Conditions updated: June 2, 2020
Provisional General Terms and Conditions of Sale – Situation COVID-19 – Valid until the end of the state of health emergency in France (scheduled for July 11, 2020).
IFALPES Annecy reopened its doors on Monday 22 June 2020 for students based in and around Annecy. Due to the health crisis of COVID-19 and the regulatory measures taken by the French and European governments, the borders of the Schengen area remain closed until June 15. The international borders will remain closed until July at an unknown date for the moment. This prevents students outside France from coming for a language stay.
Since March 17, IFALPES has set up a programme of pedagogical continuity called Keep Learning French, which allows us to provide French as a foreign language courses at a distance. You can find information about the programme Keep Learning French by following this link.
Until the end of the state of health emergency, the school modifies its general terms and conditions of sales by easing them up. Therefore, learners who wish to book a stay benefit from more flexible cancellation conditions :
- Any stay booked up to the date of the lifting of restrictions may be cancelled without cancellation fees up to 7 days before the start of the stay.
For learners present and/or those who had planned a stay during the period of government restrictions, the following is proposed:
- Automatic access to the Keep Learning French continuity programme for the students already present
- Substitution of face-to-face courses by the online courses of the Keep Learning French programme for students who could not travel to France.
- Voucher for the amount of the stay (courses plus accommodation) valid for 18 months, from the original start date of your course.
- Possibility to transfer the voucher to a member of your family or friend at no additional cost.
Not being able to guarantee that we will always have the minimum number of students required (4 students) to have a complete group for a given level, be it for morning or intensive courses, here are the rules that apply:
- If a group has only 1 student, the course volume will be divided by 2.5
- If there are 2 students in a group, the volume of courses will be divided by 2
- If there are 3 students in a group, the course volume will be divided by 1.5
- From 4 students, the group is 100% validated without any modification
Apart from these cases only, the general terms and conditions of sales apply. See below.
MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT
IFALPES courses are for adults. The minimum age is 16 years for individual registrations. IFALPES welcomes groups of younger students (from 14 years old) under the responsibility of their supervisors.
Beginner’s courses take place only at the beginning of the session each month. If beginners arrive on other dates, Ifalpes reserves the right to place the student in the lowest level group that week.
MINIMUM STUDENT PER CLASS
The minimum number of students in a group is 3. If the number of students in a group is 1 or 2, Ifalpes organises individual lessons (1-to-1) or semi-individual lessons (1-to-2). In these cases the number of lessons is reduced by half.
80€ registration fee and 30% deposit required.
Within 48 hours of your registration, you will receive a provisional certificate of registration and other documents useful for your stay.
Payment by bank transfer is possible; please note that bank charges are at your expense.
In case of payment by cheque, the cheque must be in euros endorsable in France to the order of IFALPES.
The balance of the course fees must be paid at the latest on arrival at the school.
In case of cancellation more than 30 days before the beginning of the courses, your deposit will be refunded minus the 80€ registration fee.
Between 30 and 16 days before the beginning = Deposit refunded minus 25% of the course + 80€ fee
Between 15 to 8 days before the beginning = Deposit refunded minus 50% of the course + 80€ fee
Between 7 days and 1 day before the beginning = Deposit refunded minus 75% of the course + 80€ fee
Once classes have started, the course are non refundable.
For cancellations 4 weeks or less prior to arrival, cancellation fee may apply. The fee amount isn’t fix as it can be different depending on the accommodation type (host family, individual studio…).
Once in the accommodation, the stay is non refundable.
CANCELLATION BECAUSE OF VISA REFUSAL
Your deposits will only be refunded (minus de 80€ registration fee), upon presentation of proof of visa refusal. For any refund, these documents must be sent to IFALPES BEFORE THE START OF THE COURSES.
CHANGES IN THE DATES OF YOUR STAY
The student may request a postponement of his or her stay at no additional cost in the following cases:
– The request is made at least 1 month before the initial date of arrival
– In the case of an exceptional event
The deferred stay must take place within a maximum of 12 months from the date of modification.
Only 1 date change accepted per student.
A 40€ fee will be applied for any modification of your stay.
If a registration is made during a week with a public holiday, lessons will be caught-up during the same week.
It is the responsibility of each student to take out international insurance covering their travel, theft or loss, health, accident and civil liability.