FAQs

General Questions

How much free time will I have?


This is a pretty busy program with students in class from 9AM - 5:30 PM Monday to Friday and rehearsals, coaching and film shooting on the weekends. There is free time in the evenings but, as the program revs up, you'll find that many evenings will be spent in rehearsals, memorizing lines, meeting with acting coaches and planning your film shoot. Sunday is a free day to enjoy the grounds, catch up on rest and hang out with friends.




What other activities are available?


We have a program of optional activities throughout the week. This includes Open Mic Nights, Film Nights, Yoga and Meditation.




Can I arrive early/late?


Yes, you may arrive/depart up to 2 days late or early on the program. As private transportation has to be arranged for an early/late arrival, there is a $300 fee to accomodate this which includes a member of staff meeting you at the Paris airport and accompanying you to Normandy.




What are the accomodations like in France?


Beautiful! After all, we do live in a French chateau! We have exclusive use of the whole property including the chateau, carriages houses and gardens. Students are housed in triple or quad rooms with shared bathroom facilities down the hall. There is one bathroom/shower for about every 6 students. Students are separated by gender, floor or buidling. There is a common room space and Wifi throughout.




What is the food like in France?


Fantastic! Breakfast is a selection of cereals, yoghurt, fruit, eggs and oatmeal and served buffet style. Luch is also buffet style and offers a selection of meats, cheeses, salads, soups, cookies, cakes, fresh fruit and sometimes hot entrees such as Mac and Cheese. We have fresh French bread and pastries delivered every day from our local bakery. We have a live-in chef who cooks a sit-down, two course meal every night which is served formally. We can accomodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. We are not able to accomodate severe nut allergies and kosher diets as we only have one kitchen for the whole program.




What are the travel arrangements to the program?


Students are responsible for booking their own flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport ONLY. We meet each and every student the moment they come out of arrivals and transport them by private coach to the chateau. At the end of the program, we travel back to Paris with the students and make sure they are checked in and through security. We wait in the aiport until the last flight is in the air.




What does a typical day look like?


Breakfast: 8:00-8.45AM Group Meet Up: 9.00AM Morning Class Session: 9.30-12.30PM (Morning Break: 11.00-11.20PM) Lunch: 12.30-2.00PM Afternoon Session: 2.00-5.00PM (Afternoon Break 3.30-3.50PM) Dinner: 5.30-6.30PM Optional Evening activities: 7.00-9.30PM In residence at 9.30PM In rooms at 10.00PM Room checks 10.00-10.30PM Lights out 10.30-11.00PM




What is the supervision like on the program?


France is a community atmosphere with faculty and staff living in and amongst the students. The program maintains a rigorous schedule and supportive structure so that students can be given a degree of independance within that structure.




What is your policy about cell phones?


You are allowed to have your cell phone at the program but not allowed to use it to class. There is a safe "parking zone" for your phone in each studio/classroom space where you can put your phone at the beginning of class and pick it up at the end or you are welcome to leave your phone in your room.




Can/should I bring a laptop?


You can and should bring a laptop if you are in a class that involves writing and/or film/editing. We will contact you in advance to let you know what software you should download on your laptop.




What are the field trips?


We have three full field trip days: D-day Landings, Bayeux and Mont St Michel. You'll also enjoy trips to local French markets, cafes, châteaus and gardens, the beautiful beaches at Carteret and Bricquebec, a medieval village with a castle dating back to the 11th century.




Do I need to speak French?


The program is taught entirely in English however, if you do have some French language skills there will be plenty of opportunity to use and practice your French language on field trip days and with other French speakers.





Berridge France Questions

How much free time will I have?


This is a pretty busy program with students in class from 9AM - 5:30 PM Monday to Friday and rehearsals, coaching and film shooting on the weekends. There is free time in the evenings but, as the program revs up, you'll find that many evenings will be spent in rehearsals, memorizing lines, meeting with acting coaches and planning your film shoot. Sunday is a free day to enjoy the grounds, catch up on rest and hang out with friends.




What other activities are available?


We have a program of optional activities throughout the week. This includes Open Mic Nights, Film Nights, Yoga and Meditation.




Can I arrive early/late?


Yes, you may arrive/depart up to 2 days late or early on the program. As private transportation has to be arranged for an early/late arrival, there is a $300 fee to accomodate this which includes a member of staff meeting you at the Paris airport and accompanying you to Normandy.




What are the accomodations like in France?


Beautiful! After all, we do live in a French chateau! We have exclusive use of the whole property including the chateau, carriages houses and gardens. Students are housed in triple or quad rooms with shared bathroom facilities down the hall. There is one bathroom/shower for about every 6 students. Students are separated by gender, floor or buidling. There is a common room space and Wifi throughout.




What is the food like in France?


Fantastic! Breakfast is a selection of cereals, yoghurt, fruit, eggs and oatmeal and served buffet style. Luch is also buffet style and offers a selection of meats, cheeses, salads, soups, cookies, cakes, fresh fruit and sometimes hot entrees such as Mac and Cheese. We have fresh French bread and pastries delivered every day from our local bakery. We have a live-in chef who cooks a sit-down, two course meal every night which is served formally. We can accomodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. We are not able to accomodate severe nut allergies and kosher diets as we only have one kitchen for the whole program.




What are the travel arrangements to the program?


Students are responsible for booking their own flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport ONLY. We meet each and every student the moment they come out of arrivals and transport them by private coach to the chateau. At the end of the program, we travel back to Paris with the students and make sure they are checked in and through security. We wait in the aiport until the last flight is in the air.




What does a typical day look like?


Breakfast: 8:00-8.45AM Group Meet Up: 9.00AM Morning Class Session: 9.30-12.30PM (Morning Break: 11.00-11.20PM) Lunch: 12.30-2.00PM Afternoon Session: 2.00-5.00PM (Afternoon Break 3.30-3.50PM) Dinner: 5.30-6.30PM Optional Evening activities: 7.00-9.30PM In residence at 9.30PM In rooms at 10.00PM Room checks 10.00-10.30PM Lights out 10.30-11.00PM




What is the supervision like on the program?


France is a community atmosphere with faculty and staff living in and amongst the students. The program maintains a rigorous schedule and supportive structure so that students can be given a degree of independance within that structure.




What is your policy about cell phones?


You are allowed to have your cell phone at the program but not allowed to use it to class. There is a safe "parking zone" for your phone in each studio/classroom space where you can put your phone at the beginning of class and pick it up at the end or you are welcome to leave your phone in your room.




Can/should I bring a laptop?


You can and should bring a laptop if you are in a class that involves writing and/or film/editing. We will contact you in advance to let you know what software you should download on your laptop.




What are the field trips?


We have three full field trip days: D-day Landings, Bayeux and Mont St Michel. You'll also enjoy trips to local French markets, cafes, châteaus and gardens, the beautiful beaches at Carteret and Bricquebec, a medieval village with a castle dating back to the 11th century.




Do I need to speak French?


The program is taught entirely in English however, if you do have some French language skills there will be plenty of opportunity to use and practice your French language on field trip days and with other French speakers.





Berridge West Questions

How much free time will I have?


This is a pretty busy program with students in class from 9AM - 5:30 PM Monday to Friday and rehearsals, coaching and film shooting on the weekends. There is free time in the evenings but, as the program revs up, you'll find that many evenings will be spent in rehearsals, memorizing lines, meeting with acting coaches and planning your film shoot. Sunday is a free day to enjoy the grounds, catch up on rest and hang out with friends.




What other activities are available?


We have a program of optional activities throughout the week. This includes Open Mic Nights, Film Nights, Yoga and Meditation.




Can I arrive early/late?


Yes, you may arrive/depart up to 2 days late or early on the program. As private transportation has to be arranged for an early/late arrival, there is a $300 fee to accomodate this which includes a member of staff meeting you at the Paris airport and accompanying you to Normandy.




What are the accomodations like in France?


Beautiful! After all, we do live in a French chateau! We have exclusive use of the whole property including the chateau, carriages houses and gardens. Students are housed in triple or quad rooms with shared bathroom facilities down the hall. There is one bathroom/shower for about every 6 students. Students are separated by gender, floor or buidling. There is a common room space and Wifi throughout.




What is the food like in France?


Fantastic! Breakfast is a selection of cereals, yoghurt, fruit, eggs and oatmeal and served buffet style. Luch is also buffet style and offers a selection of meats, cheeses, salads, soups, cookies, cakes, fresh fruit and sometimes hot entrees such as Mac and Cheese. We have fresh French bread and pastries delivered every day from our local bakery. We have a live-in chef who cooks a sit-down, two course meal every night which is served formally. We can accomodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. We are not able to accomodate severe nut allergies and kosher diets as we only have one kitchen for the whole program.




What are the travel arrangements to the program?


Students are responsible for booking their own flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport ONLY. We meet each and every student the moment they come out of arrivals and transport them by private coach to the chateau. At the end of the program, we travel back to Paris with the students and make sure they are checked in and through security. We wait in the aiport until the last flight is in the air.




What does a typical day look like?


Breakfast: 8:00-8.45AM Group Meet Up: 9.00AM Morning Class Session: 9.30-12.30PM (Morning Break: 11.00-11.20PM) Lunch: 12.30-2.00PM Afternoon Session: 2.00-5.00PM (Afternoon Break 3.30-3.50PM) Dinner: 5.30-6.30PM Optional Evening activities: 7.00-9.30PM In residence at 9.30PM In rooms at 10.00PM Room checks 10.00-10.30PM Lights out 10.30-11.00PM




What is the supervision like on the program?


France is a community atmosphere with faculty and staff living in and amongst the students. The program maintains a rigorous schedule and supportive structure so that students can be given a degree of independance within that structure.




What is your policy about cell phones?


You are allowed to have your cell phone at the program but not allowed to use it to class. There is a safe "parking zone" for your phone in each studio/classroom space where you can put your phone at the beginning of class and pick it up at the end or you are welcome to leave your phone in your room.




Can/should I bring a laptop?


You can and should bring a laptop if you are in a class that involves writing and/or film/editing. We will contact you in advance to let you know what software you should download on your laptop.




What are the field trips?


We have three full field trip days: D-day Landings, Bayeux and Mont St Michel. You'll also enjoy trips to local French markets, cafes, châteaus and gardens, the beautiful beaches at Carteret and Bricquebec, a medieval village with a castle dating back to the 11th century.




Do I need to speak French?


The program is taught entirely in English however, if you do have some French language skills there will be plenty of opportunity to use and practice your French language on field trip days and with other French speakers.