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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 homestay accommodation
  • Excellent rating of student apartments
  • Top rated school facilities

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 (see on map)

Accreditations and Quality seals

FLEPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalOPQF

Facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Auditorium

  • Garden

  • Student support desk

  • Printer for student use

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Free parking

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 PC workstations:

20

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled car park

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

Prices include

  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • Paid assistance in finding flats for long-term students at

Course material:

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

Average age of students

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

The school is an official exam center

The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

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):

3
3
14
7
55
3
4
2
6
1

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Bordeaux-Mérignac (BOD).

Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport:
80 € pick up
160 € return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018 - 07.Jan.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 01.May.2018, 06.May.2018 - 13.May.2018, 23.Dec.2018 - 31.Dec.2018.
In 2019 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2019 - 06.Jan.2019 - 29.Apr.2019, 29.Apr.2019 - 03.May.2019, 22.Apr.2019, 23.Dec.2019 - 31.Dec.2019.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up

French Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in € 350 333 700 665 1050 998 1400 1330 1750 1663 2100 1995 2450 2328 2800 2660 3500 3325 4200 3990 350 333
Price in US$ 378 755 1132 1509 1886 2263 2640 3017 3772 4526 378
2 weeks minimum study is strongly recommended.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
2019: 07.Jan.2019.
Absolute beginners start on: 08.Jan.2018, 03.Apr.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 08.Oct.2018, 05.Nov.2018, 14.Jan.2019, 04.Mar.2019, 01.Jul.2019, 05.Aug.2019, 02.Sep.2019, 07.Oct.2019
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 794 775 1675 1634 2556 2493 3437 3352 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 879 1853 2827 3801 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Double room, Breakfast & lunch & dinner
Tuition in the morning, creative workshops from 13:30 to 15:30 and sports from 15:30 to 18:30. Also includes lunch at the school on weekdays and weekend excursions.

A minimum stay of 2 weeks is strongly recommended.

Accommodation can be in either single or double room.

Day camp option for accompanied students (course + creative workshop package without accommodation) = €352/week. (Lunch, sporting activities and excursions are optional and will be charged separately. Price includes
Supervision 24/7
Starting dates
2018: 02.Jul.2018, 09.Jul.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 23.Jul.2018.
2019: 01.Jul.2019, 08.Jul.2019, 15.Jul.2019, 22.Jul.2019, 29.Jul.2019.
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:30  - 18:30
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in € 785 746 1570 1492 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 785 746
Price in US$ 846 1692 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 846
This course includes 25 hours of tuition in a group course (General French Intensive) + 5 hours of individual lessons
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Absolute beginners start on: 08.Jan.2018, 03.Apr.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 08.Oct.2018, 05.Nov.2018, 14.Jan.2019, 04.Mar.2019, 01.Jul.2019, 05.Aug.2019, 02.Sep.2019, 07.Oct.2019
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 17:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 3278 3115 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 3533 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 17:00
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 410 390 820 779 1230 1169 1640 1558 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 442 884 1326 1768 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15.01-26-01 : 2 week course
09.07-13.07 : 1 week course
16.07-27.07 : 2 week course
30.07-10.08 : 2 week course
Starting dates
2018: 15.Jan.2018, 09.Jul.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 30.Jul.2018.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 350 333 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 378 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Exam fees for CAREL students:
DELF A1-A2: EUR 99.
DELF B1-B2: EUR 119.
DALF C1-C2: EUR 139.

For candidates who are not CAREL students, an extra EUR 20 fee applies.
Starting dates
2018: 05.Mar.2018, 30.Apr.2018, 03.Dec.2018.
2019: 06.May.2019, 03.Jun.2019, 04.Nov.2019.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
Exam dates
15.Feb.2018 - 16.Feb.2018, 15.Mar.2018 - 16.Mar.2018, 17.May.2018 - 18.May.2018, 14.Jun.2018 - 15.Jun.2018, 18.Oct.2018 - 19.Oct.2018, 13.Dec.2018 - 14.Dec.2018
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Lesson duration: 60 minutes
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 87 €. 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:Single individual hours of tuition can be booked in conjunction with an Intensive French course or independently (6 hours minimum). The cost is EUR 87 per hour.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week
Price in € 180 390 600 810 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 205 443 681 919
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Host families can accompany students to school and pick them up if necessary.
Price extra night:
30 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 12
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in € 350 700 1050 1400 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 150
Price in US$ 397 794 1191 1588 171
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price can vary (up to EUR 500 per week) according to amenities and size. No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Dates
Fully booked on: 02.Sep.2018 - 31.Dec.2018
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in € 180 360 540 720 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 150
Price in US$ 205 409 613 817 171
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price can vary (up to EUR 300 per week) according to amenities and size. No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in € 160 320 480 640 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 150
Price in US$ 182 363 545 726 171
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
The cost of shared apartments varies according to the number of occupants. The price indicated is valid for apartments with 3 occupants. 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
Dates
Fully booked on: 02.Sep.2018 - 31.Dec.2018
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in € 120 240 360 480 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 150
Price in US$ 137 273 409 545 171
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
The cost of shared apartments varies according to the number of occupants.The price indicated is valid for apartments with 3 occupants. 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

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Basketball 
Cooking 
Dancing0.5 km
Diving0.5 km
Football (soccer)0.5 km
Golf15 km
Horse riding15 km
Music1 km
Rugby 
Sailing0.5 km
Squash1 km
Swimming0.2 km
Table Tennis 
Tennis1 km
Volleyball1 km
Windsurfing0.5 km
Yoga2 km
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Leisure programme for juniors (sample):
 Schedule of activities - juniors (PDF)
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)

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
Homestay
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
Homestay
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
Homestay
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
Homestay
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.
Enthusiastic and helpful staff
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
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
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Persevere
Other comments: Good environment

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