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Quality French tuition and premium customer service.
The École Suisse Internationale welcomes students all year round to study French in a friendly and conducive learning environment. Our teaching methods are effective and we offer programs that can be adapted to accommodate your needs.
- Two intimately-sized French language schools designed to optimize networking, connection and communication opportunities.
- A warm family atmosphere in two spacious, comfortable settings.
- Small-sized French classes for each proficiency level.
- Flexible French language program options.
- Individual support mechanisms adapted to each student’s profile.
- Highly qualified and experienced teaching and administrative staff.
- Our teaching approach is verified and certified annually by the Swiss EduQua quality label.
Discover the pleasure of learning and expressing yourself in French. Enjoy an authentic French experience.
- Full immersion in French language and culture.
- Opportunities for spoken exchange and intensive conversational practice both inside and outside class-time.
- Active, participative teaching methods.
- Methodical, concrete French tuition.
- Original course materials developed entirely by our teaching staff.
- Individual educational support to tailor the learning experience to your personal needs and objectives.
- Native French language teachers to assist you with making solid, rapid progress.
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A long history of teaching French and hosting cultural exchanges.
The École Suisse Internationale is the primary activity of the Cercle Commercial Suisse, a nonprofit association founded in 1881 in Paris. We first inaugurated our French school in Paris in 1933, and then our school in Dijon in 1995. Over the course of all these years, the École Suisse Internationale has established a solid track record in teaching language learners from a range of different backgrounds (students, professionals, teachers…) and who hail from different nations around the world.
Découverte de Paris : les 5ème et 13ème arrondissements
Cette semaine, nous avons commencé notre exploration de Paris par une traversée du Jardin des Plantes (parc et jardin botanique ouvert au public, dans lequel se trouve notamment le Muséum national d'histoire naturelle).
Our students share their experience
(Translated) Everyone was incredibly nice. There is a very special atmosphere. I felt welcome from the first second. I took a two-week language course at an advanced level.
I thought it was great that the learning groups were so small (4-6 people), so you really had a lot to talk about. The course content was also very well structured and thought out, so that all language skills were covered. I learned a lot and now I feel much more confident in the French language because I spoke a lot. The topics were very varied, topical and interesting. It was fun to discuss and I also learned a lot about French society.
I also liked that in the advanced courses you had different teachers from time to time. So the classes were very varied and during the breaks together you felt like you were totally integrated into the language school community because you knew everyone.
The joint excursions that take place every Wednesday afternoon are particularly enjoyable. The language teachers always offer an interesting programme that goes beyond the usual tourist attractions. Since some of the teachers grew up in Paris or lived there for a long time, you get an excellent insight into life in Paris and lots of insider tips. After the trip, you always go out for a drink together, so you can practice your French and socialise in a relaxed atmosphere.
It was really a great experience. Thank you all! I will be back! :-) (April 2023)
If you go to the Ecole Suisse, you will find the most attentive and kind teachers and the best students. As a result, you will be "An Mhucais" (Irish expression). I would recommend it to anyone - thank you very much!
Delightful school with delightful people, noted for attention to detail and lovely ambience. Class sizes are small and every Wednesday there is the opportunity to partake in "une petite sortie culturelle". Charming place :) (April 2023)
(Translated) This is the best school! The teachers are very nice and friendly, and they are great people who are close to each of you.
The students are of various ages and you can not only learn a language, but also learn French from people who have had careers in different countries. Full of human charm, you can develop friendships with adults eager to learn and adventure. The young students were full of energy and I really enjoyed interacting with them.
The classes are small and intimate. My favourite part was having lunch with the teachers and other students after class. There is also a café area where you can practice what you have learned while relaxing. (The school only speaks French. I think this is the best environment for those who want to learn languages).
Going to museums, picnics and bars after school and at weekends is also a wonderful memory.
The Ecole Suisse made me fall in love with France. I learned not only the language but also the culture, history and how to communicate with the French, and I was able to integrate into French society.
I am grateful to my wonderful teachers and best friends. Coming to this school has broadened my horizons and given me many opportunities. I am really grateful to you.
I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants to learn French. Please do not hesitate to contact the Ecole Suisse Internationale (April 2023)
I have a love case with the Ecole Suisse! I love the methodology, the professors, classmates…such a great environment! Very worth it.(March 2023)
(Translated) I was here for a few weeks and I liked it a lot. I say I made a lot of progress, especially in "speaking". I found it interesting that there were many different teachers, which allowed me to see different points of view and teaching styles. In general, there is a lot of discussion in class and everyone participates. The maximum class size is 8 students, but often only 3 or 4. I guess it depends on the level. The most sought-after classes seem to be A2-B1 (February 2023)
I attended this school and absolutely loved my experience there! The teachers were very helpful, attentive and kind; they created a collaborative and supportive environment for learning and practicing French. The class sizes were small, and I enjoyed getting to know my fellow students. They use good educational materials, and their feedback on speaking and writing in French helped me improve. I highly recommend this program! The school is also in a great location. I enjoyed my walk to class every day. It was a memorable experience. (February 2023)
Fantastic language school. Very highly recommended if you are looking to learn French in Paris.
- Small class sizes (my classes varied between 2 and 6 students).
- Reasonably priced.
- Flexible course structure, customised for your requirements. (From mastering a particular grammatical form to exam preparation.)
- Wonderful, friendly teachers who genuinely care about their students.
- Facilitated Wednesday "cultural outings" to apply your French around Paris and see some of the city.
- Efficient support and warm welcome from an amazing administrative team.
- You'll learn with a small group of students at your level.
- The classes are great fun, with a variety of exercises and learning methods.
- You will make friends with other students and maybe with the teachers too!
- Eventually you'll have to leave and then you'll miss the school and all the friends you made. :)(February 2023)
(Translated) It's just one month since I left the school and am back in Spain. It's a good time to look back and thank the school, the teachers and the students for the great 7 weeks I spent there. I spoke yesterday with a French friend of mine in French and she said that I speak very fluently... :-) Thank you because it's largely thanks to you! I'll see you later! (January 2023)
(École Suisse was one of the best educational experiences I’ve had in my life and I am so happy I chose to go there to learn French. Located in the bustling 10th arrondissement, École Suisse offers a dynamic and engaging language teaching pedagogy which really improved my French - even though I was only there for three weeks!
Unlike most language schools, classes here are not rigidly structured, but are instead more of a fluid dialogue between the professors and students. For example, maybe while discussing how to use the past tense in French a student starts talking about the museum they visited last weekend - before you know it, the whole class is discussing their favourite museums in Paris! The professors really encourage these “detour” discussion and they use them to teach the class new expressions and grammar (as opposed to coming in with a checklist of pre-selected grammar points). I found this approach so refreshing and helpful - it really encourages you to develop natural conversation skills, which is probably the most important thing at the end of the day. Of course, that is not to say École Suisse shies away from teaching grammar, vocabulary etc - it just does so mostly through interesting, spontaneous interactions as opposed to boring exercises and drills. École Suisse is able to do this because class sizes are very small - none of my classes had more than 6 people. If you can, I would also recommend going to the afternoon classes as well - those ones are essentially a big discussion in French around a certain theme (ie. Education systems, pop music, movies etc) and they really push you to improve.
All this could not be possible without the teaching staff at the school, who are not only experts in what they do, but also very pleasant to be around. For all the stereotypes of tyrannical French teachers who explode into anger if you misgender a noun, there was absolutely none of that here. While classes were no doubt challenging, I always felt well-supported and encouraged by the patience and understanding of the professors. All of them are actually very funny as well, and you will definitely laugh as you learn!
Overall, I would highly recommend École Suisse to anyone looking to spend some time in Paris learning French. The memories, friends and language skills I gained while I was there I will carry with me for a lifetime. (January 2023)
I had a great time at Ecole Suisse which encourages students to communicate in French during and after class. We learn better when we have fun! (December 2022)
(Translated) I attended the Ecole Suisse Internationale for 4 weeks and I am very happy with the choice and the results. The teachers are prepared and extremely helpful, the groups are very small (max 8 people) and this helps to improve your French because you have the possibility to talk a lot in class. Moreover, the atmosphere in the school is very pleasant, we often eat together, students and teachers, and we have constant opportunities to speak French, according to their motto "à l'École on parle que français". The Wednesday afternoon trips to discover Paris are also a good opportunity to continue speaking and listening to French and to get to know the people at the school better (all very motivated!)
Super recommended for those who want to learn French well! (December 2022)
(Translated) I took a two-week intensive course at the end of October as a "Bildungsurlaub" (German option to take a training holiday) and I found it a great experience where I managed to make friends of different nationalities.
I feel that my level of French has improved a lot and now I feel more comfortable speaking, plus my acquaintances in France say that they can make a difference. I really liked the teaching system and the possibility to have classes with different teachers. The building is very nice and for me very well located near the Gare de Nord. All the teachers, including the administrative staff, are super friendly and ready to help you with anything you need, and you can tell they do their job with pleasure. I think it's great that they encourage you to speak French all the time and even encourage everyone to have lunch together (teachers, students, administrative staff) to practice French.
The Wednesday afternoons offer very interesting cultural outings as they invite you to discover Paris from a local point of view.
I totally recommend this school! (November 2022)
(Translated) I spent 3 months at the Ecole Suisse Internationale and I can only say that the school is really great! I can recommend them to everyone, whether they are beginners or advanced, young or old. All the teachers are very nice, open and helpful and it's always fun to go to the school. As the groups are very small, the teachers can focus a lot on individual problems, which allows for rapid progress.
The Wednesday afternoon excursions are also only recommended, as they are not the 0815 attractions of Paris, but hidden places that are a bit less known :-)
I had a great time in Paris and I am very happy to have discovered this school! (November 2022)