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FRENCH IN BORDEAUX
 
Bordeaux
 
 

This distinguished city, near the country’s west coast, is the best preserved 18th-century architectural complex in the world. Its white stone façades, parks, original cobblestone streets and elegant boulevards are just some of the many aspects of the city that seduce visitors, and ranks Bordeaux among Europe’s most beautiful cities. The beach and the largest pine forest in Europe are 45 minutes west, the Dordogne region with its chateaux and pre-historic sites is 90 minutes east, and ski resorts of the Pyrénées are 2 hours south.

You’ll study French in a spacious 19th century three-story building in the heart of the city. There are 15 air-conditioned classrooms with Internet access, a self-study room and a lounge leading onto a sheltered garden.

Instant E–mail inquiry:

bordeaux@eduvacations.com

Minimum age:

17

Getting there:

Bordeaux is served by the A10 autoroute linking Paris to Spain, TGV trains within 3 hours from Paris or by air to Bordeaux international airport with more than 20 direct flights from major cities around the world and 200 flights per week.

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Program Details
 
Standard Course
Intensive Course
Long Stay Course/Semester
DELF Preparation
Combined Course (group + private lessons)
Private Tuition or Duo Course
Course at the Teacher’s Home - Total Immersion
A Level French Course (Only in winter; available in Biarritz in summer)
French & Wine Week
French Teacher’s Course
 
Special Deals

Special offer when booking at eduVacations: Save 51 euros with free internet card and student card and 50% off the Administration Fee!

 
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What People are Saying

“Bordeaux was by far the best. The family was remarkable. The school was excellent.” Michelle, USA

“The school was very good. I enjoyed the small class size and the friendliness of the faculty and students. My professor did an excellent job… The best part of my stay was the family. It was a great chance to learn and live in a different culture. From the first day they made me feel welcome. The cuisine was absolutely delicious and the entire family entertaining and friendly…. I also enjoyed the excursions. Thank you for a wonderful learning experience.” Victor, USA (Standard course)

“They were wonderful. I learned a ton!” Eric, USA (Course in Teacher’s Home)

“I enjoyed everything. A well organized program, and the wine critic was delightful.” Valerie, USA (Wine course)

“It was wonderful; it was grand!” Marguerite, USA (Course in Teacher’s Home)

Cultural & Recreational Activities

Choose from organized “a la carte” cultural activities: guided tour of 18th & 19th century architectural and historical monuments; wine & cheese lecture and tasting; guided tours of CAPC, Bordeaux’s modern art museum, and the Aquitaine Museum; full day excursions to the Arcachon Bay, Dune du Pyla, the highest sand dune in Europe; and the Chateau, St. Emilion; or a cooking course. Other options are opera, theater, concerts, art exhibits, chateaux visits, and sports such as horseback riding, tennis, hiking, windsurfing, sailing, swimming and diving. For winter sports, ski resorts in the Pyrénées are within 2 hours away.

Accommodation Choices

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

Host Family

Accommodation is from Sunday prior to starting date of the course until Saturday or Sunday after the end of the course.

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

Host Family Accommodation:  breakfast & dinner on weekdays & all meals on weekends:  € 28 per day

Accommodation for the "Course at the Teacher’s Home":  all meals: € 35 per day

Apartment Sharing

Apartment sharing is an ideal comprise for those who do not wish to stay with a host family or find themselves alone in a residence-apartment. The accommodation is shared with a French person and possibly one other foreign student.

Price: between € 300 and € 450 per month

Residence

Four-story non-smoking residence with 3 newly renovated rooms, located a short distance from the city center and school (35 minutes walk, 20 minutes bus ride and 10 minutes by bike).

Single rooms with shared baths (optional double, if booking with second person at € 10 per night supplement).  Two kitchens are available in the residence.  Sheets & pillowcase, one large and one small towel (to be returned when leaving) are provided.  The tenant is responsible for the cleaning of these items.

Stay

Large rooms

Medium rooms

Attic rooms

from 01 to 13 night

€ 25 per night

€ 23 per night

€ 21 per night

from 14 to 28 nights

€ 22 per night

€ 20 per night

€ 18 per night

from 1 to 3 months

€ 18 per night

€ 16 per night

€ 15 per night

more than 3 months

€ 16 per night

€ 15 per night

€ 14 per night

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Program Details
 
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 while also spending sufficient time working on your French.
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

Standard Course

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

Group Courses

Standard Course

22 lessons/week

2 weeks
additional week
12 weeks
additional week

€ 0520
€ 0210
€ 1850
€ 0150

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 weekly. This course allows you to maximize the amount of French you can learn per week. You’ll have more time to focus on developing your communicative skills.
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

Intensive Course

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

Group Courses

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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Long Stay Course/Semester

22 lessons per week (12 students maximum per class, average 8-10). Gain an in-depth knowledge of French culture, contemporary civilization and current affairs as you perfect your oral and written French skills. Choose to stay 3, 6, 9 or 12 months, and take the TEF (a test which evaluates the exact level of French acquired at the end of the course).
Duration: 3, 6, 9, 12 months

Long Stay Course/Semester

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

Group Courses

Standard Course

22 lessons/week

12 weeks
13 weeks
additional week

€ 1850
€ 2000
€ 150

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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French, Culture, and Gastronomy

22 lessons per week + 6 leisure activities. This program is ideal for those seeking to combine a language learning experience with a holiday. Practice your French, expand your vocabulary, and learn more about French culture outside of the traditional classroom setting in regularly scheduled activities: a vineyard excursion, a visit to a wine chateau, a wine tasting lesson, a French cookery class, a guided tour of Bordeaux, and more.
Duration: 2 weeks

2004 start dates:  21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 13 September
2005 start dates:  18 July, 01 August

French, Culture, and Gastronomy

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

Group Courses

French & Leisure

22 lessons/week

2004

€ 620

2005

€ 860

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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DELF Preparation


Perfect program for those seeking to obtain official recognition of their level of French. Choose from a 6 or 8 week program in preparation for the DELF, an exam set by the French Ministry of Education. The program includes 22 French lessons per week + lessons of exam preparation in the afternoon.

DELF 1 — 2005 start dates for elementary, intermediate levels, advanced:
• 25 April to 03 June
• 22 August to 30 September

DELF 2 — 2005 start dates for elementary, intermediate levels, advanced:
• 23 May to 03 June or
• 19 September to 30 September
• 07 November to 25 November

DELF Preparation

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

Group Courses

DELF 1.  Units A1, A2, A3, A4

40 afternoon lessons

6 weeks

€ 500

DELF 2.  Units A5, A6

20 afternoon lessons

2 weeks

€ 250

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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Combined Course (group + private lessons)

22 group lessons + 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 & 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

Combined Course (group + private lessons)

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

General French

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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French for Business or Law or Diplomacy; Optional Internship

22 lessons of General French + 10 private lessons of Business French per week. Centered on the business world, this course is geared to suit the specific requirements of executives and business people aiming to acquire a real ease in commercial French through reports, business or product presentations, negotiations, commercial correspondence, job presentation, current commercial or financial topics, speech presentation. Alternatively, you may focus on French for Law or Diplomacy during your private lessons. Compliment your studies with an optional 4–week Internship in a company.

Minimum level required: intermediate.
Minimum Stay: 1 week.

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

2004 start dates for all other levels:  Start on any Monday

2005 start dates:  Start on any Monday

French for Business, or Law, or Diplomacy; Optional Internship

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

Group Courses

French for Business, or Law, or Diplomacy

22 + 10 lessons / week

€ 740 per week

Internship placement fee:  € 360

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.

Dates:  Start any Monday.

Private Tuition or Duo Course

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

Private lessons

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

1 week

€ 48

Duo Course

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

1 week

€ 51

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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Course at the Teacher’s Home - Total Immersion

This full immersion program is an excellent way to gain insight into the French lifestyle and culture, and really improve your language skills. You’ll have private lessons in your Teacher’s Home and you’ll live there as well, in a single room, with 3 meals per day. Choose 20, 25 or 30 lessons per week (customized one to one instruction). Also participate in afternoon “a la carte” group activities such as wine and cheese tasting, museum visits, and guided regional excursions, as well as activities with the teacher’s family.
Minimum Stay: 1 week.

Dates:  Sunday to Sunday.

Course at the Teacher’s Home - Total Immersion

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

Course at the teacher’s home

20, 25, 30 lessons per week

€ 45 per lesson

Accommodation:  € 35 per day (includes all meals)

Deposit = 20% of price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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A Level French Course (during the winter, in Bordeaux; during the summer, in Biarritz)

A Level French Course (Only in winter; available in Biarritz in summers)
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 plus a leisure activities program.

Duration: 1 or 2 week(s)
Start dates:  Start on any Monday

A Level French Course
(during the winter, in Bordeaux; during the summer, in Biarritz)

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

A Level French course

22 lessons / week

1 week
2 weeks

€ 280 € 510

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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French & Wine Week

Study French and discover the world of Bordeaux Wines. After your morning French class take a short walk to the Bordeaux Wine School where every afternoon you’ll attend a different lecture about Bordeaux wines, and taste the most famous Grand Crus of the region. During your week, you’ll have 22 group French lessons plus 15 lessons of wine lectures and tasting (translations from French into English), and 2 excursions to chateaux.

Duration:  1 week
2004 start dates:  21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 13 September, 11 October.
2005 start dates:  20 June, 18 July, 22 August, 12 September, 10 October

French & Wine Week

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

French & Bordeaux Wine Course

22 lessons of French + 15 Bordeaux wine lessons from Monday to Friday

€ 695

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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French Teacher’s Course

This is a 2-week course in July which includes 26 lessons per week.

2004 dates:  05 July to 16 July; 19 July to 30 July
2005 dates:  04 July to 15 July; 18 July to 29 July

French Teacher’s Course

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

French teacher’s course

26 lessons / week

2 week

€ 520

Deposit = 20% of course price

Administration fee:  € 65

Airport transfer:  Included with host family stay.

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