French Courses in France

Over 100 French schools in France offering French language classes, French culture courses, and more!

How long should you study French in France?

You will learn more French at a French language school in France and you will learn it faster if you study French at a language school in France than any other way. In-country language acquisition is the the most effective means of learning a language, and learning French in France is no exception! You will be surprised to see how fast you will learn compared to all of your high school French classes and college French classes combined!

How long you should study French in France depends on your reason for studying French in France. Whatever your motives, it is better to study at least some French in France than no French in France at all!

Ideally, you would study French in France for a semester to 6 months. In a six month period most all of the French schools listed on this site will cover completely all French grammar. Your foundation in the French language, therefore, will be a solid one. Add to that the additional materials used in French classes to introduce French history, culture, and related issues, and you will really learn a lot of French. Yes, you will speak French!

If 6 months is too, long, you may consider a semester of study. Remember, direct enrollment abroad at a French language school in France is significantly less expensive traditional study abroad programs. Add to this the thorough nature of French instruction and you are still getting yourself a great deal and a fantastic learning experience.

Two to three months is at the lower end of the spectrum if you want not only to learn French, but also to be highly conversational or fluent in French. While a two or three month stint in France won't necessarily make you a fluent speaker, two or three months of learning French in France will contribute significantly to how much French you know and how well you speak French.

Learning French in France for less than two months is, for many reasons, just as rewarding a study abroad learning experience as longer stays. In fact, if you spend two months studying French in a summer program at a French school in France, you will have one of the best times of your life! And you will still learn quite a bit of French!

One-month stays to learn French in France are quite common. Many Europeans have a month of vacation time and they choose to spend it learning French in France. In fact, they may spend several of their vacations over a period of years returning to France to learn more and more French. Learning French in France, for those of you who choose to do it, is more than just learning French and it is more than just a study abroad experience. For many, it is one of the best experiences that many people have, and so they repeat it often!

Learning French in France for less than a month is still a popular activity. Many Americans, for example, do not have a month of vacation time, and those who do are often not permitted to take it all at once. For this and other reasons there are people to choose to learn French in France for as few as two weeks.

Can you learn anything in two weeks? At 20 hours a week, you will have had 40 class hours of French class in just two weeks. Yes. You will learn. You can't develop fluency in just two weeks, but you will learn quite a bit of French, and you will know that you have learned quite a bit of French by the time your French program in France is over.