Teen Study Program in Biarritz, France

Quick Facts
Start: July through August
Age: 13-18
Cost: $ 2,695 +
Num. Weeks:  2 - 6
Level:  Beginner to Intermediate
School located close to downtown.
Great host families
Family and Teen program available in summer time.
Free Latin Dances classes.
Excursions and field trips included in Teen Program.

For Ages: 13-18
Absolute Beginner to Intermediate French
Semi-Supervised Program

Students receive 15 French lessons per week, and each lesson is 45 minutes in duration. Lessons are held in the morning on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday is reserved for the weekly full day excursion. Groups are small, from 6 students to 15 students maximum - and an average of 10 students per class. The lessons are a good balance between conversation, grammar, reading, listening and writing. Although this is an academic program, the emphasis is on the pleasure and benefits of learning the French language. Students return home positively motivated and eager to continue their studies. Often times this even helps to make the following academic year a more successful one.  All students can expect:

  • Expert and friendly teachers devoted to giving equal attention to each person's     language objectives.
  • Professional quality service.
  • Dynamic teaching methods with a communicative approach.
  • Attention to feedback and always ready to help.
  • Prompt and efficient reaction to any potential queries.
  • International student body and classroom atmosphere, with students attending from Western Europe, England, Ireland, North and South America, Ghana and several Eastern European Countries.

The prime objective of the program is to develop the language using oral expression, thus enabling the student to rapidly communicate in everyday situations. The training follows the contents and progression of a strict formula, to which authentic material is added to help the student get a better understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the language. The instructional method is above all interactive and communicative. The program is carefully structured, but sufficiently flexible, to allow progress according to each student's level and learning pace.

All teachers are qualified to teach French to foreign students (Diplôme de Français Langue Etrangère), and have excellent knowledge of the French culture and civilization. Many of them have lived and taught French abroad and speak several languages. This allows each teacher to more easily relate to students of different cultures. Together with their enthusiasm and spontaneity, they guarantee lively and effective lessons. Much of the teaching material is specific to FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) teaching methods and the rest is produced by the school. Teachers are constantly reviewing course material and methods, and consequently finding new ideas for different programs. Students can either borrow or purchase the textbook you require in class. On the first day of arrival, you will pay a small deposit (which varies depending on the student's level), and at the end of the course you can either keep the textbook, or have the deposit refunded (unless the textbook has been damaged).

Excursions, Sports and Cultural Activities
One full day excurstion each week plus 1-3 half days per week:

  • Visit of the Musée de la Mer (sea museum)
  • Trekking in canyons
  • Mountain biking in the Pyrenees
  •  Guided tour of Bayonne its modern art museum and cathedral
  • Visit of the Basque museum
  •  Rafting in the Pays Basque region
  • Visit to Pau and Henry IV castle
  • Guided tour of Biarritz
  • Chocolate museum and its workshop
  • Guided tour of Basque villages such as St Jean-de Luz, St Jean de Pied-Port, Lourdes
  • San Sebastian, Spain via the French and Spanish coasts
  • Variety of sports activites: Surfing, Horseback Riding, Golfing, Rafting, Adventure course, Beach Volleyball, Mountain Bike Riding, Traditional Pelote Basque, Hiking, Sea Canoeing, Swimming in a sea water swimming pool, Bowling and Soccer.

Accommodations - Homestay with a French Family
Students stay with carefully selected host families. Generally each host family has one or two students per room, per family. Student will always be placed with someone who speaks a different native language. All of the host families are quite close to the school and town centre (approximately 5 to 20 minutes by foot).

On the first Monday of the course a member of the host family will accompany the student to the school. Biarritz is a very friendly, safe town, and easily navigated by foot, bike or bus. The host family provides all meals. On weekdays lunch is packed for each student by the host family, and it is eaten with classmates. On Wednesday everyone joins in a picnic during the excursion. On the weekend students will have lunch with their host family.

Included in the Program

  •  Levels available: Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced.
  • 15 lessons of French classes with native qualified teachers, Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday, 45 minutes each lesson. One weekly full day excursion is scheduled on Wednesday.
  • Books and teaching material
  • Small groups of 6-15 students
  • Accommodation in a homestay in a shared room with a student of a different native language and 3 meals daily.
  • Arrival Transfer from the Biarittz Train Station
  • Sports, Cultural Activities and Excursion Program
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Arrival and departure transfers to and from Biarritz airport or train station.
  • Teaching materials
  • NRCSA emergency insurance for program dates in the foreign country:
    • Accident insurance up to $10,000
    • Emergency medical evacuation up to $25,000
    • Emergency reunion up to $5,000
    • Repatraition up to $7,500
    • Life insurance up to $5,000
    • 24 Hour emergency worldwide multi-lingual telephone assistance

2018 Start Dates

  • This program starts on June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018
  • Last day of classes is August 12, 2016.

2018 Program Fees

  • 2 weeks: $ 2,695
  • 3 weeks: $ 3,975
  • 4 weeks: $ 5,245
  • Additional weeks: $ 1,195
     
  • Add surfing lessons - $325 per week.

Biarritz, France - City Info
The Teen Program in Biarritz are situated at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains. The area around Biarritz is very beautiful, and the NRCSA Center is located just 10 minutes walking distance from the sea front, swimming beaches, and the town center. The Center itself is very modern and spacious. Each classroom is air conditioned and well light providing an ideal environment to sudy. Presently, Biarritz is also world-renound for its excellent surfing, long sandy beaches, and year-round mild climate in addition to its wonderful architecture, elegant buildings and palaces.

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