French school in Chamonix: Insted

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Key points

  • High-profile ski resort at the foot of Mont Blanc
  • Dynamic and qualified teachers, courses in mini-groups
  • Wide range of sporting activities all year round

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
School size
S
Accommodations
Shared apartment
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
18 years
Average age
29 years
Nationality mix
Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, etc..
ratings
11 authentic opinions

Founded in 1999 in Chamonix, in the heart of the French Alps, our language partner school offers a brand new concept: the total language study experience. The aim is to offer students from all over the world an unforgettable stay associating French learning with alpine sports and activities. Besides its exceptional location, facing Mont Blanc, the school can rely on a team of skilled, dedicated and motivating teachers.

Located in Chamonix town centre, close to cafés and restaurants, the school welcomes you to a convivial course centre complete with a lounge area and coffee corner. After classes, you will be just steps from the chairlifts and minutes from the highest summits. Climbing, mountain-biking or hiking in summer; skiing, snowboarding or sledging in winter: after the excitement of the French lessons, live the alpine dream in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The school offers you Courses PLUS so you can practise your favourite sports in combination with your French lessons.

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  • Level and needs assessment
  • End-of-course report and certificate (min. 4 weeks)
  • Activity programme

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Standard course (winter)

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From EUR 320.-
Lessons
20 of 45 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 18
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
09:00-12:15 or 14:30-17:45 (depending on the season)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
1
320
2
570
3
810
4
1040
1840
6
1470
2670
8
1860
3460
12
2520
4920
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates
08.01 / 06.04.2018
Bank holidays
02.04 / 29.05 / 15.08 / 01.11 / 25.12.2018
Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Standard course (autumn)

Beginner to Advanced, 4 week(s)
4 week(s) - From EUR 1040.-
Lessons
20 of 45 minutes
Course duration
4 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 18
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
09:00-12:15

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
4
1040
1840
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates
10.09 / 19.11.2018
Bank holidays
02.04 / 29.05 / 15.08 / 01.11 / 25.12.2018
Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Private Tuition (10)

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From EUR 610.-
Lessons
10 of 60 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 1
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
To be defined
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Shared apartment, double room, no meals
2
1160
4
2260
3060
6
3360
4560
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
08.01 / 15.01 / 22.01 / 29.01.2018
Starting dates
08.01 / 15.01 / 22.01 / 29.01 / 05.02 / 12.02 / 19.02 / 26.02 / 05.03 / 12.03 / 19.03 / 26.03 / 02.04 / 18.06 / 25.06.2018
Bank holidays
02.04 / 29.05 / 15.08 / 01.11 / 25.12.2018
Arrival: Saturday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Options/Extras

Course material (to be paid on site) (approximately) 25 EUR
One-to-one course (per lesson) 60 EUR
Apartment deposit (to be paid on site) 350 EUR

Other accommodation options

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.1/5
Overall rating

100% of students recommending this school

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11 students gave their opinion about this school

58 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
3 weeks, September 2017
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (3.3 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.3 / 5) (Shared apartment)
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Leisure (1.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ich habe auf jeden Fall grosse Fortschritte gemacht. Das Sprechen und Verstehen der Sprache fällt mir wesentlich leichter. »
School highlights
« Mir hat die familiäre Atmosphäre in der Schule sehr gefallen. »
25 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
1 week, January – February 2017
Value for money (3 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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29 years old - Italy
/ 5
2 weeks, July – August 2016
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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26 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
2 weeks, July 2016
Value for money (5 / 5)
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28 years old - Liechtenstein
/ 5
Chamonix - im Herzen der Alpenwelt! Wunderbare Möglichkeiten, die Berge zu Fuss oder per Bike zu entdecken; für alle, die neben dem Sprachenlehren auch noch etwas von der Natur erleben wollen! Als einziger Negativpunkt würde ich den Beamer nennen - das Klassenzimmer hat keine Rollläden und der Beamer schlecht. So war es teils mühsam, wenn etwas über den Beamer projiziert wurde.
2 weeks, July 2016
Value for money (4 / 5)
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« Sehr kleine und persönliche Schule, angenehmes Lernklima, sympathische Lehrpersonen »
41 years old - Sweden
/ 5
Mycket trevligt resmål. Överblickbart. Gott om aktiviteter och platser att besöka. Lite dyrt, vilket drar ner betyget något. Kunniga och engagerade lärare på skolan som lyckades göra undervisningen meningsfull för alla elever trots skiftande förkunskaper. Den lärare som jag huvudsakligen hade tog sig alltid tid att förklara ytterligare och var mycket lyhörd för frågeställningar från eleverna. Bodde i egen lägenhet i samma hus som skolan. Stort utbud av aktiviteter, främst sportiga men även kulturella.
1 week, July 2016
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4 / 5) (Other)
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Leisure (4 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja, tack vare varierande undervisningsform med både muntliga och skriftliga övningar i klassen. Och förstås att vistas i landet. Jag var bara där en vecka så givet mina förkunskaper och att jag inte aktivt använt språket på många år så skulle jag behövt en längre vistelse. Sedan klarar man sig alltför bra med engelska på orten eftersom det är så mycket turister. »
School highlights
« Bra läge. Personligt bemötande. Trivsamt helt enkelt. »
27 years old - Italy
/ 5
3 weeks, July 2015
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (4 / 5)
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58 years old - Germany
/ 5
1 week, June – July 2015
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (5 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (2.3 / 5)
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« Die Mitarbeiter sind sehr freundlich. Die Schule wirkt sehr kompetent. »
19 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Es hat viele Skigebiete in der Region, mit vielen Ausflugs Destinationen. Im Dorf wusste man nicht ob man in England Schweden oder Frankreich ist den diese sprachen sind überall zu hören.
12 weeks, January – April 2015
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
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School (3.5 / 5)
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Teaching (4 / 5)
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Leisure (3.7 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja ich habe viel gelernt aber in der Freizeit das gelernte anwenden war unmöglich, die Mitschüler haben alle untereinander Englisch gesprochen. Wenn man in einem Laden nicht alles auf französisch versteht so haben die angestellten mit dir auf englisch gesprochen. »
Top tips
« Den Schülern die nach Chamonix wollen zu sagen, dass es sehr sehr viele off pist Fahrer hat. Daher sollte man gute Ausrüstung haben. Für solche die die Piste bevorzugen, hat es nicht viele Mitschüler die mit dir Schifahren kommen. »
33 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Chamonix ist nicht nur für bersgportbegeisterte ein schöner Ort um dort den Sprachaufenthalt durchzuführen. Tief in den Bergen gelegen, bekommt man dadurch aber weniger den Eindruck im "typischen" Frankreich gewesen zu sein, was für uns aber nicht ausschlaggebend war.Der Kurs war super! Wir hatten das Glück einer kleine Gruppe von 7 Personen, wobei ein anderes Paar auf höherem Niveau war - ansonsten würde mein Urteil wahrscheinlich anders ausfallen. Somit super Lehrteam, guter Einbezug und trotz einer Woche Lust auf mehr bekommen.
1 week, October 2014
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (4.3 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.3 / 5) (Residence)
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Leisure (4 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja - der Spass am reden, sich mehr zu trauen und Vokabeln in verschiedenen Themen aufzufrischen.Lehrpersonal sehr gut, eine Abschiedsveranstaltung auch und wir wurden ständig aran erinnert, auch mit den Engländern, französisch zu reden. »

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Shared apartment (from 4 weeks)
With a capacity of 2 to 4 students, the shared apartments offered by the school are located right in the centre of Chamonix, close to the slopes and many tourist attractions. You can choose from staying in a single or twin bedroom or on a sofa bed in the living room. All apartments include a bathroom and an equipped kitchen. Bedlinen and towels are not provided. The apartments are usually small but well planned.

On request, it is possible to rent a studio for one person or for a couple.
Please note : during the summer, only studio accommodation is available.
Chamonix is a rider’s paradise! At 1035 meters above sea level, this convivial ski resort is surrounded by beautiful, picturesque ski areas: try the Grands Montets, the domaine de Balme, Le Brévent and La Flégère, easily accessible from the centre of Chamonix, or else the Aiguille du Midi, where you can see the Mer de Glace, an impressive 40km-long glacier. In the summertime, Chamonix is a great place to hike, with 160 different itineraries for all levels. Brave students will set off to climb the Mont Blanc or the Haute Route, which connects Chamonix to Zermatt. For thrill-seekers, paragliding, mountain-biking, climbing, canyoning and much more are also on offer!

The language school offers an activities programme to give you a chance to explore the area, meet the other students and speak French in a relaxed setting. Sign up for the Chamonix Race, the visit of the Alpine museum, the trip to Annecy, the wine-tasting session, raclette dinner, French movie evenings or travel to Courmayeur via the Mont-Blanc tunnel.

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