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Learn French at Alpadia Montreux

Full immersion experience into the French language and Swiss culture on the main street on the edge of Lake Geneva

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. 


  • Modern classrooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Success rate 98%
  • Free library
  • Central location
  • Student lounge
  • Terrace & BBQ
  • Cafeteria

Grand-Rue 42
CP 1206
1820 Montreux
CH– Switzerland


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.

All our courses are also available online! Find out more here!

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.

  • 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


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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.

  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    20 per week

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

  • Max. # students


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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.

  • 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

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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.

  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1 > C1

  • Duration


  • Lessons

    Intensity according to set objectives

  • Start dates

    Throughout the year
    except in July and August

  • Max. # students


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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.

  • 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

More information Free online quote

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.

  • 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


More information Free online quote


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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Our student residence is located in Aigle less than 20 mins by train to Alpadia Montreux. The modern and contemporary studios of 25 m2 are fully equipped for your comfort. The space features a nice lounge area, a double bed, storage space for your belongings, a bathroom and an open kitchen including an oven, microwave, coffee machine, ceramic hobs and a fridge. The residence building also offers an indoor parking space to its guests.

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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.

Geneva Car Show

One of the most famous car shows in the world, this yearly event gathers together hundreds of automobile manufacturers who take the opportunity to present their latest innovations and models under one very large roof. This is the place to be to check out the most sleek and beautiful models of both automobiles and female hostesses!

07/03 - 17/03/2019
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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.

05/04 - 13/04/2019
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For over 10 years this event, the largest of its kind in Switzerland, has been dedicated to pop culture, video games and manga! Taking place in a space covering 18'000m2, this unique festival features concerts, projections, video game tournaments, karaoke, a comic book section and a massive shopping area.

19/04 - 22/04/2019
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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.

13/05 - 18/05/2019
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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

28/06 - 13/07/2019
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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 

23/07 - 28/07/2019
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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. 

23/08 - 25/08/2019
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Accro Show Villeneuve

More than just a parachute competition, this free event includes impressive demonstrations from daredevil thrill-seekers who paraglide and base-jump to pull off some spectacular, synchronised manoeuvres.

23/08 - 25/08/2019
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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.

01/09 - 09/09/2019
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Lausanne Marathon

For both adults and children, this yearly event gathers motivated runners of all ages to take on the challenge of a 21 km or 42 km marathon! Located on one of the most beautiful routes along Lake Geneva, the marathon starts and ends at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, running to Vevey and back.

27/10 - 27/10/2019
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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. 

06/11 - 10/11/2019
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Foire de la St. Martin

Discover this yearly celebration that takes place on the second Tuesday of November, on the central market place in the town of Vevey. This ultimate autumn event is jam packed with arts, crafts, food and clothes. The festive day began in the Middle Ages as an opportunity for all local residents to become merchants for the day, tax-free!

12/11 - 12/11/2019
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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.

21/11 - 24/12/2019
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Foire au Vins de Vevey

Celebrate the region's wine production and local fare at this wine-tasting event located in the town of Vevey. With over 25 stands, you can test and purchase from a large selection of wines in the festive atmosphere with music and Swiss specialties including fondue!

21/11 - 23/11/2019
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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.

28/11 - 07/12/2019
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Féerie Médiévale au Château de Chillon

At the same time as the Montreux Christmas market, this event brings together storytellers, local artisans and musicians to share the magic of Christmas. With local and traditional delicacies, medieval dances and a candle-making workshop, you will find plenty to do!

01/12 - 24/12/2019
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Prix de Lausanne

Over the course of a week, this world famous and highly acclaimed international dance competition attracts some of the world's best young classical and contemporary dancers, who compete in the hope of being selected to join a world-renowned dance company.

02/02 - 09/02/2020
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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.

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Languages in Action

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. Alpadia Montreux cooperates with Bénévolat Vaud. Supported by the Canton of Vaud, Bénévolat-Vaud's mission is to develop and support associations, volunteering and mutual aid in the canton of Vaud.

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Course prices 2020

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Private course fees 2020

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


CHF 285
CHF 375
CHF 415

Price range 2020

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Dates & General Information 2020

Elementary to advanced levels, A1 > C1:

Course starts every Monday

Start dates for absolute beginners, minimum 2 weeks booking:

20.01 / 24.02 / 30.03 / 04.05 / 08.06 / 13.07 / 17.08 / 28.09 / 26.10 / 30.11.2020

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

23.12.2019-03.01.2020 / 10.04 / 13.04 / 21.05 / 01.06 / 21.09 / 21.12.2020 - 01.01.2021


DELF B1, B2 & DALF C1: 21.03 / 16.05* / 20.06 / 19.09 / 21.11.2020

Exam preparation course - Start dates: 24.02 / 20.04* / 25.05 / 24.08 / 26.10.2020
*DELF B1 & B2 only   

Exam – TCF

21.02 / 28.03 / 23.05 / 27.06 / 26.09 / 24.10 / 28.11.2020

Included in the price

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

University Pathway 2020

Level Standard 20 Duration  CHF Price* Last course start date
for October 2020 entry**
Last course start date
for October 2021 entry**
A1 Beginner 44 weeks 11350 07.01.2019 06.01.2020
A2 Elementary 36 weeks 9830 11.03.2019 09.03.2020
B1 Intermediate 28 weeks 7910 06.05.2019 04.05.2020
B2 Advanced intermediate 16 weeks 5150 29.07.2019 27.07.2020

Other earlier start dates are also possible – please check our online enrolment tool for availability.

Application deadline
– for candidates who do not need a visa: 30.04.2019
– for candidates who need a visa: 15.02.2019

Last DALF C1 exam
– for candidates who do not need a visa: 16.11.2019
– for candidates who need a visa: 16.03.2019

* Not including application process fee and invitation letter (550 CHF) and Express shipping fee (100 CHF)
** For candidates who need a visa

Special offers

Special offers
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.

We are a team

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!"

Arnaud Diet, Pedagogic Coordinator & Teacher

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