French Gap Year destinations
When thinking of places that speak French, France would come to mind straight away. However, the French language is spoken by roughly 80 million people in about 50 different countries around the world. Apart from the European states of France, Luxembourg and Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Senegal and the Côte d’Ivoire also have many French speaking areas.
This is why Sprachcaffe offers you three locations in three different continents on which you can learn French:
Our language schools in France
Learn French whilst enjoying a Café au lait and Croissants
In Paris you will be able to visit museums and see countless beautiful sights, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and Versailles. Stroll through the Champs-Élysées and let the city of love enchant you.
If you prefer the beach, you simply need to visit our Language school in the south of France. Great adventures await you in Nice! Join us on our journey to the most trending beaches in St. Tropez, Cannes or Monaco. Alternatively you can spend your afternoons relaxing at the beach.
If you are an EU citizen, you will not require a special entry permit to live in France for a longer period of time. If you are not an EU citizen you may need a special entry permit or a VISA to stay there for longer. You should definitely inquire about this at the French embassy near you and apply for a VISA or entry permit as soon as you can should you require it.
In case you decide to go on a Gap Year or sabbatical to France you should make sure that you have a travel health insurance that will remain valid for at least the entire duration of your stay. The company that you are currently insured with should be able to give you thorough details about your current insurance status. If you do not have a valid travel health insurance or if your travel health insurance does not last for the entire duration of your stay, you will need to apply for a new travel health insurance as soon as possible before beginning your journey.
Our language school in Canada
Learn French in the friendly country of Canada
In Montréal English meets French! Both languages are spoken in this fascinating city and the cultures of both languages clearly shine through in the day to day life of the local people. As a consequence, this metropolis is a very special spot for people to experience in Canada.
Canada is the perfect place for your Gap Year language course as you can go on longer excursions and thereby explore this large and beautiful country.
In order to enter Canada you will require a passport that will remain valid for the entire duration of your stay in Canada. Additionally you will also need to book the online-based travel permit "eTA" (electronic travel authorization). We also recommend that you apply for your permit at least 72 hours before you leave home to begin your journey. This is advised as the Canadian administration can not guarantee the timely processing of your documents unless you send your application off within the time mentioned above. The fee for travel permits is 7 CAD per person. Once you gain your eTA travel permit, it will be valid for 5 years. In order to apply and pay for your permit you will need a valid passport, an email address and a credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express).
If you stay in Canada for longer than 6 months you will need to apply for a VISA as well. You can apply for your entry clearance at the Canadian embassy and the Canadian consulate near you, which are both official foreign representative institutions of Canada.
You will also be able to book a language trip to Canada if you are 16 or 17 years old. If you are below the age of 18 you will need to answer questions about your travel circumstances. Another requirement is the permission letter given to you by your parents or proven guardians. This letter should contain your guardians' names and full contact details.
If you are planning on staying for a longer period of time you need to ensure that you have a travel health insurance that is valid for the entire duration of your stay in Canada. You can inquire about this with the insurance company that you are registered with. In case you do not have a valid travel health insurance or if its validity runs out before you return from your travels, you will need to apply for an additional travel health insurance to cover your entire stay.
Find further information about the health care system in Canada here.
Our language school in Morocco
Travel through the dessert to your French course!
The sunny city of Rabat is very close to the ocean as well as the desert. In Morocco's fascinating capital you can choose between learning French or Arabic. French is used as the unofficial language spoken in companies and professional environments.
If you decide to take a Gap Year or sabbatical course in Rabat, you will need to ensure that you have a stay permit. In order to obtain this permit you will need to visit the local police in charge of foreign visitors and apply for your permit within 21 days of having arrived in Rabat. You will be required to provide proof of your financial stability as well as reasoning for why a longer stay in the country will be necessary. You can ask for a proof of student status document from our school in Rabat. We will be happy to give this to you so that you can show it to the police as a reason for your longer stay in the country.
If you are unsure about the process you can contact your local Moroccan embassy for more information about what you are required to do and bring with you before your journey begins.
If you are planning on staying in Rabat for a Gap Year or sabbatical language course you will need to ensure that you have a travel health insurance that is valid for the entire duration of your stay there. In case you do not yet have such an insurance or it will not be valid for your entire stay you will need to apply for a new or additional insurance in order to ensure that you are covered until the time when you are back from your travels.