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Learn French at Alpadia Montreux

Our school in Montreux is on the main street on the edge of Lake Geneva. The beautiful promenade is surrounded by exotic plants, which help make this one of the most visited places in French-speaking Switzerland.

You can easily reach the school from your accommodation by bus or train with stations only five minutes away on foot. The course centre has comfortable and bright classrooms, a cafeteria plus a fully-equipped kitchen and welcoming terraces where you can relax with friends. The size of Alpadia Montreux means that we are able to give students our personal attention and be there for you when you arrive and throughout your stay. 

Thanks to the many in-house computers and wireless network through-out the school, you can go online and check your emails for free. At the end of class, you can go straight onto the terraces by Lake Geneva with the other students or visit the shops nearby.

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Courses

Alpadia Montreux is a wonderful location to learn and get immersed into the French language. In our bright, modern classrooms, you will benefit from high-quality teaching that combines fun and effective educational styles to give you a well-rounded learning experience. The range of courses available gives you several options, all of which follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). As we test your language level before you arrive at school, from the first morning you will already find yourself in the appropriate French class.

Intensive 25

25 lessons per week

If you are looking for a thorough, group-learning experience, you will find that this French course fits the bill! With extra attention given to oral communication skills, this course helps you make solid progress. The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

Intensive 25
  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    25 per week
    Standard 20 + 5 oral communication

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

  • Max. # students

    12

Standard 20

20 lessons per week

This course framework helps you acquire general French linguistic skills that can be readily applied to day-to-day life. Benefit by developing your core language proficiency and by still having plenty of free time. The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

Standard 20
  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    20 per week

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

  • Max. # students

    12

Premium 30

Intensity and duration based on your needs

Providing a dynamic, in-depth approach to learning French, with specific classes dedicated to oral and written communication, this comprehensive class allows you to build your confidence and fast! The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

Premium 30
  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    30 per week
    Intensive 25 + 5 written communication in mini-group

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

  • Max. # students

    12 / 6

Private

Intensity and duration based on your needs

As the most tailored learning experience, taking one-on-one French classes with the teacher will allow you to advance at your pace, touching on themes that are relevant to your specific learning objectives.

Private
  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1 > C1

  • Duration

    Tailor-made

  • Lessons

    Intensity according to set objectives

  • Start dates

    Throughout the year
    except in July and August

  • Max. # students

    1

Combi 5 & 10

25 or 30 lessons per week

Ideal if you seek variety in your French language learning experience as this course provides a solid foundation with additional private lessons to address particular objectives and discuss specific themes. The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

Combi 5 & 10
  • Levels

    Combi 5: Beginner to advanced A1* > C1
    Combi 10: Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    25 or 30 per week
    Standard 20 + 5 or + 10 private

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

  • Max. # students

    12 / 1

Exam Prep 30

30 lessons per week

If you are looking to prepare for the official DELF/DALF or TCF French language exams, you should follow this course to ensure rapid progress and to build your confidence before the exam.

Exam Prep 30
  • Levels

    Intermediate to advanced B1 > C1
    see Certificates

  • Duration

    4 weeks

  • Lessons

    30 per week
    Standard 20 + 10 exam preparation in mini-group

  • Start dates

    According to exam date

  • Max. # students

    1

Accommodation

Discover a generous choice of comfortable high-quality lodging.

Alpadia Montreux can provide you with a variety of superb accommodation options in the beautiful Swiss Riviera region. From immersion with a local family, to independence in our studio apartment, you will be able to select the option that best addresses your needs.

Host family

Strongly recommended to students who want to progress rapidly and improve their fluency, staying with a French-speaking family offers a true taste of local life. With either a half-board or breakfast-only meal option, you stay in a single or double room, sharing the kitchen and bathroom with the family.

Student apartment

In Montreux there are two apartments available, offering either a single or double room. Both apartments are within 15-minutes walking distance to the school and include free internet access, a TV, a balcony, in-house laundry facilities, a shared bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. 

Studio

Only 10 minutes from the school by foot, this lovely little studio is ideally located and provides you with total independence and privacy. With a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, TV and internet connection, the studio can also be occupied by couples or friends wanting to stay together alone.

Hotel and Bed & Breakfast

The Montreux region offers a whole host of hotels and B&Bs to choose from. If you seek alternative choices, we can propose options from lavish and luxurious, to quaint and cosy, by the lake, in the old town or in the nearby mountains.

Leisure

Enjoy the broad range of year-round activities in the Swiss Riviera.

From spring to autumn, you can take part in numerous mountain and water sports like climbing, paragliding, sailing, waterskiing, stand-up paddle or mountain-biking and in winter you can go skiing, ice skating or snowshoe trekking in the one of the world's largest ski resorts “Les Portes du Soleil” – the Riviera is a real sports paradise! If you are not into sports, there is still plenty to see, as you can visit the famous medieval Château de Chillon, sail on a hundred-year-old steamboat on Lake Geneva, enjoy the beautiful Christmas market in winter or experience the world famous jazz music festival.

Septembre Musical – Les Hivernales

Celebrate the 72nd edition of this classical music festival that takes place in the prestigious Stravinski Auditorium. Welcoming Philharmonic orchestras and legendary pianists from all over the world, the festival programme also proposes workshops and rehearsals open to the public.

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Septembre Musical – Les Hivernales

Cully Jazz Festival

For over 30 years, this unique jazz festival offers over a week’s worth of concerts performed by some of the leading names in the jazz world. Experience a quality musical programme that presents diverse forms of jazz located in the quaint lakeside village of Cully.

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Cully Jazz Festival

Montreux Volley Masters

For 30 years, this annual woman’s volleyball tournament has welcomed the world’s best national teams to play for the championship trophy.
Photo © Lucas Vuitel.

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Montreux Volley Masters

Montreux Jazz Festival

One of the world's most famous and long-standing music festivals, the Montreux Jazz Festival takes places each summer on the shores of Lake Geneva. Every year promises an exciting and diverse line-up of international artists, from reggae to rap, from jazz to pop-rock.
Photo © Montreux Jazz Lab / 2013 FFJM_Marc Ducrest

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Montreux Jazz Festival

Paléo Festival

The largest open-air festival in Switzerland, this pop-rock music event takes place in Nyon, between Geneva and Lausanne and boasts over 250 concerts over six days, to over 200,000 spectators. This year, to celebrate its 40th anniversary, the festival will last seven days!
Photo © Nicolas Ray / Creative Commons 

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Paléo Festival

Festival des artistes de rue

For over 20 years during the summer, Vevey becomes the gathering place for street performers from all over the world; from jugglers to clowns, from actors to acrobats, from mime artists to fire eaters. 

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Festival des artistes de rue

Montreux Sundance Festival

Since 2007 this electronic music festival had staged artists like David Guetta, David Morillo and Bob Sinclair to name but a few. With over three stages and 15’000 spectators, this three-day festival will get your body grooving to the latest electronic beats.

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Montreux Sundance Festival

MAG Montreux Art Gallery

Presenting a whole host of artists and galleries from Europe and beyond, this annual art exhibition takes place at the Montreux Music and Convention Centre. 

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MAG Montreux Art Gallery

Montreux Christmas Market

Experience the magic of Christmas with this yearly market where you can find all manner of gifts; crafts, regional specialties, as well as mulled wine and traditional food to delight the senses and to truly get you into the festive spirit.

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Montreux Christmas Market

Montreux Comedy Festival

Celebrating over 25 years of laughter, this annual French and English speaking comedy festival invites top comedians from the world over. This week-long festival presents a whole host of workshops and comic performances to make you laugh till you cry.

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Montreux Comedy Festival

University Pathway

With a gorgeous and unique setting, Alpadia Montreux proposes a wonderful place to learn French or English in preparation for entry into one of Switzerland's higher educational institutions. Reputed the world over for its Swiss quality teaching, top universities, high quality of living and beautiful natural landscapes, studying in Switzerland is a great choice for both personal and professional development.

Our Swiss university partners offer Bachelors in Finance, Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management and Art & Design.

Admission for public universities as well as private schools begins from December for entry the following September. Your application to public university must contain all requested documents, however you can send a copy of your language certificate up until June. Private institutions however request all the necessary forms by the application deadline. Our deadlines take into account the time taken by the examination centres to publish exam results.

Requirements for Switzerland
We'll guide you through each university's specific application process.

  • You need a C1 level for entering university
  • EU applicants: no visa needed
  • Non EU applicants: you will have to request a student visa. Once your tuition fee is paid we will send you an invitation letter for your visa application. Simultaneously, we will help you launch your application at the university.

Language level / course duration prior to exam:
A1 beginner: 10 months / A2 elementary: 8 months / B1 Pre-intermediate: 6 months / B2 Intermediate: 4 months / C1 Pre-advanced: 2 months

Work internship

Apart from being one of the most beautiful towns in the country, Montreux, the Pearl of the Swiss Riviera, enjoys a Mediterranean climate and a multicultural atmosphere that makes it a wonderful place to work and study. With some of the world's leading hotels as well as top medical and financial institutions, the Swiss Riviera offers an ideal location to benefit from learning French and, according to your experience, apply your knowledge directly within local industry.

  • Minimum 6 weeks of Standard 20 to begin work placement
  • Registration 4 weeks in advance
  • Internship min. 2 months
  • From age 18 only
  • Min. level B2 at the time of the internship
  • CHF 550 placement fee

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Course prices 2017

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Private course fees 2017

Price per week
1 - 4
CHF 150
5 - 9
CHF 125
10 +
CHF 100

Accommodation prices 2017

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General Information 2017

Elementary to advanced levels, A1 > C1:

Course starts every Monday

Start dates for absolute beginners, STANDARD course only, minimum 2 weeks booking:

06.02 / 03.04 / 29.05 / 03.07 / 07.08 / 02.10 / 20.11.2017

Bank holidays, lessons are not substituted (school closed):

26.12.2016 - 06.01.2017 / 14.04 / 17.04 / 25.05 / 05.06 / 01.08 / 18.09 /  25.12.2017 - 05.01.2018

Exam – DELF/DALF

DELF B1, B2 & DALF C1: 18.03 / 17.06 / 18.11.2017 // DELF B1 &  B2 junior: 20.05.2017

Exam preparation course - Start dates: 20.02 / 24.04 (B1 & B2 junior only) / 22.05 / 23.10.2017   

Exam – TCF

23.02 / 30.03 / 25.05 / 29.06 / 28.09 / 26.10 / 30.11.2017

Included in the price

Tuition, learning material, assessment test, Alpadia certificate, activity programme, student card, accommodation placement and taxes.

University Pathway 2017

Application to public universities – in French

  • Deadline: 24.02.2017 – For applicants who need a visa
  • Deadline: 30.04.2017 – For applicants who do not need a visa
  • DALF-C1 exam date for 2017 entry: 18.03.2017 – Results published 8 weeks after the exam
  • University entry date: September 2017

Application to private universities – in English or French

  • Deadline: 24.02.2017 – For applicants who need a visa
  • Deadline: 15.04.2017 – For applicants who do not need a visa
  • TOEFL / IELTS exam date for 2017 entry: Several sessions per month – Results published 10-13 days after the exam
  • DALF-C1 exam date for 2017 entry: 19.11.2016 – For applicants who need a visa
  • DALF-C1 exam date for 2017 entry: 18.03.2017 – For applicants who do not need a visa
    Results published 8 weeks after the exam
  • University entry date: September 2017

Requirements

  • Language certificate + High School Diploma are required for entering University
  • Intensive 25 course + Exam Prep 30 in the last month
  • Entry level is determined by Alpadia online test when you enrol
  • Entry date: on request
Level Programme prior TCF exam CHF Price**
Beginner 10 months 14000
A2 Elementary 8 months 11200
B1 Pre-intermediate 6 months 9120
B2 Intermediate 4 months 6880
C1 Pre-advanced 2 months 3600

**Not including university placement fee of CHF 600

Special offers

Special offers
10% discount on tuition at Alpadia Montreux More information

10% discount on tuition at Alpadia Montreux

Take advantage of our exceptional offer at Alpadia Montreux and benefit from a 10% discount on tuition fees. Valid for all bookings until 28th February 2017.

This offer cannot be combined with the low season discount.

- 10% low season at selected adults schools More information

- 10% low season at selected adults schools

Benefit from a 10% discount on course and accommodation fees from Sunday 22nd October 2017 to Saturday 27th January 2018.
Only available at Alpadia Montreux and Lyon.

Come with a friend and pay no enrolment fees! More information

Come with a friend and pay no enrolment fees!

Enrol with a friend and we'll waive the enrolment fees of both participants. Even if you are both in different locations! This fantastic offer is valid all year and applies to all Alpadia Language School programmes.

Visa information

If you are not European, you will need to verify the visa requirements for entry into Switzerland.  It is essential that you apply well in advance to make sure your paperwork arrives in time for your course. Click on the link below to see our dedicated student visa page.

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Director's welcome

"On the behalf of our teachers and staff, I welcome you to Alpadia Montreux. Our school brings together international students in a pleasant and studious environment to learn French with highly qualified French speaking teachers. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy Montreux, a very charming town surrounded by the Alps, located on Lake Geneva. With its cafés, historic places and Swiss fondue, we are sure you will enjoy your stay with us!

We hope to welcome you to our school soon!"

Adeline Alvès-Hebbelinck, Director of Studies

Director of Studies

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