Leaving Cert Prep La Rochelle


7th of April - 15th of June

Lesson Duration

60 Minutes


15 - 17


15 Lessons & 5 Cultural Workshops & 5 Hours Exam Prep

Class size

Max 10


French Host

At A Glance

This course is ideal for independent, motivated  5th-year students who wish to fast track their fluency in French and boost their language skills before the Leaving Certificate.

  • 15 Hours General French lessons
  • 5 Hours Cultural Workshops
  • 5 Hours Exam Prep
  • Full Board accommodation with French Host
  • Comprehensive social & activity program
  • Return airport transfers
  • Course dates: 7th of April – 15th of June

2 weeks: €2120 / 3 weeks: €2990 / 4 weeks: €3950

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Our partner school in La Rochelle boasts a beautiful modern campus and over 50 years of language teaching experience. It is located just 10 minutes walking distance from the beach, and the pier. It is surrounded by traditional bakeries and restaurants, so students can enjoy traditional French cuisine. The building also has free WiFi access to all students. For the past 5 years, our partner school in La Rochelle has organised French courses specifically tailored for Irish students based either around a TY Course or the LC Prep Course. They have now combined both of these courses to offer the best of both worlds to students in terms of classes and activities. The course offers a total of 25 hours of classes, 3 afternoon activities per week, 2 evening activities, and an excursion every weekend.


The course offers a total of 25 hours of classes, 3 afternoon activities per week, 2 evening activities, and an excursion every weekend.In the morning classes, the students really work on their French grammar and oral skills.  In the afternoons students take part in Cultural Workshops or Exam preparation classes. During the workshops students delve into various points of French culture to learn more about the local way of life. The Exam Preparation classes offer the students the opportunity to train for their Leaving Certificate with the support of native trained French teachers.

The 25 hours of classes are made up of:

  • 15 hours General French lessons (9 – 12.15 Mon – Fri)
  • 5 hours Cultural Workshops (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
  • 5 hours Exam Preparation (Mondays & Wednesdays)


Staying with a host is a fantastic opportunity for students to practice their newly acquired French skills outside of the classroom in real life situations. To fully immerse yourself 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 and inspected and visited regularly by the school’s Accommodation Officer and are personally known to the school. Hosts offer full-board accommodation to students. They will make sure that the students have everything they need for their day at school and will welcome into their homes. If a student comes with a friend or two it is possible to organise their accommodation together in the same home. However if there are more than three, they will most likely be separated into two different homes.


After lessons students can apply what they’ve learned in class to a range of social and cultural activities, including watersports and sailing.
In addition, a number of social activities are organized through the school which includes football matches, beach volley, and afternoon excursions and trips. Two activities are organized each afternoon. On Mondays, a visit to La Rochelle is offered to newcomers. Please note, activities are always supervised.

The evening activities are varied: films, city trips, games and beach picnics.


2 weeks: €2120 / 3 weeks: €2990 / 4 weeks: €3950

What is included:

  • 15 hours of French classes
  • 5 hours of Cultural Workshops
  • 5 hours LC Exam Prep
  • All Course materials
  • Full board French host accommodation
  • Pre-departure information and support
  • Afternoon social and activity program
  • Afternoon activities and excursions
  • Graded certificate upon completion

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Airport Transfer one way estimated prices – by taxi (from Nantes: €230, from Bordeaux: €290) – by train one way (from Nantes & from Bordeaux: €50)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Registration fee of €95
  • Extra night with host €32
  • Dietary Supplement €45 per week

a sample week

09.00-12.15General FrenchGeneral FrenchGeneral FrenchGeneral FrenchGeneral French
12.15 - 13.15BreakBreakBreakBreakBreakExcursion!
13.15 - 15.45LC PrepCultural WorkshopLC PrepCultural WorkshopCanoeingEnjoy!
15.45 - 18.15Water SportsBeach footballCanoeingVisit to Museum of Natural HistoryGame: La Rochelle et ses curiositésExplore!
18.15Evening spent with hostEscape Rooms!Evening spent with hostSailing at sunset and a picnic at the beachEvening spent with host


When is the arrival / departure day?

The programme runs from Friday to Friday with students arriving and departing on this day. Students are also requested to arrive between 10 am and 8 pm, where possible. 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 (€45 per week) 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 school details and emergency contact numbers for your stay.

How can I book? When are fees due?

You can book online. 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 15, and the maximum age is 17.

Will I have to do homework?

Some homework may be given. It may include preparing some vocabulary 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 and the course is for motivated students who wish to do well in future exams. However, don’t worry! There will be plenty of time for relaxation and meeting up with new friends.

Can I find out how other students got on?

Absolutely! Here at Tribe Study Abroad, we love to see what our students get up to and their recommendations! We encourage our students to share their experience with us by writing a blog and sending some pictures. Refer to our collection of blogs on the site.


I would highly recommend doing this course if you love French and want to improve. I had such a wonderful experience that I really didn’t want to leave!! I’ve really enjoyed my time here and feel more prepared for my leaving cert. 😀

Sadhbh Murphy, LC Prep La Rochelle

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