French is one of the most significant languages around the globe; more than 200 million people speak French across five continents. Learning the language is beneficial for a number for a reasons, including career progression, travel, for education purposes and to expand your knowledge of a different culture.

There are a wide variety of ways to learn French, from taking group classes or learning through books and the internet to finding a private French teacher. The best way to learn French, however, is by immersion – take yourself to the country and make an intensive course taught by a native speaker.

When many people think of learning French in France, they think of going to Paris. Although the capital has lots to offer, there are also many other destinations across the country that are perfect for foreign students.

Many language trip agencies, such as ESL – Language Travel, offer language courses across the country. Click here for more information on ESL’s courses. Before you choose where to study it’s worth doing your research.

To get you started, here are three great locations in France to study French, which also offer great nightlife, sight-seeing and much more.


This UNESCO world heritage site is a stunning, cosmopolitan city, which combines striking neoclassical architecture with a lively university population. Make new friends from all over the world as you settle into a life of coffee, bars and shopping – along with plenty of studying, of course.


Right between the hills and the Mediterranean along the Côte d’Azur, Nice is a truly beautiful city, which boasts an inclusive way of life, with something to tick every box. On top of hanging out at the beach with a cocktail or some locally produced Cotes de Provence Rosé, there is much in the way of history and culture, including Garibaldi’s monument.


You will feel right at home in Montpellier, with around a quarter of the city’s population made up of students. Add almost year-round sunshine, renowned restaurants and a buzzy nightlife into the equation, and you can see why the city boasts one of the world’s oldest and most popular universities, the University of Montpellier.


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