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French-speaking destinations, courses and useful information

Learn French abroad

While French might be famed as the language of love, there’s so much more to it that is begging to be discovered. As the original lingua franca of the modern world, the influence of French has spread across the globe, and it’s still one of the most popular languages to learn today as one of the most influential world languages. We’ve been offering ESL quality and excellence through our French study abroad programmes for over 20 years now, giving thousands of students the chance to study a key language spoken across five continents.

Our French language destinations

French courses abroad

We’re proud to partner with first-class language schools offering a wide range of courses. Whatever your age, goals and level, we have a course for you!

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Frequently asked questions about studying French abroad

Why learn French?

French is spoken in many parts of the world, and is the sixth most spoken language on the planet. French is the procedural language for the EU, and is one of the most important languages in European business. French has a long history behind it as one of the most influential languages across both Europe and the world, and has made its mark on cinema, music, philosophy and literature. In learning French, you’ll be studying a rich, powerful language that will allow you to communicate with over 300 million people around the world.

Why choose to study French abroad?

Learning French is a fantastic thing to do, and there’s no better place to study than in one of the many French-speaking countries around the world. Why? You’ll be able to experience full immersion and hear French spoken around the clock, not to mention that your speaking progress will excel as you communicate with those around you during your French course abroad. As French is spoken in so many countries, you can also choose where you want to travel to and experience a brand new culture. From Lyon to Montreal to Montreux, and Monaco to Le Gosier, the world is really your oyster when it comes to French study abroad programmes.

Why study French abroad with ESL?

ESL has many years of experience in the language travel sector, and has helped thousands of students find their ideal language adventure for over 20 years now. Founded in Switzerland, French is one of our company languages, and we look for the very best representatives of the languages when it comes to selecting our partner schools. We use our knowledge and expertise to help our students find the best French study abroad programmes, guiding them every step of the way to curate an experience they’ll never forget.

How to evaluate your French level? 

If you wish to know your French level before enrolling in a language course abroad, you can take our free online French test. You will receive an immediate assessment of your French level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The final result will give you an idea of the areas where you are strongest and those where you should work on. Furthermore, it can be used to choose the right level for your French language course. 


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