French & Surfing Biarritz

Dates

1st June - 22nd August

Lesson Duration

45 Minutes

Age

14-17

Lessons

20 per week

Class size

Max 10

Accommodation

French Host

At a glance

Take a look at our unique French course in Biarritz which combines French tuition, host family accommodation and the fantastic opportunity to surf in a location described as the birthplace of European Surf, allowing you to not only build your confidence in the classroom but also out on the water.

Fees include:

  • 20 general French lessons.
  • Full board French host accommodation.
  • Afternoon social and activity programme.
  • Return airport transfers.

Price:
2 weeks €1,850
3 weeks €2,750

Not Included: Flights/ Travel Insurance/ Registration €85

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School

Our partner school in Biarritz is housed in a bright and modern building located close to the town with the beach only 15 minutes away. The school has 10 spacious classrooms, a dedicated student lounge, a kitchen and a computer room. The building also has free WiFi access to all students. The city itself is one of France’s most stylish destinations; known for an eclectic mix of surfer hangouts and glamorous sea-side cafes, all of which contribute to its colourful atmosphere. Biarritz is also known for having some of the best waves in the world, making it the perfect city to combine a language trip with a fun surfing holiday.

Course

Immerse yourself in French with a French Language and Surf programme in Biarritz – the surf capital of Europe. The course has 20 French lessons per week and the classes are dynamic and fun. The teachers focus on developing your speaking and listening skills using engaging and fun activities such as role-play, newspapers articles, multi-media activities and group discussions. Homework is given and corrected and your progress is carefully monitored. A level test is taken before you arrive so you are in the perfect group for your level and a certificate at the end completes your course. After lessons, you will have the opportunity to surf four afternoons a week.

Accommodation

Staying with a French Host is one of the best ways to improve your French and experience the real French way of life at first hand. To fully immerse you in the language, our partner school arranges accommodation with carefully selected French hosts who are located either within walking distance or a short bus or tram journey from the school (max 25 minutes). The hosts are vetted, inspected and visited regularly by the schools accommodation officer and are personally known to the school. Students are accommodated in twin rooms (single room on request) on a full-board basis. Breakfast, dinner and Sunday lunch are enjoyed with the family and packed lunches are provided for weekdays and excursions. Special dietary requirements can be catered to if you let us know at the time of booking. The host may sometimes have another student of a different nationality staying with them who also attends the school.

Activities

After lessons students can apply what they’ve learned in class to a range of social and cultural activities, including four dedicated surfing lesson every week. This 1.5 hour session is spent surfing on the famous “Plage des Corsaires” in Anglet. The beach has a wide variety of waves for all levels. Fully qualified instructors from our partner surf school will always be present during these sessions, with wetsuits, boards and helping tips provided. In addition, a number of social activities are organised through the school which include football matches, beach volley, and afternoon excursions and trips.

If surfing isn’t your thing but this course sounds like everything you’ve been looking for, don’t fret; there is also the opportunity to combine your French course with a multi-activity option.

FEES

2 weeks €1,850 / 3 weeks €2,750

Fees include:

  • 20 general French lessons per week Monday-Friday.
  • All Course materials.
  • Full board French host accommodation.
  • Return airport transfers.
  • Surfing programme 4 days a week.
  • Pre-departure information and support.
  • Emergency 24/7 contact.
  • Placement Test.
  • Graded certificate.

Not Included:

  • Flights.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Registration €85.
  • Extra night accommodation (can be arranged for a supplement of €40)

FAQs

When is the arrival / departure day?

Students are requested to arrive on Sunday and depart on Saturday. Students are also requested to arrive between 10 am and 8 pm, where possible. An extra night stay can be arranged and a supplement fee. For more information contact our office 00 353 121 433 14 or through our Contact Us page.

Who will meet me at the airport?

You will be met on arrival by your French host or by a school representative and brought straight to your accommodation. Please be sure to email at least 2 weeks prior to departure to confirm your flight details. You will see your name on a board as you come through arrivals. We will also give you an emergency telephone number for the school which you should call in the event that your flight is delayed.

How will I get to school?

Depending on where your French host is situated, the school can be within walking distance or a short bus or tram journey from the school (max 25 minutes). You will be shown to your school on the first morning and the school can help you source a weekly transport pass if needed.

Is there a gluten / dairy free / vegetarian meal option?

Special dietary requirements can be catered to for a supplement if you let us know at the time of booking.

How will I know if I am in the right class level?

You will have a level test on the first morning before you start your course and will be placed in a class with other students of the same level. Your level will be monitored during the course and if you feel your class is too easy or too difficult then you should speak with your teacher or let us know and the Director of Studies will see if it’s possible to move you to a different class. Everyone at the school is very approachable and once you let someone know they will make sure that the move is as quick and smooth as possible for you.

What does “Full Board” include?

Your accommodation includes breakfast, evening meal and Sunday lunch with your French host. Packed lunches are provided for weekdays and excursions.

When will I get my school and accommodation details?

Your accommodation details are confirmed as soon as we receive them from our partner school. This is usually 1-2 weeks prior to departure but can sometimes be much sooner. At the same time you will also receive our pre-departure information with all your all school details and emergency contact numbers for your stay.

How can I book? When are fees due?

You can book online or over the phone – whichever is easiest. Once the form is complete all you need to do to secure your booking is to pay a deposit of €200. It usually takes 1-2 days before your booking is confirmed and the final balance is due 4 weeks prior to departure. You can pay either by card, bank transfer or cheque.

Can you arrange my flight?

As we are not a travel agency, we don’t book flights. However, we can advise on which flights would be suitable so please email or give us a call and we would be happy to talk you through it. Please note, do not book flights until your enrolment has been confirmed by Tribe Study Abroad.

Are there curfews? (Under 18)

Students who are minors (under 18) are required to have a signed parental permission form if they wish to go out in the evenings. Parents must indicate a curfew time. For more information contact our office at 00 353 121 433 14 or through our Contact Us page.

If I have to cancel my booking will I receive a refund?

Please refer to our Terms of  Business for further information on our cancellation policy.

What is the age range of students at the school?

The minimum age students can attend is 14+. During July and August, there are lots of students from different countries between 14 and 18 and for the rest of the year, the average is 20-28 years.

Will I have to do homework?

Some homework will be given. It may include preparing some vocab for the next day or a written piece from the past papers. The homework is there to help consolidate what you have learned that day in the classroom. However don’t worry! There will be plenty of time for relaxation and surfing!

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