Frequently Asked Questions

Before arrival

If you are a citizen of the European Union, you do not need a visa to come to France. You can come with your valid national identification card or passport which is valid or which expired within the last year.
Depending on your nationality, the duration and reason for your planned stay in France, it may be necessary to issue you a visa before your departure. We encourage you to consult the website of the Ministry of foreign affairs or contact the French consulate closest to your home.

You must contract health insurance. Europeans must have the European Health Insurance Card. Civil liability insurance is also necessary, which will cover you in case of damage caused to third parties. We request that you provide a photocopy.

For all registrations, we require:

  • A registration form
  • Payment of a €200 deposit per person or €400 if you would like accommodation in a university residence

Payment shall be made online, except for American Express cards, or by  bank transfer to the school’s account. Don’t forget to state our name and send us a copy. If you need further information please consult the general conditions.

Register at least one month in advance. Last minute registrations are accepted but we cannot guarantee the chosen accommodation (particularly in July and August).

You will receive confirmation from iLP in the 3 days following receipt of your registration form and your deposit. From acceptance of your host, you will receive the information and details on your accommodation.

As a guideline:

  • A coffee: €1.50
  • A cold drink: €2.50
  • A sandwich: €4
  • A restaurant lunch: from €12
  • A cinema ticket: from €8.40
  • A tram ticket: €1.60
  • Weekly tram pass: €17.10
  • 1 day tram pass: €4.30

iLP issues you with a student card to access the student rates for leisure activities.

It has a very pleasant Mediterranean climate: mild and sunny in winter (an average of 10°), hot and very sunny in summer (an average of 30°).


From 12 years of age for school groups.
From 14 years of age for teenagers.
From 16 years of age for adults.

The school

iLP is located in the city centre of Montpellier, between the station and Place de la Comédie, near all tram lines.

The majority of students are between 18 and 40 years old. However, iLP also receives younger and older individuals.

iLP students come from around the world. Each year, the school receives 40 to 50 different nationalities.

iLP will provide the contact details of students who have already studied at the school.

It is always possible to extend your language stay at iLP. Contact Nathalie Combe, head teacher.


Your French host family is generally a couple with or without children.
It may also be a single woman or retired couple.

You should speak to Charlotte, accommodation manager, as soon as possible. She will make every effort to answer your questions and to resolve your problems. If necessary, she will propose new accommodation.

In this type of accommodation, you will participate in the family life, though less so than with half-board, because the people who offer this type of accommodation generally have less availability.

The family will pick up the student between 8:00 and 23:00. Before your arrival, you will contact them at least one week in advance to indicate the time of your arrival at Montpellier station, bus station or airport. The family will have a sign with your name.
The arrival will be on Sunday afternoon or evening. The departure will be on Saturday morning.

It is not possible to extend the accommodation, except in exceptional cases and with the agreement of iLP.

Host families and hotel and student residences will provide sheets and towels.
University residences, shared apartments, studios and independent apartments only provide bedsheets.

Kitchenware is provided in hotel and student residences, shared apartments, studios and independent apartments.
Kitchenware is not provided in university residences. You can purchase what you need in a shop in town (for around €20).

The host families are carefully selected based on the quality of their accommodation in terms of proximity to the school and comfort.


Classes begin every Monday for levels A1-C2.
For complete beginners, classes generally begin on the first Monday of the month or upon request.

You will arrive at iLP at 8:45 to sit a written and oral test with a teacher. The two tests are essential in order to evaluate your level.
After the test, you will participate in an information meeting and receive all information on iLP, Montpellier and the region.
You will be entered into a class corresponding to your level and begin your course.
On the first Monday of the month: classes from 10:30 to 13:30. For students continuing their stay, teachers offer a written test.
Other Mondays: classes from 10:00 to 13:00.
In summer the timetables for classes are likely to change on the first day of the month.

iLP is closed on public holidays.
Two hours of standard classes are made up for one afternoon in the same week. The other classes are fully made up for.

Evaluations are carried out regularly and if necessary classes are restructured based on the individual progress of each student.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact iLP: