Villa HippoCampo

Institut de Francais–total French immersion language school just a ten-minute walk from Villa Hippocampo!


Bonjour mes amis! (Hello my friends!)

The beautiful town of Villefranche-sur-Mer on the French Riviera is not just a beautiful escape, it’s also a perfect place for an unforgettable language-learning experience at the Institut de Français. This lovely school is housed in a luxurious Provencal villa that is surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of the Golden Triangle. If you have learned French before and feel like it is as rusty as a forgotten bicycle, the Institut de Français will completely transform your point of view on learning the language. Here’s why:

First, “the total immersion” Institut de Français is very serious about teaching French the moment you step into their school. French is the only language spoken. It may sound a bit daunting but it truly disciplines you to practice speaking French which develops your learning rapidly. Next, “small classes, big impact”. The class size is very intimate with a maximum of 10 students. This allows for centered and personalized learning which means you will receive plenty of attention from the friendly and passionate teachers. They make sure that you have fun and are engaged as much as possible by their method of mixed activities. Learning French with the view in the background will give you good vibes and keep the mood lively and relaxing.

The school has a great reputation and as a former student, I always boast about what a great opportunity they provide. 

Institut de Français offers two, three, and four-week French courses in which you’ll learn the language eight hours a day and five days a week. Their fees are as follows including a 200 euro non-refundable registration fee.

  • Full session – €5,800 
  • 2 weeks – €2,900 
  • 3 weeks – €4,350 

For inquiries, contact them via phone at +33 493 01 88 44 or by email at And also check the class schedule to learn what dates are best for you. Learn more about it by visiting their website

The perfect home base for this learning experience is Villa Hippocampo which is a ten-minute walk away from the Institut de Français. Our beautiful villa is also a 12-minute walk away from the seashore and the old town of Villefranche. The villa’s proximity to well-known tourist destinations and restaurants is perfect not just to learn French but also to be immersed in the culture and life in the South of France.

As someone who was enrolled at Institut de Français and stayed at Villa Hippocampo, I can tell that by the end of the experience you will start holding conversations with locals and explore the streets with confidence. 

<span style="font-size: 16px !important" >Written by</span><br>C. Sage Givens

Written by
C. Sage Givens

C. Sage Givens is a seasoned traveler who has made the Cote d'Azur her second home. With a deep affection for French culture, cuisine, and the breathtaking beauty of the sea and limestone cliffs that grace Villefranche-sur-Mer, her true passion lies in sharing her love for Villa Hippocampo. This exquisite haven offers a level of tranquility she believes is unmatched anywhere else in the world.