French Language in Aquitaine, France


Aquitaine, France

Trip Date

June 30 – July, 2018

Course Offerings

  • Grade 10 French, FSF2D (pre-requisite FSF1D)
  • Grade 11 French, FSF3U (pre-requisite FSF2D)
  • Grade 12 French, FSF4U (pre-requisite FSF3U)
Note: all students must have completed their Upper One (Grade 9) year of high school. as of June, 2018. 

Course size

  • Minimum students per trip: 15
  • Maximum student per trip: 30
  • Staff Ratio: 1 to 6


Far away from the City of Lights, the people of Southwest France enjoy a culturally rich and peaceful lifestyle, and live surrounded by such historically significant locations as the Basque Capital of Bayonne and the UNESCO village of Saint-Émilion. Students enrolled in the French program will experience a taste of this old-world life during their month-long stay in France’s culturally significant Aquitaine region, in the quiet seaside town of Vieux-Boucau-lesBains. From this “home base” they will enjoy several weekly excursions in addition to completing Ontario Ministry of Education mandated classroom hours.

Excursions and Events

Students participate in 10+ full-day excursions to various culturally significant locations, with a focus on academically relevant tourism and exposure to the depth of history of the area, such as:

  • Discover the medieval city of Bayonne and play rugby with professional players 
  • Explore the UNESCO village of Saint-Émilion, including a tour of the underground cathedral and 8th century cave where Saint Emilion lived
  • Visit a vineyard in Bordeaux to learn the cultural importance of wine to the French people, and the science behind the wine making process
  • Stroll along the Boulevard des Pyrenees in Pau, seeing the snowcapped mountains in the distance, and visit the Chateau de Pau, the seat of the Navarre and childhood home of King Henri IV
  • Practice French at the famous French Markets
  • Engage in Basque Culture in Espelette, and visit a Piment d’Espelette farm 
  • Learn to surf on the Côte d’Argent
  • Relax on the Queen of Beaches, the Beach of Kings, in Biarritz
  • Ride the petit Train de la Rhune through the Pyrenees 
  • Get prehistoric in the troglodyte caves in Sare
  • Eat tapas and explore the old city and La Concha in San Sebastian, Spain   
  • Learn the traditional Basque game of Pelotte
  • Visit St Jean de Luz
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of the UNESCO sites in Bordeaux


Students will stay at the Centre Nouvel Horizons, located in Vieux-Boucau-les-Bains, 200m from the beach on the salt water lake, and 900m from the ocean. Along with staff, students will stay in dormitory-style, single gender accommodations with shared washroom facilities. Linens and WiFi are included, and meals and classes are provided on-campus. After the final exam, students will spend the last two nights of the program in the centre of historic Bordeaux before returning home.

Program Includes

  • 110 instructional hours
  • All course materials
  • Appleby College student e-mail and Microsoft® license for duration of program
  • Appleby credit upon successful course completion
  • Round trip flights, accompanied by program staff
  • On-site shared accommodation in Vieux Boucau-les-Bains
  • Access to classrooms and WiFi on campus
  • All excursions and activities
  • All meals provided (on-site and on-excursion)
  • Ground transportation in-country
  • Cultural and historical tourism built into academic programming to sites in France and Spain - students participate in 10+ full day excursions to various culturally insightful locations
  • Students enjoy some of Europe’s best shopping
  • Residential Life programming and around- the-clock support
  • Evening and weekend social and sports activities
  • Emergency medical and trip cancellation insurance


$10,500 CAD

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