Summer program in France-French Language Program and Studies in the Arts, Culture, and Sports
Language Immersion Programs , Pre-College Programs , Travel - Study Programs
St-Laurent-du-Var, France
Je pense, donc je suis.
Rene Descartes

Option 1:
July 4 – 31
Option 2:
July 4 – 24
Option 3:
July 4 – 17
Option 4:
July 17 – 31
Paris (optional extension)
July 31 - Aug 4

Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Monaco, St. Tropez

Grades 8-12, Intermediate to Advanced

French Language

French Language and Conversation

Digital Photography

Opt 1: 4 weeks
Opt 2: 3 weeks
Opt 3: 2 weeks
Opt 4: 2 weeks
Optional extension to Paris

Looking to get an authentic experience of French culture? Want to meet people who will pick up on your accent américain and simply slow down their French rather than switch into English? Then St-Laurent-du-Var is the town for you! Located off the beaten path of mass tourism just fifteen minutes west of Nice, this southern beach village offers the perfect introduction to French language and culture.

During your month in St-Laurent you will experience l’autentique vie quotidienne of Southern France. By sharing daily meals and plenty of lively conversation with your homestay family, you will get a genuine glimpse into the life of a typical famille laurentine. Weekday classes, daily activities, weekend excursions, day trips, and events are designed to complement your homestay experience in order to help you make the most of the French Rivera’s famous summer lifestyle. Several weekly visits to neighboring Nice allow you to compare your newly-adopted suburban lifestyle to that of a larger city.

No-Stress Travel Guarantee

Whether you missed your connecting flight, lost your luggage or encountered any other problem, rest easy knowing that our staff and travel agents will help you with all necessary arrangements, help you re-book your flights, find a hotel room and cover all necessary expenses, such as meals, clothes, personal items, and more.

<p>Optional Travel Extension<br />

Optional Travel Extension

Ah, Paris! The city of lights! Delicious food, fantastic art, amazing architecture, the list goes on and on. A four-day visit to Paris is the perfect way to complete an Abbey Road adventure in France. Our exciting itinerary includes both guided visits to museums and historical sites and time for you to discover the city’s famous neighborhoods. Sure we will show you the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower, among others, but you will also be free (within our safety guidelines) to enjoy the city’s famous café scene and shopping districts with your good friends in tow. Who knows, you just might even take a dinner cruise on the river Seine! In Paris, we will stay in a 3 star air-conditioned hotel in the city center.

If you were there...

  • Morning
    French class
    Italian Class
  • Morning
    Pottery class
  • Afternoon
    Beach time
  • Afternoon
    Evening activity-at St Paul de Vence
  • Afternoon
    Free time in San Remo
  • Afternoon
  • Afternoon
    On a Chartered bus
  • Afternoon
  • Night

Andrea Abbate

Jumping Back Into the Real World You’ve just had the most incredible experience studying abroad with Abbey Road Programs. You’ve said your goodbyes to your new friends, host family, classmates, and teachers. You have integrated into a new culture and learned more about yourself than you might have imagined.  You have dined, explored, danced, hiked, and lived. So now that you've returned home from one of the best high school summer programs in Europe, what do you do now? For many students, coming home can be unexpectedly difficult. ...

  • Program Highlights
    • Live with friendly, hospitable homestay families, carefully selected and screened by our staff (most have been with us for many years)
    • Enjoy delicious, authentic French cuisine prepared by your homestay parents
    • Learn in a fun, interactive way, outside of the classroom, immersing in the local community (hence our Experiential Learning Method!)
    • Improve your French in intensive small-group language workshops
    • Experience authentic cultural immersion
    • Be a savvy, sophisticated traveler. Go above and beyond the standard tourist checklist!
    • Meet local teens and make friends from all over the world
    • Included trips to Monaco, Cannes, San Tropez, San Remo, Eze, Beaulieu, Villefranche, Antibes, St. Paul de Vence, and more
    • All inclusive 2, 3 or 4 week sessions
    • Optional 4-day travel extension to Paris
    • Pre-Summer Language Courses and Tutoring Online (get an early start on practicing your French!)
  • Food

    Your homestay mothers will make delicious food for you most mornings and evenings. Some of the local favorites include many varieties of seafood and pasta, such as the famous bouillabaisse, the signature specialty of Southern France, or gnocchis niçois, or pissaladière. Some days the group will also go on evening outings to local restaurants or outdoor picnics.

  • Homestay Life

    No one will better introduce you to the French culture than your homestay family. Their home, which is typically located a short walk from the center of St. Laurent, will be the focal point of your study abroad experience. Though you will live with your hosts for the duration of the program, you do not spend every afternoon and evening “at home.” The program itinerary balances time with your family and time with the Abbey Road group.

    On average, you’ll spend 3-4 evenings per week at home enjoying dinner and activities with your hosts or attending family events; the remaining evenings are spent with St. Laurent and Nice groups.

    You will be part of our Abbey Road family, making new friends, learning to be independent and self-reliant, to share responsibilities with your peers, manage your time, and getting ready for college years!

  • Daily Schedule

    Every student on the program chooses two classes as their academic focus: a major and an elective. The French major class meets every morning Monday to Friday while electives meet three afternoons a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    Majors: French Language

    Electives and Workshops: French Conversation and Culture, Photography

    On this program, students are required to have completed at least one year of French. Students are placed in their French class according to their level, we accept intermediate and advanced speakers. There is a placement test on the first day of class.

    In addition, we offer individual tutoring and intensive small group workshops, for those who want to challenge themselves and see a dramatic improvement in their French proficiency. Our language classes are taught in a fun, interactive, experiential way, maximizing intensive language and cultural immersion.

    Some of our students’ favorite activities are:

    • French conversation over coffee and ice cream in Old Nice
    • Photography scavenger hunt in Arenas park
    • Live French lesson in the Flower Market of Nice
    • Windsurfing on the beach of St. Laurent
    • Salsa night in Place Massena in Nice
    • Talent show and evening outing in a private club in St. Laurent
    • Music and dance at the Nice Jazz Festival
    • Theater workshop with French teenagers and the St. Laurent theater troupe
    • Visit to Musée Matisse in Nice’s Cimiez neighborhood
    • Barbeque and dance party with French teenagers in St. Laurent
    • French movie night
    • Pottery workshop in Nice

    The students will have approximately 2 – 3 hours of free time per day, subject to our safety rules and guidelines. The curfew is at 10:30 – 11:00 pm, subject to change at the program director’s discretion.

  • Day Trips

    In addition to showing you all of the most celebrated and “lesser known” cultural sites in Nice and St. Laurent, the program allows you to explore the most beautiful sites of the French and Italian Riviera.

    Some of the students’ favorites include:

    • Snorkeling in the Bay of Villefranche sur Mer
    • Visiting Cannes‘ Film Festival Palace
    • Exploring the elegant St. Paul de Vence and its modern art museum, Fondation Maeght
    • Shopping on La Croisette and Rue d’Antibes in Cannes
    • Climbing to the top of Eze Village and its Fragonard Perfumery
    • Admiring modern art in the Picasso museum of Antibes
    • French cuisine workshop in St. Jean
    • Kayaking along the coast of Cap Ferrat
    • Visiting Monaco, its famous Palace of the Prince, Casino and Oceanographic Museum
    • Tasting authentic Italian gelato on the day trip to San Remo
    • Boat trip to St. Tropez, its pastel Old Town and chic boutiques
    • Excursions to Villa Kerylos and Villa Rothschild

From the blog

Top 5 Reasons to Return to France

My first trip to France was filled with excitement but it came with its fair share of drama... ...My mom was always the person who planned our trips and organized everything that we would do while on vacation. Due to an issue with her passport, she was not allowed to get on the plane with us. My Dad and I found this out roughly 15 minutes ...

by Student, Austin E.

Jumping Back Into the Real World After Studying Abroad

Jumping Back Into the Real World You’ve just had the most incredible experience studying abroad with Abbey Road Programs. You’ve said your goodbyes to your new friends, host family, classmates, and teachers. You have integrated into a new culture and learned more about yourself than you might have imagined.  You have dined, explored, ...

by Staff, Andrea Abbate

Exploring Nice, France!

Of all the various travel adventures I've embarked on, the most enriching experience was Exploring Nice, France with Abbey Road Programs during the summer! The few weeks that I spent there with them were the highlight of my summer. Going in, I was very excited to meet the students, I had heard that they came from not just all around the US, ...

by Student, Emma R. , Gladwyne, PA

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