French courses in Paris – how to choose your school

Below is some further information on the location, course offerings and special features of each school to help you decide which one to go for.

Grand Boulevards School

The Grand Boulevards school is the largest of our four Parisien schools and is popular with all kinds of people, from more business minded students to younger ones as well –it’s a great ‘all rounder’ and can cater for all requirements.

Location: The school is on Boulevard Poissonière, just a few minutes from the Louvre, Opéra and not far from the Centre Pompidou. It’s a great option for anyone who wants to be right in the centre of Paris, within easy access of all the main sights and attractions.

School building and facilities: Classes take place in a newly converted typical Parisian building, where there are 18 sunny and spacious classrooms, an executive area, a cybercafe (with computers and Internet access) and a further cafe with vending machines.

French Courses offered: General French (26 lessons per week), Individual French (10 lessons per week), Combined French (20 group & 5 individual lessons per week), Intensive French (30 lessons per week), Secondary Teachers refresher French (24 lessons per week), French & Law (1 week 30 lessons).

Accommodation options: Students can choose between a range of host family options and student residence accommodation.

French courses at the Grand Boulevards school

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This school offers a range of mini-group courses, which means that it’s a great choice for students who are looking for intensive French learning. The average age of students at this school tends to be a little higher, so it’s good choice for any mature students especially.

Location: The school is located in the north of Paris, on Villa Ballu. The closest metro station is Place de Clichy, and it’s near to Paris’ famous Montmartre area and the Moulin Rouge. Central Paris and its array of attractions are only a short metro ride away.

School building and facilities: The school occupies an attractive 19th Century mansion house within calm and leafy surroundings. The building has light and spacious classrooms over two floors, along with a café, adjoining terrace, study room with materials and free internet access.

French Courses offered: Individual French (15 lessons per week), Combined French (15 group & 5 individual lessons per week), Mini-Group and Civilisation French Course (15 lessons + 4 hours civilisation/excursion), Mini-Group Business French (25 lessons per week), Teacher Refresher French (15 Hours General French in Mini), Intensive Saturday French (7 hours including lunch), Mini-Group General French (15 lessons per week) and Mini-Group Intensive French (30 lessons per week).

Accommodation options: Students can choose between executive and standard host family accommodation options, on either a breakfast or half-board basis.

French courses at the Montmartre school

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The Victor Hugo school offers a really friendly atmosphere with lots of enthusiastic and approachable staff. Students are offered a particulary good activity programme to take part in, if they wish.

Location: The school enjoys a very central location on rue de Sfax, close to the both the Champs Elysées and the Eiffel tower. It’s a really pretty area with lots of elegant streets and buildings.

School building and facilities: The school itself is a traditional Parisian building with large windows and high ceilings. There is also an annexe just a few minutes away with some further classrooms and the library and a multimedia learning room.

•French Courses offered: General French (20 lessons per week), Individual French (10 lessons per week), Combined French (20 group & 5 individual lessons per week), Intensive French (30 lessons per week).

• Accommodation options: Students can choose between a range of host family options and student residence accommodation.

French courses at the Victor Hugo school

Père Lachaise School

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This school offers particularly good value for money as it is located in a less expensive area of Paris. It’s particularly well-suited to students who want to experience the real Paris, away from the famous landmarks and the tourists in the very centre of the city.

Location: The Père Lachaise school is located in Paris’11th arrondissement, 2 minutes from the Père Lachaise cemetery and 10 minutes from the trendy and vibrant Bastille area. It’s also a short metro ride from the Opera, the Champs Elysées and the Latin Quarter.

School building and facilities: The school occupies an old mansion, which provides a comfortable and tranquil learning environment. Included in the building are 12 large classrooms, a conference room, a language laboratory, a multimedia centre, a library, a cafeteria and a charming courtyard to relax in.

French Courses offered: General French (20 lessons per week), Individual French (20 lessons per week), Combined French (20 group & 5 individual lessons per week).

Accommodation options: Students can choose between a range of host family options, student residence accommodation and a room in an apartment (self-catering).

French courses at the Père Lachaise school

2 replies
  1. Oliver Donovan - Language Course Advisor says:

    Hi Kelly,

    Many thanks for your query!

    All of our schools consider their visiting students very carefully before matching them up with a host, and they take individual circumstances and requests very seriously. If you do have concerns about host family accommodation, or have very specific requirements, I can only recommend booking as soon as possible in order to ensure that you have the best chance of having all your criteria met.

    Feel free to contact us for a chat if you do have concerns – we’d be happy to help.

    Best Wishes,

    Ollie

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  2. Kelly says:

    Each School sounds very interesting. I am hoping to have assitance in my selection. I am 45ish years of age and want to make sure I choose the best school for my stay. There is not a great deal of information on how host families and students are matched up. How do I make sure the host family is a good match.

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