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France | Biarritz | French Summer Camp

French Summer Camp

For students 14 – 17 years old, these courses are an excellent way of giving young people the opportunity to spend time in France learning and enjoying the great variety of activities provided by the language school.

The school provide great supervision whilst giving young people the chance to learn the language, enjoy the local beaches and experience the French culture. This course includes Multi-Activity or Surf and Study combinations. 

 The minimum stay on this camp is 2 weeks. 

This course is Saturday arrival and Saturday departure.


The surf capital of Europe, cosmopolitan Biarritz is one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Atlantic coast and one of the most welcoming cities in France. Housed in completely refurbished premises, the school enjoys an exceptional location just a few metres from the famous Côtes des Basques beach, the most famous beach in the region for surfing. The school is located a short walk from the lively Halles district which houses the towns’ many markets, restaurants, cafés and boutiques.

Language Course

The course comprises 20 French lessons, which take place at the residence on weekday mornings. The classes are dedicated only for students attending the Summer Camp and are divided into ability groups of up to 8 students in each class. The tuition is very much practice oriented, students participate in group sessions alongside others of a similar level, with lessons focused on improving all aspects of the language; speaking listening, reading and writing.

There will be a written test to complete before arrival and a speaking test on the first morning of lessons to ensure that students are placed in the correct group for their ability.


At the welcome meeting on the first day of the course students will receive a detailed weekly programme of activities with a timetable and meeting points. The Summer Camp activities include:


  • A city tour on the first Monday of arrival for new students
  • One cultural visit per week (half-day excursion on Wednesday afternoon and / or a full day on Saturday in Bayonne, Saint Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Hendaye)
  • Social activities, fun and sports to allow students to practise French with others: football, beach volleyball, quiz, photo contest, treasure hunt, beach sports
  • Social evening to promote communication (for example, beach games, bowling, cinema)

Surf or Multi-Activities Options

Students can choose between a surf programme or a multi-activity programme. 

Surf option

  • 4 sessions of 1.5 hours, on the “Plage des Corsaires” in Anglet. Timetable will vary according to the tides and weather conditions
  • Fully-qualified instructors from our partner surf school providing lessons adapted to the needs and levels of the participants. Groups of 8 students maximum with all equipment provided (wetsuits and boards)

Multi-activity option

  • 4 different sport sessions per week, for example rock climbing, rafting, hiking, sea-kayaking, golf, surfing.


Students are housed with carefully selected host families located in Biarritz or Anglet (30 minutes by bus from the school) offering twin rooms and full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

 You can read more about what it means to stay with a host family in our Host Family Guide.


Group Leaders run the activity programme and supervise students. The supervision ratio is 1 to 8 for water activities and 1 to 12 for other activities and excursions.


Transfers from the airport or train station on arrival are included in the price of this package.


The school is closed on 14/07/21. On this day students will spend a day with the host family. A discount of £40 will be made on the price of the package.  


Travel and Medical Insurance is available as an optional extra with this package. For more details please see our Insurance page.

Included in this package

This course is Saturday arrival and Saturday departure.

  • 20 French lessons per week
  • Full board host family accommodation 
  • Return transfers from Biarritz airport / train station
  • Welcome meeting
  • Tour of Biarritz
  • Surf or multi-activity programme
  • Supervision during lessons and free time
  • Course materials
  • Course Certificate
  • 24/7 Emergency support from UK office during your stay.
  • Travel and Medical Insurance (Optional)

Longer stays

Prices for 2 – 4 week stays are listed below. We are able to arrange stays of a longer duration and tailor made packages to suit. Contact us if you would like a package that we have not listed here.

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