Toulouse

French School in Toulouse

Our French school is situated in a pretty, Toulousan style building in the city centre, a 5 minute walk from Capitolio, near the Toulouse town hall of the basicila of Saint Sernin and a beautiful Japanese garden. In front of the school, every day there is a market. The environment is animated and multicultural. Every year, students of different ages, levels and nationalities come to the school.

The majority are Europeans: Germans, Spanish, English, Irish, Italians, Scandinavians, Greeks, those from Central Europe and Eastern Europe. Other than the Europeans, there are also many Australians, North Americans, South Americans, Chinese, Japanese and Afro Asian students. 

The method of teaching is interactive and the classes are taken by native, qualified and experienced teachers. During the classes, support acitivies are organised such as role play, photo and video courses, songs and audio recordings, expression and memory games. These techniques are well adapted to the individual needs of each student. 

The teaching team in our school is creative, attentive and with a lot of French teaching experience. 

All of the teachers are FLE (French foreign language) qualified. 

Facilities at the school:

  • Light classrooms with air conditioning in a charming Toulousan style building.
  • Programme of language exchange TANDEM, putting international students in contact with local French speakers. 
  • Student room
  • Computer room with internet connection
  • Mini-bar with hot and cold drinks availble for students at break time

Characteristics

  • Internet doesn´t have  Internet
  • Library doesn´t have  Library
  • Computer room doesn´t have  Computer room
  • Cafe doesn´t have  Cafe
  • Tea or coffee machine doesn´t have  Tea or coffee machine
  • Garden doesn´t have  Garden
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Student lounge doesn´t have  Student lounge
  • Prayer room doesn´t have  Prayer room
  • Kitchenette doesn´t have  Kitchenette
  • Support deparment for the students doesn´t have  Support deparment for the students

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Holidays

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Accreditations

The school is accredited by:

Bildungsurlaub

CSN


Strongest Points

  • University city
  • Great historical importance

Toulouse

Toulouse is a predominantly University city full of life, which continues to grow. More than 110,000 students make up the three universities, institutions and big schools. So many young people give the city a happy atmosphere and there are always a lot of parties throughout the city. Toulouse is in South West France and is the capital of Midi-Pyrenees. 

The best part of the city is walking through its historical centre, the edge of the Garona and the "Canal du Midi" or walking around one of the many terraces in the squares. 

Everywhere in the city the environment is endearing, and the people are likeable with a welcoming familiarity of people from the South. The artistic force of the city is represented by one element: the brick. 

Located far from the Pyrenean Quarries and in the middle of a plain of mud, the brick has been a key element for building palaces and churches. The reflection of the golden light on the brick of the buildings has been awarded the title "La Ville Rose" pink city. This special colouring gives a soft and warm atmosphere at the same time. 

 

Useful information:

Moving around the city

The public transport system is made up of a network of buses, 2 metro lines and a commuter train between Colomiers and Arenes, which runs daily from 5:15 to 24:00

  • Metro: recently constructed, the metro has 2 lines: Line A connects Basso-Cambo (West) with Jolimont (East), and Line B Ramonville-Borderouge
  • Bus: There are 55 bus lines. The night timetable works on a basic network of buses that leave from the Gare Matabiau. 
  • The free electric minibuses: Navette Centre-Ville run every 15 minutes from Monday-Saturday 09:00 to 19:00, carrying out a circular route in the city centre between cours Dillon, Pont Neuf, Salin Parlement, Carmes, place Wilson and University of Social Sciences. Price: For 1 or 2 trips per day it is 1,40€ and 2,50€ respectively, 10 trips is 11.70€.
  • Walking: you will get the most out of your stay on foot, seeing the monuments and being able to enjoy the parks and gardens that the city offers. 
  • On bike: Toulouse forms part of the leading cities that considers the role of the bike very important. Nearly 10 years ago, the council launched a cycle path development programme. Thus, each year, more than 10km of paths are reserved for cyclists. 

Interests: 

  • The city, with more than half a million inhabitants, is at a midway point from the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, between Montpellier and Burdeos. 
  • It is the fourth biggest French city in terms of population, after Paris, Marseille and Lyon. 
  • Its lively terraces and walks give off a Spanish flavour.
  • Toulouse was an important place for the Santiago pilgrimages. Here, the pilgrims who came from Southern Europe, came in through Somport heading towards Navarra and Compostela. This was called Via Tolosana. 
  • In this region, the cátaros were developed, a new Christian concept in disagreement with Rome. 
  • During WW1, it was converted into a manufacture centre of planes and armoury, serving as an operations base for the famous pilot Antoine de St-Exupery. 
  • Toulouse is the headquartes of the oldest academy in France (Academie des Jeux Floraux) and also the most recent Academy (Academie de l´Air et de l´Espace).
  • Toulouse is the headquarters of the Second French University. Toulouse University was founded in 1229. 

 

What to see in Toulouse

  • Los Agustinos museum: best musem in the city, located in an old convent. 
  • Saint Raymond Museum: in a significant building and dedicated to archaeology.
  • Natural History Museum
  • City of Space
  • The Jacobins: First house of preachers in Toulouse, oriented the combat of the heresies that plagued the territory, it is a true jewel of Gothic Languedocian art.
  • Saint Sernin: The basilica was constructed in 1089 out of stone and brick. Saint Sernin (San Saturnino) was a martyr of the Gallic era, around which - the same as in other French populations -  became a vigorous devotion. 

At night - party in Toulouse

At night the people live, go out, have fun and the streets are full of life. In this university city, the leisure options are varied and satisfy different tastes. In the old town there are a lot of music bars, jazz clubs and discos situated next to the river, which are all open until the early hours. The majority are aimed at the young population while others are more sophisticated. 

 


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Standard French Course in Toulouse

This French course is intended to be an interactive way of learning, so that the students collaborate and communicate between each other. The classes are focused on the 4 main aspects of the language: understanding, oral expression, listening and writing, through activities which are carried out during the classes and extra tasks given by the teachers. Grammar will be taught through communication situations to facilitate the integration of new linguistic structures. Understanding a range of topics and sociocultural situations to adapt to learning daily life situations.

Starting dates in 2016: 

  • 04/01 01/02 29/02 04/04 02/05 30/05 04/07 01/08 05/09 03/10 31/10 

Perfect for

Students of every level wanting to improve quickly, to improve all of their language skills in an international environment.

Additional information

Timetable: from 9:15 to 13:00 In July and August there are also courses in the afternoon: From 13:15 to 17:00

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 to 48 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  23
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning or afternoon
  • Level test  No
  • Accredited Diploma  No
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  12
  • Average during the rest of year  12
  • Minimum age  18

Combined Course in Toulouse

This French course is designed for those that don´t have a lot of time to do a French course. The content is the same as the intensive course but the structure is varied: the classes are organised in groups in the mornings and individual classes are given by the teacher in the afternoons. The students should do the work for the class to get the desired results. 

Starting dates in 2016:

  • 04/01 01/02 29/02 04/04 02/05 30/05 04/07 01/08 05/09 03/10 31/10 

Perfect for

This course is ideal for those that can´t spend a lot of time in Toulouse and want to focus on their preparation for the exam, or need to focus on a concrete area of knowledge.

Additional information

23 lessons per week in the mornings + 4 individual classes in the afternoons Timetable of the class in the mornings from 9:15 to 13:00

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 to 48 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  27
  • Duration of Classes  Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  No
  • Accredited Diploma  No
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  12
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Intensive Course in Toulouse

This French course combines 2 types of language learning methods: group classes and workshops. This allows the students to improve the main skills of the language: speaking, listening, writing, grammar and vocabulary.

Also, there is a focus on perfecting the French pronunciation through phonetic learning in the workshops. You will also explore the cultural legacy in France through studying the society and French sociopolitical issues in the workshops. 

Starting dates for the course in 2016

  • 04/01 01/02 29/02 04/04 02/05 30/05 04/07 01/08 05/09 03/10 31/10 

Perfect for

Ideal for those that want to progress quickly

Additional information

Timetable of the class: mornings from 9:15 to 13:00 23 general English lessons in the mornings + 4 workshops in the afternoons (4 workshops of 45 minutes)

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 to 48 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  27
  • Duration of Classes  45 minutos Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  12
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  18

Super intensive course

This French course combines different types of French classes which guarantees fantastic results. The course improves the unterstanding and speaking of French and digs deeply into vocabulary and grammar aspects. In the afternoons, the students will strengthen their oral and listening skills thanks to the different lessons: French from day to day, professional French, news and social aspects in France and the French life and culture. In the phonetic workshops, individual pronunciation will be corrected whilst in the culture and civilisation workshop, the spirit and French cultural heritage will be studied. 

Perfect for

Perfect for those that want to make the most out of the programme. This course focuses on improving the most important aspects of the language, in the quickest way.

Additional information

Intensive course of 27 lessons every morning from 9:15 to 13:00 + 2 courses in the afternoon from 18:30 to 20:30 1 hour workshop of phonetic correction + 1 two hour workshop of French culture and civilisation.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 to 48 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  32
  • Duration of Classes  45 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  12
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  18

DELF/DALF Preparation course

The preparation course for the French DELF-DALF exams familiarises the student with the content and structure of the exam. In this course, you will work with representative examples and carry out practice exams. The objective is to practice and revise the aspects in which the student has the most difficulty with (grammar, pronunciation, expression etc). Our preparation courses for the DELF and DALF exams take place in key periods that correspond with the dates of the official exams in Toulouse, and a special session in the summer.

These intensive preparation courses will familiarise you with the structure and general content of the exams, working with the four evaluated skills in each level: listening, speaking, writing and reading. 

Dates of the course in 2016 are:

  • 18th April - 13th May
  • 1st August - 26th August
  • 31st October - 25th November

Exam dates 2016*: in the official centres in Toulouse - *subject to change

  • Session 2 (B2 only) 21st and 22nd January 2016 from 8th to 18th December 2015 (Included) 
  • Session 3 (B1, B2) 17th and 18th March 2016 from 9th to 19th February 2016 (included)
  • Session 4 (B2 only) 26th and 27th May 2016 from 12th to 22nd April 2016 (included)
  • Session 5 (A1, A2, B1, B2) 20th, 21st and 22nd July 2016 from 14th to 24th June 2016 (included)

Perfect for

Those that went to develop and practice the necessary techniques for the exam, practicing with the materials of the exam, improving general understanding of French.

Additional information

The course consists of 4 classes of 2 hours per week for the first 3 weeks + 3 classes of 2 hours in the 4th week + 4 hours of exam practice under exam conditions + correction

Characteristics

  • Course duration 4 weeks
  • Lecciones per Week  30
  • Duration of Classes  60 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  12
  • Average during the rest of year  6
  • Minimum age  16

Extra-curricular Activities

What to do in Toulouse

The French school organises a varied plan of social and cultural activities, full day of weekend excursions in the region of Toulouse.

You can consult the programme on the board in the school.

The excursions and some activities have an additional cost, depending on the transport costs, food, drink and entry price.

Some activities are:
  • Guided tour to the monuments in Toulouse and its Renaissance mansions, or a stroll through the Garona docks. 
  • French wine tasting, with a small introduction into winemaking.
  • Boat trip to Garona/Canal du Midi, with commentary about its history.
  • Guided tour around the city on the famous Airbus.
  • Visit to art and photography exhibitions in the different museums in Toulouse or a day in the "City of Space", park space and scientific adventures
  • Video night: projection of a French film with a debate afterwards
  • Attening a taster French theatre or dance session
  • Sports activities such as ice skating, laser quest, paintballing, football, rugby
  • Learn to play Belote and other typical French games
  • Creative games: "interviews/invesigations in Toulouse", "mafia", "treasure hunt" in Toulouse.
  • French kitchen classes: preparation and tasting of regional dishes.
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Accommodation

Apartments

Apartments (double or single, without board): Reserve a single or double bedroom in a shared flat with French people that work, live and study in Toulouse. The apartments have a bathroom, totally equipped kitchen and shared living room. 

There are no age restrictions for the flats since the host can be 20 to 60, with or without children. You will have total independence. You can come in, leave, cook, have access to all of the common areas of the apartment. 

Living with natives offers the best opportunity to immerse yourself in the French culture. 

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Availability: All year

Room Type: Double or single room

School distance: maximum 15 minutes by bus

Check-in: Sunday

Check-out: Saturday before 11:00

Characteristics

  • Internet doesn´t have  Internet
  • Private bathroom doesn´t have  Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service doesn´t have  Cleaning service
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service doesn´t have  Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels doesn´t have  Towels
  • Breakfast doesn´t have  Breakfast
  • Half Board doesn´t have  Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

Studios

Studio (double or single, without board): For students that want to have their own privacy, we also offer an independent studio of 20m2 with kitchen and ensuite. The kitchens are totally equipped and the sheets and towels are included. Often, the apartments include access to a garden or patio. The reservation of a double bedroom is only for those coming together. 

StudiosStudiosStudiosStudios

Availability: All year

Room Type: Double or single room

School distance: maximum 15 minutes by bus

Check-in: Sunday

Check-out: Saturday before 11:00

Characteristics

  • Internet doesn´t have  Internet
  • Private bathroom it has Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service doesn´t have  Cleaning service
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service doesn´t have  Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast doesn´t have  Breakfast
  • Half Board doesn´t have  Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

Family

With families, you will be able to practice French after class and get to know first hand the culture and customs of the Toulouse people. The sheets and towels will be provided by the family, as well as a laundry service once a week. The reservation of a double room is only accepted if the two people are coming together. 

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Availability: All year

Room Type: single or double room

School distance: 20-40 minutes by public transport

Check-in: Sunday from 15:00 to 22:00

Check-out: Saturday before 10:00

Characteristics

  • Internet doesn´t have  Internet
  • Private bathroom doesn´t have  Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities it has Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service doesn´t have  Cleaning service
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Kitchen doesn´t have  Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils doesn´t have  Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service doesn´t have  Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast doesn´t have  Breakfast
  • Half Board doesn´t have  Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

How to get there

How to get to Toulouse

The Toulouse-Blagnac International airport can be found just 9km North West of the city centre of Toulouse. 

The companies that fly to Toulouse from Spain are:

  • Iberia
  • Easyjet

From the airport to the city:

  • By bus: There is a bus service that connects Toulouse airport with the metropolitan area. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes with stops in Jean Jaurès, Jeanne d´Arc and Compans Caffarelli. The bus stops are next to arrivals. The price of a ticket one way is 4€.
  • Taxi: The taxi journey from the airport to the city centre costs between €20 and 30€ depending on the time, traffic and the day.


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