Language School Amboise — Eurocentres: C’est génial!
Once upon a time, many years ago, the royal family lived in the Château d’Amboise. From its balconies, they looked out over the spectacular Loire Valley and waved to their subjects. It might sound like the beginning of a fairy-tale, but it really happened here in Amboise. Learn French during language travel to this enchanting destination and experience your own personal fairy-tale.
As early as the Middle Ages, the Loire River Valley – with its picturesque vineyards and lush forests – had already captured the attention of the French nobility. Over all the periods of European history that have passed since then, more than 400 fortresses and castles have been built along the Loire and its tributaries – including the royal residence at Amboise. Let the dreamy atmosphere of the Château and the surrounding Renaissance village sweep you away to the fantastical world of the Loire. Travel to Amboise!
Beyond the seven hills – how to get there and what to see
Getting to Amboise
Open your book of fairy-tales to the first page and get ready for your journey to Amboise. Depending on your preference, you can reach Amboise by rail or by air. If you decide to take a plane, your best option is to fly in to Tours Val de Loire Airport. It’s just 20 minutes from there into town. The Paris airports Orly or Charles de Gaulle aren’t very far either. From Paris, it’s a two-hour train ride to Amboise. You’ll already be able to catch an exciting glimpse or two of the enchanting castles in the Loire Valley from the window of your train. Bon voyage!
Sightseeing in Amboise
The fairy-tale finally begins in Amboise. The grand Château d’Amboise rises above the banks of the Loire, inspiring romantic thoughts of times gone by. Here, the tales of princesses in love, benevolent kings and vanquished villains feel close enough to touch. This was a royal residence during the Renaissance, which was also the town’s heyday: Famous artists and the intellectual elite of Europe flocked to the court, Leonardo da Vinci among them. The original Renaissance man spent the last years of his life in the manor house Château le Clos Lucé. In accordance with his wishes, he was buried in the chapel of the castle at Amboise. There is now a museum dedicated to his time in Amboise – it exhibits frescos and models built from the inventor’s prototypes.
Eurocentres Language School
Learn French in Amboise
Every storybook hero or heroine has a loyal sidekick who accompanies them on their adventures. Eurocentres would love to be your travelling companion and support you in everything you want to accomplish on your language study abroad in Amboise. The Amboise Language School is in the town centre, on an idyllic, tree-lined square. The charmingly decorated classrooms are always full of sunlight, giving the space a cosy learning atmosphere during language courses. Here, you can learn French language skills for everyday use or specifically for the DELF certificate (A1 to B2 level). During the lessons, there will certainly be time for culture – our language instructors will captivate you with colourful stories and historical insights from the locality. It’s only a five-minute walk from the language school to the Le Clos Lucé manor house, the Château d’Amboise, the shopping area and cosy cafés and bistros. Let your imagination run wild and write your own versions of the French fairy-tales.
Day trips from Amboise
If you decide to take a gap year or extend your language stay in Amboise, you should definitely explore the town’s surrounding area. The full glory of the Loire Valley awaits you. Pay a visit to the various châteaux and discover the wide variety of different architectural styles in France. The Château de Chambord is the most stunning Loire castle. It has six tall towers and more than 400 rooms with countless fireplaces. The Château de Chenonceau, on the other hand, is enchanting because of its unique setting. The gallery spans the northern banks of the Cher River, creating the illusion that the castle is floating on the surface of the water. Finally, you can find what are most likely the most spectacular interiors in France at the Château de Cheverny.
Another option is to spend the day outdoors and take a cycling tour through the magical forests of the Loire Valley. After an exciting day in and around Amboise, you can round off the evening with a glass of wine. Eurocentres provides cheese and wine-tasting sessions.
Sleeping Beauty – accommodation and lodgings
Host families in Amboise
All Eurocentres lodgings are cosily furnished and the perfect place for you to study and recharge in peace and quiet. The Amboise host families will welcome you with open arms on your language stay and invite you to share their daily lives. You’ll feel right at home as you eat meals together, take strolls through the town and go on weekend trips together. Conversations with the members of your host family will happen easily and you can put your newly acquired language skills into practice right away. Your homestay family will certainly be happy to help you as you learn French, giving you excellent tips for everyday language use.
Student hall of residence
In the student residence halls as well, learning French will happen as if by magic. You’ll talk to students from all around the world, and motivate each other to study and spend your free time together. As a group, you can explore the castle complex of Amboise and relax in the town’s cafés and bistros. Let the dreamlike atmosphere of the small town inspire you and compare the history and fables of your home country with the others – maybe even in French?
A genuine fairy-tale – Amboise Language School
Language study abroad in Amboise takes you on a journey to the fairy-tale world of royal castles. Take in the view from the majestic châteaux: the green forests, glittering rivers and spectacular vineyards of the Loire Valley. In parallel with the free time you spend tracing the steps of past royalty, you’ll be learning French – the language of the former lords of the manor, and in this region reputedly the “best” French in France, at the Eurocentres language school. Discover the most beautiful buildings in France along the Loire and its tributaries, promenade through the halls of the palaces and experience a little fairy-tale of your own in Amboise. Once you’re back home, you can tell your friends and family the story – in fluent French!
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A typical day at Eurocentres Amboise
Although she has to get up at a time that is, for her, relatively early, Jessica loves the morning bike ride through the picturesque town. And when she puts some effort into pedalling, it is just 10 minutes from her host family to the school, where the lessons start at 9.00 am. The 20-year-old commercial clerk has decided to polish up her French skills in order to add an approved certificate to her CV and thus improve her chances of more exciting job offers. In Amboise, she is hoping to attain the DELF A1 certificate in two weeks. And it is all going according to plan. The young lady from Canton Aargau finds the learning atmosphere in the culturally diverse class motivating and the ambience in the small, informal and local school pleasant.
The teachers are experienced and know how to provide interesting, varied lessons. It is certainly never boring. This afternoon, an excursion to Clos Lucé is planned. As the teacher explained in the morning class, this is where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. Before the group excursion, the class enjoys lunch together in the lounge, chatting about this and that – of course, Jessica also chats casually in French with her fellow student, Ruby, who is from New Zealand.
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