Above all else, CERAN is a personal adventure, that of Monique & René Bastin, whose dream was to teach foreign languages in a context of international encounters. The key words here are hospitality, respect and kindness.
In 1975, Monique & René Bastin, back from Burundi where they taught French for ten years, buy a château in Spa (Nivezé) where they can organise French courses and fulfil their dream of creating a place for international encounters founded on the values of hospitality and respect for others. They develop a new innovative and interactive methodology for learning a foreign language based on the principles of immersion. In 1977, they form the public limited company CERAN, Centre d’Etude et de Rencontre à Nivezé (Centre for Studies and Encounters at Nivezé).
The CERAN immersion concept is available for students from 9 to 17 years old. The first training center is located in Saint-Roch Ferrières, Belgium
CERAN expands outside Belgium by opening its first residential training center in France
4 new languages are taught at CERAN: Arabic, Russian, Portuguese and Chinese. With Dutch, English, French as a foreign language, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese, this brings the total to 11 languages.
With the opening of its first “City” center in Brussels, CERAN is expanding its training offer in companies, coaching formats, thematic lunches…
The CERAN group has acquired Terres Neuves, a Paris-based company specializing in intercultural training, communication and consulting, as languages and cultures are closely linked. Thus, intercultural training completes CERAN’s linguistic offer by bringing a real added value which favors the success of exchanges, the realization of projects and business management.
Launch of the first fully integrated digital LMS platform MyCERAN
The CERAN group joins the Châteauform’ group. This union allows the CERAN group to become more digital and to benefit from the expertise of Châteauform’, leader in the hosting of seminars and corporate events. Today, CERAN’s immersions continue in the Château du Haut Neubois in Spa and also in other houses of the Châteauform’ group in Europe.
Launch of a new range of distance learning programs
New training centers in Switzerland, for residential language training for juniors in French and English in the summer, and in Ile-de-France, for professional language training in residential immersion