language school and secondary school
You can fly out on the Sunday before your start date. For 2018, start dates are the 26 March, 9 April, 23 April or 7 May. Other start dates are however available on request
Students can opt to stay for six weeks up to a full academic year (10 months)
You will be placed with a host family 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.
Transfer between La Rochelle airport and your accommodation is provided on arrival and departure
Having a foundation of conversational French is beneficial to students going on any of our language courses but even less advanced students will see their fluency flourish in a short space of time during this immersive experience.
You will need to buy lunch during the first 2 weeks on the intensive French course at the language school. All other meals are included in the cost. You’ll also 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.
No, flights are not included. You will need to arrange your own flights. The closest airport is La Rochelle