Biarritz

France / Biarritz

Learn French on the Altlantic coast!

  • Enjoy one of France’s most popular holiday destinations
  • Biarritz is a surfer’s paradise
  • Workshops, town walks and beach activities every day
  • Students from up to 14 countries
  • Transfers from/to Biarritz Airport and train station included
  • 13-17 supervised
  • Location

    city centre: 20 minutes
    (bus ride from school)

  • Language Courses

    General, Intensive and Mini Group French Course

  • Travel period

    29.06.-10.08.2019

  • Already included

    Supervised, international activity programme
    Free Wifi in common areas in residence
    Fruit’n’Fit Corner (water, tea, fresh fruits)
    24/7 Emergency Phone

  • Accommodation

    Residence and homestay
    Full board with packed lunch

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Learn French with students from all over the world

  • Placement test on arrival
  • Study in mixed nationality classes with maximum 15 students
  • Qualified teachers
  • All materials provided
  • Certificate at the end of course
All lessons take place in our local school in the Maison des Associations, situated between beach and residence.

GENERAL FRENCH COURSE

already included

Lessons normally take place from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 11:35. Each of the three morning lessons focuses on a specific area of language learning: grammar and language work, reading and listening, or communicative activities and speaking practice. Our aim is to provide you with the vocabulary and grammar required for effective communication and particular attention is paid to improving speaking and listening skills.
The following levels are catered for: elementary (A2), pre-intermediate (B1), upper intermediate (B2), advanced (C1). Duration: minimum 1 week

INTENSIVE FRENCH COURSE

available as a supplement

The Intensive Course consists of the General French Course plus an additional lesson per day (11:35 -12:20) in which key areas of language learning are practised in more depth.
The following levels are catered for: elementary (A2), pre-intermediate (B1), upper intermediate (B2), advanced (C1). Duration: minimum 1 week

MINI-GROUP FRENCH COURSE

available as a supplement

This is a highly individualised course. The lessons are based on the same concept as the intensive course for groups of up to 6 students. Working in very small groups allows you to focus on your own language needs and problems. Together with the teacher you can decide what you want to work on and which aspects of language you want to improve.
The following levels are catered for: elementary (A2), pre-intermediate (B1), upper intermediate (B2), advanced (C1). Duration: minimum 1 week

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After the lessons

  • Exciting, supervised activity programme 7 days a week
  • Common speech: French
  • Sports, beach activities, creativity and lifestyle workshops
  • Free time to discover Biarritz on your own
  • Half and full day excursions

OUR ACTIVITY PROGRAMME

already included
  • Welcome- and Farewell Meeting
  • Town Walk
  • Beach animation (Volleyball, Frisbee, Fun Games, etc.)
  • Workshops (Danse, Beauté, Bricolages, Zumba)
  • A half-day trip per week (e.g. St.Jean de Luz or Bayonne)
  • A full day trip if you stay for two weeks or longer (e.g San Sebastian in Spain or Pau or Hendaye or Bordeaux)
  • Welcome Night, Barbecue, Karaoke, Games Night, Biarritz by Night

SURF COURSE (5 x 1,5 lessons)

available as a supplement

Biarritz is the surf capital of France. If you feel like getting in touch with your inner surfer, be sure to join the surf course at our partner school in Anglet.

The surf course includes five lessons per week (1.5 hours each) which takes place in the afternoons. Equipment will be provided. Surf lesson times may vary depending on the weather, tide, and the size of the waves. Please bear in mind that booking this special may prevent you from joining other activities or a scheduled excursion. This special is not included in the activity programme but can be chosen at the time of booking as an upgrade. Occasionally due to weather or water conditions surf could be not safe, so students will receive theoretical knowledge in surfing, paddling and first aid or the surf lesson can be cancelled or postponed.

Residence or home stay

  • Live with international students in the Youth Guesthouse Biarritz
  • Enjoy the French „joie de vivre“ in home stay
  • Full board with packed lunch

Residence

You will stay in multi-bedded en-suite rooms (3-4 beds) in the Youth Guesthouse in Biarritz, situated just a 35-minute-walk (20 minutes by bus) from the town centre and the beach at Biarritz. You will reach our local school after a 15-minute-bus-ride. Also our supervisors live in the Residence and they are there if you have any problems or questions. Of course, a local bus pass is provided for the duration of your stay. Public launderettes with coin-operated washing and drying machines as well as public phone are available in the residence. Free-wifi as well as computers with free internet access are available in the reception area. All rooms have individual wardrobes with lockers, to safe your valuables. You’ll get full board accommodation that includes breakfast, packed lunch and dinner. Breakfast and dinner are taken in the Youth Guesthouse. We offer vegetarian and pork free options. Any other special diet (Gluten free, lactose free, food allergies) on request only. Halal, kosher and vegan food is not available. Please advise at least 14 days prior arrival about any special diet.

Homestay

You may also stay in twin or triple bedrooms with one of our friendly homestay hosts, most of whom have been welcoming students for many years. Our hosts live in Biarritz, Anglet and Bayonne – some are situated close to the school while others are a bus-ride away (on average 30, max. 60 mins, a local bus pass is provided for the duration of your stay). Therefore homestay is a good opportunity for self-dependent students who like to learn something about the everyday life of a French family. You will get full board accommodation with breakfast, packed lunches and dinner. We offer vegetarian and vegan options in the homestay accommodation. Any other special diet (Gluten free, lactose free, food allergies) on request only. Halal and kosher food is not available. Please advise at least 4 weeks prior arrival about any special diet. Please be aware that due to bus frequency or availability at nights, students accommodated in host families perhaps will not be able to attend the evening activity.

Our Supervision Concept in Biarritz

Your safety and welfare is our top priority: there is one supervisor responsible  for 15 students between 13 and 17 years. However supervision groups during activities on or off campus will have different ratios of up to 25 students for 13-17 year old depending on the situation.

Students are free to experience and explore things with their friends in pairs or bigger groups on and off campus. Our supervisors provide a good mix of supervision and personal freedom for this age group. Participation in the afternoon and evening activity programme is voluntary.

You can choose between taking part in the offered programme activities or exploring the town with your friends in pairs or bigger groups in the afternoon after informing our staff members and signing out.

After dinner, you are allowed to leave the campus in groups of minimum two after informing our staff, until 11.00pm. Our supervisors reserve the right to limit these times when necessary. If you are  staying in host families you have to return to your host family for dinner. After dinner you can either stay in there or return to campus for the evening programme. If you want to leave the Host family on your own until 11.00pm the IP team should be informed as well as the Host family. During our excursions, students older than 13 may leave in groups of two.

The members of our team have been carefully selected for their responsible and caring attitude and for being fun-loving and outgoing. They are the people you can turn to at any time for assistance.

You will be part of a TTT (Time to Talk) group of up to 25 students. In the lunchtime TTT you tell your supervisor what you want to do in the afternoon and the supervisor will put you in the respective sign-up list which will be checked when the programme starts. The same happens at the dinner time TTT for the evening event.

Biarritz

Discover the glamorous Côte Basque ideally located in South West France! Besides Paris and the French Riviera, Biarritz is one of the three most attractive holiday destinations in France and the area offers a wide choice of daytime holiday activities. Bayonne is a medieval town with great shopping facilities and a beautiful riverside-setting, while Biarritz is a vibrant cosmopolitan town with magnificent beaches, golf courses and numerous sporting facilities. The wonderful beaches are a surfer's paradise, and of course, you can also enroll for a surfing course at our experienced surf school. You can either stay in our residence (for Young Adults only homestay accommodation is available), a natural meeting place for surfers and students from all over the world, or with one of our carefully chosen host families. French summer courses take place in our local school, just a short bus-ride from the town centre and the beach. After school, you can gather together with friends and participate in a variety of activities. Give table tennis a go or spend the afternoon on the beach relaxing or playing volleyball. The Youth Guesthouse in Biarritz is the meeting point for young people from all over the world. It is situated a approx. 20 minute bus ride from the beach and the town centre. In the Youth Guesthouse you will find the IP Ocean Lounge in the garden where you can meet your friends, and play table tennis or table football in the terraces. The IP Fruit 'n' Fit - Corner offers you all day long water, tea and fruit. The lessons take place in modern classrooms at the Maison des Associations. The building is located 20 minutes away from the Youth Guesthouse, the beach and the town centre. The programme, organised by our international supervisors, takes place in the Guesthouse, town centre or on the beach. Besides this you get a ticket to use the local traffic.

How to get to Biarritz

We are pleased to offer 3 different options of how to get to Biarritz. Transfers are included in the price if you arrive/depart from/to Biarritz.

Self arranged journey

You can choose a Self Arranged Journey from airports in France to Biarritz. This requires you to be accompanied by your parent/s  or a Guardian from the airport to Biarritz or from Biarritz to the airport.

Biarritz Airport (already included in the price)

If you fly into Biarritz Airport  you will be picked up by well-known taxi companies or by your hosts. On the day of arrival our Meet & Greet Service or your host will be waiting for you at the exit area of customs and will, if not requested otherwise, take you directly to our Residence in Biarritz or your host will take you to your new home.

On the day of departure, you will be dropped off at the Airport by your host or our staff. For your own safety, we will assist you with the check-in for your flight.

If you book an Unaccompanied Minors service with your airline, please request our Unaccompanied Minors service also.

Biarritz Railway Station (already included in the price)

If you come by train to Biarritz you will be picked up by well-known taxi companies or by your hosts. On the day of arrival our Meet & Greet Service or your host will be waiting for you at the the station and will, if not requested otherwise, take you directly to our Residence in Biarritz or your host will take you to your new home.

On the day of departure, you will be dropped of at the Railway Station by your host or our staff. For your own safety, we will ensure you board the correct train to take you home.

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