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The French American Center offers you the opportunity to experience the French way of life and to learn French in its idiomatic form through cultural exchange and reciprocal languague learning. Where in most schools you would spend your time with other foreigners we will enable you to share your time with French people thanks to our unique structure. Because we truly focus on cultural exchange we are able to surround you with welcoming French people who are ready to spend time with you on excursions, during social events and special language sessions. You can also share meals with French families or languague partners even if you decide not to live with a  family during your stay in Montpellier.

A Great Place to Discover

Montpellier, with its 55,000 students is a buzzing exciting place to be at any time of year. It is the capital of the Languedoc- Roussillon a region which has a lot to offer to its visitors. The long sandy beaches and small fishing ports of its coasts are a great attraction from April to October. The famous Camargue is  a delight to discover - between the salt marshes and the sea, with its pink flamingos, bulls, and horses.

If you enjoy walking you'll love the wild country of the 'garrigue' - the breath-taking, natural beauty of the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Languedoc, the canyons in the Lozère and the Cévennes forests.

Within easy reach you can also get a feeling for the history of the region by visiting Roman sites and monuments  (Nimes, le Pont du Gard, l'Opidum d'Ensérune, la Via Domitia)The Cathars also left their mark on the region with their many castles, and Carcassonne, the biggest medieval city.

The city of Montpellier itself is a fascinating place which has been at the crossroads of various Mediterranean cultures since its foundation. Montpellier has a deep-rooted university tradition. Medicine has been one of the city's chief vocations since the 11th century, and its medical school is the oldest in the Western world.

The winding streets of the historic center leading from the large open 'place de la comédie' to a series of pretty little churches and squares offer a delightful choice of cafés with their welcoming sunny terraces and interesting boutiques. Montpellier and the towns surrounding it are also full of a host of great places to eat well and inexpensively. Finally if music and theatre are of interest to you then you will enjoy the dance festival, the music festival and the theatre festival that Montpellier plays host to every year. 

Practical Fun, French Courses

Choose from group or private courses and enjoy our practical approach.

Our aim is to teach you  authentic French that will enable you to communicate easily with native speakers. In order to ensure rapid progress our teaching method takes into account the French speaking-environment in which you will be immersed during your stay.

We put  the emphasis on putting the languague into  practice, and each class revolves around themes linked to French culture (French music, cuisine, media, savoir-vivre, cultural differences and all the French peculiarities you’ll never learn in a text book!).

Grammar,language structure vocabulary and idiomatic expressions are integrated into the class through oral activities that will give you the confidence to express yourselves in everyday conversation as well as improving your acuracy.

The class consists of a small group of students and takes place in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere thus favouring interactivity. 

Activities You Will Enjoy

Freedom to choose your pace.

With the French American Center you can choose options that enable you to  modulate the intensity of French that you will be speaking. You can combine more relaxing holiday type options, such as wine tasting, and days at the beach, with your lessons and learn at a leasurely pace. Alternatively you can choose to stay immersed in the languague in a more proactive way by scheduling as many sessions as possible with your teacher, languague partners and host family.

Language Partners

If you choose this option you will be matched with a French partner and meet for reciprocal languague learning sessions where you mutually correct each others languague.

Added Extras - Spoil Yourself

You can also ask for the following :

Great Excursions on Offer

Montpellier is a fascinating and beautiful historic city and is also surrounded by great places to visit within easy reach, the sea on one side and the hills and mountains on the other. Our basic package includes one full day and two half day excursions per week that will enable you to discover 

Choose Where to Stay

Family Homestay
In a motivated and friendly host family with or without breakfast and an evening meal.

Self Catering
Furnished apartments in the center of town with access to a laudry.

A choice from different styles of 1, 2 or 3 star hotels situated in the center of town.

Be Part of Our Center

Based in the historic center of Montpellier, (qaurtier des Arceaux)  The French American Center is a non profit organisation dedicated to cultural exchange and offering a variety of programmes to French and English speakers alike including :

We have between five and seven hundred members per year at least 85% of  whom are French. Our association in Montpellier was set up fifteen years ago to promote cultural exchange and we have a busy and welcoming center with five well equipped classrooms, reception rooms a kitchen and offices. Our team of French and English teachers runs the center year round working closely together to create a really warm and welcoming atmosphere.


Basic Package

One Week           840 €

Each Extra Week 600 €

Our Great Value Basic Package Includes, per week:


Extra Lessons

Group lessons p hour - 12  €
Private lessons p hour - 28  €

Reservations And Conditions

If you would like to participate in our program please contact us for an application form by e.mail at,by telephone at +33 4 67 92 30 66 or by fax at +33 4 67 58 98 20. We will then ask you to send the form back with a 100€ application fee and   contact you to confirm your inscription.

The remaining fees must be paid one month prior to departure at which point we will supply  details of your host family or chosen accomodation and your pre - departure orientation pack.



4, rue Saint Louis | 34000 Montpellier
tel: +33.(0)


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Heures d'ouverture - du Lundi au Vendredi de 9h00 à 12h et de 14h à 18h00, renseignements sur place sur rendez-vous

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Calendrier d'évènements

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  • Reunion d'information pour Day Camp Tour Brighton, Angleterre
    Mercredi 7 décembre 2016 à 18h00 au French American Center
    Séjour d'immersion en Angleterre pour les 11 à 18 ans
  • Kid’s Christmas Workshop
    Mercredi 14 décembre 2016 de 12h à 13h30
    Dernier déjeuner créatif de l’année pour vos enfants !
    ❤ S'enregistrer/Sign up ❤
  • Happy Christmas Party
    Vendredi 16 décembre 2016 à 19h au FAC
    Emmenez un petit cadeau avec vous et fêtons Noël ensemble dans la tradition Américaine.
    ❤ S'enregistrer/Sign up ❤
  • Assemblée générale de l'association
    Lundi 2 Janvier 2017 à 17h30 - Au French American Centre
    Ordre du jour: Adoption du rapport financier et du rapport d'activité, élection des dirigeants, questions.
  • Aperitif Happy New Year
    Vendredi 6 janvier 2017 à 19h - Au French American Centre
    Partager vos résolutions et voeux pour cette nouvelle année, en bonne compagnie et en Anglais; Soirée apéro et quiz.
  • Conférence - Native Americans
    Vendredi 27 janvier 2017 à 19h au French American Center
    Conférence sur l'histoire des peuples indigènes nord-américains, avec Laurence McGuire écrivain Américain.
  • Valentines Day Concert
    Mardi 14 février 2017 à 19h au French American Center
    'Love Songs' - Live Music, Concert Acoustique et Apéritif
    Mettez vous dans l'ambiance avec une soirée dédié à l’amour!
  • Parents' Coffee Morning
    Mercredi 22 février 2017 à 10h30 au French American Center
    Pour les parents des enfants inscrits au Kids' School.
  • Inclusion - French and American Stories
    Vendredi 10 Mars 2017 à 19h00 au French American Center
    Conference et Discussion avec Soufyan Heutte écrivain.
    Intervention Live des USA via Skype.
  • St Patricks Day
    Vendredi 17 Mars 2017 à 19h00 au French American Center
    Présentation de l'histoire de la Saint Patrick avec des jeux typiques, des quiz et un apéritif. N'oubliez pas de porter un vêtement vert !
  • Kid’s Easter Workshop
    Mercredi 29 Mars 2017 de 12h15 à 13h30 au French American Center
    Ateliers de travaux manuels pour les enfants autour du thème de Pâques et déjeuner.
  • Easter Potluck Party
    Vendredi 21 Avril 2017 à 19h00 au French American Center
    Venez découvrir ce que les cloches ont apportées au French American Center. Préparez et partagez votre plat préféré et présentez-nous votre recette en anglais !
    ❤ S'enregistrer/Sign up ❤
  • Day Camp Tour Brighton Réunion d'orientation pré-départ
    Mercredi 2 Mai 2017 de 18h à 19h30 au French American Center.
    Pour tous les participants et parents.
  • Soirée mexicaine avec le food truck El Cactus
    Jeudi 18 Mai 2017 à 19h00 au French American Center
    Histoire des relations entre le Mexique et les États-Unis, quiz et dégustation de spécialités mexicaines avec le food truck El Cactus
    ❤ S'enregistrer/Sign up ❤
  • Spectacle des enfants du Kids’ School
    Mercredi 28 Juin 2017 à 17h00 au French American Center
    Spectacle de fin d'année des enfants du Kids' School.
  • Fourth of July
    Mardi 4 Juillet 2017 à 19h00 au French American Center
    Manifestation sur L’histoire Américaine. Discussion et dégustation d’un diner américain avec le food truck Peta’s food.
    ❤ S'enregistrer/Sign up ❤
  • Plus d'infos sur The Apéritif Party


  • Du 23 Dec 2016 au 1 Janvier 2017 inclus

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