Why I loved my language stay in Montpellier

Language stay in Montpellier - Arc de Triomphe

For the second time this year, after I spent a weekend in the lovely Alsace some months ago, I was waiting at the Airport in Basel to catch my flight to one of our big neighbors, France. In a collaboration with Boa Lingua, a Swiss company that organizes language stays in different languages and countries around the world, I planned my two week stay in Montpellier in the south of France. After I already made my first language stay in San Diego, California with Boa Lingua and was highly pleased with their service I had an easy decision to do so again. Following I will tell you what I did whilst my language stay in Montpellier and what I loved.

Language stay in Montpellier
Place de la Comedie (city center)

 

Learning, Exploring, Connecting – a language stay in Montpellier

The definition of a language stay is hard to put into words. Firstly, you visit a language school to improve your language skills, which is something great. Secondly you will explore a new region, like when you are traveling. Lastly you will meet a lot of international people – in my case especially from Europe and South America. For me a language stay is kind of a holiday where you work on your skills while developing yourself and meeting great friends that can change your life completely. Every aspect of your journey can play a huge role in the end result. But what were these facets in my language stay in Montpellier?

The host family

Whilst I stayed in a dorm in the United States I went for a host family in Montpellier. To improve your language this is a crucial decision, especially if you are on a bad level at the beginning of your language stay. My host family had a central location (one minute from the school, five minutes to the city center) and my host mother was simply amazing. Honestly, my room was even much better than my own room at home. Also your host family is always there for you if you need any help or assistance, no matter if it belongs to your homeworks or something else. Admittedly not every host family is as perfect as mine was. However Boa Lingua will always try to give you a great family and it’s possible to change if you have any problems.

The school

Also a crucial part is the school you are attending. At the end of the day you pay them and should expect a great service to improve your language. In my two stays this was the case – whilst my language stay in Montpellier I went to ILA Montpellier which was a great school. It is also possible to explore the region with your language school. They usually offer organized trips with guides or teachers showing around in the city.

Meeting friends

This is, for me, one of the best parts of a language stay, especially if you stay for a longer time period. You will meet people from all around the world in a different situation then the daily grind of our working society. This makes it possible to build a strong connections in just some months or even weeks. If you plan to travel around the world it’s a great idea to start off with a language stay for some months to connect with people that will maybe give you a great opportunity for your travel experience. For example did I travel around Brazil for one month and this just happend because of my language stay last year. 

Exploring the place

You can do this alone or with your school. Sure, that’s okay. But it’s much better to do this with your new friends! Whilst my language stay in Montpellier we walked more than 10’000 meters per day in the beginning and just explored the various streets, alleys, parks, monuments and churches all around the city. There is so much to explore! Once we were tired of doing this tourist stuff we just took some time to relax in one of the lovely small coffee stores. I almost forgot to mention that there are also amazing beaches nearby – perfect if you stay there in Summer.

 

Language stay in Montpellier
Castle of Flaugergues

 

What I loved about my language stay in Montpellier

Finally let’s come to what I personally loved the most about my language stay in Montpellier. In general I had a great time there and can’t complain about it at all – still there are some points that clearly stood out for me. 

Montpellier at night

Don’t get me wrong, Montpellier is a lovely city at daytime. However when the night started there were so many great possibilities. The oldtown shines like a diamant, the different bars start their business and the parks are even more relaxing to chill. Just sitting outside with friends, drinking a beer and talk about the world – Montpellier is the perfect place for that kind of things. There are also several places to meet international students – such as the Australian Bar.

 

Language stay in Montpellier - Comedie
Streets of Montpellier

 

Photographer’s paradise

This aspect is not for everybody – but especially for me. If you are a photographer you will simply love Montpellier. Also at night all the buildings just look magnificent with their lighting and the darkness of the night. You can walk around the oldtown and find an amazing spot on every corner. If you avoid the poor areas (they are not in the center) you will also don’t have any problems with the safety of you or your camera gear.

To end the whole article I want to tell you that I really loved my time in Montpellier – in every aspect. If you plan to learn French or just to visit a lovely little city – Montpellier is an excellent choice. If you liked my report or consider doing a language stay you can head over to Boa Lingua’s Blog (German) and read more stories from other travellers.

 

Language stay in Montpellier

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Daniela

    I did my first language holidays as a teenager in England and France. Nowadays, I study languages online and try to choose AirBnB hosts who don’t speak English. In Buenos Aires, I stayed with a lady in her 60’s who didn’t speak a word of English and only accepted Spanish-speaking guests. She was very communicative and it was a great way for me to get used to Argentinian Spanish in a natural way. There are also language exchanges in every major city where you can meet people. You mentioned that you traveled in South America, so you will know.

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      mscgerber

      Thanks for sharing your experiences Daniela, really interesting! Especially with the AirBnB host in Argentina, I did not consider that yet, will definitely do this in the future!

  2. Joella

    I had never heard of a language stay. I must admit it fascinates me to read about it here. I have a huge interest in languages and travel and this sounds like a perfect combination. Wish this was something I knew about in my younger years before I had family. Maybe my children will take advantage of this. Amazing!!!

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      mscgerber

      Great to hear that you were able to get some inspiration from my post Joella. It is very common here in Switzerland and I can definitely recommend it for your children!

  3. Anete

    Oh wow! Language stay is something new for me. I’ve never done it but it sounds like a very very good thing! And even more when such a good thing is combinated with a stay in one of the most beauitful places ever, it’s even better. I totally agree with the photographer paradise thing..one of the most photogenic cities! 🙂 Loved reading this post.

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  4. Carola

    I have never done a language stay in a different country/city. But the way you describe your experience makes it very appealing: from the great school to the host family to your classmates. I’ll have to check out Boa Lingua to see what they have in Sapin and Portugal…

    Thank & happy continued travels!
    C

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