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a VirtualTourist member from Melbourne asked on Apr 21, 2011


Studying French

I will be living in Paris next Feb-May and want to study French. Has anyone done so in Paris and, if so, what institution did you study at?
Also, I am looking for a place to stay. I would like to do a house swap. Has anyone had experience with this? Any organisations you can recommend?

Thank you in advance.

6 Answers

answered on 4/21/11 by
a VT member from Chicago

I did this, but the school I attended when I first came over has since closed. You could try Alliance Francais or the Catholic University of Paris which has short term courses.

I chose a home stay instead of my own apartment. It included two meals a day with the hostess. I stopped the meals after 2 months so that I could be free to return to her apartment when I wanted and not have to worry about being late for meals. After one month I had made incredible progress in my spoken French. I didn't see this with classmates who had their own place. I was fortunate to get a great hostess, a widowed older woman. We became very great friends and I have returned to her place every year since.

answered on 4/21/11 by
a VT member from Barossa

I have heard good reports about Homelink for home exchange. You can register as a visitor and look at what is available, they will send you a password.

answered on 4/21/11 by
a VT member

the best one for me is '' alliance française'', they are all over the world.

For the hotel ou appartment, You can inspire from '' trip advisor'', there are a lot of suggestions.

I've rent an appartement not far away from the center Paris, it's real pratical

answered on 4/21/11 by
a VT member from Melbourne


I like the idea of a homestay to improve my French, but I am worried about the cost versus the home swap which will save me a lot of money. How much did your homestay cost?

answered on 4/21/11 by
a VT member from Chicago

I think it was about 600+ euros including the meals and then 560 euros without.

answered on 2/24/13 by
a VT member

The price is about 600 euros. I spent 6 months with a French family last year (I had the best time of my life with them) in Paris and if I remember correctly I used a site called “Homestay In Paris” ( The service is straight forward, they are very friendly, responded to queries in timely manner... Cheers!

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