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Institut Français d'Occitanie

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Description of Institut Français d'Occitanie

The French Institute of Occitania is located in the heart of Montpellier, a few steps from the prestigious University of Medicine and the cathedral. The excellent location of the school and its wide variety of courses make it an ideal place to study French: students can choose between general French courses, French courses with specific objectives, or professional courses, and can decide between a few hours a week and more than 30 lessons and workshops a week. The IFO has facilities that include a free Internet café, self-study materials, a library and documentation on sightseeing tours.The school offers a monthly calendar of social and leisure activities to invite students to practice their French skills while visiting popular landmarks in and around the city.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Institut Français d'Occitanie

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Accommodation, meals, prices

Living with a French host

Would you like to discover French culture day to day? Just for you, we have selected hosts living within a convenient distance to the school (40 minutes maximum) who will warmly welcome you in their house or apartment. A language stay with a French family is the best opportunity for total immersion and rapid progression in French skills.

French host with breakfast

Sharing breakfast with your hosts and taking advantage of their recommendations for discovering Montpellier will enrich your language stay and help you to progress in French. This option lets you retain your independence and is perfect for those who want to discover Montpellier’s many restaurants where it is always a pleasure to dine.

  • Single room accommodation
  • Breakfast with your host

Price bed and breakfast : 150€ per week.

French host with half-board

Adopt the daily rhythm of a French family and share in discussion over the dinner table with the half-board option.

You’ll be able to practice your French with native French speakers who are always friendly and patient with their guests. The perfect way to take advantage of our warm Montpellier evenings.

  • Single room accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner with your host

Upon arrival, your host will give you a set of keys, make you feel at home and show you how to get to IFO.

Price half-board : 190€ per week.

Independent accommodations

Whether you’re coming with someone else or you just want to remain independent during your French language stay in Montpellier, we’ve selected just for you a variety of independent accommodations with trustworthy landlords, offering comfortable accommodations close to the school.

When you enroll at IFO, you will complete a questionnaire that will allow us to pre-select accommodation options that best fit your needs. Once you’ve made your choice, we’ll take care of booking the reservation.

Two weeks before your arrival in Montpellier, we’ll send you a confirmation with all the necessary information.

We’ll meet you upon arrival and take your to your lodgings, showing you the easiest way to get to IFO on Monday morning.

Between 350 and 500 euros/ 1 – 2 persons per week

Hotel Accommodations

Just for you, we have discovered small hotels with a typically French charm that will allow you to take full advantage of your French language stay in the south of France. Upon your arrival, we will be glad to accompany you to your hotel and to show you the way to IFO.

Hôtel le Guilhem ***

Hôtel le Guilhem, located just a few minutes’ walk from IFO in a small medieval street, will give you a warm welcome. In the heart of the city center but in a quiet street away from the bustle of the place de la Comédie, Hôtel le Guilhem is the perfect base for exploring the Ecusson, the oldest and most lively quarter of Montpellier.

Check the hotel’s website before contacting us and then let us take care of your reservation.

Approximately 700 euros per week

Hôtel du Palais***

Hôtel du Palais, located just 5 minutes from our school in the heart of the historic city center, has a warm, friendly atmosphere. Enjoy breakfast on the exterior terrace overlooking the famous and picturesque place de la Canourgue. It’s the perfect place for a total immersion experience in the Montpellier lifestyle.

Check the hotel’s website before contacting us and then let us take care of your reservation.

Approximately 700 euros per week end.

Subjects, specialties

Activities Institut Français d'Occitanie

The activities and excursions offered depend on the modules chosen. Whatever your expectations, we can advise you and direct you to the activities of your choice. Learn French pastry, hike in the hinterland or enjoy the many beaches, do yoga or discover local actors committed to the environment, everything is possible with IFO


IFO, a different kind of language school

Learn French in Montpellier with IFO and choose a different kind of language school

For its French language courses in total immersion: we will accompany you during afternoon visits and we will enjoy lunch together sometimes so we can share our favorite restaurants with you. Or simply share in conversation as we have a drink together in our French bistrot. We offer the opportunity to meet members of the Montpellier community who want to share their passion and know-how with you!

For its customized courses: with a maximum of 6 students per group, we can adapt our courses to your individual needs and wishes. The chosen themes are designed to help you make the most of your stay in the South of France as you learn what you need to know, whether you’re interested in gastronomy, sports or yoga!

And more “serious” subjects so you can progress in your professional field and boost your career. Without forgetting the need to relax and enjoy your stay in a warm, friendly environment.

Our values


Our life abroad, in contact with very different cultures, has given us a taste for meeting and exchanging with others. It is truly a pleasure for us to take time to share experiences with our guests…


And to do that, we think you have to be receptive to others! We will take time to discuss and exchange with you as well as accompany you as you discover Montpellier and its region.


We know that a successful language stay depends on 3 factors: the satisfaction of progressing in French according to one’s needs, the feelings experienced during chosen leisure activities and the quality of accommodations offered. On these 3 points, we are fully committed to making your stay an unforgettable experience!

Facilities and equipment at Institut Français d'Occitanie

Library, Social Activities, Cultural trips, Wheelchair access, Eating Area, Free wireless internet, After-class Seminars, Studying area, Audio learning, Sports activities.


Admission dates and extra charges

No additional fees

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

No special entry conditions

Scholarships Institut Français d'Occitanie

Not concerned

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.

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