Why you should come to the South of France for a French language immersion program?

Are you looking forward to do a French language immersion program in France? If so have you considered doing a French language immersion program in the South of France?

Many French language students choose Paris or Lyon for their language immersion programs. They are great cities to learn the French language, but it can be very expensive if you are on a tight budget. Moreover, doing a French language immersion program in big cities like Paris or Lyon can be hectic as they have a fast-paced lifestyle. Nevertheless, the South of France offers better options with small, charming and historical cities.

vue d'un vieux village dans la garrigue / view of a village in the scrubland

In the South of France circumstances are conducive to learn French due to the following reasons:

1. Beautiful sunny weather

The Mediterranean climate of the South of France is known all over the world. In some cities such as Marseille, Montpellier and Nice the winters are mild. And in most major cities in the South of France spring and autumn are warm and sunny during the day. From March to October the sun sets quite late allowing you to do many outdoor activities. In the north of France the weather is often cloudy, windy, rainy or damp. Hence, participating in a French language immersion program in the South of France is ideal as it allows you do hang out of your room and discover the city and the culture.

2. Open-minded people

Thanks to its weather and outdoorsy population, most people in the South of France are open-minded and open to have great conversations. This is not the case in the northern part of France where people tend to be reserved.  Hence meeting locals who have an open attitude and who are easy to converse with will improve your French conversation skills in a short span of time. During your French language immersion stay you will be surprised to witness that it is quite easy to strike a conversation with the locals.

3 Beautiful historical cities

The South of France is home to some great historical and cultural cities of Europe such as Nimes, Arles, Marseille and Montpellier. These cities are full of museums, cultural centers and historical monuments that will make your stay enchanting during your French language immersion program. The South of France used to be home to some of the major roman cities and townships whose vestiges are still intact and a feast for the eyes.

4.Great mediterranean food

France is in general renowned for its gastronomy. But the cuisine of the South of France stands out due to its Mediterranean diet which is considered very healthy and increases longevity. Every town or village has its culinary delights that will relish your taste buds.

If you have a penchant for a healthy and sophisticated cuisine then a French language immersion program in the South of France is perfect for you.

5. Accessible outdoor activities

Most cities in the South of France are either closer to the sea if not beside or they are quite close to the mountains. So if you are into sun, sea and ….some fun the beautiful beaches are nearby or if you are a thrill seeker who is into skiing and snowboarding, the Alps in South of France has some of the best ski stations in the world. Accessible snowy mountains and beautiful sandy or cobble beaches will make your French language immersion program memorable.

6. Beautiful country and landscapes

The cozy villages of the South of France are very seductive and will definitely charm you. The South of France has some of the prettiest towns with roman or medieval ruins filled with historical charm. The tiny hamlets and small villages lined on the Mediterranean coast have some of the beautiful landscapes and narrow streets that will take your breath away. So during your French language immersion program make sure you visit some of these charming villages and towns.

7. Beautiful vineyards

The South of France is rife with diverse vineyards! During your French language immersion program it would be great to delve into the rich and fascinating process of winemaking by visiting a wine-estate or a wine-grower. They often organize wine tasting events. Many wine festivals are organized as well in the South of France. If you are a wine connoisseur, then these events are a must attend. They will not only help you discover new and exotic wines but also help you improve your French by allowing you to communicate with fellow wine connoisseurs.

The above reasons will provide a conducive atmosphere and circumstances to master the beautiful French language and learn about the rich French culture. Hope you enjoy your French language immersion stay. In case you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below.

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