France | Bordeaux | Intensive French Course

Intensive Language Course

This course runs Monday to Friday throughout the year with accommodation from Sunday to Saturday. Students can travel for a week, two weeks or longer. We are able to tailor packages to suit your requirements and the time you have available.

Courses are available for all abilities from complete beginners to those with advanced French. Courses for complete beginners start on the following dates: 08/01/24, 08/04/24, 01/07/24 or 20/09/24. All other courses (for students with at least a basic level French) start every Monday of the year.

You may also be interested in pairing a language course with a work experience placement by enrolling on our popular Work and Study courses.

The course in Bordeaux is only available for students over 17 years of age. For Students 16 years old you may wish to consider this course in another destination; Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Rouen.


Bordeaux, in the South-West of France, is famous throughout the world for its unique wines. However, delve deeper into this city's UNESCO World Heritage listed urban and architectural heritage and you will find that it has so much more to offer. With a huge variety of squares, parks, cafes, monuments, museums and art galleries, Bordeaux is the perfect destination to study French.

Located in a superb town house typical of the 19th century, the language school in Bordeaux is in the heart of the historical city centre with its breathtaking architecture and unique atmosphere. The school has 9 well equipped classrooms, a beautiful lounge where students can relax between lessons, a computer room, free WiFi and a peaceful shaded garden. It really is a treat to complete your homework in the private garden under the shade of a fig tree. The school is centrally located and easily accessible via public transport. The Place de Quinconces, Place Gambetta and Place de la Bourse which are all bustling with cafés and shops are all within easy walking distance, making Bordeaux a destination with something for everyone.

Language Course

The core course comprises 20 lessons which concentrate on learning and actively using French. The tuition is very much practice oriented. You will participate in group sessions alongside other students of a similar level, with lessons focused on improving all aspects of the language; speaking listening, reading and writing. There are four 45 minute lessons per day and these take place during the morning. This course is designed for students who wish to learn or improve their French, meet new people and have some free time to participate in French culture and life in Bordeaux. The core course of 20 lessons also combines very well with a work experience option in our Work and Study package.

For students who want a more intensive experience, it is possible to add an extra 6 group lessons (for an additional cost).

There is also an option of 4 1:1 classes throughout the week (for an additional cost), the content of which will be decided by you in advance. We will ask you before you travel what you would like to cover with your tutor during these individual sessions, for example grammar, a specific thematic topic, conversation or pronunciation. Alternatively, there is an option to take an additional 10 group lessons (for an additional cost). 

You will be given a written assessment before you travel and a speaking assessment on the first morning before lessons in order to place you in the group most suited to your ability level. Classes have an international flavour and a lively feel because they are grouped by ability not nationality or age.

Optional Social and Cultural Programme

The school offers a range of activities during the week, such as a film club, meal out at a local restaurant, cultural tour of the city and an excursion to one of the many local vineyards. Some of the activities incur an extra cost (payable on the week of your stay directly to the school) however some are free. All activities are optional.


For students wanting to completely immerse themselves in the French language and culture we recommend that you stay with one of our carefully selected French host families. They will not only introduce you to the French way of life and help you practise the French language but will also give you a taste of local and delicious regional specialities. The host families are situated near to the school and provide half board accommodation (breakfast & evening meal) from the Sunday before your course starts to the Saturday after it finishes. Subject to availability, an extra day on one side of your trip may be available on request to facilitate flight dates. A surcharge is payable for any extra nights.

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


The school is easily accessible via Bordeaux's excellent transport system and we are happy to provide details on request. We can also arrange private transfers for you from Bordeaux's airport or train stations for a supplement.

School Closures

The school will be closed on 01/01/24, 01/04/24, 01/05/24, 08/05/24, 09/05/24, 20/05/24, 15/08/24, 01/11/24 and 11/11/24.

A discount of £40 is offered for any days where the school is closed. Of course in Bordeaux, there is no shortage of opportunities to spend the day exploring the sights, galleries, museums (many with free entry) and shops.


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

Bordeaux, France

Included in this Package

  • This course runs Monday to Friday with accommodation from Sunday to Saturday.
  • 20 Core French lessons per week
  • 10 Extra group lessons (optional)
  • 4 1:1 lessons (optional)
  • Individualised follow up of homework / tasks / performance to ensure the best progression
  • Welcome meeting and snacks
  • Guided tour of the area
  • Accommodation (optional)
  • Social & Cultural Programme (optional)
  • Course Certificate
  • 24/7 Emergency support from UK office
  • Travel and Medical Insurance (optional)

Longer Stays

Students are welcome to book into the school for any number of weeks. Many students will travel to the school for a longer duration (12 weeks+), even starting from limited or no level in the language. We have prices for 1 – 4 weeks on our website. We are able to arrange any duration of stay at the language school.  Contact us if you would like a package that we have not listed.

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Find out more about the beautiful municipality of Bordeaux on Wikipedia.


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