Face-to-face CELTA in France

We have some excellent CELTA locations available to you to take your face-to-face CELTA in France. Each of them has its own distinct charms and appeals, with history, culture, gastronomy and more.

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We have some excellent CELTA locations available to you to take your face-to-face CELTA in France. Each of them has its own distinct charms and appeals, with history, culture, gastronomy and more. You can choose from Brittany (on the north-west coast), Lyon (in the south-east) and Strasbourg (on the border with Germany, by the River Rhine). Occasionally there are CELTA courses in the picturesque location of Le-Puy-en-Velay in the south-eastern region of Auvergne too. For these France CELTA courses, it is worth noting that French candidates would be able to take advantage of the French Government’s Pole Emploi funding too.

Here’s our guide to help you decide which France CELTA location is best for you!

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Brest, Brittany

The Brittany centre is located near the port city of Brest on the north-west coast and the region of Brittany is a culturally distinct and wonderfully idyllic place to take a CELTA course. The CELTA centre in Brest has a more relaxed course offer, with a five-week course, four days a week (Monday-Thursday) instead of five. It’s worth noting that the accommodation costs are generally cheaper than Strasbourg or Lyon too.

The city of Brest is an important harbour and the location is a fantastic venue for any CELTA candidate with an interest in all things maritime. Its location on the rugged coastline means the city is hugely rich in naval heritage, with the Académie de Marine (Naval Academy) founded here in the mid-eighteenth century. The region of Brittany has a distinct cultural identity, related to it being one of the six Celtic nations, and it has retained this distinct identity that has deep historical roots. The name Brittany itself derives from the Latin word ‘Britannia’, which means ‘land of the Britons’ and you can experience its unique blend of cultures wherever you go in the region. There’s a little linguistic treat too, with the local language, Breton, being the only Celtic language still widely in use on the European mainland.


The Lyon centre offers a 4-week course (Monday-Friday), but it is worth staying an extra week to enjoy all there is to offer in France’s third largest city. Lyon is one of true gastronomic hubs of France – the food in the city is widely considered to be among the highest quality in country. As a key historical and cultural hub, the city is replete with landmarks, including four on the UNESCO World Heritage List; the districts of Old Lyon, the Presqu’île district and the hills of Fourvière and Croix-Rousse.

For cinema fans, you can enjoy being in the place where Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinematograph, a key step in motion films, while for fans of the classic novella, The Little Prince, you will be interested to know this was the home of its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Whatever you do, make sure you find time for the funicular ride up to Fourvière to admire the stunning view of Lyon’s landscape from the top of the basilica.

Today Lyon is a thriving city, with a wide range of industries and high rates of employment and job opportunities, especially in the EFL industry.


Like Lyon, the Strasbourg centre offers a 4-week course (Monday-Friday), and like Lyon, it is well worth staying a bit longer to make the most of this magnificent location. Strasbourg really is at the very heart of Europe. The city is one of the four de facto main capitals of the European Union (alongside Brussels, Luxembourg and Frankfurt). It holds a key place at the heart of Europe as the seat of the European Parliament, while the city is also the home of the Eurocorps and the European Ombudsman of the European Union. To add in to this international flavour, the city is also home to a number of other important global organisations, perhaps most notable being the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine, the world’s oldest international organization still in operation.

As well as the buzz and hive of European activity, the city also boasts a stunning historic city centre, (the Grande Île (Grand Island), that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So if you want to take your CELTA in a beautiful, key European and international city on the banks of a beautiful river (the Rhine) why not choose to become CELTA-qualified in Strasbourg?

Auvergne (Le Puy-en-Velay)

There are fewer CELTA courses available in the Auvergne centre, but if you opt to take your CELTA here, you will not be disappointed! Auvergne is a beautiful region in the south-east of France, with the Auvergne centre located in the beautiful small city of Le Puy-en-Velay.

A hugely important location in medieval France, Le Puy-en-Velay is now one of the major starting points in France for the famous Camino de Santiago. The vast cathedral Notre-Dame du Puy, is a jewel in the town, dating back to the 12th century. The ancient chapel of Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe, over 1,000 years old, which sits on top a huge volcanic outcrop is a sight to behold and an essential site to see as well. Notre-Dame de France (The Virgin Mary) overlooking the town was designed by the French sculptor Jean-Marie Bonnassieux, and is made from 213 Russian cannons taken in the Siege of Sevastopol (1854–1855). Of course, as with much of France, the local cuisine is an absolute treat too. Be sure to check out the local specialty, the green Puy lentils, which are an excellent accompaniment to a variety of dishes.

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If you are looking to start an exciting career where you can teach around the world, BrittanyLyonStrasbourg and Auvergne (when available) are great places to start. You can apply for the CELTA through our online form. There are no application fees and the form can take up to 15 minutes to complete.

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