During the past 5 years, I have accompanied several groups of students of all ages to Montpellier for a three-week course at the ILA. I continue to return for a number of reasons. The ILA staff has been always very responsive, efficient and organized during the planning process and throughout our stay. They are happy to give advice to students on local attractions, remain in constant contact with host families and other residence facilities, and organize terrific extra-curricular activities, such as guided tours and social events. Students have given me very positive feedback about their instructors and their learning experiences. Several have extended their stays or returned for another stage.
The city of Montpellier is very appealing in a variety of respects, from the climate to the friendliness of the people. There are many cultural and social opportunities in town, and its proximity to the Mediterranean and the Cévennes provide access to numerous outdoor activities. Visits to nearby towns and villages have been very enriching experiences.
Since I’ve returned to California, many students from last year’s group have asked me when they can sign up for next year. This enthusiasm has had a very positive effect on our French program. I look forward to my next trip to Montpellier!