French Language & Cultural Immersion

Une expérience très boutique à Biarritz, France

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  • An enriching academic focus complete with morning French lessons

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  • Curated cultural activities & fun travel excursions in Biarritz & Paris

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  • Immersive accommodations with a local French-speaking homestay

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  • Structured independence and a supportive team of program directors

  • A panoramic view of Biarritz, Frabce, home to Horizons Abroad summer French immersion programs for high school students.
  • The historic seaside city of Biarritz blends classic French elegance with a modern casual fashion. Known as the Surf Capital of Europe, it is acclaimed for its beaches, hiking trails, safety, and gastronomy.

    Biarritz and the surrounding Côte Basque has been a popular resort destination since European royalty chose the city as the summer destination of choice during the Belle Époque. Today, studying abroad in Biarritz can offer you the opportunity to experience the real daily comfort, culture, and lifestyle of coastal France.

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  • Climate:

    75 degrees average high / 62 degrees average low

  • Program Activities:

    Whitewater rafting, surfing lessons, cooking classes, visits to local museums and cultural sites, sunset foothills hike, and more.

  • Program Excursions:

    Paris (visits to Île de la Cité, Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre Museum), Bayonne, St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, Spain, Bordeaux (Month Session), and more.

  • Dates + Tuition

  • Session A:

  • June 28 - July 14, 2024

  • $4,695

  • This session is currently full. Please contact our office at (888) 512-2470 for more information or to be placed on a wait-list.

  • Month Session:

  • June 28 - July 28, 2024

  • $7,095

  • This session is currently full. Please contact our office at (888) 512-2470 for more information or to be placed on a wait-list.

  • Session B:

  • July 12 - July 28, 2024

  • $4,695

  • This session is currently full. Please contact our office at (888) 512-2470 for more information or to be placed on a wait-list.

  • Tuition does not include airfare or discretionary spending money.

  • What's Included

  • 30 hours of classroom lessons (French 1 to AP/IB)

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    Daily guided activities (optional on Sunday)

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    12 nights with local home-stay accommodation

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    Breakfast & dinner with your home-stay

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    2 nights of hotel accommodations in Paris

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    A welcome tour of Central Paris

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    Transportation between Paris and Biarritz

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    Travel insurance for all students

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    Dedicated pre-departure orientations & preparation

Structured Conversational French Lessons

A Horizons Abroad French teacher is reviewing a student's work during class.

Morning language classes that are on-level with an average class size of 6 students.

Fun and activity based. Designed to improve your confidence listening and speaking French.

Fun and activity based. Designed to improve your confidence listening and speaking French.

Classes are taught by full-time French speaking faculty certified in teaching French to study abroad students.

Exciting Daily Activities & Excursions

A Horizons Abroad student is surfing a wave in Biarritz, France.

Activities ranging from whitewater rafting, sunset hikes in the foothills of the Pyrenees, surfing lessons, cooking classes, and more!

Each session includes visits to Paris, Spain, and villages along the Côte Basque. The month session also visits Bordeaux!

Admission to museums as well as all group transportation while abroad is included in the program tuition.

Your day abroad is filled with enriching activities that connect you to your surroundings and tie you to French culture in exciting and memorable ways.

Caring Supervision & Support

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Each session is facilitated and led by a team of 2 - 3 on-site program directors.

Director teams are a bi-lingual and bi-cultural mix of locals, French teachers, and former study abroad students.

The directors' job is to facilitate well-organized programs and offer student support - allowing you to have fun and live in the moment!

Support for your experience abroad begins the moment you enroll with personalized guidance and orientation materials.

Live like a local with home-stays

A Horizons Abroad student is relaxing and talking with their homestay mother in France.

Living with a home-stay is the most authentic way to immerse yourself in the French language and way of life.

Further develop your confidence speaking French by continuously practicing with native speakers.

Go beyond traveling like a tourist and live like a local in a cosmopolitan French city.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with your home-stay is included.

Your typical day abroad is anything but routine

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast with your homestay

9:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Conversational French classes

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lunch and activities

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Excursions and tours

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dinner with homestay

Designated International Flights

All Horizons France sessions begin and end at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

Air travel is booked independently, and you are free to use miles, points, or any airline. You can choose to travel on flight itineraries that include the designated flights listed below, or book travel on any flight that arrives to Paris between 6:30 A.M. and 10:00 A.M.

Designated flights are likely to have others who you can meet before the program. All students are in contact with a dedicated staff member who tracks flights on travel days and are met by a program director when they arrive abroad.

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  • Designated Flight #1 - United Airlines

    Outbound: United 915

    Departs Washington Dulles (IAD) at 5:20 P.M
    Arrives Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) at 6:55 A.M. (+1 day)

    Return: United 914

    Departs Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) at 12:25 P.M.
    Arrives Washington Dulles (IAD) at 2:50 P.M.

  • Designated Flight #2 - Air France

    Outbound: Air France 681

    Departs Atlanta (ATL) at 4:35 P.M.
    Arrives Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) at 7:05 A.M. (+1 day)

    Return: Air France 682

    Departs Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) at 10:35 A.M.
    Arrives Atlanta (ATL) at 2:00 P.M.

  • The departure and arrival times are subject to change. Please reference the times listed on each airlines' official websites for the most up to date information.

    If you'd like more information on designated flights, booking other flights, or dropping-off / picking-up abroad, please don't hesitate to contact a program director at or by calling (888) 512 - 2470.