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Combine your French language studies with a guided visit to some of the Bordeaux region’s wonderful vineyards! This unique course enables you to practice your French and hone your wine appreciation skills through lectures and tasting sessions. Discover the many aspects of the Bordeaux wine world: history, trade, and development, soils, and specifics of each wine (red and white). Become a winemaker for a day and make your own wine. Explore the secrets of wine making as you apply what you learnt during your French class.
Accommodation is offered in and around the city of Bordeaux. All between 15 and 40 minutes for the one way commute to college.
Staying with local French hosts is a great way to really immerse yourself in the French lifestyle and experience the French language in daily use. Students can book a single room with hosts, either with half-board (breakfast and the evening meal) or on a breakfast only basis. The French language school also offer friends and couples the chance to share a room in French host accommodation in Bordeaux, but students must book the program for the same course duration in order to stay in shared room accommodation.
There are a number of self contained, self-catering studios, located between 10 to 30 minutes walk from the college. With studios for 1 to 4 people complete with kitchenette, bathroom and telephone. Please send an inquiry to CESA Languages for more information.
There are several very pleasant hotels just minutes from the college. CESA Languages will be happy to email some details to you on request. Please note that a daily tax of approx. 1 to 3 Euros per night, per person applies to all Hotels. Please send an inquiry to CESA Languages for more information.
Available from June to end of August, the summer residences, used by French University students for the rest of the year, allow students to enjoy independent living, whilst enjoying ready access to the services that make everyday life easier (laundry self-service, safe parking, etc.). All studios are furnished and equipped with a kitchenette (ceramic hob, extractor, microwave, and fridge), desk area, bathroom, toilet, wardrobe, and internet access. Please note these residences do not offer weekly cleaning. Rates include water, internet, electricity charges common and private, general maintenance of the residence. The summer residences are located from 10 to 15 minutes commute to school; towels and bed linen are provided.
9:30 - 12:45
This language and wine course will take place in Bordeaux, France.
Situated in the south-west of France, Bordeaux lies close to the Atlantic seaboard and is the capital of the Aquitaine region. It is set on the banks of the river Garonne and is famous for its magnificent wines. The wine growing area outside the city produces over 850 million bottles a year. Home to some 700,000 people, Bordeaux is a thriving University city with style: wide avenues, neo-classical architecture, and elegant public parks. There is a lively student scene throughout the academic year, though of course, it is the wine industry and commerce generally, that brought great wealth to the region.
French hosts / private households accommodations can include a half-board basis (breakfast and the evening meal) or a breakfast only basis.
With its elegant architecture, active arts scene, and a busy night-life, Bordeaux is a stimulating and authentically French environment for your experience of France and French life. The college arranges a variety of leisure activities to assist students become familiar with Bordeaux, the local region and the French culture. The college guides will ensure you see some of the better known attractions such as the Modern Art Museum, Arcachon Bay, and the Dune du Pyla (the highest sand dune in Europe), St. Emilion vineyard, and old Bordeaux. Every two weekends (in winter, once every 4 weekends) they offer a full-day excursion. In addition, the college arranges cheese and / or wine tasting’s, college parties and evenings out in local restaurants and cookery lessons, at additional cost.
Many students make their own plans to explore the city. The heart of which is located between Place Gambetta and the Garonne River. The Musee d’Aquitaine chronicles the history of Bordeaux and its region for the last 25,000 years. The Modern Art Museum exhibits 21st century work and established names, such as Jackson Pollock. The main shopping area is east of Place Gambetta, along the pedestrianized Rue Porte Dijeaux. A must see is the Galerie Bordelaise, a 19th century shopping arcade, which makes you feel you have stepped back in time. There are plenty of luxury shops around Cours Georges Clemenceau; Louis Vuitton Cartier, Hermes, and Charles Jourdan, to name a few. Alternatively why not sample the color and sounds of the markets in Bordeaux: St Michel, Colbert, Capucins, and Le Bouscat. Do not forget to bring a couple of passport photos so that you can arrange a college student card, which entitles you to reduction on public transport, some cinemas, and museums. For those who want to explore Bordeaux’s nightlife, it is recommended to visit the cafés and restaurants of Place de la Victoire, the Place de Parlement, or the Rue de Parlement Sainte Catherine. You can also sample the various night clubs along Quai de Paludate.
Please arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD). When you book French hosts / private household accommodation, your hosts will collect you from the airport.
Please arrive at Bordeaux train station. When you book French hosts / private household accommodation, your hosts will collect you from the train station.