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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.

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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General courses

It’s a fact: there’s no more efficient way to learn a language than using it and being exposed to it in different contexts every day over a length of time. This is precisely what our general courses offer you – the opportunity to receive outstanding language lessons as well as endless opportunities to put your new skills into practice. And that’s how you cement knowledge!

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Young Learners

Yes, young students tend to be sponge-like and therefore faster language learners. But do you know how to boost this ability? By making the learning process a real ADVENTURE! Dynamic lessons, new international friends and fun activities… the excitement never ends! Will it be an English and surf course? Or a French and horse riding program? Or how about Spanish and dancing? You decide! What’s more, you can also choose to learn more unusual languages such as Japanese or Korean!

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Course Plus (aged 7-17)

Our Plus courses offer the opportunity to balance language classes with the regular practice of a sport or a specific activity included in the program. Thanks to our cultural extras, including cooking, music, dance, filmmaking, sustainable development and yoga, among others, you can combine language learning with an authentic cultural experience.

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Course Plus

Our Plus courses offer the opportunity to balance language classes with the regular practice of a sport or a specific activity included in the program. Thanks to our cultural extras, including cooking, music, dance, filmmaking, sustainable development and yoga, among others, you can combine language learning with an authentic cultural experience.

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Business Language

Speaking a foreign language – or several – will advance your professional career in more ways than one. Aside from providing you with an added value that will make your CV stand out to employers, you will maximise your job-seeking possibilities by being able to work in different countries and through different languages.

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Private courses

For some people, a traditional language school may not be the best option for learning a language. We have a solution that offers personalised tuition in a unique setting: immersion language courses in the teacher’s home. This service matches learners with an experienced language teacher in the country of their choice. The result? A personalised learning experience that delivers the fastest possible language progress.

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Course + Work experience

These programs combine a general language course with an internship, a paid job or a volunteering program. Putting your language skills to the test in a real-world situation is priceless, and you’ll be amazed at how much your fluency improves as a result!

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Courses for 30+

These courses offer a more mature study environment than a standard adult language course (which is available to anyone aged 16 or over). If you need English mainly for the less formal areas of professional life, as opposed to for a specific professional goal, this course is a great fit.

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Private courses

For some people, a traditional language school may not be the best option for learning a language. We have a solution that offers personalised tuition in a unique setting: immersion language courses in the teacher’s home. This service matches learners with an experienced language teacher in the country of their choice. The result? A personalised learning experience that delivers the fastest possible language progress.

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Courses for 50+

Learn a language together with people from your own generation. By studying in immersion, you’ll quickly develop language skills while experiencing a thrilling cultural exchange. Travelling is all about discovering and connecting with others, and our programs for students over 50 are the perfect combination of a smart vacation and exercising your mind!

 

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Blended Learning

More and more students are finding in blended learning the perfect approach towards their language learning. The reason is simple: doing an online course is a fantastic way to warm up before your departure so you’re extra prepared for the experience. Likewise, choosing to do an online course after your on-site studies will guarantee you keep up all of your newly-acquired skills!

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Courses for families

With our language courses for all members of the family, children can have fun with other kids from around the world while parents benefit from an active holiday immersed in a new culture.

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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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