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Insted - French Language Courses, Chamonix

French courses that can be combined with climbing & skiing + private lessons in many other languages

Insted Language School is located in central Chamonix and offers language courses to local businesses, individuals and visitors who wish to learn or improve their language skills, throughout the year.

Insted was established in 1999 with the aim of encouraging students to combine their language studies with their passion for the mountains. Whether you want to stay for a week, spend a classic four month ski season in the Alps or combine your French studies with exciting summer activities such as trekking, mountain biking or climbing, they have the course to suit!

French courses:

  • Weekly, seasonal and term courses 
  • Semi intensive evening courses
  • Business French 
  • Introduction to French for seasonal workers
  • Tailor made French courses for businesses and individuals

Other languages and services:

  • Formation Professionnelle enable businesses owners and those on a French work contract to apply for government funding. Contact the school and they will help you with the application or check out the blog on their website for loads of great advice.
  • Weekly or seasonal accommodation in private or shared apartments.
  • Conference facilities.

Worth knowing...

Insted has been working with Compagnie du Mont Blanc for several years and they can offer all their students approximately 30% off the retail price of both Summer and Winter Seasonal Lift Passes. 

Subjects

As well as French courses, the school also offer tailor made courses in English, Russian, Spanish and Italian.

Their Climbing and Study Language Courses include:

  • Climbing Course: which includes session son Sport Climbing and Alpinism
  • Glacier Awareness Course: which includes Theory, Rope Techniques, Use of Glacier Equipment and Rescue.
  • Mountain Medicine: covering Altitude Sickness, Energy & Nutrition in the Mountains, Frostbite and Hypothermia.

Their Ski and Study Language Course include:

  • Avalanche Awareness Course: covering the theory and practice of avalanches, probe, shovel and transceiver training.
  • Glacier Awareness Course: which includes Theory, Rope Techniques, Use of Glacier Equipment and Rescue.
  • Mountain Medicine: covering Altitude Sickness, Energy & Nutrition in the Mountains, Frostbite and Hypothermia.

Qualifications

Students at Insted have the possibility to take the international French diplomas - TCF DELF/DALF.

They also work together with the university (CUEF) Stendhal who give you the possibility to convert your full-time studies to something that is called ECTS-credits, which stands for European Credits Transfer System. One week of fulltime studies corresponds roughly to one ECTS-credit.

Accommodation arrangements

Insted guarantee accommodation for all their students and offer shared rooms, private rooms and private apartment starting from €460 per month. All their apartments are situated in the centre of town within walking distance to the school, central ski lifts, trains and buses.

Reviews

  • "I loved the teachers dedication to help us learn French. They mixed games with group assignments that involved going out in Chamonix and speak to locals." - Client Feedback
  • "It is hard to get a better environment to study French. The possibility to combine climbing, hiking and MTB with work at the same time you learn a new language is almost too good to be true." - Client Feedback
  • "I find Insted a professional organisation who make all the students feel at home no matter what their level of French is." - Client Feedback
  • "Insted is like a big family and has a nice atmosphere so it's not hard to wake up in the morning. The students is a nice mix between different ages and nationalities." - Client Feedback


Location: Chamonix - Centre


Style

Course: Language

Level: Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced


Services

Lessons: English Lessons | French Lessons | Italian Lessons | Rock Climbing Lessons | Russian Lessons | Ski Lessons | Spanish Lessons


Contact

Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

Address: 285 Rue des Allobroges | Chamonix - Centre | 74400

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