France / Biarritz

Learn French on the Altlantic coast!

  • Enjoy one of France’s most popular holiday destinations
  • Biarritz is a surfer’s paradise
  • Students from up to 14 countries
  • Transfers from/to Biarritz Airport and train station included
  • Free bus pass for the duration of your stay
  • 16+ unsupervised
  • Location

    city centre: 20 minutes
    (bus ride from school)

  • Language Courses

    Intensive and Mini Group French Course

  • Travel period


  • Already included

    Access to afternoon activities
    IP Young Adult Coordinator
    Free Wifi in common areas in residence
    Fruit’n’Fit Corner (water, tea, fresh fruits)
    24/7 Emergency Phone

  • Accommodation

    Half board

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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, located at just a 15 minute walk from the beach. Please note that the lessons don't take place on this bank holiday and won't be replaced later: 15.08.2018.


already included

Lessons normally take place from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 12:20. Each of the four 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


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


After the lessons

  • Young Adult Coordinator available 24/7
  • Common speech: French
  • Access to afternoon activities organised by our IP staff
  • One full day excursion for two weeks booked


already included
  • Welcome- and Farewell Meeting
  • Town Walk
  • Afternoon activities (voluntary) such as beach animation, sports and workshops
  • A full day trip if you stay for two weeks or longer (e.g San Sebastian in Spain or Pau or Hendaye or Bordeaux)

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.

Home stay in Biarritz

  • Live with international students in selected host families
  • Enjoy the French „joie de vivre“ in home stay
  • Half board


You stay in a twin or single bedroom 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 half board in the host family. Packed lunch can be booked (with supplement). 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.


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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