Language School La Rochelle — Eurocentres: A journey through space and time
Breathe in the fresh, salty sea air, the restaurant next door serves fresh seafood, and around the next corner is the view of the harbour. In La Rochelle, life is dominated by the sea. Lose yourself in the sea breeze in one of the most beautiful places in France and improve your knowledge of French during a language stay!
In the 10th century, the foundations were laid for a fishing village on a small rock on the French Atlantic coast: La Rochelle. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the town flourished due to the wine and salt trade with Europe and the New World. To this day, La Rochelle has lost nothing of its charm as an enchanting harbour and commercial town. The old harbour, the colourful market and the historical old town combine to form a unique backdrop for a language study abroad. Learn French in a place where others go on holiday!
Harbour tour – What to see and how to get there
Sightseeing in La Rochelle
The dock is the centre of the town and the focal point for life in La Rochelle. The town wall, with its three towers, is a landmark of the town and stretches behind the radiant blue of the Atlantic. The fortified towers of Saint-Nicholas and de la Chaine remind us of the town’s strength and prosperity, while the historical lighthouse is a symbol of the many years of shipping in La Rochelle. From here, streets lined with archways and market stalls lead into the old town. Medieval half-timbered houses, detailed Renaissance buildings and picturesque patrician houses of wealthy merchants reflect the harbour town’s prosperity throughout the centuries.
You can find out more about the lucrative trade between La Rochelle and America in the Musée de Nouveau Monde. Apart from the many historic sites, La Rochelle also pulls in the visitors with its modern aquarium. This popular tourist destination houses a colourful range of marine life in over sixty tanks and is considered one of the most beautiful aquariums in Europe. In La Rochelle, you just can’t get away from the ocean.
Getting to La Rochelle
La Rochelle has an airport nearby. You can get from the Aéroport de la Rochelle into town in no time at all. You can also start your language study abroad by staying in another town in France. Bordeaux, Nantes and Paris, for example, are only two to three hours away by train. The railway station is located right in the heart of the city centre and has good bus and train links. Of course, as a harbour town, La Rochelle also welcomes any visitors who come by sea, on passenger boats that moor alongside the industrial boats in the large port of La Pallice.
Lighthouse and compass – Eurocentres Language School
Learn French in La Rochelle
You can feel the breeze of the Atlantic when you learn French at the language school in La Rochelle because it is right by the beach near the marina. The architecture of the school building stands in stark contrast to the historic buildings in the heart of the town. Futuristic design and modern technology provide the ideal learning environment. Rooms are filled with sunlight and the two sun terraces space for relaxed hours in the school. In this setting, our language teachers will help you get your French language DELF certificate or teach you general language skills. After the lesson, it is only a short walk into the town centre, which takes you back into the enchanting atmosphere of this wonderful harbour town.
Leisure time in and around La Rochelle
You can enjoy the view out to sea right next to the language school, in the many cafés, bars and restaurants. In La Rochelle, the ever-present pull of the ocean is such that it really won’t be long before just looking at it will no longer be enough. Eurocentres gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the cool water, offering courses for water sports such as sailing or windsurfing. Feel the breeze of the Atlantic whip past you on a boat trip and relax on the Île d’Aix, the most beautiful beach in France. Let us also take you off to Venise Verte to the north of La Rochelle. Here, you can explore the natural canal system of “Green Venice” by canoe.
In the home port – accommodation and lodgings
Host families in La Rochelle
La Rochelle is a harbour town with a long maritime history, and no-one tells it better than the town’s own residents. Go for a walk with your host family to the old harbour, local market or the beach. This way, you can easily chat with native speakers, learn more about La Rochelle, and put into practice all your new-found language skills. Your host family will be happy to help you with your French learning while providing you with a cosy room to study and sleep in.
Student hall of residence
In the La Rochelle student hall of residence, you will quickly establish contact with the other students and make friends from all over the world. You will motivate each other to learn, chat in French and make plans for your leisure time. Since the beach is just a few minutes walk away from the student hall of residence, much of your free time here will be spent with fellow students. Sunbathing, volleyball, sailing and windsurfing will all beckon you over to La Rochelle’s beautiful seashore.
Moor up at the harbour – Eurocentres Language School, La Rochelle
The fishing village on the small cliff has developed a rather special character over the centuries. La Rochelle is romantic and nautical, the perfect place for a holiday. In the alleyways of the old town, market stalls stand side by side and form a living reminder of the golden age of the merchants. The unchanging constant of the town is the sparkling ocean at the harbour. The beach also attracts visitors to La Rochelle from all over the world every year. Eurocentres gives you the opportunity to learn French in this divine place in the form of a language study abroad you will never forget. Moor with us at the harbour of La Rochelle!
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A typical day at Eurocentres La Rochelle
Rooms flooded with sunlight, the smell of sun cream, the sound of cafeteria chatter... Impressions from La Rochelle. Mirjam from Germany is here to perfect her French. She chose La Rochelle because she loves the ocean and likes a wide variety of recreational activities. It was the best decision! The sympathetic ambience and the well-structured language tuition are just what she was hoping for. Her friend from the USA also comes on to the sun terrace, where they discuss together – in French – what they want to do after school. Students come here from all corners of the world, which ensures an interesting multicultural mix.
Many students hire a bike in order to travel from their accommodation to the school or to tour the beautiful coastal area. You can learn to sail on the Atlantic or just go swimming, but there is also lots to do away from the water. There is even a piano at the school for the students to play – which Mirjam is particularly pleased about. She sometimes organises a concert with her fellow students. The teachers take time for each of the individual students – with a maximum of 14 students per class, this is easily possible. Thanks to this, Mirjam has been able to considerably improve her language skills. With the regular coaching, she is making fast, targeted progress. La Rochelle – she will miss it!
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