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Summary of Language Courses 

Language School Courses

Blue Stamp Travel have a network of partner schools across France, Germany and Spain providing some of the most exciting language opportunities available. We choose the courses that we offer based on our extensive experience of working with the best schools in Europe.

Intensive Language Courses

For individuals and small groups

Two students with teacher in classroom.

Suitable for ages 16 and older, these courses focus on practical application of the four skills; reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students take a pre-assessment to assist the school in allocating the correct level of lessons. There are typically 20 lessons during the week with the option to increase this or select different elective modules.

Work and Study

For linguists looking to develop

Bar Placement

This is the ideal package for students looking to develop their technical understanding of the language and with a desire to apply it in a practical setting. The Work and Study package is a fully immersive experience combining the Intensive Language Course and a work placement in one of our local employers.

A Level Revision

Ideal exam preparation. Maximise your grade!

At some schools (Nice and Rouen) this is a tailor made course for the English A Level course (also suitable for students studying IB, Irish Leaving Certificate or Highers). At other schools we have arranged a course consisting of the Intensive Language Course and elective modules that compliment the A Level course and/or 1:1 lessons tailored to suit students’ preferences.

Summer Camp

Great for developing confidence with languages and travel

Flamenco Lessons

For students between 11 and 17 we have a range of full supervised, international language weeks focused around language lessons but with a full social programme and lots of entertainment.

Teacher Courses

For MFL teachers looking to brush up or develop

Two teachers learning from their Spanish teacher

Brushing up on a second language or perhaps starting a third in preparation for teaching a new course? These courses are ideal for teachers of all age students.

Au Pair and Study

Live, learn and work abroad

Paella in a host family kitchen

Spanish families are looking for English speakers 18-30 to live with them to look after their children. In exchange you will receive an allowance, food and board. We offer this package for a minimum of 12 weeks with language school in the mornings. Even if your language skills are limited, this package provides an excellent opportunity to learn and live abroad for 12 weeks or longer. Many students extend their stay for several months.

France
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Intensive Course in France

“Great teacher. All staff very friendly and helpful. Great location. I would happily return and would recommend the school.”

Germany
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Summer Camp in Germany

“Spending a week in Germany was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only was the trip useful for my German, but I met some people from a all over the world who have become new friends”

Spain
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A Level Course in Spain

“Group lessons were really engaging and worthwhile and the 1:1 sessions really helped my accuracy. I feel much more confident about my exams now.” 

Summary of Courses

The majority of courses at the majority of schools are available every week of the year, tuition starts each Monday morning with accommodation available from the Sunday preceding the course. Some courses run for limited dates through the year; teacher courses, A level revision (at some schools), Summer camps. (Some summer camps run from Saturday to Saturday.)

For general enquiries please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions. For more details about dates available please visit the page of the course in which you are interested. If you require further advice about the best destination for you please contact us. We would be delighted to advise further. 

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All Trips

France, Germany and Spain.

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France

Biarritz, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nice, Paris and Rouen.

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Germany

Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich.

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Spain

Benalmadena, Granada and Valencia.

France

Intensive French

Biarritz

Bordeaux

Montpellier

Nice

Paris

Rouen

Work and Study

Biarritz

Bordeaux

Montpellier

Nice

Paris

Rouen

A Level Revision

Biarritz

Bordeaux

Montpellier

Nice

Paris

Rouen

Summer Camp

Biarritz

Bordeaux

Montpellier

Nice

Paris

Rouen

Teacher Courses

Biarritz

Bordeaux

Montpellier

Nice

Paris

Rouen

Germany

Intensive German

Berlin

Frankfurt

Hamburg

Munich

Work and Study

Berlin

Frankfurt

Hamburg

Munich

A Level Revision

Berlin

Frankfurt

Hamburg

Munich

Summer Camp

Berlin

Frankfurt

Hamburg

Munich

Spain

Intensive Spanish

Benalmadena

Granada

Valencia

Work and Study

Benalmadena

Granada

Valencia

A Level Revision

Benalmadena

Granada

Valencia

Summer Camp

Benalmadena

Granada

Valencia

Teacher Courses

Benalmadena

Granada

Valencia

Au Pair and Study

Benalmadena

Granada

Valencia

France

Intensive French

Biarritz

Bordeaux

Montpellier

Nice

Paris

Rouen

Work and Study

Biarritz

Bordeaux

Montpellier

Nice

Paris

Rouen

A Level Revision

Biarritz

Bordeaux

Montpellier

Nice

Paris

Rouen

Summer Camp

Biarritz

Bordeaux

Montpellier

Nice

Paris

Rouen

Teacher Courses

Biarritz

Bordeaux

Montpellier

Nice

Paris

Rouen

Germany

Intensive German

Berlin

Frankfurt

Hamburg

Munich

Work and Study

Berlin

Frankfurt

Hamburg

Munich

A Level Revision

Berlin

Frankfurt

Hamburg

Munich

Summer Camp

Berlin

Frankfurt

Hamburg

Munich

Spain

Intensive Spanish

Benalmadena

Granada

Valencia

Work and Study

Benalmadena

Granada

Valencia

A Level Revision

Benalmadena

Granada

Valencia

Summer Camp

Benalmadena

Granada

Valencia

Teacher Courses

Benalmadena

Granada

Valencia

Au Pair and Study

Benalmadena

Granada

Valencia

Frequently Asked Questions

Language schools each have their own characteristics, schedules and rules but equally, our partner schools have a lot in common. We have aimed to summarise some key frequently asked questions here. If you do not find the answers you are looking for please do not hesitate to contact us

Schools and Language Courses

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What level of language skills do I need?

Intensive language courses are available for all abilities of students. As classes are arranged by ability as opposed to by age or nationality, there is always a suitable class.

Courses range from beginners up to post university level and professional courses for those who require language skills for work.

Classes for complete beginners tend to start once a month as opposed to every week. Please enquire for further details if you are interested in a beginners’ course.

Summer Camps are suitable for students of all abilities from complete beginners upwards in France and Spain. In Germany the European Common Framework of Reference, A1 is the minimum expected (a basic level of German typical of a young student of the language). 

Can I go on my own?

Every year we have many students who travel on their own. It is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people from around the world. The language schools are bustling places with people from around the UK and elsewhere. It does not take long to meet people on your course or at the school through the social activities. Many of our students report that they make good friendships and these sometimes bring future opportunities to travel.

Travelling alone can be a great way to demonstrate independence, which is great for your CV or university applications.

Can I travel with my friends?

If you would like to travel as a pair, or with a small group of friends we can certainly arrange this. We would simply ask that you let us know when you enrol so that we know.

Students can stay in the same residence (18+) or the same host families (if they are of the same gender). Alternatively, some students prefer each to have their own hosts to maximise the opportunities to practise their speaking and listening.

How do I choose the right destination or school?

A lot of our students make their decision based on whether they like the sound of the city. Paris, is very different to Montpellier for example. It depends what you want from your trip. We are happy to advise. The size of the city may be a factor in your decision.

Another consideration is how you intend to travel. Our schools are almost all accesible by air from their local airports. Some destinations have more frequent flights than others from UK airports. You may also consider travelling by Eurostar or you may be in Europe already and looking for a train connection. Again, we are happy to advise.

All our schools are outstanding and you will have a great time wherever you choose to travel!

How you decide which classes I will attend?

You will take a pre-assessment prior to your course starting. This is either on the morning you arrive or in advance, sometimes online, sometimes on paper. You will carry out a short oral test on arrival too. Don’t panic – it is not high stakes testing, just a short chat with one of the teachers welcoming you to the school. 

Your classes are arranged by ability. If you stay for multiple weeks, the students in your class may change.

If you elect to take extra modules, these may be with different students just like when you take different subjects at school.

If you travel with a friend, there is no guarantee that you will be in the same classes but if you are of similar abilities then it is certainly possible and you can request this at the school if necessary.

You may be interested in finding out more about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages which is used in all language schools across Europe. 

Do I get a qualification at the end of the course?
All students attending an agreed minimum percentage of the course will receive a certificate of attendance and proficiency stating the number of lessons taken and the level of language achieved.
What does a typical week involve?

This varies from school to school and depending upon which course you opt for. However you can refer to our guide of what to expect in a typical week at a language school.

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Accommodation

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What accommodation is available?

We highly recommend Host Family accommodation. This is ideal for students who want to make the most out of their stay abroad and immerse themselves in the language. 

For students over 18 there is the option to stay in the school residences in many locations. Alternatively, we can recommend local hotels or hostels. 

How do you choose your host families?

All of our host families are carefully chosen by an accommodation officer at each language school. They visit them on a regular basis and know them very well. Host Families come in all shapes and sizes, and could be couples with children, older couples whose children have left home or single women. If you have any preferences regarding the type of host family you wish to stay with or if you have any dietary requirements then please let us know at the time of booking. Students are allocated taking into account their preferences where possible but please bear in mind we can never guarantee any request as it depends on host family availability, and those students who have severe allergies, or dietary requirements have to be allocated as a priority with families who are able to accommodate them.

You can find out more about staying with a host family in our Host Family Guide

When can I check-in?

Host family accommodation is included, where booked, from the Sunday before your course starts on the Monday, until Saturday after your course finishes on the Friday. 

You need to ensure that you arrive at sociable hours. Usually between 8am and 8pm is fine. If you are looking at flights independently and want to check then please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Is there a curfew?

Students aged 18 and above are free to come and go as they please. We ask students to respect meal times and to be quiet when coming home late.

Students under the age of 18 require written parental consent to go out in the evening after evening meals with the host family. We ask parents to suggest a sensible curfew. (Schools usually suggest a time on the form that you are requested to complete as part of teh booking process.)

On summer courses for young students there is normally 24-hour supervision with the exception of some remote supervision during excursions to small towns or tourist attractions.

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Travel

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How will I get there?

Our packages are available with or without travel included to ensure that we are as flexible as possible to your needs.

Flights

If you would like us to book flights we are happy to do so on your behalf. We will discuss the options available and charge the cost of the flight plus an admin charge of (£40).

If you choose to book your own flights we would ask that you inform us so that we can liaise with the host family to let them know when you will arrive.

Transfers

Transfers vary depending upon the city to which you are travelling. We can arrange host family transfers or private transfers by taxi in some cities. Alternatively we are able to advise on or purchase public transport transfers for you. Booking a taxi on arrival is also an option.

For summer camps in France and Spain, transfers are included and students are always met on arrival at the airport and returned on departure to the airport. In Germany this is available as an option that we would recommend. 

Arriving / Onward Travel

Some students travel to the language school destinations from other trips abroad or make onward travel from the school afterwards. We are happy to advise as necessary.

 

How do I get to school each day?

If you opt to stay with a Host Family they will assist in providing you the route to the school. They are used to having students stay with them and will know the best way to get to the school. The journey will be anything from 5-30 minutes and may involve some public transport but a lot will be close by within walking distance. Where public transport is required you will need to allow a small amount of money to cover this.

Travelling whilst abroad is all part of the experience. It will help you get to know the city and feel more independent. With mobile phones and Google Maps nowadays it is easier than ever to find your way around an unfamiliar city until you feel at home there.

If you opt to stay at the school residence (18+) then they are usually within a short walk of the school.

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Cost

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What will it cost?

The destination, duration of your trip and number of lessons you want will alter the cost of your programme. The time of year tends not to impact on the cost but flights may be more expensive in the summer or at other peak times.

The cost of transfers can increase the cost of your trip but it is possible to make substantial savings depending on how confident you are at travelling. We are happy to advise and are able to add transfers at a later stage of booking if necessary. 

Please refer to specific course pages in which you are interested for more detail.

How much spending money will I need?

We suggest about €150. Bear in mind you have to buy your own lunch each day. Students staying in self-catering residences also need to allow for breakfast and evening meals. 

Students may require public transport to get to their language school and/or work placement (for Work and Study courses) although many are very central to residences and host families. Students should budget a small amount of money for this but will know before they go if it is necessary.

If students want to join in with all the activities available through the language schools and buy presents for their friends at home etc, you may need to budget more spending money.

How much does the optional social and cultural programme cost?

Each school offers a varied programme of activities each week. Some of these are free, some are very cheap and only cost the admission fees (museums, monuments, galleries…). Some will be more expensive – weekend excursions can cost about €30 but are usually good value and can involve a whole day out, admission and transport.

On your first day at the school you will be given a timetable of activities that will take place during your stay. You are free to take part in as many or as little of the activities as you choose.

Summer Camp

On summer courses for young students all of the activities are included in the price. Any optional extras will be highlighted before booking.

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Miscellaneous

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What should I pack?

We have put together a handy packing guide here. Of course you may need extras that are not listed here but this is a starting point.

You should take a note pad and paper.

You may want to take materials from your school studies if this applies.

You may want to take a laptop or tablet. Some schools deliver resources electronically which can be accessed from a mobile phone or tablet. This is by no means a requirement as schools have computer rooms where it is required.

What about Corona Virus (Covid 19)?

We have a Covid 19 Policy which should offer some reassurance. We will ensure that sensible precautions are being taken and we will keep our destinations and choices of travel up to date with the latest guidance from the FCDO making sure that we minimise risk as far as is practicable.

Ultimately, the decision to travel rests with students (and parents/carers). We want you to feel safe when you travel. We recommend following the latest guidance from the national and international bodies that advise on health and safety in relation to this virus.

Is WiFi available?

Free WiFi is usually available across the school or at least in common areas for use between lessons.

Host families usually have WiFi but this is not guaranteed. School residences have Free Wifi. 

We would recommend that you have sufficient data and international roaming available to cover you in case of emergencies. 

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