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Join an international student body in the picturesque town and ski resort of Chamonix, next to Mont-Blanc. While studying French and making friends with students from all over the globe, experience unlimited skiing and snow boarding throughout winter and spring.

Since 1999, our partner institute has successfully run a French language school in Chamonix together with Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises at Université Stendhal — Grenoble 3 (CUEF). With more than 100 years of experience in language training, CUEF is considered as one of the most important language centers in France.

Chamonix is situated in the heart of the French Alps, on the border of France, Switzerland and Italy. Surrounded by high peaks and vast glaciers, the picturesque town lies in a valley at the doorstep to the highest mountain in Europe, Mont-Blanc (4,807 m).

People travel to Chamonix from all over the world in search of fresh powder, breathtaking alpine adventures, or just a glimpse of the unique scenery surrounding the town.

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Minimum age:


Getting there:

Geneva international airport. Book this program through us and get a free one-way airport transfer to Chamonix.

Chamonix Specials: student discounts on semester-long ski lift passes

Suggestions: After class take skiing or snowboarding lessons that are taught in the language you’re studying… you pick up more vocabulary easily and practice your conversational and comprehension skills too.

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Program Information
Program Details
Intensive French Semester (Ski & Snowboard Optional)
Short-term Intensive French Course (Ski & Snowboard Optional)
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Special offer when booking at eduVacations:  one-way Geneva airport transfer.

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Cultural & Recreational Activities

The skiing in the valley is world class for all levels: the extremely steep south faces of le Brévent, the easy enjoyable slopes in Le Tour, the high alpine terrain with massive glaciers at Aiguille du Midi and the forest skiing in La Flégere. Take lessons to improve your skiing and boarding; you’ll improve your downhill skills, as well as your French.

You may also try climbing, either in frozen waterfalls with ice axes and crampons or on the world famous granite faces around Chamonix. In March the weather gets milder and conditions are suitable for trekking, mountaineering, parapenting and mountain biking.

But Chamonix doesn’t resemble a typical ski resort. The ambience of the lively streets is of a small town. The local population numbers around 15,000. So walk around in town, do some shopping, have an espresso at an outdoor café and try the local delicious Savoyard food at one of the many restaurants. Later in the evening, the bars and clubs invite you to the intense nightlife with bands and DJs entertaining the crowds most nights of the week. Go and see a movie at the cinema — do not miss the film festival Les Avantes Premières in March!

Accommodation Choices

Winter Semester Program


The rent is the same for 13 and 15 weeks.
Electricity is not included.

semester price
(13 weeks & 15 weeks)

shared-room in shared apartment

 € 1360

private room in shared apartment

€ 2560

private apartment

€ 3475

Winter Short courses


Rent / week

15 January — 05 February

€ 0310

05 February — 05 March

€ 0430

05 — 26 March

€ 0310

26 March — 07 April

€ 0190

For stays of 4 weeks or more, please inquire.

Summer course


(summer) price

shared-room in shared apartment

€ 375

private room in shared apartment

€ 750

private apartment

€ 950

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Program Details
Intensive French Semester (Ski & Snowboard Optional)

This language and culture course is available for all levels, 20 hours per week (maximum 20 students per class). Over the full 15 week semester (beginning in January), you will be exposed to a wide range of language activities stemming from newspapers, magazines, advertising, comic strips, texts from well-known authors, and videocassettes. Upon completion of the 15 weeks, a test is given and diploma awarded; student discounts on semester-long ski lift passes are available. You may also take the TCF test (Test de Connaissance du Français).

2005 Intensive French Semester (Ski & Snowboard Optional)

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

Course duration

Course dates

Course fee

13-week option

17 January — April 22

€ 2060

15-week option

17 January — 6 May

€ 2380

Deposit = 10% of course price

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Intensive French Course, Short-term (Ski & Snowboard Optional)

If you don’t have 15 weeks to study French but still want to brush up on your French and take advantage of the boarding and skiing as well, escape for 2 weeks, or a little more if you can. After French class and on weekends, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the slopes and practice your French over a vin chaud.
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks

Short-Term Intensive French Course (Ski & Snowboard Optional) 2005

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

Course start dates

Course fee

If you have studied French before

17, 24, 31 January
7, 14, 21, 28 February
7, 14, 28 March

02 weeks:  € 0430

03 weeks:  € 0580

04 weeks:  € 0730

05 weeks:  € 0880

06 weeks:  € 1030

08 weeks:  € 1330

10 weeks:  € 1630

If you are a beginner,
i.e., you have not studied French before

17 January

Deposit = 10% of course price

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Summer Courses 2005

17.5 lessons per week (maximum 13 students per class).

Discover the alpine summer in Chamonix.  Combine your French studies with exciting summer activities as trekking, mountain biking, or climbing.

Activities:  The school organizes a number of activities and excursions.
Minimum Stay: 3 weeks; maximum stay:  6 weeks.

Summer courses 2005

All prices are quoted in Euros (€)

Course dates:

3 week course:  18 July - 05 August

3 week course:  08-26 August

Course fee:

€ 660


3 weeks

shared-room in shared apartment

€ 375

private room in shared apartment

€ 750

private apartment

€ 950

Deposit = 10% of course price

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Individual and Private Groups

For individuals and groups, we can arrange tailor-de French courses.  Choose from a hotel, hostel, or apartment.  Activities can be arranged according to your interests:  ski lessons, hiking, wine & cheese tastings, excursions & many outdoor activities.

Please contact us for details.



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