Learning the language in a foreign city is the quickest way to integrate yourself into daily life. Happily for those keen to learn French in Paris, there are numerous excellent language schools here.
Whether you’re upping sticks for work, study, or anything else, picking up the local lingo is vital for getting the most of your stay. Dotted across Paris are a wide number of French language schools offering a variety of courses to suit differing preferences and needs. We’ve done some research and picked out four of the best, based on a number of factors including range of courses available, pricing and student reviews.
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Over thirty years old, Accord is one of Paris’s most well-established language schools. Housed on the second floor of an eye-catching Parisian building in the city centre, close to some of its most famous attractions, the school offers a variety of programmes of different lengths, intensity and focus, including courses for absolute beginners. Among those suitable for visitors only planning to stay in Paris for a short period is the General Language Intensive course, which can be booked for 1 week or more and features 5-6 daily lessons of 45 minutes. For leisure, the school runs dance classes for enrolled students. There’s also a dedicated accommodation service.
3bis Rue Jean-Pierre Bloch, 75015 Paris
Located in an historic building close to Paris’s Quartier Latin, Alliance Francaise Paris offers a range of French courses for adults. Courses are a touch more expensive here than at other schools owing to its recognition of excellence, and include intensive and extended courses, as well as evening courses, across several proficiency levels, starting at ‘Discovery’ level and rising to ‘Master’ level. Over 90 qualified teachers use accredited learning methods, along with new technologies. Most classrooms are equipped with interactive smart boards, and there’s also a phonetic laboratory and multimedia room. An accommodation service helps you find a place to stay, and there’s also an on-site restaurant and café and a busy programme of cultural and social events.
101 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris
One of Paris’ oldest language schools, LSI is located in the heart of the city, virtually next door to the famous Pompidou Centre. Spread across 7 classrooms, lessons are taught by experienced tutors well trained in getting the best out of students. As for the programmes on offer, there are a range of course of varying durations and intensity, meaning there’ll be one to suit every student’s needs. Among them are courses that combine language study with gastronomy and art history lessons, designed to immerse students in French culture. There are also plenty of on-site amenities, including a computer lab, library, well-equipped kitchen, snacks and drinks machines, lounge, and movie room. Outside the classroom, leisure activities arranged by the school include ballet, basketball, horse riding and yoga. Students can also book their accommodation through the school.
23 Rue du Renard, 75004 Paris
Founded in 2002, Atelier 9 is housed within a traditional Parisian apartment in the city’s fashionable theatre district. The school offers Intensive, Semi-Intensive and Extensive Evening courses. Courses are available for as little as one week (21.5 hours of lessons), meaning that short-term visitors to Paris have plenty of options. Course material and enrolment fees are included in the price. The school also runs regular extra-curricular activities, including ballet, cooking, dancing, swimming, tennis and yoga. While the school doesn’t have its own dedicated accommodation service, it does partner with a local agency to help students find somewhere to stay during their time in Paris.
34 Rue de Trévise, 75009 Paris
Situated in a tranquil side street, but within easy reach of several shops, bars, and restaurants, Sprachcaffe’s Parisian school has a range of amenities including a library and computer lab, as well as a lounge and cafeteria, for the use of students. There are Standard, Intensive and Private courses available, with standard courses comprising 20 lessons a week. Business and exam preparation courses are also on offer. The school prides itself on the fact that 100% of its tutors hold a university degree. Students can book homestay accommodation through the school as well.
6 Rue Rougemont, 75009 Paris