A Guide to Studying French in Africa

French is the official language of more than 15 countries in Africa including: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Sénégal and Togo. 

French is also considered an unofficial second language in many countries such as Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. 

Studying French in Africa will be a totally unique experience where you will get to enjoy the culture of the different country - maybe somewhere you have never thought about visiting before. 


Popular places to learn French in Africa include

Popular destinations include Togo, Senegal, Cameroon and Benin and a lot of people choose to book combo packages including volunteering or sightseeing so you get total cultural immersion. 

  • Ouidah, Benin
  • Douala, Cameroon
  • Dakar, Senegal
  • Togo
  • Morocco - there are several places you can learn French including the city of Rabat.


Why Study in Africa

There are so many reasons you might want to challenge yourself and book a French language course in Africa.

Whether you want to polish up the knowledge of a high school class, learn from scratch, or turn your advanced skills into fluent, learning in an immersion environment is the most effective way to learn French. More than 5 million people in France speak France so you will get lots of opportunities to practise with locals.

More and more local people in Africa are learning French as this helps with career development - knowing French is an invaluable asset for some jobs.

You will get to experience life in a different culture, meet new people and gain cultural immersion. If you are considering a career in development or with an organisation like the United Nations, Medecins Sans Frontieres, & The Red Cross in Francophone Africa and Haiti then you will be required to know French.

There are also combination programs available where you can learn French and also volunteer in Africa. You can mix and converse with local people and help with development.


Types of Courses Available

  • Beginners or more advanced levels available
  • Individualized, one-on-one French lessons with a local tutor
  • Usually 15 hours of French lessons per week



You could live with a home-stay family and you will also get free time during evenings and weekends 


What You Will Learn

All teachers are university-trained French teachers. You will learn through reading & writing, the use of media, and field trips where you are guided in actively practicing your French. Whether you are starting with the basics or building upon previous French knowledge, you can take classes with us. Once in-country, you will write a placement test to determine your current level of French and be taught accordingly.


Start Dates

You can start all year round and the price varies depending on the course and duration.



Prices vary depending on the language school and course.


What to Think about Before Applying

You will need to be open to new cultures and living in Africa which might be totally different to what you are used to.