Paris has been inspiring artists for centuries and is one of the most charismatic capital cities in the world! A spectacular setting in which to learn French, Paris is the epicentre of French culture and offers much to see and do, whatever your interests. World-class shopping, gourmet cuisine, exquisite art and magnificent architecture make Paris an incredibly exciting city to spend time in. As a capital city, of course there is plenty of hustle and bustle, but you are also never far away from one of the city’s beautiful parks, where you can relax and take in the unique atmosphere.
Of course, whilst you are in Paris, you have to visit the iconic monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre. However, more magical, perhaps, are the places you stumble across that are just a little off the beaten track: that cool bar along the Canal St Martin, or that fantastic little restaurant in the Marais. Being able to converse in French with the Parisians you meet will mean that you can delve far deeper into the culture and experience the ‘real’ Paris, which is far more charming than one could ever imagine.
Located in the 9th arrondissement, on one of Paris’ famous boulevards and just 20 minutes walk from both the Opéra and the Louvre, you will learn French in the very heart of the City of Light. The school is housed in a very typically Parisian building with 20 fully-equipped classrooms, computer access, wireless Internet throughout and there is even a cafeteria where you can purchase refreshments.
This school is the perfect option if you want to be sure of your schedule before you arrive, as you can choose between morning and afternoon lessons.
Our Paris Opera school offers such a wide range of courses that there is sure to be one to suit you. Group courses such as the ‘Intensive afternoon’ course of 20 group lessons per week, or the ‘Super-Intensive’ course of 26 lessons per week are best suited to those who just want to improve their overall level of French.
The ‘Super-Intensive’ courses of 30 and 34 lessons per week include one or two specialised workshops, respectively. If you take one of these courses, you will be offered a choice of workshops, which usually focus on a specific area of the language such as speaking or writing. Our colleagues will explain the options to you on arrival. Alternatively, instead of group workshops, you could consider adding some private lessons to your group course.
The ‘French + Culture’ consists of the course of 26 general French lesson plus one culture workshop per week, and, similarly, the ‘DELF/DALF Exam Preparation’ course consists of 26 general French lessons plus one workshop per week focusing on preparing students for these exams.
We also offer courses designed for students who need French for their careers. Our ‘Business French’ course consists of 26 general French lessons + 16 mini-group lessons per week focused on the language required for business. These additional mini-group lessons usually take place over three afternoons each week.
All of these courses are open to adult students of all ages. However, if you are aged 50 years and over and would prefer to study exclusively with students of a similar age to yourself, our school in Paris does also offer a ‘Club 50+’ course. This course combines French lessons with special activities.
We are also able to arrange your accommodation whilst you are taking one of our French courses in Paris! Most accommodation is located within 45 minutes of the school by public transport (which, in Paris, is very easy to navigate).
If you want to give yourself as much opportunity to practice speaking French with native speakers, your best option would be to stay with a carefully selected host family, on a bed and breakfast or half board basis. Host families do come in various different forms and do not generally tend to be ‘traditional’ families with children, as it is rare for this type of family to have the time or space to accommodate students. Most hosts do tend to be older couples or single people.
If you prefer more independent accommodation then student residence or studio apartment would be a better option for you. Student residence accommodation includes breakfast, whilst studio apartment accommodation will allow you to prepare your own meals in a private kitchenette.
Our Paris Opera school does not arrange activities for students, although you will certainly be welcome to ask our colleagues’ advice on what to see and do in Paris.
Fly into Charles de Gaulle or Orly Airports, from where you can take public transport to your accommodation. Alternatively, we can arrange a private airport transfer for an additional fee.