French and surf course

Basque, Biarritz, France

7 days from
per person

Holiday Itinerary

Choosing to combine learning French with surf lessons on the famous beaches of Biarritz is the best way to accelerate your language learning as you'll be immersed in the language and local culture throughout your stay.

On this unique language course you’ll be learning French in the mornings before heading to the beach in the afternoons to learn to surf or improve your existing surf skills with a local certified surf school.

You'll be speaking French from day 1 and find yourself progressing rapidly as you practise your new skills and vocabulary both inside and outside the classroom. Taught by highly qualified native French speakers, groups are small and you'll be placed according to your level when you arrive so you can be sure that you'll be making the most of your time there.

The friendly staff at the language school also organise a weekly schedule of social and cultural activities - it's a great way to meet other people at the school, practice French and experience the very best of Biarritz and its beaches.

Who is this language course suitable for?
- Suitable for all French language levels from complete beginners to advanced
- Surf lessons welcome all levels
- Minimum age 17 with no upper age limit
- Junior students from age 14 to 17 are also welcome at this school but must join a special junior programme; please email us at for more information

When can I start?
- The school is open year round with a break for Christmas
- Complete beginners must start on specific dates but if you are elementary level or above, you can start on any Monday throughout the year
- Please note the months of June to August are considered high season when the school and Biarritz can be very busy
- If you choose to book optional accommodation, you will check-in on Sunday and check-out the following Saturday
- Students can also stay more than one week, please contact us on for courses lasting 2 weeks to one year

What are the typical students like?
- People come from all over the world and you’ll never be placed in a class with just English speakers so that you use the language you are learning rather than resorting to chatting in English
- Ages vary, but the typical language learner in Biarritz falls into the 20-40 age bracket though we have no age limit and we’ve had guests in their 70s and 80s studying languages with us
- During the summer and in university holiday times the average age typically drops and there are many guests in their 20s
- Over 90% of our language learners travel solo and every school organises social and cultural activities to help you get to know others at the school outside of class
- Of course, everyone shares a passion or interest in discovering a new language and culture

A typical day
- Please arrive at the school by 8.30am on your first day for a short level test to assess your understanding of the language and be placed in the right group class for your level
- French classes run daily Monday to Friday each week
- Classes run from 10:30am-12:30pm on Monday then 9am-12:30pm Tuesday to Friday OR Monday to Friday 2pm-5:30pm
- You will have 20 group classes per week lasting 45 minutes each
- You’ll have 5 surf lessons per week from Monday to Friday on Côte des Basques beach
- Each group lesson is 90 minutes long in the afternoon or early evening
- In the event of bad weather, you lessons will be rescheduled for later in the week

What can I do after the language lessons?
- The school offers a host of optional cultural and social activities throughout the week
- You will have the chance to take part in different activities such as market tours, guided city tours and excursions
- You will have plenty of free time to explore the local area and practice your new found language skills or just kick back and relax on this holiday with a difference

Where can I stay?
- This school offers optional accommodation in a local host family
- More information and prices can be found under the ‘Optional accommodation’ tab

Important information
- Please note that this school charges a compulsory course enrolment fee, this is not included in the price and will be charged as an extra during the booking process
- Please note that the surf course requires a minimum of 3 people to run; please check for availability