I just returned from spending part of the month of September at the Institut de Français Villefranche sur mer. This was my third time there. I have stayed in several apartments. Some are better than others but my friends and I have generally been satisfied with the accommodations. To me, the accommodations have never been the most important thing about my stay there.
Having gone to other schools, I have always appreciated the organization of L’Institut. Frederic Latty, the Director, does a fabulous job of keeping everything running smoothly. He has a good sense of humor and the students who had him as a professor told me that he is a great teacher. The staff is fantastic, whether in the office or in the dining hall, they go out of their way to make you feel at home.
The language lab isn’t modern, but it is effective. Although the students joke about it and talk about dreading going there because it is challenging, it is a great tool in helping you learn to understand and speak french.
In my opinion there is no other place in the world where you can: be immersed all day in well organized lessons of french language and culture; work with dedicated, enthusiastic and experienced teachers; enjoy breathtaking views of the Mediterranean every day; have the opportunity to live in and explore the south of France; and have the opportunity to make friends from all over the world.
For me, it has been an unbelievably positive experience and I look forward to the time when I can go back to study there again!
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