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CAREL, Royan, France

What we like about the school

  • Ocean side resort.
  • Residence next to school.
  • Small and safe city.
  • Excellent rating of host family accommodation
  • Excellent rating of student apartments
  • Top rated school facilities
  • Excellent student nationality mix

Royan  

CAREL

The language school CAREL was founded in Royan, France in 1966. The school is located 200 metres from the train station and close to the town centre.

The school address is: 48 Boulevard Franck Lamy, 17205 - Royan (France).

Accreditations and Quality seals

OPQF

School Size:

Facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Auditorium

  • Garden

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free parking

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled car park

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

  • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Electronic whiteboard in some classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

23

Number of public workstations:

30

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students but has to be returned to the school at end of course.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 640
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 270
  • Junior courses in summer: 120

Average age of students

  • in summer: 25 years
  • throughout the year: 25 years

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 5
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 4
  • Junior courses in summer: 3

Minimum age of students

  • 18 years
  • 12 years for specific Junior courses

Exams offered:

  • DILF, DELF, DALF, TFI and TCF

French teacher qualifications

  • 100 % hold a university degree
  • 100 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

12.5
2
13,5
2
6
4
1,6
3,2
1,6
9
2

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Bordeaux-Mérignac (BOD). It takes 90 minutes by car to school.

Language school closed

In 2016 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2016 - 10.Jan.2016, 28.Mar.2016, 02.May.2016 - 06.May.2016, 31.Oct.2016 - 04.Nov.2016, 19.Dec.2016 - 23.Dec.2016

Courses

All prices in € (convert currency). Below the original school prices are displayed.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 13 25 14
Price in € 330314 660627 941894 12541192 17821693 23762258 29702822 35643386 36473465 66006270 39273731
A placement test must be completed prior to the course start. 2 weeks minimum study is strongly recommended.
Starting dates
2016: 11.Jan.2016, 25.Jan.2016, 08.Feb.2016, 22.Feb.2016, 07.Mar.2016, 21.Mar.2016, 04.Apr.2016, 18.Apr.2016, 09.May.2016, 23.May.2016, 06.Jun.2016, 20.Jun.2016, 04.Jul.2016, 18.Jul.2016, 01.Aug.2016, 15.Aug.2016, 29.Aug.2016, 12.Sep.2016, 26.Sep.2016, 10.Oct.2016, 24.Oct.2016, 07.Nov.2016, 21.Nov.2016, 05.Dec.2016. Beginner level start only: 11.Jan.2016, 07.Mar.2016, 09.May.2016, 01.Aug.2016, 10.Oct.2016
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required language level
Elementary (A2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 762743 16051565 24492388 32923210 41364033 49794855 58235678 -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Double room, Full board (breakfast + lunch + dinner) Tuition in the morning, creative workshops from 14:00 to 16:00 and sports and leisure activities from 16:00 to 19:00.
Accommodation can be in either single or double room. Accompanied students can only take the course + creative workshop package without accommodation (€330/week). Price includes
Supervision 24/7 This course takes place in a different location than main address of the school:
2, rue de Montréal , 17200, Royan
Starting dates
2016: 27.Jun.2016, 04.Jul.2016, 11.Jul.2016, 18.Jul.2016, 25.Jul.2016, 01.Aug.2016, 08.Aug.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 19:00
Required language level
Elementary (A2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- -- -- 900855 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 weeks Intensive French course followed by a professional internship in a touristic company of 2 weeks up to 2 months.
Students choose the duration of the internship.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required language level
Lower intermediate (B1)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 36833499 73656997 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Includes 5 pedagogical lunches.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:30  - 16:30
Required language level
Elementary (A2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 684650 -- 13681300 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
2016: 18.Jul.2016, 01.Aug.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required language level
Upper intermediate (B2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 330314 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Exam fees: CAREL students: DELF A1-A2: 95€ DELF B1-B2: 115€ DALF C1-C2: 135€ For candidates who are not CAREL students, an extra 20€ fee applies.
Starting dates
2016: 07.Mar.2016, 16.May.2016, 03.Oct.2016.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required language level
Lower intermediate (B1)
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Note: All courses offered by CAREL, Royan can be booked online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 60 minutes
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 48 €. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses: These single individual hours of tuition must be booked in conjunction with the French Intensive course. If they are booked independently, the cost is 85€ per hour (6 hours minimum).

School is open on most public holidays. Classes missed on March 28th will be made up during the week.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in € 100 195 280 378 98 100
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Room to share with 1 or 2 persons in a dormitory. Bathroom to share with another room. No possibility to cook.
Price extra night:
17 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
Daily cleaning, Bedding/linen, Heating, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on:28.Aug.2016 - 31.Dec.2016
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 180 390 600 810 210
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
30 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
11 minutes walking (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Half board, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 12
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in € 240 382 475 575 150 200
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Private self-contained studios with double bed, opposite the school. No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
1 minutes walking
Includes:
Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Heating, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on:07.Aug.2016 - 31.Dec.2016
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in € 175 237 325 420 100 200
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Private self-contained studios with double bed, opposite the school. No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
1 minutes walking
Includes:
Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Heating, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in € 170 250 330 430 105 150
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes walking
Includes:
Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
Fully booked on:07.Aug.2016 - 31.Dec.2016
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in € 110 165 225 280 61 150
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
8 minutes walking (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Maximum age of students: 0
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? yes
  • Single room: on request

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Basketball  
Cooking  
Dancing 0.5 km
Diving 0.5 km
Football (soccer) 0.5 km
Golf 15 km
Horse riding 15 km
Music 1 km
Rugby  
Sailing 0.5 km
Squash 1 km
Swimming 0.2 km
Tennis 1 km
Volleyball 1 km
Windsurfing 0.5 km
Yoga 2 km

Reviews

City
3.8/5.0 
Organisation
4.2/5.0 
Facilities
4.5/5.0 
Social activities
4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.3/5.0 
Value for money
4.1/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
4.4/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0/5.0 
Other
3.9/5.0 
Students liked about CAREL, Royan
Interaction with other students from different countries; excellent teaching from highly competent and enthusiastic teacher.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Other comments: I would certainly re-book for next year if I return to holiday in this area.
the organization was very good
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
n/a
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Host Family
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: Carel is a very good school! The teacher are very nice, friendly and helpful, instructions are varied and good
very good choice of books and movies
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
n/a
Detailed review
City/place
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
3.0/5.0
Accommodation
Host Family
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: If you have any problem in your class, talk to your teacher! It´s worth doing it!
experienced teachers, mediateques (you can see french movies with sub titles, there are many work books or audio text which you can use free of charge). In this school you can have a contact not only with foreign students who learn French but also French students who learn English, Spanish and German. It's something very unique of this school. You have many chance to speak in French with ordinary French people. (not only teachers or somebody who works in the shops)
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Host Family
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Royan is a very small town, so it's a bit boring town but for those who want to improve his capacity of French, it's one of the best locations. You must not miss the party at Pub Astoria on the first Tuesday.
Other comments: In the beginning, I chose 4 weeks. But I found this school being so good that I extended my cours. There was another Spanish girl who did the same extention. Information for Japanese student: There were not many Japanese student in this school when I was here. (Only 4 students) If you look for a school where there are not too many japanese students, it might be a very good choice. There is a chance to introduce our culture to other students, so it is very nice idea to bring something (photobook, food) to show.
The cafeteria.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Other comments: After finishing the French course for the morning the 2 hour lunch break is excessive. Also opening the school gym would have been a nice addition.

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