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Amazing learning jouney

I had planned to attend a course at the Institut de Francais and this year I was finally able to... read more

Reviewed July 2, 2018
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The experience of a lifetime

About three years of research culminated in me attending the four-week December 2017 session at... read more

Reviewed June 25, 2018
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Language immersion courses for adults.
23 avenue General Leclerc, 06231 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
+33 4 93 01 88 44
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Reviewed July 2, 2018

I had planned to attend a course at the Institut de Francais and this year I was finally able to travel to Villefranche to “submerse” myself in the French language and French culture. It is 4 months since left the Insitute and I have been...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed June 25, 2018

About three years of research culminated in me attending the four-week December 2017 session at l’Instutut de Francais in Villefranche-sur-Mer. For those of you who want the bottom line: They delivered on every promise they made, and they exceeded expectations. If you’re considering a language...More

Date of experience: December 2017
7  Thank KenMosesian
Reviewed May 24, 2018

Attended the Institute in Oct 2017. Enjoyed the experience so much that I came back in April 2018 and about to participate again in June. What more can I say…you should go! The teachers are smart, witty and funny. The location is parfait - who...More

Date of experience: April 2018
9  Thank SFHungryTraveler
Reviewed May 19, 2018

I attended the April 4-week course in 2018 at the Institut de Français, Villefranche-sur-Mer on the Côte d’Azur (next door to Nice). I have to say the standard of instruction was nothing short of excellent. Hardly surprising since the Institute has had 60 years of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
7  Thank johnthom47
Reviewed April 28, 2018

I would say that to study at l’Institut de Francais is a once in a lifetime experience but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate, for I just finished my third splendid month there since 2010. In fact, I was one of many returning students during my...More

Date of experience: April 2018
11  Thank DeltaTango10014
Reviewed April 18, 2018

The classes are too large (10 at least, up to 20 for some sessions). The days are too long -9 hours- with only 5 hours of instruction the rest being breaks and meals. You speak with the professor no more than 10 minutes a day....More

Date of experience: March 2018
13  Thank str8uprubbish
Reviewed April 11, 2018

I am very glad I chose to spend 4 weeks at this school. I was taught by Frederic and he was excellent, and so was Julian. The school gives you a full immersion to the language and through a combination of classroom exercises, practical/ role...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank xenia12343
Reviewed March 27, 2018

Pedagogic institute in Villefrache-sur Mer to learn the French language in a very nice environnment; friends of us were there and it's an excellent school.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Manuela L
Reviewed March 1, 2018 via mobile

After several years of struggling to learn French on my own for both personal and professional reasons, I came across the Institut de Francais online and— having read many glowing reviews— arrived with high hopes. The Institut did not disappoint! My professors Frederick, Julian and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
6  Thank Laurie S
Reviewed December 22, 2017

I have been fortunate to have spent two separate 4 week sessions at l’Institut de Francais, the first time in 2013 and the second in 2016, moving from Avancé 1 to Avancé 2, and ironically having the same prof each time due to retirements and...More

Date of experience: January 2017
13  Thank Ann P
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August 3, 2018|
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Response from as2010 | Reviewed this property |
it would be a challenge to town but they can be accommodating to special situations like yours and place you in housing very close to the school, if available.
Iman A
Hi, I can't help but continue to get more and more interested in this program from what I've been hearing. I have such a passion to really getting myself familiar with the language to an extent that I feel comfortable speaking it and no longer shy as you stated. I am currently a first year at McGill Univerisity in Montreal and I feel as if this is the perfect time for me to take what I would have learned here and continue my progress during the school year. However, after applying was when I realized that the minimum age for a student is 21, I am 18. I was wondering if there were any exceptions to this rule. Perhaps students that exemplify enough maturity or students that demonstrate their true passion for learning the language? I would love to have the opportunity to hear your insight on this topic if you can and hope that there is a way I can enroll this summer. Please let me know, Iman
March 22, 2018|
Response from Ann P | Reviewed this property |
Dear Iman, Here’s hoping that you got into a summer session of the Institut. The first time I attended in 2013, there was a young woman your age in my class who was doing a “gap year” between high school and college, and... More
Shurea W
February 22, 2018|
Response from DeltaTango10014 | Reviewed this property |
Shurea, I just went back for the third time in my life and I AirBnB-ed. Some of the apartments the school offers are great too. But if you’d rather have a better idea beforehand of exactly where you’ll be, by all means rent... More