Learn a language in total immersion: Language studies abroad

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Communicating in the language of the country where you are residing constitutes the key element of the GAP YEAR programmes. This first chapter represents the main asset of your stay abroad. It's also the link which will allow you to follow on to the other programmes presented in the following chapters (work experience placements, voluntary work, jobs). Their success lies in the command of the language of the country.

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Our partner schools offer an ideal learning environment which allows you to acquire solid language skills in the best conditions, including, on average, 10 students of various nationalities with the same language level in each class. The students are placed at the level corresponding to their existing knowledge thanks to an evaluation test which takes place on the first day. Afterwards, and as the participants' knowledge increases, a progression to a higher level allows you to continue to study in a motivating environment. The teachers all have degrees for teaching their language to international students. They use modern methods based on communication. Grammar is not approached as an aim in itself but rather as a means of communicating ideas, to produce meaning. In parallel, the fact of living in daily language immersion and having enough time at your disposal offers the opportunity to become acclimatized, to start by refreshing your existing knowledge, to develop it, to take in the information and to put it into practice. The learning of a language, in context, is integrated in an active and natural way, step by step. The process quickens when you can acquire knowledge from day to day, throughout the duration of your stay, and use it so that it is part of your real life.

When you have the opportunity to dedicate yourself to language studies during a trimester or longer, it is ideal to finish the course with an official internationally recognised certificate as a bonus. The content of the course remains general. The courses are therefore the same as the standard or intensive courses except that they are more specifically targeted at acquiring the skills to be in the best conditions the day of the exam. In addition, contrary to general courses, the exam preparation courses bring together all of the students who have a common aim. This gives an extra scope to the course and offers a quality environment for having all of the chances on your side. The official certificates allow you to put yourself in a position to continue your studies on-site (career training). Additionally, they are essential nowadays on a CV. They represent a reference for companies, organisations and employers throughout the world. They are a significant professional asset. The exams take place on fixed dates throughout the year. The preparation courses generally start three months prior to the exam. To end with a flourish, it is therefore recommended to plan the starting and finishing dates of your stay according to the exam sessions.

England

England

You must immerse yourself in the customs of another time - the tea ceremony being only the most ...

Study Abroad England

USA

USA

A land of extremes where traditions are born at every moment, where the rugged beauty of the open ...

Study Abroad USA

Australia

Australia

But over the years it has also become a first-choice destination for those wishing to learn English. It ...

Study Abroad Australia

Canada

Canada

In appearance, Canadian cities are hard to distinguish from their US sisters, with large patches of land ...

Study Abroad Canada

Ireland

Ireland

And to understand why it is unlike any other English-speaking country. There is a magic in the air, ...

Study Abroad Ireland

Malta

Malta

Situated at the heart of things, in short, these five Mediterranean islands have served as a trading post ...

Study Abroad Malta

New Zealand

New Zealand

A late arrival on maps with an outlying position in relation to the rest of the British Empire, ...

Study Abroad New Zealand

South Africa

South Africa

A colourful state that vibrates like no other on the continent, this territory of more than a million ...

Study Abroad South Africa

India

India

Home to the most ancient civilisations dating back to 9000 B.C., jewel of the British Empire for two ...

Study Abroad India

Philippines

Philippines

A Spanish colony, then American, the archipelago has maintained a language, Filipino, but also English which remains the ...

Study Abroad Philippines

Spain

Spain

You feel encouraged to stroll along the streets, to experience the cities and towns out in the open ...

Study Abroad Spain

Argentina

Argentina

Since its origins, Argentina has never stopped being a country of welcome. And its multicultural population, made up ...

Study Abroad Argentina

Mexico

Mexico

Acapulco in the south, of course, but also the dozens of others that make a sunny garland around ...

Study Abroad Mexico

Equador

Equador

With its around thirty volcanoes, its sharp-peaked mountains and its hillside markets, the country doesn’t have the obvious ...

Study Abroad Equador

Peru

Peru

It continues, this Peruvian adventure, in the names that make you dreamy, like that of the highest lake ...

Study Abroad Peru

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

And a network of rivers that descends from the mountain range to refresh the plains. What more could you ...

Study Abroad Costa Rica

Germany

Germany

But there is no need to look back to the glories of the past to discover the essential ...

Study Abroad Germany

Austria

Austria

Austria also enjoys natural open spaces which will easily satisfy lovers of mountains and winter sports. On the ...

Study Abroad Austria

France

France

For the eyes, France is a veritable treasure trove of exquisite architecture and historical sites. It also boasts ...

Study Abroad France

Switzerland

Switzerland

where everywhere around Lake Geneva is reserved for a festival, above all the Paléo and the Montreux Jazz ...

Study Abroad Switzerland

Italy

Italy

It is enough to visit the theatres, thermal baths and stadiums of Rome to understand that the ancient ...

Study Abroad Italy

Japan

Japan

Whether you wander through Tokyo or Osaka’s flashy streets and neon districts, from the clinking of machines ...

Study Abroad Japan

China

China

Like the Shadong province, on the east coast, In particular, the seaside city of Qingdao, lodged on the ...

Study Abroad China

Russia

Russia

But Russia is also something else. It is a welcoming land for people who want to wake up ...

Study Abroad Russia
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