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|Age||18+ years old|
|Course length||From 2 weeks to 12 months|
Start dates for
Any Sunday* year-round
*accommodation is available from Sunday; classes start on a Monday
|Start dates for beginners||
2011 - Jan 2, 30, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1, 29, Jun 26, Jul 24, Aug 21, Sep 18
2011 - Apr 25, Jun 2, 13, Jul 14, Aug 15, Nov 1 & 11, 2011
|Levels||10 levels (A1 to C2 based on the European Framework of Modern Languages)|
|Class size||Maximum 13 students|
|Program size||Average number of students per week (during summer months): 80|
|Nationality Mix||Western Europe: 43%; Latin America: 42%; Asia: 5%; Eastern Europe: 4%; Other: 6%|
Is this program for you?
The Gap Year Program in Paris is suited to the student who is looking for a language immersion program in the heart of one of the world's most beautiful cities! The program is ideal for students who want to combine daily French language classes with afternoons, evenings and weekends that are free to join optional activities and excursions or spend time exploring Paris on their own, with their host family or with new friends. The program is intended for students who are independent, have some travel experience, are comfortable taking public transit, are used to time away from family and are able to effectively manage and advocate for themselves in new and unfamiliar situations. Please see the About Mature Teen & Gap Year Programs page for more information.
When one thinks of France, few images come to mind more readily than those of Paris, the city of lights and home to famous monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe and the magnificent Louvre museum, to name just a few! But Paris is so much more than simply tourist attractions. To the more than 2 million residents who call it home, Paris is their perfect playground, offering an enviable lifestyle in one of the world's most beautiful cities. From sophisticated cafes to chic boutiques, from quaint museums to luxurious gardens, there is something that will appeal to everyone. With so much to see and do it's hard to think of a better place to immerse yourself in French language and culture!
The school is located in downtown Paris, the so-called Cours Rougemont, and lies right in the middle of the historical, cultural, artistic and economic centre. The nearest underground station is “Grands Boulevards”, it is in the 9th arrondissement and within walking distance you will find many museums, restaurants as well as little boutiques and bars.
The facilities include:
The program offers 20 or 30 lessons per week with many students opting for 20 lessons with an aim to balance serious study with the chance to explore the city with new friends from all over the world.
Classes are a blend of listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary-building, and role plays.
In as little as 2 weeks you will have the chance to forge new friendships and make some significant progress in your French studies... provided, of course, you speak French as much as possible!
All teachers are experienced, extensively trained in teaching French as a second or foreign language and many have master's degrees or equivalent teaching qualifications. They are known to be firm yet fun and work hard to ensure that you will get the most out of your class time in a full-immersion environment.
You can choose to be accommodated with local host families or in a shared apartment.* Host families come in all shapes and sizes, from couples with young children to older single females. But what they all have in common is their desire to share their home and their culture with you. The apartments are well-equipped and shared with other international students.
Your room will consist of a single bed with a shared bath and you will have access to the common areas of the home or apartment. Meals in the host family consist of breakfast, which is usually self-service, and dinner, which is typically served around 7:30/8:00 PM and is a great time to chat with family members and practice your French. Host families take dietary, health or religious requirements into consideration so be sure to let us know if you have any special considerations at the time of booking. Apartments are self-catering, allowing you to enjoy the Parisian cafes and the many delicious restaurants Paris has to offer.
Commuting to school can take from 15 minutes to 1 hour by public transit which is normal for many Parisians. Most families and apartments are within the city limits but it is unusual to have accommodation that is within walking distance of the school. All host families are carefully selected and regularly inspected by the host school's dedicated homestay coordinator in Paris.
*We recommend that any student under the age of 18 stay with a host family. Minor students may be accepted in apartment accommodation at this location on a case-by-case basis.
For general information on homestay accommodation please visit our Homestay Q & A page.
The following program features are included in the price