This month-long program will give you an intensive French language learning experience in one of the most stunningly beautiful places on Earth: the South of France. By living in a residence hall with fellow AFSers from around the world, you will get a truly cross-cultural experience and form friendships that span the globe. Your French lessons will be enriched with cultural activities and trips to nearby towns. Classes will be small and based on skill-level, and beginners are welcome.
Watch a video showing a typical first day.
You will be staying in the school's residence hall along with other students on the program and international students from around the world. You will be in rooms of 2-6 people of the same gender. There is no host family component to this program.
A program leader, assigned by AFS USA, will be present throughout your stay for guidance and support. Residence hall monitors and staff will also be on-site 24 hours a day. All monitors are licensed and experienced working with youth.
The program will be held at the Centre Méditerranéen d'Etudes Françaises in the city of Cap D'Ail, located on the Côte d'Azur (a.k.a. the French Riviera, on the Mediterranean coast of France) and neighboring the Principality of Monaco. You will receive approximately 60 hours of French language lessons (3 hours per day, 5 days per week). Beginner French speakers are welcome. Your French-speaking ability will be evaluated at the beginning of the program and you will be assigned to the appropriate class level to ensure that classes are suited to your personal language level as much as possible. You will be able to advance to a new level weekly as your French-speaking ability improves. Additional classes beyond the 60 hours are available at additional cost.
All language study materials (textbooks, handouts, etc) will be provided, though we recommend that you bring your own English-French dictionary.
A Certificate of Completion will be issued to each participant at the end of the course, which can be presented to your home school for the possibility of class credit.
Keep busy after your language classes with your choice of a variety of afternoon activities. Play sports, hang out on the beach, take trips to nearby cities on the Riviera including Monaco, Nice, Menton, Villefranche, Eze, and Roquebrune, or use that time to get additional help from the language tutors.
Evening entertainment is organized as a large group activity or a small workshop. Many activities will be offered (sports tournaments, concerts, cooking, arts and crafts, bilingual clubs, etc…), and you can take part in the activities you choose.
Weekend day-trips will also be arranged and may include visits to Cannes, Saint-Tropez, or Grasse.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in the school's dining hall. A vegetarian diet can be accommodated.
Orientations & Activities
In addition to the online and in-person orientations that you will participate in before you depart, you and your fellow AFSers will have several orientations while abroad. These are intended to help you maximize your AFS experience, prevent culture shock and gain knowledge, skills and a global understanding. Each orientation will be tailored to your group and your group's needs. Orientations will occur just after arrival and prior to your return. They will likely be international, giving you a chance to make friends with AFSers from around the world who are also studying in France.
Your program will begin in New York, where you will meet your fellow AFSers from the US, attend an overnight orientation, then travel to France. You will fly together with your Program Leader, arriving in Nice then making your way to the language school. International airfare is included as part of the tuition, but it will be your responsibility to arrange your travel from your hometown to New York. Details will be provided after you start your application.
To participate in this program, you must:
- Be within the age range upon departure (located in the 'read more' drop-down)
- Have a passing GPA. Preference given to applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
- Be mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy in accordance with AFS Medical Evaluation Policies
- Have a valid U.S. passport, or a U.S. Permanent Resident Card at least 4 months prior to the departure range
- Have an open mind, willingness to be flexible, and the ability to adapt to new a culture, school, and environment
A vegetarian diet can be accommodated.
Although there is no language requirement, it would be very useful to have a basic French language background before your arrival.
Please note that this program is highly structured. Older students (17 and 18 year olds) will likely have less independence than they are accustomed to.
Access to religious services on Sunday mornings will be limited since students are not allowed to leave campus during the morning period.