The experience was unbelievable, the staff super great. The only thing is the food, it was not so great. It's surprising because the food in Nice is amazing. Maybe you guys should look at it.
Review by HungC2 weeks ago
Learned lots of French
Made great friends
Review by Dpopa Paic3 weeks ago
Lessons are instresting, teachers are nice, a meaningful experience.
Review by Thumbs3 weeks ago
Great teaching staff and comfortable accommodation. My 17 year old daughters had a wonderful time and improved their French.
Review by AunaleisMari Schween3 weeks ago
The school provided a great forum for meeting and speaking with people from all over the world using a common language. The placement exam did a good job of putting me at a challenging yet beneficial level. The professor was very good at engaging the class, which was a good size and also at keeping interest high in the topics discussed. Also enjoyed the excursion opportunities and the opportunity to walk out from the classroom with the confidence to explore the area on my own.
Review by Bastie3 weeks ago
I LOVED my week long intensive at the CIA. My teacher was the BEST and I hope that I will be able to come back and study there soon!
Review by Fereshte Thorns4 weeks ago
I attended Family camp with my 3 children in July 2019 and we all improved our French a lot. The kids afternoon excursions were great and they came home with big smiles each day. We stayed at the Hotel Astor (arranged by CIA) because the other two residences were full and it was great! Breakfast was awesome and the hotel managers were wonderfully nice people. The only change I would make is I wish more of the adult excursions would keep the arrival home of the day camp kids in mind because I would have loved to participate in them!
Review by Foundry1 month ago
Thank you for the great experience in Antibes! I learnt a lot.
Sometimes the rooms were too hot and sometimes the rules were too strict, but usually the animators were really friendly and helpful and I made great friends in the camp.
Review by Vanner1 month ago
We really loved the instruction from the school. Our accommodation, which was arranged by the school could have been more appropriate for a family.
Review by Primlet1 month ago
Bed food bed learning
Review by Gbhennessy1 month ago
The lessons and educational experience was wonderful, but sadly, the conditions of the bedrooms and toilets were unacceptable.
Review by Ouchdrow1 month ago
I attended CIA as a debutante for 8 weeks in July and August. I was very confused by the course structure and syllabus as it changed weekly depending on the class participants.
In my opinion it did not cater for a student there for a longer stretch... it was geared towards the ability of those studying for 1 or 2 weeks. This is in no way a criticism of the Professors who were amazing, dedicated and passionate...., but I felt they also were hampered by the fluid structure.
Another thing I found unusual and not efficient was that there were no textbooks.
On questioning this I was told that each Professor uses their own methods. On a daily basis were were given photocopies ( very often illegible) from the Professors books... again very confusing. The facilities at the Chateau were quite basic with each student sitting only on a plastic chair with extendable quarter desktop.... these were very uncomfortable and definitely non ergonomic. Toilet facilities were substandard.
I chose to board for 8 weeks with a host family. These were arranged by the school.
I requested a move from my initial family after 2 weeks as the location and standard of accomodation was not suitable.
The second family was closer to the school but again the accom was substandard.
If regular visits were done to vet recommended homes, it may improve the offering and make the learning experience better. In summary, great teaching staff, confusing structure, poor facilities on and offsite.
Review by Ubey Kalloger1 month ago
The activities were good, and the people were very nice. However, it was little freetime. The food could be better as well», but over all, I had a good experience
Review by Makgaje1 month ago
My children had a great time and improved their French. I wish I could give the camp 5 stars but can't because of the accommodations, facilities and the food. I would pay more for the same service at a nicer location - one with toilet seats and no bed bugs. My standards are not that high. Also, there was a little Lord the the Flies atmosphere with very little supervision. Still, they came home happy with lots of great stories about their freedom and adventures.
Review by Hanlp1 month ago
The food was not good and the children were really hungry. That is the thing that was disappointing
Review by Poensin1 month ago
Great teachers and beautiful setting
Review by Tartos1 month ago
AMAZING SUMMER CAMP!
VERY ORGANIZED, GREAT ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES, AND A VARIETY OF WATERSPORTS TO ENJOY. I GOT THE CHANCE TO SEE MANY AMAZING VILLAGES AND CITIES OF THE COTE D' AZUR. FRENCH CLASSES VERY HELPFUL ( I TOOK THE INTENSIVE COURSE). ROOMS WERE GREAT, FOOD COULD BE BETTER THOUGH!
HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT AND I WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR!
Review by Templer Derrow1 month ago
The food was not good other than one afternoon and I did not have a stove or fridge in my room in which I could cook.
Personally, I felt that the program was a little unorganized and I wished that the schedule and concept of the camp was better explained. Animators were not very nice other than Juan and Morgan. They were the friendliest and most helpful. They seemed the most involved and helped me integrate. Some aspects of the camp were also too strict. The school was good, although when I arrived, the time to wake up became earlier and i think we should have been able to sleep in longer, since the school started at 9 am. I was also a bit concerned regarding the language aspect. I was often times confused as to what was going on, as the animators spoke only french and I am a beginner in the language, and would have trouble understanding certain sentences.
Review by Irwing1 month ago
We thought the camp was fun but there could have been some more structure. The days seemed long and we Think more organized activities would have helped. The French classes also tried to cover too much material at one time. Overall it was a fun experience.
Review by Sdw1 month ago
Generally the facilities are average, toilets could be cleaner, taste of food could be improved, more options of healthier food (less greasy).
Activities throughout the program was alright and quite entertaining.
Meeting students from other countries and making new friends are fantastic experience!
Review by Bafford Sockovic1 month ago
I found the adult advanced class very valuable, and the small group class, while more expensive, was well worth it. I learned a lot in my two weeks at the school. The professors were excellent. I hope to return next year.
Review by Oldguywhodidntknowwhathewassigningupfor1 month ago
I liked my stay here, but that was only because i met really nice people and at our free time had a nice time. The activities weren't that great, same goes for the food. When I arrived nobody told me anything about how stuff worked. Like they didnt tell me that they would close the rooms, didn’t tell me i have to sign up for activities, and didnt tell me where and at what time we had to gather for activities. They didnt tell me at what time we had to be back. These things i had to find out the ‘hard’ way by not being on time, and a lot of confusion. But as i said I made good friends and the free time was fun.
Review by Gitka1 month ago
It was great and i learned a lot in the lessons
Review by Phanindhar Kintab2 months ago
Seemed well organised.
Review by Schalor2 months ago
I have been to CIA before, but this time wasn't quite as good. The teaching quality was a lot lower, and I really feel I didn't make as much progress as previously. The content wasn't engaging or logical, and I think I learnt more talking to my local baker than in my classes! There were also some staff who didn't speak French as a native language, and were impossible to understand for any beginner students (eg our city tour guide), so a lot of us struggled to engage.
My daughter was also here attending in a 3 week kids camp for 8 hours a day, unfortunately, not much French was spoken, and she's still at a very low level. My daughter, who is 10, was placed in a class with lots of teenagers and came away with some 'interesting' new words- too bad not many of them were French! For $3000 Australian dollars for 3 weeks, I was really hoping she would leave with a higher level of French :(
She did however, learn to sail, and had a great time doing lots of activities- but most were in English. I think the last comment I would make is that CIA gives the kids a lot of freedom- which is both good and bad depending on how you look at it. I would appreciate a healthier lunch and a bit more restriction on kids borrowing and spending each others' money, but you live and learn.
I will say that the admin staff were fantastic. Maybe we were just unlucky with staff and teaching, as last year I gave CIA a 5 start review due to fantastic staff, I learnt so much, and my daughter's French increased a lot. Perhaps peak season is a bad idea.