France | Paris | Work and Study
Work and Study
Our unique package provides opportunities for language students to study intensive lessons abroad whilst taking on a short-term work experience at one of our varied work placements. Working with our partner language schools across Europe, we provide a package tailored to suit your needs; study, work placement, accommodation, transport, transfers, insurance.
Work and Study packages are available for students studying at A Level or equivalent or higher. It is also suitable for Gap Year students and for university students or adults looking to improve their languages skills, even if it has been some time since they last studied languages formally.
The Work and Study programme runs every Monday to Friday throughout the year. Accommodation is available 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.
Studying French amongst the history, culture and cosmopolitan life of Paris is truly an experience to remember! The language school in Paris is spread across two separate centres both right in the heart of the city.
The first is situated in the midst of the Latin Quarter, opposite Notre Dame Cathedral, two minutes walking distance from the Sorbonne, the Pantheon and the Luxembourg garden in one of the liveliest and most culturally active neighbourhoods of the city. Balzac, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Prévert, Serge Gainsbourg, are just some of the great artists and thinkers linked to this beautiful and unique area of Paris. The school's Notre-Dame neighbourhood offers extensive possibilities to discover Paris, learn its history, experience the French way of life and to become a true Parisian in this historical and fascinating district.
The second language school can be found in a beautiful town house in the Victor Hugo district. What better symbol for a great school than the author of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame? Within walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées and the Trocadero Esplanade with its amazing view of the Eiffel Tower, our second school in Paris will welcome you in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in a historic building full of charms.
Both schools offer a vibrant, young and dynamic atmosphere, and have various onsite student facilities such as a student lounge with drinks, snacks and vending machines, free WiFi access, computer area and private gardens. Each school offers a variety of different levels of class, and students will be allocated to a centre depending on the results of their level test and the courses being offered at each school for that week.
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 x 45 minute lessons per day which take place during the morning.
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.
There is no replacement for using your language skills practically in real life situations and in the country where the language is spoken. On a Work and Study trip you will have the opportunity to improve your French language skills in the morning lessons and then be exposed to the language in a practical work situation for the afternoons, giving you the optimum chance to gain confidence in all areas.
Each of our work experience placements fits one of our Business Categories. Placements include shops, restaurants and hotels, nurseries, radio stations, sports facilities - almost anything that you will find in a big city! Our placement team take great pride in securing placements that meet our students' needs. Take a look at our Gallery to see the variety of placements we offer.
Optional Social and Cultural Programme
The school offers a range of activities during the week, such as a film club, meal out at a local restaurant and excursions to the many cultural and historic sights and venues in Paris. Some of the activities incur an extra cost (payable on the week of your stay directly to the school) however, many of the activities in Paris are free. All activities are optional.
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.
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.
Both schools are easily accessible via the Paris Metro and we are happy to provide details on request. We can also arrange private transfers for you from any of the Paris airports or train stations for an additional cost.
The school will be closed on 11/11/20, 05/04/21, 13/05/21, 24/05/21, 14/07/21, 01/11/21 and 11/11/21.
On these days the school does not make up lessons on other days. A discount of £40 is offered. Of course in Paris, there is no shortage of opportunities to spend the day exploring the galleries, museums (many with free entry) and shops.
Included in the Package
- 20 Core French lessons per week
- Individualised follow up of homework / tasks / performance to ensure the best progression
- Work Placement (afternoon/evenings)
- Welcome meeting and snacks
- Guided tour of the area
- Accommodation (optional)
- Social & Cultural Programme (optional)
- Course Certificate
- 24/7 Emergency support from UK office
- Comprehensive Travel and medical insurance
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.