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Originally a quaint fishing village, Biarritz’s prestige and elegance dates back to the beginning of the 1900s and is still famed today for its beaches, luxurious hotels, casinos and golf courses. A fun and very lively town for teenagers and adults in summertime, there is always something going on: bands playing, jugglers, painters in the old port, street theatres, skate boarders, surfers showing off their talent. The area also provides a perfect environment for water-sport lovers, its long sandy beaches and incredible waves attract surfers from all over the world. The backdrop for this seaside town is the Pyrenees mountains, the heart of the Basque region which extends into Spain. Biarritz is a very friendly, safe town and easy to get about by foot, bike or bus.

Study French in a pretty area, 15 minutes by bus from the sea front, beaches and town center. Keep cool during class in spacious air-conditioned classrooms.

Instant E–mail inquiry:

biarritz@eduvacations.com

Minimum age:

13-17 (teenage summer program); 17 years old (adult courses).

Getting there:

there are daily, direct flights from Paris (Orly or Roissy Charles de Gaulle), London (Stansted) with Air France. Alternatively, direct flights to Bordeaux from most major cities in Europe.   We can arrange a transfer from Bordeaux airport to Bordeaux train station (at extra cost) to take a train to Biarritz. SNCF (French rail company) offers a useful website www.sncf.com with schedules, reservation and online purchasing details.


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Program Information
 
Program Details
 
Teenage Summer Program (13-17 years old)
Standard Course
Intensive Course
French & Surf
French & Golf
Combined Course
Private Tuition or Duo Course
A Level French Course (available in summer)
 
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Program Information

What People are Saying

“I could not have asked for a better family to spend a month with!” Graham, Canada

“The people in the school are very friendly and welcoming. The teaching is great and I really enjoyed the activities we did! My French has improved so much that at times I start thinking in French and speak with confidence. The family is very friendly and the children are fun to be with. Biarritz is very lively!” Alison, UK (teen program participant)

Cultural & Recreational Activities

Surfing, horseback riding, golfing, rafting, volleyball, mountain bike riding, hiking, sea canoeing, swimming; visit the Musée de la Mer and the Basque Museum; guided tour of Bayonne and its modern art museum and cathedral; organized evenings and beach parties; guided tour of Biarritz’s chocolate museum and its workshop; visit the Paul & Henry IV castle; guided tour of Basque villages such as St. Jean-de Luz, St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, etc.

Accommodation Choices

Host family stay, hotel (1- 4 stars); fully-equipped, furnished residence-apartments; shared apartments; youth hostel

Studios & Apartments / Self-Catering

Studio:  1 person - Standard to High Grade

Sept — June

per week

€ 0105 — € 0150

per month

€ 0380 — € 0485

July — August

per week

€ 0250 — € 0500

per month

€ 0750 — € 1200

Studio:   2 people

Sept — June

per week

€ 0150 — € 0250

per month

€ 0500 — € 0760

July — August

per week

€ 0300 — € 0550

per month

€ 1000 — € 1750

Studio:  3-to-4 people

Sept — June

per week

€ 0250 to € 0320

per month

€ 0900 to € 1100

July — August

per week

€ 0515 to € 0750

per month

€ 1500 to € 2500

Host Family

Generally there are one or two students of different nationalities per family, except during the summer period when this cannot be guaranteed.

Please note that in July and August, host family accommodation is sometimes subject to availability.

Host Family Accommodation – breakfast & dinner on week days & all meals on weekends: € 28 per day.

Apartments, hotels, youth hostels   —›  Click here for list

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Program Details
 
Teenage Summer Program (13-17 years old)

Although this is an academic program, the emphasis is very much on the pleasure and benefits of learning a language. You return home having made great strides in your French, and made new friends from many different countries, and gained a competitive edge on your college applications. Teachers are of French nationality with French as their mother tongue; many of them have lived and taught French abroad and speak several languages, therefore relating easily to different cultures. Together with their enthusiasm and spontaneity, they guarantee lively and effective lessons! On the 1st Monday of the course a member of the host family will accompany you to the school. All the host families are quite close to the school and town center. They’ll do their very best to make you feel at home. The host family provides all meals; at lunch time you will eat a packed lunch with the other students and your teachers. On Wednesday everyone joins in a picnic during the excursion. In addition to accommodation with a host family, all meals, and 15 French lessons per week the package also includes: 1 cultural activity and 1 full day excursion (the Musée de la Mer (sea museum), trekking in canyons, mountain bike riding in the Pyrenees, guided tour of Bayonne and its modern art museum and cathedral, visit of the Basque museum, rafting in the Pays Basque region, guided tour of Biarritz chocolate museum and its workshop, guided tour of Basque villages such as : St Jean de Luz, St Jean-Pied-de-Port, visit to Lourdes, etc) and 2 sports activities per week (surfing once a week, horseback riding, golfing, rafting, beach ball, mountain bike riding, Pelote Basque, hiking, sea canoeing, swimming); and transfers to/from Biarritz airport or train station to your host family. Arrivals are on Sunday and departures are on Saturday from 9.00 am to 10.30 pm. Arrangements should be made to travel to either Biarritz airport or train station where you will be met upon arrival by your host family.
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks.

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Standard Teenage summer program

21 June to 27 August 2004

2 weeks with accommodation
additional week

€ 1200
€ 0450

2 weeks without accommodation
additional week

€ 0825
€ 0280

20 June to 27 August 2005

2 weeks with accommodation
additional week

€ 1300
€ 0500

2 weeks without accommodation
additional week

€ 0936
€ 0332

Deposit = 25% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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Standard Course

22 lessons per week (12 students maximum per class, average 8-10). This is a semi-intensive program that provides enough time to participate in the organized cultural activities and discover the region.
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks.

2004 start dates for absolute beginners: 05 January, 02 February, 01 March, 29 March, 26 April, 24 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 13 September, 11 October, 08 November, 06 December.

2004 start dates for advanced level: Start on any Monday from 29 March to 29 October.

2005 start dates for absolute beginners:  03 January, 31 January, 28 February, 29 March, 25 April, 23 May, 20 June, 18 July, 16 August, 12 September, 10 October, 07 November, 05 December.

Start dates for all other levels: Start on any Monday

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Standard Course

22 lessons / week

2 weeks
additional week
12 weeks
additional week

€ 0520
€ 0210
€ 1850
€ 0140

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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Intensive Course

22 lessons per week (12 students maximum per class, average 8-10) + 8 afternoon lessons per week. This is an intensive course for those seeking to maximize the amount of French they can learn per week.
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks.

2004 start dates for absolute beginners: 05 January, 02 February, 01 March, 29 March, 26 April, 24 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 13 September, 11 October, 08 November, 06 December.

2004 start dates for advanced level: Start on any Monday from 29 March to 29 October.

2005 start dates for absolute beginners:  03 January, 31 January, 28 February, 29 March, 25 April, 23 May, 20 June, 18 July, 16 August, 12 September, 10 October, 07 November, 05 December.

Start dates for all other levels: Start on any Monday

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Intensive Course

30 lessons / week

2 weeks
additional week

€ 750
€ 340

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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French & Surf

22 lessons per week (12 students maximum per class, average 8-10) + 10 surf lessons per week. Available from end of March to end of October.
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks.

2004 start dates for absolute beginners: 05 January, 02 February, 01 March, 29 March, 26 April, 24 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 13 September, 11 October, 08 November, 06 December.

2004 start dates for advanced level: Start on any Monday from 29 March to 29 October.

2005 start dates for absolute beginners:  03 January, 31 January, 28 February, 29 March, 25 April, 23 May, 20 June, 18 July, 16 August, 12 September, 10 October, 07 November, 05 December.

Start dates for all other levels: Start on any Monday

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

French & Surf

22 + 10 lessons / week

2 weeks

€ 825

Additional week

€ 385

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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French & Golf

22 lessons per week (12 students maximum per class, average 8-10) + 10 golf lessons per week. Available from end of March to end of October.
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks.

2004 start dates for absolute beginners: 05 January, 02 February, 01 March, 29 March, 26 April, 24 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 13 September, 11 October, 08 November, 06 December.

2004 start dates for advanced level: Start on any Monday from 29 March to 29 October.

2005 start dates for absolute beginners:  03 January, 31 January, 28 February, 29 March, 25 April, 23 May, 20 June, 18 July, 16 August, 12 September, 10 October, 07 November, 05 December.

Start dates for all other levels: Start on any Monday

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

French & Golf

22 + 10 lessons / week

2 weeks

€ 1390

Additional week

€ 650

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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Combined Course

22 lessons per week (12 students maximum per class, average 8-10) + 4, 8 or 10 private lessons per week. During your afternoon private lessons you and your teacher can personalize your course. Study a specific subject if you like: Business, Diplomacy or Law. Or focus on any given aspect of the French language: phonetics, grammar, written and oral expressions, etc.
Minimum Stay: 1 week.

2004 start dates for absolute beginners: 05 January, 02 February, 01 March, 29 March, 26 April, 24 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 13 September, 11 October, 08 November, 06 December.

2004 start dates for advanced level: Start on any Monday from 29 March to 29 October.

2005 start dates for absolute beginners:  03 January, 31 January, 28 February, 29 March, 25 April, 23 May, 20 June, 18 July, 16 August, 12 September, 10 October, 07 November, 05 December.

Start dates for all other levels: Start on any Monday

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Combined Course

22 +   4 lessons / week
22 +   8 lessons / week
22 + 10 lessons / week

€ 440
€ 620
€ 710

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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Private Tuition or Duo Course

10 to 30 lessons per week. Take a one-to-one class or take a course with a companion whose level is similar to yours. These courses cater perfectly to individual needs. You define your objectives to create an individual program adapted to your level and learning pace.
Minimum Stay: 1 week.

Start dates for all other levels: Start on any Monday

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Private lessons

Private lessons

10, 15, 20, 25, 30 lessons / week

1 lesson

€ 48

Duo Course

10, 15, 20, 25, 30 lessons / week

1 lesson

€ 51

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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A Level French Course (available in summer)

This specifically devised course helps prepare British students to sit the public examination. The main objective of the program is to improve linguistic abilities while concentrating on aspects essential to the “A” Level exam. A great deal of emphasis is placed on oral participation through personal presentations and role-playing. This course includes 22 lessons per week with a leisure activities program.
Duration: 1 or 2 week(s).

Start dates for all other levels: Start on any Monday

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)
(prices are per person)

Private lessons

Private lessons

10, 15, 20, 25, 30 lessons / week

1 lesson

€ 48

Duo Course

10, 15, 20, 25, 30 lessons / week

1 lesson

€ 51

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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