French School Trips to Montpellier, France
- Art and architecture
- Cultural heritage
- Food and drink
- Travel and tourism
- Youth culture
Montpellier may not be as well-known as its Southern French counterparts, Nice and Marseilles, but this Mediterranean city has plenty to offer. Home to one of the top universities in France, students will feel right at home amongst its youthful culture and vibrant city life.
Wind your way through its quaint, medieval streets and seek out the city’s hidden treasures. Think chic boutiques, stunning architecture and La Grande Motte’s gorgeous white sands. Without a doubt, Montpellier is a great all-rounder and an ideal place for students to utilise and improve their linguistic skills in a variety of situations.Get in Touch
Montpellier Language Recommended Visits
Guided tour of Montpellier
Kick off your trip with a guided tour of the city, a great way to get your bearings and gain exclusive access to some of the most prestigious sites. Tours can be in French or English, or both! Opting for French will really benefit your students with their aural and verbal skills, and give them a taste of what it’s like to be a true local.
Why not visit the Faculty of Medicine, the western world’s oldest medical school? Still in use, you’ll explore the human body through a series of displays in the style of a 19th century cabinet of curiosities. For a little luxury, stroll through the lavish courtyards of Montpellier’s private mansions. Home to the wealthy in beautiful surroundings, this is a real treat! Equally, a tour of Saint-Pierre cathedral is just as stunning. You’ll learn about this monument’s special history and its southern Gothic style will leave you transfixed.
Day at the beach
The golden, sandy beaches of the Languedoc region are the perfect compliment to the Mediterranean sun. Take a break from the sights and sounds of the city with a short bus journey to the various beaches nearby, such as Carnon, Palavas or La Grande Motte. Golden sand, crystal clear water and a host of shoreline entertainment ensures that you won’t struggle to get a bit of relaxation during your time in France.
Home to 128 species, 1,150 animals and 80 hectares of forest-covered hills, Montpellier Zoological Park is not to be missed! As the second largest zoo in France, your students will be able to identify a number of animals and build their vocabulary by reading and interpreting stimulating information. Its on-site restaurant will be able to curb any hunger pangs, and with free entry your group are left with more money to spend on souvenirs and keepsakes.
Montpellier’s Amazonian Greenhouse is just as exciting and educationally enriching. As the largest tropical greenhouse in France, your students will see even more animals in a plant-rich environment with nearly 3,500 plants of 300 species. Its humid atmosphere, dense vegetation and sounds of flowing water will make you think you’re in the Amazon! This amazing greenhouse is sure to delight and motivate your students, encouraging them to learn about the inhabitants of this thriving greenhouse.
For a taste of true French culture, the Fabre Museum offers the chance to gaze in awe at some astounding pieces of classic and contemporary art. With 1,800 paintings, 4,000 drawings and 1,500 etchings, this museum’s great sense of theatre will take your students on a cultural journey. A guided tour in French will not only develop your students’ language skills, but they will take away a sense of the history and ethos of the arts in Montpellier. For some added entertainment, the museum’s puzzles, games and quizzes are a great way for your group to learn to appreciate works of art in a different way.
At the Odysseum you really can shop ‘till you drop! Brimming with boutiques, stores, restaurants and leisure activities, it’s the perfect place to kick back and brush up on your French. Students can practise their aural and verbal skills as they peruse the shops and interact with locals and shopkeepers. Be astounded by the wonders of the sea life at Mare Nostrum aquarium, learn about the out-of-this-world astronomy at the Planetarium Galilée and skate until your heart’s content at Ice Rink Végapolis. Without a doubt, this impressive complex has plenty to see and do.
Day trip to Carcassonne, Nimes or Avignon
Exploring a nearby city can be just the thing to finish off your tour. Carcassonne is typically French, an ancient walled city with a fairy-tale charm. Its medieval castle is beautiful in its green surroundings, and the city’s handful of quaint shops, cafes and restaurants will give your students an authentic French experience.
For a blend of tradition and modernity, Nimes is the place to go. An attractive city with plenty of museums and markets to explore, as well as a magnificent amphitheatre and 2000 year-old temple, it will leave your students feeling inspired.
Steeped in history, Avignon is definitely a city for art-lovers. Ancient cobbled streets line inviting boutiques and cafes, and in July thousands come for Avignon’s renowned performing-arts festival. But the star attraction of this city is Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) – a castle of historic, religious and architectural significance and one of the largest Gothic buildings in Europe.
Perfect your French while indulging in a host of culinary delights and and techniques in a cookery lesson. Through creative and dynamic teaching in a professional restaurant, students will prepare a full menu which they can later enjoy, all the while gaining a true insight into the oh-so irresistible French cuisine.
Arranged by our partner language school, Photomania is a fun-packed activity where students are tasked with a series of photo-based challenges. They’ll venture out into the city with a checklist of things to photograph, interacting with locals and speaking French throughout. The winning team is the one that has captured the best photos, which are then developed to create a memorable record of your tour.
Not only is this a great way for students to explore the city and practise their French, but it encourages them to think creatively!
Language tuition in Montpellier
Located in the heart of the city centre, our chosen language school welcomes over 1,800 students every year from over 65 countries worldwide. All teachers are native speakers and FLE-qualified and will tailor the lessons to meet your group’s specific requirements.
Lessons don’t have to be inside the classroom, in fact, there’s the option of including excursions and extra activities, such as a cooking lesson, make-up workshop or trip to the cinema. Also being very aware of the expectations of British teachers, the school is flexible and excellent at tailoring the lessons to the UK syllabus for GCSE and A Level.
Location – a number of buildings located around the centre of Montpellier.
Maximum class size – 15 students
- Visit to the aquarium
- Guided tour of Musée Fabre
- Trip to the local cinema
Get in touch with our expert team on 01332 347 828 for more information about adding language tuition to your trip to Montpellier.
Résidences Les Consuls de Mer
Set in the Port Marianne district, this hotel offers bright and apartment airy rooms with modern architecture for groups to relax in after a day of sightseeing. Guests can enjoy its outdoor heated swimming pool, sun terrace, sauna, bar and restaurant and free Wi-Fi, as well as a number of restaurants, bars and shops in the surrounding area.
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