Mairie de Paris French Courses

Language schools abound in the City of Light, but it’s difficult to find a program that provides quality instruction and doesn’t break the bank or wreak havoc on your schedule. However, the language program offered by the Mairie de Paris fits the bill–knowledgeable teachers, after-work hours, and convenient locations. The best part? The semester long courses cost as little as 1oo euros. For 60 hours of instruction, it’s the best deal in town.

But, there’s a catch! Signing up isn’t quite as easy as we’d like it to be and you must register in advance. Since the courses are cheap by Paris standards, lots of folks are vying for a classroom seat. To secure a spot, you need to stay on top of registration opening and closing dates*, fill out and mail in your enrollment paperwork (Bulletin d’Inscription), and, in some cases, follow up directly at the school where you applied to take the course (classes are held in Paris’s public school buildings). After the registration closing date, you’ll receive a response as to whether you’ve been accepted or put on a wait list. If accepted, the response letter will explain next steps, including payment, evaluation, and getting your ID card. The courses are extremely popular so there’s a slim chance you may be wait-listed. Don’t be discouraged! After the first few classes of the semester, many individuals drop out and spaces open up. Keep inquiring with the school to see if you can get in.

If you don’t mind going through the motions to get yourself enrolled, these courses truly are some of the best for the price. Unlike other programs, instructors are qualified professionals who often have backgrounds in linguistics and speak multiple languages. They have years of experience refining the prescribed curriculum to meet the needs of their students and generally work hard to make sure everybody’s French improves. If you’re willing to put in the effort, so are they.

If the Mairie de Paris program isn’t what you’re looking for, read our earlier post on language schools in Paris here.

 

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7 responses to “Mairie de Paris French Courses

  1. Hi, Thank you for this info. Do you have any idea, time wise, when the evaluation takes place? Is it between the time the registration is closed and the classes start or perhaps on the first day when the classes start?

    Thanks.

  2. Is there any new course like this one for the year of 2013?
    As I understood there is only one for the year 2012, is that right?

  3. Do you know if they run two semesters – like another one in Jan?

    • Yes, there are multiple periods of enrollment throughout the year. Check the website for your mairie to find out about registration and class dates.

      • Also, are these classes large due to the cheap price? I know private classes are more expensive but I assume smaller classes. I live outside of Paris, wondering if I qualify if I don’t live in “that” district?

      • You will have to investigate the details in your own area. Classes by the mairie are meant to serve residents within its jurisdiction.

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