Learn French in Annecy

Mountains around Annecy Annecy Canal Traditional hut in Annecy



Learn French in Annecy

Annecy, also known as “the Little Venice”, is a magnificent lakeside canal town with lots of history. The town centre is full of life with its shops, restaurants and cafés. Annecy attracts tourists from all over the world who enjoy the nearby lake and its beaches as well as the multitude of outdoor sports activities organised in the region (e.g. hiking, cycling, skiing and paragliding).

City Highlights

Annecy is located between Geneva and Chambéry. Thus its history was strongly influenced by these two towns between the 10th and the 19th century. Starting as the capital of Geneva, after the demise of the counts of Geneva at the beginning of the 15th century, Annecy became integrated into the House of Savoy's possessions. With the advance of Calvinism in 16th century, Annecy became the centre for the Counter-Reformation.

The Palais de l'Isle

Palais de l'Isle is a castle in the centre of the Thiou - a canal traversing the town centre. Built in 1132, it was the primary residence of the Lord of Annecy as early as the 12th century and later became the Count of Geneva’s administrative headquarters. It then became a courthouse, a mint, and finally a jail. The Palais de l'Ile was classified as a Historical Monument in 1900 and today houses a local history museum.

Annecy Cathedral

Annecy Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral and a national monument. It was built at the beginning of the 16th century by Jacques Rossel as a chapel for a Franciscan priory. During the French Revolution the building was used as a temple of the Goddess Reason and raised to the status of a cathedral in 1822.

Olympic Games Candidate City

On June 22, 2010 the International Olympic Committee announced Annecy as one of three candidate cities for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games along with Munich in Germany and Pyeongchang in South Korea. If chosen, Annecy will be the fourth French city to host the Winter Olympic Games after Chamonix, Grenoble and Albertville.



Your Language School in Annecy

Created in January 1994, our French language school in Annecy gives you the opportunity to study the French language and share activities with French students.

Every month between 170 and 200 students of all ages from 50 different countries come to Annecy to learn French.

In the magnificent setting of the French Alps, you will be able to combine your language classes with French culture and the natural environment of the wonderful Alpine landscape.

Cultural Activities

Some of the available themes of activities offered by the school:
  • Discover the Alpine region of France
  • Visit cities of historical and cultural interest
  • Taste the local specialities
  • Meet French students
Following excursions are also available:
  • Chamonix Mont-Blanc
  • Annecy, the lake and Old Town
  • Genève, Red Cross Museum or the UN
  • Lyon and the medieval town of Perrouge
  • Evian and Lake Geneva
  • Historical Visit of Chambéry
  • Mountain hikes
  • La Croix de Nivolet
  • La Dent du Chat
  • The Chartreuse region
  • Massif des Bauges
  • Cultural Excursions and Nature outings
  • The Vanoise Nature Park
  • The wine circuit
  • The cheese circuit
Free activities available weekly:
  • Weekly cinema
  • Pétanque tounament
  • Karaoke
  • Leisure activities in town



Accommodation options for your French language course in Annecy

We will make sure we find the most suitable type of accommodation to match your preferences. All host families, shared apartments, studios or student residences are located in the town centre or in the outskirts. They are all easily accessible by bus, bicycle or on foot.

A room in a French house

All the rooms are single and include breakfast.


Host Family

Would you like to experience life with a French family? This type of accommodation is ideal if you want to discover the French way of life and will also help you to improve your conversation skills.

Shared Apartment

In a shared apartment you will have your own bedroom and share a kitchen and a bathroom with your flat mates (2 or more). You’ll receive more specific information about your apartment 2 weeks before your arrival. Since prices of shared apartments vary depending on location and standard we can't publish them in the price calculator. Please contact us for a quote and more details.

Individual Flats

We have variety of flats, and studio flats, available to rent in the town centre. Please ask us for more details. Since the price of renting flats varies, depending on the location and standard, we can't publish them in the price calculator. Please contact us for a quote and more details.

Student residence

There are a variety of Student residences in the area. Some of the residences require a deposit and will only accept long stays. In summer between June and August there are generally more rooms available. Please ask us for more details.

Important Note: Agency fees for reserving your accommodation in Annecy

If you are staying for one month or less: 40€

If you are staying for more than one month: 70€

A deposit of 200€ is necessary in order to reserve your accommodation. The agency fees will be deducted from your deposit and the amount that is left (160€ or 130€) will be deducted from your first month’s rent.

Agency fees will be charged every time you decide to change your accommodation. This applies for whatever reason.




Train TGV
Paris – Annecy: 3 hours 45 min

Navette + train
Lyon – Annecy: 30 min + 2 hours 30 minutes

Lyon – Annecy: 2 hours

Genève – Annecy: 1 hour

Regular Buses from Geneva:
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An airport transfer to Annecy can be reserved at your request. Rates are 120€ one-way from Lyon or Geneva Switzerland, depending on the availability of airport taxis and your date.

We advise students without a Swiss transit visa to arrive in Lyon, where less expensive public transport to Annecy is available.