Learn French in Cannes

Students on the Cannes Film Festival Cannes waterfront St Honorat Island

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Location

Cannes

Cannes is one of the French Rivera’s best-known cities, a busy tourist destination and the host of the annual Cannes Film Festival. The city is also famous for its various luxury shops, restaurants, and hotels.




The French Riviera

With 300 sunny days per year thanks to its Mediterranean climate and 120 kilometres of sand and pebble beaches, it is easy to see why the Côte d’Azur is one of the world’s most popular destinations.

10 million visitors per year are seduced by its exceptional location, glamorous towns and breathtaking landscapes. Do you fancy spending the day jet-skiing in the Mediterranean or maybe skiing in the Alps or perhaps paying a visit to the Prince’s Palace and the casinos in Monaco? All these exciting places are within an hour’s drive from Cannes.

The Côte d’Azur is also a region steeped in history, culture and tradition, as you can easily discover yourself by taking a walk through the countryside, a trip to one of the many museums or visiting to the ancient quarters of the old costal towns.

City Highlights

The villas of Cannes
Nineteenth-century Cannes can still be seen in its grand villas, built to reflect the wealth and standing of their owners and inspired by anything from medieval castles to Roman villas. Lord Brougham’s Italianate Villa Eléonore Louise (one of the first in Cannes) was built between 1835 and 1839. Also known as the Quartier des Anglais, this is the oldest residential area in Cannes.

Île Sainte-Marguerite (St Marguerite Island)

It took "The Man in the Iron Mask" 11 years to leave this tiny, forested island. The mysterious individual was believed to be of noble blood, but his identity has never been proven. His cell can be visited in the Fort of St Marguerite, now renamed the Musée de la Mer (Museum of the Sea). This museum also houses discoveries from shipwrecks off the island, including Roman and Saracen ceramics.

Île Saint-Honorat (St Honorat Island)
Cistercian monks are the only inhabitants of the St Honorat Island. They have been living there since AD 410 and, at the height of their power, owned Cannes, Mougins and Vallauris. Medieval vestiges remain in the stark church, which is open to the public, and also in the ruins of the 11th-century monastery on the cliff’s edge. 

Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival, founded in 1946, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious film festivals. It is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

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School

School Campus

  • 22 classrooms with audio-visual equipment
  • 110 student dormitories (single, double or triple)
  • 220-seat dining hall
  • Dedicated leisure activities department (Bureau d'Animation)
  • Library/Multimedia room (free Internet access and Wifi!)
  • TV-Room
  • Théatre (cinema and conference hall, 140 seats)
  • Foyer bar
  • Fitness facilities
  • On-site nurse
  • Inner courtyard with a shaded terrace full of palm trees
  • Volleyball/basketball court
  • Washing machines, dryers, ironing room
  • Secure parking
  • Public telephone
  • Administrative services: reception desk, general secretary, accountancy office, academic affairs, maintenance, housekeeping, etc.

Teaching Expertise

All year long, the school provides an excellent selection of French language courses. The teaching team of the school is made up of 20 qualified language teachers, all holding university degrees in teaching. They are trained in the latest teaching techniques and have many years’ experience teaching French as a foreign language. The teaching programme is constructed to guarantee a seamless transfer from one level to the next.
  • 6 - 14 students per class
  • Minimum age: 16 years
  • 1 lesson = 55 minutes
  • Beginners accepted all year-round

Cultural activities

A programme of activities organized by the College is handed to the students at the beginning of the course, which contains both free and payable activities.

Sports
Volleyball, table tennis, tennis, mountain bikes, sailing, horseback riding, cannoning, diving, skiing and hiking.

College soirees
Disco, Piano-bar, games, ice cream, crèpes and wine & cheese evenings.

Excursions
Nice-Antibes, Eze-Monaco, Saint-Tropez - Port-Grimaud, Saint Paul de Vence, Tourrettes sur Loup, Gourdon, Grasse, Aix-en-Provence, San Remo, Porquerolles, Les Iles de Lerins, Les Gorges du Verdon, Avignon, Cassis and many more.



Cultural outings
Le Musée Picasso (Antibes), Le Musée Fernand Léger (Biot), Le Musée Chagall (Nice), La Fondation Maeght (St. Paul de Vence), Le Musée Matisse (Nice).

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Accommodation

Residence on the School Campus

Accommodation on the campus (85% of the school’s students choose to live on campus as the most practical solution):
  • 110 comfortable rooms (single, double or triple)
  • Shared shower and toilets are located on each floor; each room is equipped with a washbasin and all necessary furniture (desk, chairs, a wardrobe)
  • Bed linen (sheets, blankets) is provided by the Collège
  • Both half board and full board options are available
  • No curfew during the night (although special rules apply to students under 18)
  • The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis by the campus cleaning team
  • The meals are served in the canteen (salle à manger)
  • Students must bring their own bath towels and personal toiletry
Several meal choices are always available, as well as the salad bar. The half-board option consists of breakfast & lunch, while the full board offers breakfast, lunch & dinner. On weekends, brunch replaces breakfast and lunch.

Host families (minimum age: 18)

  • Carefully selected families who have been receiving students for many years
  • You can choose between a single and a double room
  • Breakfast is included as a rule; some families can also provide dinner. Naturally, you can also opt for a meal on the campus (10€ for a complete meal). There is also a bar with a catering service on the campus (Foyer Bar)
  • All host families are within 10 to 35 minutes’ walking distance from the campus (public transport is also available)
  • Bedding is provided by the host family
  • Students must bring their own bath towels and personal toiletry

Studio-apartments (minimum age: 18)

  • Carefully selected studios only (the landlords have been working with the school for many years)
  • Generally only 1 or 2 students
  • Equipped with the necessary furniture (bed, table, chairs and wardrobe, shower, toilet, kitchenette)
  • Within 10 to 35 minutes’ walking distance from the campus (public transport is also available)
  • Meals are not included, but you can take your meals on campus (10€ for a complete meal). There is also a catering service on the campus (Foyer Bar)
  • Limited availability

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Directions

Flights

Cannes is located in the close proximity of the Nice International Airport. You’ll be able to choose from many flight options offered by the traditional airlines as well as the low cost ones, from all the major airports.

Transfers

Airport transfers can be arranged upon request. Please, ask for details.

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