The school is housed in a luxurious Provençal villa, set on the hillside of the lovely port of Villefranche-sur-Mer, overlooking the Mediterranean’s most beautiful bay, 2 miles from Nice and only a short drive to Cannes and Monte-Carlo.
Villefranche is a picturesque port town located just outside Nice. Set in one of the most beautiful bays of the Riviera, it is popular with sailing enthusiasts, artists and tourists. Around a quaint “old quarter”, can be found a 15th century citadel, a chapel decorated by Jean Cocteau, an Oceanographic Institute, the Sailing and Motornautic Club and many delightful little restaurants. Villefranche offers vacationers beauty, charm and historical sights that make it truly one of the outstanding spots on the French Riviera.
Local buses run along the coast every 15 minutes from Villefranche to Nice, Cannes and Monte-Carlo.Nice has an international airport with connections to the major cities of Europe and the world (the taxi fare from Nice Airport to Villefranche should be around 80-100 Euros). A bus goes from Nice Airport to the Nice Central Bus Station where another bus can be taken to Villefranche. The stop in Villefranche is close to the Institut and is called “Place de l’Octroi”.Nice is also linked to other Riviera cities and Paris by a High-speed Train (TGV).
In order to be balanced, a very intensive French language course such as this must have its relaxed moments, providing further enrichment for the students.
This is why the school organizes various social and cultural activities outside the strict scope of the course.
There is an introductory social evening (with dancing) at the school on the first Friday of the session.
There are evening outings with teachers to the theater, the opera, a restaurant, etc.
Discussion-excursions with a teacher are organized, depending on the season, to such renowned villages as Saint-Paul-de-Vence, the Maeght Foundation, and Grasse: the perfume and flower center of France, the Picasso Museum in Antibes, the Chagall Museum in Nice, the Villefranche Chapel decorated by Jean Cocteau, etc.
All these activities, enjoyed in a group, are enriched by exchanges between students of varied nationalities, ages and professions.
In general, many cultural activities are available in Nice, Cannes, Monte-Carlo including the famous Nice Carnival in February, lectures with debate in Nice by famous literary, art and political figures, classical and avant-garde plays by the Théâtre de Nice company. Villefranche is so close to Nice (2 miles) that many students go there every night for the evening meal and entertainment.
Windsurfing, sailing, hiking, tennis, sun-bathing, rollerblading, and skiing (Alps ski resorts are 30 miles from Nice) are some of pleasures available on the French Riviera which can be enjoyed at leisure during weekends. The school helps plan these weekend activities.