Summer Pre-Leaving Cert Intensive Course


Summer Pre-Leaving Cert Intensive Course

Available May-September

Download the Summer Programmes Application Form (136kb)

Our Pre-Leaving Cert Intensive Course is one of our most popular programmes, is specifically devised around the Irish Leaving Certificate exam.

The programme comprises host family full board + 15 lessons per week + 10 lessons based on LC examination papers per week + afternoon activities (e.g. Biarritz by train, visit Charlie Chocolate, Oceanographic museum, surfing museum, beach, excursion to Bayonne, St Jean de Luz or San Sebastian).

VECSI is in regular contact with our French partners and parents, monitoring the programme from Ireland throughout the stay.

VECSI has specially chosen Biarritz, a famous, beautifully-located international surfing and seaside resort as the main venue for its French language courses and activities programme. Biarritz is a vibrant cosmopolitan town, small and compact, with magnificent beaches, numerous sporting facilities and is an international location for surfing. Surfers come from throughout the world to ride the waves in Biarritz!

Summer Programmes features include:

• Choose your own dates (all arrivals are usually on Sundays and departures on Saturdays, unless airline changes or specific student requests)
• Live with a French family
• Immerse yourself in French culture and everyday interaction through French
• Expert Tuition – customised around the Irish Leaving Cert and provided by French native teachers
• Enhance your learning skills and improve your grades
• Increase your oral proficiency and listening comprehension
• Perfect your written production
• Upskilling in grammar and vocabulary
• After an intensive morning’s tuition enjoy some fun leisure and sporting activities
• Extra Option: Surfing 4 days per week (contact us for prices and details)
• 24/7 support contact line





Travel arrangements for all participating students are made by parents or legal guardians.

Travel options

Direct flights Dublin – Bordeaux daily

Direct flights Dublin – Biarritz  or Dublin – Biarritz via Stanstead  

Transfer option Bordeaux airport – Biarritz by coach or train


Stay with French family, full board, insurance for duration of stay, support from local organiser should any problems arise, 24/7 emergency line, membership of VECSI. Each VECSI student is met on arrival by our Partners and/or host family and accompanied to airport or point of departure for their return.


2 weeks €1,720
3 weeks €2,140
1 week surfing option €150
For longer stays, please contact the office.

Hugely popular programme – Book Early to secure your place!

For more information get in touch