Student Life & Accommodation

THE RESIDENCE. L'Académie de France is housed in the Lycée Notre Dame de la Merci, a boarding school in the historic heart of Montpellier, with the city’s most charming streets, public gardens, museums, and monuments just minutes from our door. La Merci recently inaugurated a new dorm with air conditioning in every student room and lounges to relax in on every floor of the residence. The school itself dates from the 16th century and consists, today, of modern buildings surrounding a tree-shaded courtyard in which students can meet with their teachers, relax with friends, and enjoy meals in the outdoor dining area. The school is adjacent to the tranquil Jardin du Peyrou, a 17th-century park with a statue of Louis XIV at its center. A ten-minute walk away is the Place de la Comédie, the city’s vibrant central square filled with cafés, shops, and restaurants and always bustling with energy. Our program has exclusive occupancy of Notre Dame de la Merci and all of its facilities for the month of July, including a film room, gymnasium, weight room, and a state-of-the-art computer room.

STAFF AND SUPERVISION. All programs have central offices open daily from 8:00am until midnight where students can seek advice and answers to their questions. The Program Director and residential staff members live in the same residence as the students, ensuring availability and care around the clock.

ACCOMMODATIONS. We're delighted that our students will take advantage of La Merci's brand new dorm building which has air conditioning in every student room. All rooms are spacious, comfortable triples and doubles that share bathroom facilities on the hall. The rooms have space for studying, every floor has a lounge with couches to relax in, and the school has larger common areas where students can work together. Rooms are furnished with a bed (linens provided), a dresser or wardrobe, and a desk and chair. Students must bring their own towels.

MEALS. Students enjoy a buffet-style breakfast and dinner in the residence cafeteria. Breakfast is continental-style with choices such as cereal, fruit, yogurt, cheese, and bread. Dinner is a variety of standard cuisines and regional foods, including a vegetarian option, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, and dessert. Lunch is at each student's discretion and provides an opportunity to sample the cuisine at various restaurants, to grab a crêpe or baguette nearby, or to dine in local cafés.

COLLEGE FACILITIES. Beyond the classrooms and dining hall, students have the use of a common room for socializing and watching television or movies. There are on-site public telephones and message boards, and students collect their mail daily from the Program Office.