High School Exchange – France

  • Age : 13 to 18
  • Location : All over the country
  • Boarding : Full board
  • Accommodation : Host family
  • Length : Fall term / Semester / Academic Year / September to June / January to December
  • Type : Public and Private


Application deadline : March 31st for an arrival in August, October 31st for an arrival in January. Late application may be accepted, depending on availability and visa processing times. Limited numbers of spaces, please apply early. 3 months before arrival for stays up to 10 weeks.

Requirements : Students must be interviewed in their home country before being accepted on the program. A minimum of two years of French study (A2 Level) and good academic results are required.


Program  Ref  Net agent 
Public and Private Fall term  ZFT1V 2 640 EUR
Public and Private Semester  ZFS1V/ZFS2V 3 550 EUR
Public and Private Academic Year, September to June  ZFY1V 5 250 EUR
Public and Private Academic Year, January to December  ZFY2V 5 970 EUR



Students are placed across France. Students now have the opportunity to : – either choose their destination: they list three larger regions of France (South-East, South-West, North-East,

North-West) in order of preference – or they accept to be placed in any region depending on where the best match is found. The host families are volunteer, all really enthusiastic to offer a warm welcome to the student. They look forward to learning more about the student’s life in his/her home country. The student will be given the chance to go to a French school – “collège” or “lycée” – with a host sibling or a neighbour (the French student and the participant may not be in the same class and may not even be in the same school, in rare cases).



French secondary education is divided into two tiers: the “collège” for the first four years (Grades 6-9); and the “lycée” for the last three years (Grades 10-12). Completion of secondary

studies leads to the “baccalauréat”. The school director makes the decision regarding grade and placement level for international students, taking into account the school organization, the students’ transcripts and their French level. Students attend mandatory subjects : French, English and one extra Foreign Language, Mathematics, History/Geography, P.E., Physics/Chemistry, Biology, Economics ; and 3 so called “spécialités” in grade 11 (2 in grade 12) among a 7 to 12 choices. Graduation from French secondary schools is only possible after at least two years of studies in the French school system. International students are offered to attend a short term homestay and school integration program (from 2 up to 10 weeks).


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