CERAN’s history

CERAN's history

The Château du Haut-Neubois was built between 1908 and 1911 on the outskirts of Spa, a town then at the height of its glory as a spa resort for the nobility and aristocracy.

 Initially a holiday destination for the Peltzer family, a powerful dynasty of Verviers wool manufacturers, the Château du Haut-Neubois passed through various hands down the ages before being bought by the CERAN Group in February 1984. The Château du Haut-Neubois has always been, and still is, a welcoming place to stay. Nowadays, the CERAN Group develops its activities there and uses it to host its residential and intensive seminars in 11 languages. The perfect setting for learning and gaining inspiration! CERAN courses are for professional adults, young adults aged 18 to 22 and children aged 10 to 18 from over 50 countries.

Key milestones in CERAN's history.

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.

immersion formation langue


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).

cours enfant anglais


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

centre formation langue


CERAN expands outside Belgium by opening its first residential training center in France

ecole formation langue


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.

centre formation langue anglais


With the opening of its first “City” center in Brussels, CERAN is expanding its training offer in companies, coaching formats, thematic lunches…

histoire du ceran


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.

plateforme digitale ceran


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

lieu formation langue


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

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