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at French in Normandy

Study French in one of France’s most famous cities

Rouen is a vibrant, medieval city in the heart of Normandy, just 1 hour from Paris by train. French in Normandy and the city of Rouen offer an intensive French immersion experience to students from around the world. Study French in Rouen and immerse yourself in la vie française.

Discover some of the jewels of Rouen


Rouen is more than just a city with a hundred steeples. Its legacy is significant, and its past is as intriguing as it is rich. A city and a way of life to explore on a walk through the gardens and parks, in the museums of Rouen, or at the pace of events. Rouen, on the banks of the Seine, is the dynamic, historic, and cultural center of Normandy. Many visitors’ favorite buildings in the city include Monet’s iconic representations of Rouen Cathedral, but there are also many wonderful museums to see, not to mention the Gros Horloge clock tower, France’s oldest inn La Couronne, and the lovely new chapel dedicated to Joan of Arc.


Rouen is a northern French city on the Seine River. It is the prefecture of the Normandy region and the Seine-Maritime department. The metropolitan area’s population was once one of the largest and most opulent cities in medieval Europe. The Rouennais are residents of Rouen. From the 11th through the 15th century, it was one of the capitals of the Anglo-Norman dynasty, which dominated both England and vast areas of contemporary France. The city enjoyed tremendous economic growth beginning in the 13th century, owing mostly to the establishment of textile manufacturers and river traffic.

Tourist Sites

Rouen is a dynamic city with stunning buildings, brilliant brains, and a rich history. It is a city that will engage you whether you are visiting one of its famous landmarks, revisiting its intriguing history, or getting lost in its colorful streets. Here are some activities we recommend you undertake while you study French in Rouen.

Walking Tour Guided by a Local

Discover Rouen city centre, things to see and do, as well as the best ways to get around. Learn where to get your supplies, the finest locations to eat and where the locals hangout on the weekends. All students are invited to a free walking tour on their first day.

Tour Normandy D-Day Beaches

Visit the Normandy beaches where fallen soldiers’ memories are kept alive. Depart from the port town of Rouen on a full-day trip with one of our school activity partners. Learn about the events that occurred in Normandy, from the D-Day landings through the Battle of Normandy.

Visit Rouen's Castles and Abbeys

Explore the medieval heritage of Normandy on a day trip to Rouen. This excursion starts in the historical centre of Rouen and ventures out to castles and abbeys in the surrounding area.


Normandy is a northern French region. Its diversified coastline includes white-chalk cliffs and WWII beachheads such as Omaha Beach, the renowned D-Day landing location. The rocky island of Mont-Saint-Michel, just off the shore, is capped by a majestic Gothic monastery. In 1431, military leader and Catholic saint Joan of Arc was killed in Rouen, which is dominated by the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. The incredible history of Normandy begins with the Viking immigrants, and continues with the epic Norman Conquest in 1066, and the successful cross-channel operation on June 6, 1944. (D-Day).

Discover Normandy’s secrets, history, culture, heritage, notable people, tourist sites, gastronomy, and know-how – all you need to know to truly appreciate our beautiful province.


Normandy’s flavors span from coastal to rural, including fresh seafood from the English Channel, creamy cream from pastoral cows, and delicious apples from Pays d’Auge orchards. Some of the popular dishes are:

Dieppoise Marmite: Mollusks, crustaceans, and fish come together in a creamy, salty soup made with butter, cider, and crème fraîche.

Meadow-salted lamb (agneau de pré salé): Produced in the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel and the Cotentin Peninsula.

Tripes à la mode de Caen: The French equivalent of Haggis. Traditionally, the meal utilized all four chambers of a cow’s stomach, its hooves and bones, and a portion of the big intestine, until the French outlawed this final item in 1996.

The Trou Normand: The Trou Normand is customarily served between dinner courses or as a dessert. Calvados, a local liqueur, is poured over a sour apple sorbet in a tiny glass.

Mère Poulard’s Omelette: A legendary omelette, served in a 19th-century inn in Mont Saint-Michel, is famed for its fluffy texture.

Teurgoule: A rice pudding that is cooked with milk and sugar and then sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon. The mixture is cooked for many hours in earthenware to form a rich, caramelized crème brûlée-like crust.


As the capital of Normandy, there’s so much to explore on a French course in Rouen – from the city’s distinctive timbered homes to the parks and markets, this is a fantastic location to immerse yourself in French. Our team will ensure that you make the best possible progress while learning French in Rouen by immersing you in the language every day and supporting your language learning goals.

Rouen is a picture-perfect city, and while learning French in Rouen, you will be sure to see the city’s exquisite half-timbered structures, quaint streets and restaurants. Rouen has a rich history to discover. The locals are friendly and helpful and eager to speak French with you.

While studying French in Rouen, make time to explore the surrounding countryside by renting a bike or taking a local walking tour of the city to uncover its hidden gems!