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CilfaAnnecy, France

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5.0

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Overall school rating of Cilfa, Annecy
Ranked #1 of 5 French schools in Annecy
School
Location of the school
5.0 

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Facilities
5.0 

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Social activities
5.0 

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Organisation
5.0 

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Course
Quality of teaching
4.7 

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Value for money
4.7 

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay
5.0 

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Other
5.0 

Rating: 5.0/5.0

What we like about the school
  • Free workshops offered.
  • Free tutoring offered on Mondays.
  • Best rated school in France
  • Top rated social activities (5.0/5.0)
  • On campus accommodation very close to school
  • Top rated school facilities (5.0/5.0)
  • Excellent nationality mix. No student nationality makes up more than 10% of students.
What we dislike about the school
  • Younger students should consider that the average age of students at this school is significantly higher than at most other schools.
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: Cilfa Annecy (Centre International de Langue Française d'Annecy) is located on the outskirts of the Alpine town of Annecy, in southeastern France. The school specialises in teaching French as a foreign language via various courses and cultural activities. The pleasant surroundings and medieval history make Annecy a unique backdrop for learning. The school is housed a short distance from the town centre in Annecy-le-Vieux. Attractions and sites of interest within walking distance of the school include several green spaces, eateries, cafes and links to public transport. The centre of Annecy is around a 25-minute journey via bus from the school.

Getting around: There are links to public transport close by, ensuring that local attractions such as the Annecy Old Town, the Gardens of Europe, the Castle of Annecy, and Lake Annecy, are within a 30-minute journey of the school's front doors. The closest International airports to Annecy are Geneva and Chambery.

Course selection: The course selection at Cilfa Annecy can include Summer French programmes, Academic year programmes, DELF Academic year courses and French as a Foreign Language training. Courses are available to adult students throughout the year, with some programmes specific to the summer months only.

Additional information: Annecy is well-known for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which has been running each year since the 1960s.
  • The language school Cilfa was founded in Annecy, France in 1998.
  • Tax registration ID: VAT exemption / CGI art.261-7-
  • The school is an official exam center
    The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

French Courses

General Language
Exam PreparationWhy exam preparation courses are excellent for optimum progress

Information for all courses offered by Cilfa

Lesson duration
60 minutes
School's administrative fee
10.00 €
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students but has to be returned to the school at end of course.
Days without class
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024, 29 Mar 2024, 01 Apr 2024, 08 May 2024, 09 May 2024, 20 May 2024, 15 Aug 2024, 01 Nov 2024, 25 Dec 2024, 26 Dec 2024.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.

Lessons needed per French language level

Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 80 4
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 160 8
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 180 9
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 200 10
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 220 11
C2 Proficiency
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
Note: All courses offered by Cilfa, Annecy can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net at a lower price than what you pay when booking directly at the school or at the school's website. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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Cilfa

Accreditations and Quality seals
FLEPreferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal
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)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 9:00
Student gender mix
50% male / 50% female
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Cilfa and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • 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

  • Student support desk

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Free parking

  • Non-smoking (all indoor areas, but not all outdoor areas of school)

  • Smoking zones (outdoors)

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 5
    Number of public PC workstations: 6

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Disabled car park

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer: 50
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 40
Junior courses - In summer: 1
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 1
Minimum age of students
18 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 5
Adult courses Throughout the year: 4
Junior courses In summer: 5
Junior courses Throughout the year: 4
Average age of students
In summer: 32 years
Throughout the year: 34 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Visa Documents

Nationals from France do not require a visa for travelling to France and attending a language course.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
No
Express shipment fee (via courier)
1 €
Free shipment via regular mail
Yes
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet3 km
Baseball2 km
Basketball2 km
Cooking2 km
Dancing2 km
Diving2 km
Football (soccer)3 km
Golf10 km
Horse riding5 km
Ice Hockey3 km
Mountainbiking17 km
Music2 km
Rugby3 km
Sailing2 km
Skiing17 km
Squash5 km
Swimming3 km
Table Tennis2 km
Tennis1 km
Volleyball2 km
Windsurfing2 km
Yoga2 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Ciné-gouter : Speaking about a french movie
Cuisines du monde : Sharing dishes from all over the world
* Picnic near the lake

Adults - Paid activities

La Cilfacyclette : A cycling tour of the « Bauges » by the cycle tracks in 4 days (EUR 150)
Trip in Lyon (EUR 30)

Activities included in the package 20h/week:
A guided tour of Annecy
“Café voyages” : presentations and discussions about travelling
A presentation of various Savoyard cheeses and wines followed by a tasting
Mountain hike on foot or with snowshoes
A meal to discover French gastronomy or a meal to discover regional specialities
Practice playing a typically French game : la pétanque
A visit to a castle, the Bell Museum or the Alpine Lake Observatory
A film in a cinema followed by a debate in a café
Cook and taste a French recipe
Cruise on Lake Annecy to get a sense of the surroundings mountains and villages
A visit to a farm where “reblochon” (cheese from Savoie) is made
“Café actualités” : to examine some of the differences between the French and the foreign press
Entertainment or exhibition according to the town’s cultural programme
A bicycle tour along Lake Annecy with discussion of cycling in France and abroad
* A visit to a natural site in Annecy’s surroundings
Video about leisure activities at Cilfa Annecy

Accommodation

Ratings of Cilfa compared to ratings of all schools in France

 Cilfa AnnecyAverage of all other schools in France
Overall school rating5.0

Rating: 5.0/5.0

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Location of the school5.0

Rating: 5.0/5.0

4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Facilities5.0

Rating: 5.0/5.0

3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Social activities5.0

Rating: 5.0/5.0

3.7

Rating: 3.7/5.0

Organisation5.0

Rating: 5.0/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Quality of teaching4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Value for money4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Homestay5.0

Rating: 5.0/5.0

4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Shared flat5.0

Rating: 5.0/5.0

4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Student opinions about Cilfa, Annecy

Verified reviews only, uncensored. All student opinions from students who booked a course at the school with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
There are two options available for this course: 20 hours per week with 5 hours of extracurricular activities, or 15 hours per week. I chose the 15-hour option due to financial reasons. The syllabus is equally covered in both options, with a clear beginning, middle, and end (as it is a summer course), and all skills are taught. This is an important point to note, as not all schools follow this structure. The teachers are excellent, and due to the small size of the school, there is a sense of closeness between the management, teachers, and students. I appreciate the diversity of nationality and age, which allows for an enriching exchange of experiences and culture. Lastly, the cost-benefit ratio of this course is unbeatable, and I doubt anyone could find a better option.
Disliked
I cannot think of any negative aspects to mention.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Summer French Course 15 - 4 weeks
1. Sep. 2023
Liked
The passion and dedication that all those who work in teaching (and not only) in a complex language such as French, and the wide openness to students and travelers from all over the world who converge in the school and make sure that learning does not remain only during lessons.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss I strongly recommend the accommodation in a family, because if you want to learn a language being together with mother tongue people and that normally uses it for all things in life, this becomes an excellent continuous training. Also I think that choosing the package with the extracurricular activities is the best choice, having fun learning is what I found in Annecy.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Famille d'accueil
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments Great spaces, great meetings and excellent advice on how to pass the DELF exam.
Course: General French Course + Activities + DELF exam preparation [Francese] - 2 weeks
22. Jan. 2019
Liked
The teacher, Frederic, was great! Very fun and vibrant and nice. He explains everything very well.
Disliked
We can correct the pronunciation a little more.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: Could not have been better.
Other comments Excellent school with friendly administrators.
Course: Summer French Course 20 - 2 weeks
26. Sep. 2023

Map  

3 rue des Martyrs - 74940 Annecy
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FAQ about Cilfa, Annecy

  • Most of our schools in Annecy don´t have French teachers who speak Russian, but in general they always manage to communicate with students, even very beginners. That's part of the job. If there are problems with communication, there may sometimes be a few Russian-speaking students at the school who can help with translation if needed!
    Maksym Sterpul, Language Travel Consultant from LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 14, 2023
  • The accommodation Bernard Chevron Residence is the most popular among all our clients of Cilfa
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Cilfa varies from 12 students (Summer French Course 20) to 12 students (Summer French Course 20)
  • 100% of teachers at Cilfa hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Cilfa comes from England with a 10% representation, followed by students from Vietnam (8%) and Poland (6%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Cilfa offers courses from 18 years to 99. Average age is 32 during the summer and 34 for the rest of the year.

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