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CAREL, Royan, France

4.3/5

Rating: 4.3/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Ocean side resort.
  • Residence next to school.
  • Small and safe city.

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)

School currently open

Covid-19 school related information

In order to be able to welcome you safely in the current context, we have implemented all the health measures of the protocole drawn up by the government and intended for the reception of learners in training centres. - Wearing a mask is compulsory in the common areas of the school. - The rules of physical distancing being respected in the classroom, wearing a mask is not compulsory during the lessons. - Self-service hydro alcoholic solution distributors are available in the building. - A specific signage has been put in place to ensure secure circulation in our premises. In this process and in order to be in line with these measures, we ask you during your training at CAREL to bring your mask, notepad, pen and individual bottle or flask. Please also respect the following barrier gestures - wash your hand very regularly, - keep a distance of at least 1 m from everyone else around you, - greet without shaking hands and avoid kissing, - cough or sneeze into your elbow or a handkerchief, - use single-use tissues and throw them in a dedicated bin, - avoid gathering, limit travel and contacts.

Accreditations and Quality seals

FLEPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalOPQF

School Size:

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

  • Lounge

  • Auditorium

  • Garden

  • Student support desk

  • 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:

12

Number of public PC workstations:

20

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled car park

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • INCLUDED Paid assistance in finding flats for long-term students at 35€

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: 80
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 50
  • Junior courses in summer: 60

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:
85 € pick up
170 € return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 13 Apr. 2020, 01 May 2020, 01 Jun. 2020, 25 Dec. 2020.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up

French Courses

General Language
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 13 25
Price in € 360 342 720 684 1080 1026 1440 1368 1800 1710 2160 2052 2880 2736 3600 3420 4320 4104 4680 4446 9000 8550
Price in US$ 388 776 1163 1551 1938 2326 3101 3876 4651 5039 9689
Starting dates
For all levels except from absolute beginners:
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Exam dates
13 Jan. 2020, 01 Feb. 2020, 13 Feb. 2020, 13 Mar. 2020, 13 Mar. 2020, 13 Mar. 2020, 13 Mar. 2020, 13 Apr. 2020, 13 Apr. 2020, 13 Apr. 2020, 13 Apr. 2020, 13 Jul. 2020, 13 Jul. 2020, 13 Jul. 2020, 13 Jul. 2020, 14 Jul. 2020, 13 Jul. 2020
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 685 651 1370 1302 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 738 1475 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
For all levels except from absolute beginners:
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Junior
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 816 796 1730 1687 2644 2578 3558 3470 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 902 1912 2922 3932 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Double room, Breakfast & lunch & dinner
Course only for accompanied students (without accommodation): EUR 365 per week. Lunch, sporting activities and excursions are optional and will be charged separately. Price includes
Supervision 24/7
Starting dates
2020: 29 Jun. 2020, 06 Jul. 2020, 13 Jul. 2020, 20 Jul. 2020, 27 Jul. 2020.
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: 13:30  - 18:30
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Business
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 3279 3116 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 3530 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
No meals included. 5 conversational lunches can be added (EUR 3768.70).
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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Exam Preparation
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 360 342 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ 388 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
The course doesn't include the exam. Possible to take the exam the week after the preparation course.
Exam fees for CAREL students:
DELF A1-A2: EUR 100.
DELF B1-B2: EUR 130.
DALF C1-C2: EUR 150.

Starting dates
2020: 16 Mar. 2020 - 20 Mar. 2020, 15 Jun. 2020 - 19 Jun. 2020, 09 Nov. 2020 - 13 Nov. 2020.
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: 13:30  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
Exam dates
26 Mar. 2020, 27 Mar. 2020, 25 Jun. 2020, 26 Jun. 2020, 19 Nov. 2020, 20 Nov. 2020, 25 Mar. 2020, 24 Jun. 2020, 18 Nov. 2020
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Lesson duration: 60 minutes
School's administrative fee: 75.00 €
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 65 €. 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.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in € 186 403 620 837 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 35
Price in US$ 211 457 703 949 40
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
For students under 18, full board is available on weekends (extra cost EUR 6 per day).
Host families can accompany students to school and pick them up if necessary.
Price extra night:
31 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking (average reported by 11 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
Studios and shared apartments upon request (according to availability). Prices vary depending on comfort and season.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Baseball0.5 km
Basketball0.5 km
Cooking2 km
Dancing3 km
Diving6 km
Football (soccer)0.5 km
Golf15 km
Horse riding15 km
Music1 km
Rugby0.5 km
Sailing3 km
Squash1 km
Swimming0.2 km
Table Tennis1 km
Tennis5 km
Volleyball0.5 km
Windsurfing2 km
Yoga1 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 adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)

Reviews

4.3/5.0

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6/5.0 
Organisation

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 
Facilities

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5/5.0 
Social activities

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 
Value for money

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0/5.0 
Other
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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.
Everything
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
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
5.0/5.0
Accommodation

Brochures

CAREL Brochure (PDF)
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 Junior Program (PDF)

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    FAQ about CAREL, Royan

  • French courses at CAREL start at 342 € for General French Intensive course with 25 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • Yes. The following courses can be attended as an absolute beginner: General French Intensive, Combined Course
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (85 €)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at CAREL varies from 1 students (Executive French - Individual Course) to 15 students (General French Intensive)
  • 100% of teachers at CAREL hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at CAREL comes from France with a 55% representation, followed by students from Brazil (3,4%) and China (3,4%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • CAREL offers courses from 12 years (Junior Programme , 25 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 25 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.
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