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Frequently Asked Questions

Your enrolment :

What are the booking conditions for courses at the Alliance Française de Bordeaux ?
There are no conditions of age or qualifications in order to study at the Alliance Française in Bordeaux. We accept all people from the age of 16 (with parental waiver).

How do I pay for my stay ?
You can pay in Euro, by credit card (online or on site), by cheque, Euro cheque, bank transfer or cash (on site).

What is the notice required for enrolling ?
A minimum of one week before the course starts.
To enroll, you must send us : The registration form duly completed + the payment for the course (which includes the price of the course + the registration fees) + the bank charges (if payment is made by bank transfer)
If you need a registration certificate to obtain a visa, you must register 1/ 1/2 months in advance.

Your arrival in France :

How do I obtain my visa ?
We advise you to contact the French Embassy or Consulate in your country to find out the formalities required to obtain a visa. The Alliance Française will provide a registration certificate which will enable you to apply for a long stay visa from the Embassy or Consulate. You can also consult the internet site of the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères or the Egide .
Be careful if you want to apply for a ’carte de séjour’ , you have to apply for a student visa

If I don't obtain my visa, will I be reimbursed ?
Yes, the amount you have paid will be reimbursed less the fixed charge of 48 Euro to cover administration costs.

Must I take out an insurance policy before I leave ?
Yes, you must be covered by an insurance policy for third party liability, illness, accident, repatriation on medical grounds.
We have a partnership with Descudet insurance (http://www.descudet.fr)

On your arrival in Bordeaux :

How do I reach Bordeaux from abroad ?
You can reach Bordeaux by train, plane or coach

Who will meet me on my arrival in Bordeaux ?
If you are staying with a hosting family, the family will meet you at the airport or station. If you are staying at an hotel or flat, you must organise the transfer yourself.

What happens if there is a problem ?
If you have a problem on your arrival, there is an emergency number : 06 25 01 92 92.
What other activities are there besides lessons ?
We can offer numerous cultural activities after school hours ( visits to chateaux, trips to the seaside, an evening at the theatre, welcoming cocktail…) A list of all the activities is displayed monthly.

If I choose to stay with a family, how far will I be from the Alliance Française ?
Our host families are situated mainly in the city center. The distance can vary from 5 minutes by foot or 20 minutes by bus.

Can I work as well as following lessons at the Alliance Française ?
If you have a long stay student visa, you are allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours a week.

Is there access to the internet at school ?
Yes, there are 3 computers with free access for a period of 30 minutes and a WIFI network.

Your lessons :

How can I find out my level in French ?
After your registration, you will be given a written test which will determine your level in written French. The tests are carried out by our teachers.

Do you have courses for all the different levels ?
Yes, we provide courses for each level ; for complete beginners, there are 4 sessions per year (have a look on our calendar)

When can I start my lessons ?
There are courses all the year round. Each session lasts for 4 weeks and you can enroll for a week minimum.
If you are a complete beginner, you can only start on 6 sessions per year (have a look on our calendar).
The courses always start on Mondays

How many students are there in a class ?
There are between 10 and 16 students maximum in each class.

What is the average age of the students ?
The average age is 25 years. The minimum age requirement is 16 years. A parental waiver is obligatory for students between 16 and 18 years of age.

Question 4: What teaching methods are used?
According to the chosen course, the method is Alter Ego or Taxi. The teachers also have access to all types of teaching resources (audio, video...)
You have to buy the book and the exercises books at Mollat library, you teacher will tell you which book to buy (cost : around 25 €). You have to bring paper and a pencil.

Our banking details : 
Banque BNP Parisbas Bordeaux Chapeau Rouge
Adress 40 cours du Chapeau Rouge - 33 000 Bordeaux
IBAN code : FR76 3000 4003 2000 01 01 94 77 670
(bank code 30004 - branch code 00320 - account number 00010194776 - key identity 70)
Reception : Tuesday and thursday from 8:30am to 7:00pm - Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm
Alliance Française Bordeaux Aquitaine - 126, rue Abbé de l’Epée, 33000 Bordeaux
Tél 33 (0)5 56 79 32 80 - Fax : 33 (0)5 56 00 56 10 - www.alliance-bordeaux.org - courriel : af@alliance-bordeaux.org