Foundation programme for culinary arts and hospitality management



Do you wish to get prepared optimally before pursuing a higher education curriculum in France, more specifically in hotel & catering work ? This programme was made for you !

It is designed not only to improve your French, but also to teach you all the essentials you need to attend a class efficiently in France : the methodology, the specific vocabulary used in the line of work you seek... You will also be taught practical hotel & catering classes by experienced professionals in a partner establishment. Additionally, you can prepare effectively for the admission procedure in the establishment of your choosing through adequate instruction and personal tutoring.

Week after week, you will learn the fundamentals of French cuisine under real conditions, in a training restaurant, as well as the necessary skills related to hotel work. Upon completion of your training, you will be fully immersed in a hotel or restaurant for a duration of 16 weeks as you carry out your internship in the hotel/catering/service business.


In this programme, three main training units are developed :

  • Unit 1 - Linguistic skills :  reading, listening, spoken & written expression classes, grammar classes and courses in French language applied to hotel & restaurant work, 
  • Unit 2 - Methodology skills : methodology, law, business management and applied science ; kitchen practice classes, service and sales classes.
  • An 8-week internship is organized at the end of the formation. Students will be placed into various businesses in the most coherent way possible, based on their professional project.

Teaching method 

In order to reach its goals, ISPA relies on a dynamic teaching methodology based on three axes :

  • being truly there for you at every stage of your learning curve, with progress assessment and additional support sessions during the course of your progression, as well as constant reevaluation of the implemented teaching methods ;
  • encouraging your autonomy, by putting various resources at your disposal such as a multimedia workroom, a resource center, and free Internet access ;
  • promoting your integration into French lifestyle through cultural activities organized by the school, the Cultural Sponsors programme, and involving our students in local activities. 

That is why your French language programme will be augmented with specialized classes designed to help you acquire not only the specific vocabulary but also the whole methodology necessary to pursue your future higher education curriculum. In groups of 20 students maximum for language classes and 30 students for specialized classes, you will work on the CEFRL's four skills (listening, reading, spoken expression & written expression), while staying as close as possible to your future specific needs. You will of course have ample access to your teachers should you have questions or need personalized advice, and in case of difficulties they will provide tailored monitoring.


Autumn course

  • The Autumn course offers training from September to July. It is accessible from level B1.
  • Rates are : 
    • Subscription fee : 100€ (valid for 1 year - non-refundable)
    • Tuition fee : 6000€

Additional services can be charged for reservation of an accommodation, assistance for administrative procedures and airport pickup. 

Spring course

  • The Spring course offers training from May to July (of the following year). It is accessible from level A2. It comprises an additional introductory programme based on intensive study of the French language which, as the name implies, serves as an introduction to the foundation programme starting in September.
  • Rates are : 
    • Subscription fee : 100€ (valid for 1 year - non-refundable)
    • Tuition fee : 7300€

Additional services can be charged for reservation of an accommodation, assistance for administrative procedures and airport pickup.

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