A warm welcome to your French host family in Montpellier / South of France

Host Families: French Immersion

The ideal way to discover French language and culture and its people is to live with a local French host family. We therefore recommend for your language course in France a stay with one of our carefully selected host families, which enables you to experience total French immersion. We select our French families in Montpellier according to our strict criteria and also respect the IALC accommodation code.

We know all our French host families personally and have inspected their homes in Montpellier carefully. All families are obliged to sign a contract with our French language school in order to assure highest quality.

We place great importance on the friendliness of our French host families and their interest in a cultural exchange. Not only will you be able to practice your French language outside tuition hours but you will also gain an interesting insight into a typical French way of life.

Enjoy a real French immersion during your language course in France!


Rooms : Single room (double rooms are also possible for students travelling together). All rooms are properly equipped with a bed, adequate storage space, lighting, chair and desk etc.

Meal plan : Room only/kitchen access, breakfast only or half board (breakfast and dinner)

Location of families : Nearly all families in Montpellier live within less than 30 minutes from our institute. approximately half of our families are in walking distance to ILA.

Transfers : You will be welcomed at Montpellier train station or airport upon arrival and taken back for departure. You must let us or your host family know the arrival details no later than 1 week before your arrival. This service is available until 10:30 pm and free of charge. Arrival is possible as of 02:00 pm, earlier on request.

On arrival : Your French host family will show you your room as well as the common parts of the home. You will be given a key to the home and your hosts will explain you their way of living and the rules to be respected.

After you register with us, you will receive a questionnaire to be filled out, for us to find out about your habits and interests. This information will help us choose the best matching French host family for your language course in France. We guarantee to fulfil all your special requests like vegetarian food, special nutrition requirements (food allergies), respect all allergies against any pets etc. as well as guaranteeing non-smoking families. We also make all efforts to fulfil your wishes like families with or without children, central location, family of a certain age or all other requests you might have. Additionally, we take into account your age and hobbies.

Prior to arrival

2 to 3 weeks prior to arrival in Montpellier, we will provide you with detailed information about your host family. All address and contact details will be given to you as well as information on all family members, their professions and hobbies.
Our French host families appreciate you contacting them prior to arrival for general concern, and also in order for you to communicate your arrival details, for them to organize your pick-up.

During the stay in your French host family

Our accommodation officer will be there for you during your stay with your host family in Montpellier to guide you or help you with any question regarding your accommodation.

End of your stay with your French host family

At the end of your French language stay at our school in Montpellier, you receive a quality questionnaire to evaluate all aspects of stay at ILA including your experience with your hosts. This evaluations form enables us to monitor all family performances continuously.

Fabian A. (Switzerland)

"I stayed 10 weeks at ILA for a DALF exam preparation course. I chose to stay with a family. This was a great experience. I wished a family with another ILA student and the ILA accommodation department provided a family accordingly. My host parents made me really welcome from the first moment. I spent a lot of time with them, this helped me greatly to practise my French every day. I also learned a lot about French culture, civilisation and French family life. I had an excellent time. Thank you ILA for providing this excellent host family!"

Fabian A. (Switzerland)