Learning French in New Caledonia in full immersion is perfect!
Enjoy great weather, splendid countryside, taste delicious French and local food, while you learn French!
Only 2 hours from Brisbane, 3 hours from Sydney, Auckland and 3 hours and a half from Melbourne, New Caledonia is the closest French speaking neighbour to Australia and New Zealand.
If New Caledonia boasts a variety of languages (1), French has been the official language since 1853 when France took possession of the island.
Learning French in New Caledonia can be done in one of the local schools, such as the CREIPAC (Centre de Rencontres et d’Echanges Internationaux du PACifique) based in Nouméa or at the University of New Caledonia, but also outside of the classroom.
What is great about New Caledonia is that you will have the opportunity to be fully immersed in a French environment.
All our guides are French native speakers, and what we do with great success is make you discover the island all in French. A tour in French does perfectly complement a day at school. You will practice conversational French while you discover the beauty of the island! As a side dish, you will understand the history and the culture of the island!
Learning French in New Caledonia is both enjoyable and effective! Please contact us and we will organize your immersion trip in New Caledonia.
(1) In total, 75 languages are spoken in New Caledonia:
- French is the official language and the vast majority of people speak French. It is the official language for business (e.g. contracts are in French) or at school.
- There are 28 native kanak languages. The most spoken of those is the Drehu (pronounced “Djehu”, the language of the island of Lifou. Native languages can now be learnt at school.
- 46 other languages are spoken by small communities. They include Polynesian languages (Wallisian, Futunian, Tahitian), Asian languages such as Vietnamese and Indonesian or Chinese (New Caledonia has large Vietnamese and indonesian communities that were brought on the island for nicking mining in the past), or European languages such as Italian or Spanish