Institute Of French, Villefranche-sur-Mer
(4.3/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
Since 1910, Institute Of French has been actively teaching the French language to students from around the world. The school has as many as 7,000 students at a time, led by 70 native French instructors. Students also learn cultural and religious aspects of France. Using our international travel planner, Villefranche-sur-Mer attractions like Institute Of French can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • After studying 2 months at the Institute I have no doubt that this experience was one of the best investments of my life. Firstly, the school is fantastic - since the location & facilities until the m...  more »
  • Background-I am a 28-year-old American female, and I just finished the course in September. In terms of French ability, I self-studied for the past 5 months (1-4 hours a week) using DuoLingo and other...  more »
  • A beautiful setting, in a lovely ville just east of Nice. After researching month long programs to kickstart my renewed interest in learning French I chose L'Institue for its professionalism, internat...  more »
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  • I was there 20 plus years ago. Wonderful experience.
  • First of all, if you go in the summer, be prepared for extreme heat. The heat stopped me sleeping more than three or four hours a night, even with some AC on. You should 100% go for a studio apartment at the least, I visited some other pupils' smaller living quarters and they were very poor. I was mostly content with my studio apartment, it was very large and had some AC, although the washing machine broke and took a week to replace, and there were pubic hairs ALL over the floor absolutely everywhere. Lord knows how that happened, I tried to convince myself it might be dog hair. The teachers will treat you like small schoolchildren. If you are a CEO or something usually you may get seriously uncomfortable with the way you are spoken to. You are expected to memorise things very quickly, and are given homework every day. The hours are quite long, 9 am to 4:45 pm. In my opinion nobody learns anything past 2 pm but perhaps that's just me. Don't imagine it's mostly a holiday with some french lessons thrown in..the institute always tries to take over your time. If you are over the age of 60 I would not recommend this course. The pupils I spoke to around the age of 60 to 70 + seemed to be mostly grumpy and uncomfortable most of the time, which I imagine is down to the workload and the presence of some younger students in their 20's. You are with one teacher 80% of the time, whom you are allocated to near the beginning. Personally I felt the teacher I happened to get was one of the least personable at the Institute. You get the opportunity to speak with other teachers at lunchtime and in the odd other lessons after lunch. I know for a fact some of the teachers are kind and encouraging and funny, but unfortunately our one was very highly strung and ordered the head of the institute to come and chastise us one time two people were 10 minutes late one time each one week. She would also get angry if you tried to improvise or be creative, so yes, your mileage may vary when it comes to teachers. The speaking french 24/7 is a serious chore if you are not already quite advanced. I mean imagine spending all day mostly with the ten people in your class only being able to say basic things, even at breaktimes. It gets tiring. Getting from my apartment to the school and back wasnt a problem after the first day, but I'm decently fit. The food at lunch was usually good. The were two or three vegetarian days where I could hardly eat anything, but they were the exception. The chef Nathalie is very very ill-mannered, although maybe has a little kindness underneath if you are brave enough to engage her directly. You are given about 7 minutes to eat pudding before you are kicked out of the canteen, which is frustrating too, and I usually had to leave my dessert half-eaten. It's quite easy to take the bus to Nice. It's about 15-20 mins, usually very busy. Nice is a bit of a nightmare in my opinion, it's huge, it smells and there are pickpockets everywhere. Also you have to pay extra for excursions. First I paid 37 euros for a coach trip to saint paul de vence, then about 4 times during the day the person in charge of the excursion asked for about 15 euros each time there was a museum or something we were passing through., which was a little annoying. Everyone does the language lab at some point in the day. It may be a little disturbing for some people. When you put the headphones on its like you are in an isolation tank, and your inner thoughts suddenly become very loud and its easy to become lost in thought when you are supposed to be doing french.
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