France | Montpellier | Intensive French Course
Intensive Language Course
This course runs Monday to Friday throughout the year with accommodation from Sunday to Saturday. Students can travel for a week, two weeks or longer. We are able to tailor packages to suit your requirements and the time you have available.
Courses are available for all abilities from complete beginners to those with advanced French.
You may also be interested in pairing a language course with a work experience placement by enrolling on our popular Work and Study courses.
There is a friendly welcome waiting for you at the school in Montpellier, which has a lively and international feel. Located right in the heart of the city in the beautiful old town with views of the Arc de Triomphe and the Peyrou Royal Square beyond, it is the perfect place to learn French, discover French culture, meet new friends and enjoy the pleasures of the wonderful South of France!
The school has three premises all within 5/10 minutes walk of each other, which between them offer 20 well equipped, light and comfortable classrooms. In breaks and after lessons you can relax in the lounge area with a hot drink or snack, use the computers with internet access, enjoy the free wifi, discover the resource centre with a selection of French language movies, French literature and workbooks to compliment your studies and browse the tourist information area containing local magazines, newspapers, tourist guides and cultural information.
The Place de la Comédie, the famous main square of Montpellier with its sunny café terraces, is only a five-minute walk away and you will find many bars, cafés, restaurants, shops, cinemas, museums and gardens in easy walking distance which will help you enjoy your stay in France to the full.
The school is located very near bus and tramway stops, which can take you on the short journey to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean sea.
The school is about 10 minutes on foot from Montpellier's Saint-Roch main train station.
The core course comprises 20 lessons which concentrate on learning and actively using French. The tuition is very much practice oriented. You will participate in group sessions alongside other students of a similar level, with lessons focused on improving all aspects of the language; speaking listening, reading and writing. There are 4, 45 minute lessons per day and these take place during the morning. This course is designed for students who wish to learn or improve their French, meet new people and have some free time to participate in French culture and life in Montpellier. The core course of 20 lessons also combines very well with a work experience option in our Work and Study package.
For students who want a more intensive experience, it is possible to add six further lessons (for an additional cost).
There is also an option of four 1:1 classes throughout the week (for an additional cost), the content of which will be decided by you in advance. We will ask you before you travel what you would like to cover with your tutor during these individual sessions, for example grammar, a specific thematic topic, conversation or pronunciation.
You will be given a written assessment before you travel and a speaking assessment on the first morning before lessons in order to place you in the group most suited to your ability level. Classes have an international flavour and a lively feel because they are grouped by ability not nationality or age.
Optional Social and Cultural Programme
The school offers a range of activities during the week, such as a games evening, French language workshop, an evening exploring the old town, meal out at a local restaurant, films in the school and excursions further afield. These activities change weekly and are booked directly with the school during your stay.
For students wanting to completely immerse themselves in the French language and culture we recommend that you stay with one of our carefully selected French host families. They will not only introduce you to the French way of life and help you practise the French language but will also give you a taste of local and delicious regional specialities. The host families are situated near to the school and provide half board accommodation (breakfast & evening meal) from the Sunday before your course starts to the Saturday after it finishes. Subject to availability, an extra day on one side of your trip may be available on request to facilitate flight dates. A surcharge is payable for any extra nights. Included in the price host families in Montpellier also offer return airport transfers from Montpellier Airport.
You can read more about what it means to stay with a host family in our Host Family Guide.
Students of 18 years or older also have the option of staying in one of the school self catering residences with other international students; single rooms are available. Please enquire for availability and prices for residence stay.
If you are staying with a host family, return transfers are included in the cost of the package. Your family will meet you on arrival at the train station or airport and drop you at departures on your way home.
If you are not staying with a host family, transfers from the airport can be arranged for a fee on request. Alternatively, we provide directions and all the details you need to use public transport - the efficient and clean Metro runs straight from the airport to the city centre in only 20 minutes!
The school is closed on 05/04/21, 13/05/21, 24/05/21, 01/11/21 and 11/11/21. On these days the lessons that would be taught on this day will be taught across the rest of the week when the school is open.
Travel and Medical Insurance is available as an optional extra with this package. For more details please see our Insurance page.
Both attending a language school and visiting Montpellier were firsts for me. Exploring the French language, while staying in such a friendly and interesting city, made it a great week.
A big thank you to Blue Stamp Travel for organising this and making it all run so smoothly. I will definitely book again!
Included in this Package
- 20 Core French lessons per week (Mon – Fri)
- The option to upgrade to 6 further lessons (Mon – Fri)
- The option to upgrade to 4 1:1 lessons on a topic or focus of your choosing
- Guided walking tour of Montpellier
- Accommodation (optional) (Sun – Sat)
- Social & Cultural Programme (optional)
- Bespoke online resources
- Social media support with course tutors
- Course materials including a bespoke handbook and additional ‘troubleshooting’ tutoring
- Course Certificate
- 24/7 Emergency support from UK office
Students are welcome to book into the school for any number of weeks. Many students will travel to the school for long (12 weeks+) at a time, even starting from limited or no level in the language. We have prices for 1-4 weeks on our website. We are able to arrange any duration of stay at the language school. Contact us if you would like a package that we have not listed.