“Last year, I participated in the VECSI Summer Programme for the second time. I repeated the same Intensive Course, which really helped to improve my French grammar. I really enjoyed it! I stayed with the same French family as last time, who have been so kind and welcoming to me on both stays. I have already booked again with VECSI to do the Intensive Pre-Leaving course this coming summer. I would definitely recommend VECSI!”

Peig Delaney , St Mary’s, Secondary School


“Last year I went on the VECSI TY Programme, where spent five weeks in Biarritz. Going to school in the French Lycée gave me the chance to improve my aural skills, and I made some great friends. My host family were so kind. Living with them really helped improve my spoken French. I can’t wait to go back to Biarritz this summer to do the VECSI Intensive PreLeaving Cert Course and spend another three weeks with them! I can recommend VECSI!”

Michaela MacCarthy, Institite of Education, Leeson St., Dublin 2


“My 4 week stay in Biarritz with Vecsi was a great experience and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. The intensive course for the first week was very beneficial and I really enjoyed going to the lycée. The host family were extremely kind and caring. My French really improved and I now find it much easier to speak and understand. Biarritz was a lovely town and I really liked everything about my stay there.”

Sophie Boylan – Loreto College St. Stephen’s Green.

“I go to school in St Marys in New Ross and I recently completed the TY program with VECSI. I stayed for 7 weeks in Biarritz France. I went on the VECSI programme with my friend and we were with different host families, but were only a 2 minute walk apart in related households. I attended a language school for the first week for intensive French classes which were extremely helpful. I then attended a lycée for 5 weeks and had one week holidays at the end of the course. The family that I stayed with were extremely nice and welcoming. I had a curfew until 9 pm weekdays and 10 pm on weekends which allowed time for activities after school. I think this programme really improved my French, especially listening comprehension, and I feel more much more confident speaking French now.”

Aoife Nolan


“My teachers were excellent, family were so very kind! I adored my one week of surfing as I love sport. It was a great experience, I loved French family life, my French has improved so much I would really recommend it!”

Anne-Marie O’Driscoll, Sutton Park School, Dublin


“Thanks to VECSI intensive course, my grammar has much improved, I now find it so much easier to understand spoken French. I really liked my French host family, food was delicious – without a doubt I can recommend this VECSI séjour to my friends.

Sarah Yates, Newtown School, Waterford


“I had a great time, loved my family, learned lots of French – feel much more confident!”

David Lynch, Colaiste an Spioraid Naomh, Cork


“My French has greatly improved, especially my listening comprehension. My host family were really kind. Biarritz is a great location, which I would recommend to my friends. I also went on the VECSI Transition Year Programme to Bordeaux last year and it was a fantastic experience.”

Daniel Mallon, St Michaels College, Ailesbury Road, Dublin

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