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High School in France - Homestay

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Why choose High School in France?

  • Ages 14-18
  • 1 term, semester or school year
  • Total immersion in French language and culture
  • Discover the French school system
  • Unique, rewarding experience
  • Build skills that will serve you at university and beyond

Programme

Experience a term, semester or year abroad in a French high school living with a French host family. If you're aged 14-18 with intermediate French skills and a desire to experience life in France for yourself, this is the programme for you.

Please note that this programme places students all over France and that you will not be able to choose your exact placement location.

Studying in a French High School

As an international student, you will attend the same lessons as the French students. The school's headteacher decides which class you will join, according to your school reports and your level of French. It is possible that you will be placed in a lower level class that in your native country, but this decision must be respected.

The subjects studied will depend on which class you join. General lessons that all classes take are French, maths, two foreign languages, sciences, history, geography, arts and sport. Unlike the British and American systems, you cannot choose the subjects that you are interested in, all of the lessons are compulsory.

In France, students spend a lot of time at school, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday school is from 8.00am to 5.00pm, with a one hour break at lunchtime in the cafeteria. There are also lessons on Wednesday morning. You will have the opportunity to play sport on Wednesday afternoon or with the host family at the weekend.

Your teachers will be understanding and provide support and advice to ensure a smooth transition into French high school life. However, you will also be expected to keep up with your peers and put in the effort necessary to achieve good results.

At the end of every term, you will be given your term report card with your grades and teacher comments on your academic performance. Your host parents will also be given your report card.

In "lycée" (the last 3 years of senior school), students must choose between three main pathways: literature, economics or science. If you are placed in Premiere or Terminale (Years 11 or 12), you may be able to sit the Baccalaureate exam, depending on your grades and French proficiency.

For students wishing to sit the French Baccalaureate, the BAC option may be right for you. You will need to demonstrate your French proficiency (minimum B2) by providing a TCF, DELF or DALF certificate. A recommendation letter from your school principal would also be an advantage.

Your French Homestay

Your host family is the defining feature of your study abroad experience, helping you become fully accustomed to the culture and feel part of the local community.

Our partner organization's host families are carefully screened and regularly inspected. Families take an active interest in choosing a student to host and sharing their homes, lives and culture with their guests.

The placement can take place anywhere in France, in small villages as well as large towns. However, regardless of the place of your placement, the programme is the opportunity to take part in a real French experience with a friendly and welcoming host family.

You will have a single or double room, with full-board. Students staying in double rooms may be sharing with a member of the family (son/daughter) or another international student from a different country, with an age gap of less than 2 years.

Your host family will provide breakfast and dinner Monday-Friday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner at weekends and during school holidays.

Your local organiser

The local organiser is an experienced staff member who knows the host families and is in regular contact with the students and their host parents throughout the programme. They regularly organize meetings to ensure that your experience is going smoothly, both with your host family and at school. Your local organiser is on hand to lend assistance in case of any issues and should be your first point of contact on the ground.

Our partner organization's local organisers are all experienced and fully qualified to assist international students on the ground, offering support and assistance quickly and efficiently should issues arise.

Destination

France

Renowned worldwide for its beauty, diversity, and, of course, cuisine, France offers everything from rolling hills to dense forests and sweeping beaches, as well as lively, bustling cities. Each region is different, with its own style of architecture, cuisine and culture. Paris, the Alps, Lyon, Normany, Brittany, Bordeaux, the Pyrenees: each of these regions offers its own little slice of French history and culture. Our Boarding School in France programme allows you to choose the location of your placement. Choose from a university town, a mountain stay, the Pyrenees or the friendly, fun-loving southwest.

Education in France

French secondary education is divided into two schools:

  • “Collège” for the first four years directly following primary school (Grades 6-9)

  • “Lycée” for the next three years

Completion of secondary studies leads to the “Baccalauréat”. The school’s director makes the decision regarding grade and placement level for international students, taking into account the school’s organization, the student’s transcripts and their proficiency in French.

The school year starts in September and ends in June. It is split into 3 terms with 2 weeks' holiday between each term. France is split into 'zones' (A, B, C) with staggered holidays between each 'zone'.

Our Partner Schools

We work with public and private schools throughout France. You can be placed in different locations depending on your age, grade, and chosen dates. All our partner schools have been carefully chosen for the quality of their teaching and warm welcome to international students.

Public schools often have limited availability for international schools and it is often more difficult to find a placement in a public school.

Private schools are more accessible to international students. If your homestay has a son or daughter your age, you will be placed in the same private school as them. Private school often have small class sizes and excellent teaching practices.

Practical Information

Eligibility

  • Be between 14-18 years of age
  • Demonstrate intermediate French proficiency - at least 2 years' prior study
  • Have received good school results for the past two years (averaging at least a C, no more than one failed subject a year)
  • Be willing to meet new people and share daily life with a host family
  • Demostrate interest in other cultures, languages, be motivated, mature and adaptable

Enrolling in our study abroad programme

Do you meet all of the requirements? Fill out one of our online booking forms.

You will then receive a pre-confirmation and we will invite you to confirm your booking by paying a deposit of €1,500 in order to begin to process your booking.

We will then invite you to come to our office in Brussels or Paris for a full interview (a Skype interview can also be arranged). This costs €70 and must be paid at the latest on the day of the interview if we haven't yet received a deposit. The interview fee is non-refundable and is deductible from the final cost if enrolment is confirmed.

If the interview is successful, we will send you the relevant documents to be completed. This includes a school file recommendation letters from your teachers, an introduction letter for your host family (in French), your medical history and other information needed to process your booking.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines are as follows:

  • 15 May for September departures
  • 15 November for January departures

Late applications will be processed on a case-by-case basis and may be subject to additional fees.

Pre-booking forms must be filled out and sent to our offices in Brussels at least 15 working days prior to the application deadline.

Candidates who do not meet the requirements should contact us to discuss other options.

Getting There

Your arrival airport or station depends on your final placement. You will receive information on your arrival airport when your final host family is confirmed.

Your host family or local organiser will pick you up at your arrival airport or station.

Visas

EU citizens do not require a visa for this programme. Students from non-EU countries (the USA, Brazil, Japan, Korea, etc) can stay in France for up to 90 days without a visa.

For stays over 90 days, you will need a long-stay visa to cover the duration of your stay. However, you may have been issued a temporary visa, in which case you will need an extension from your nearest prefecture. You should let your local organiser know your visa situation on arrival.

If you turn 18 during your stay, you will have to apply for a residence permit at your nearest prefecture. You will need to provide several documents, including a sworn translation of your birth certificate. If you do not have it with you, ask your parents to sent it to you.

All expenses incurred during the visa process are at the student's expense.

Dates & Prices 2016

Dates 2016 - 2017

The school year starts in September and ends in June. It is split into 3 terms with 2 weeks' holiday between each term. France is split into 'zones' (A, B, C) with staggered holidays between each 'zone'.

  • 1st term: 1 September - 17 December 2016 with 2 weeks of holidays, 20 October-3 November 2016
  • 2nd term: 3 January to mid-April/early May 2017, depending on your school zone, with 2 weeks of holidays between 2 February and 6 March, depending on your school zone
  • 3rd term: mid-April/early May - 8 July 2017, with 2 weeks of holidays between 1 April and 2 May depending on your school zone.

Students staying for a full school year start in September. Students staying for a term or semester (2 terms) can start in September or January.

Prices: 2016-2017 school year

Programme prices -

Includes all taxes & enrollment fees

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Programme prices: Courses, accommodation & meals as described
1 Term4,295 €
1 Semester6,795 €
1 Academic Year6,995 €

Prices include:

-French test and preliminary interview - All necessary documents for the visa required for the school year - High School enrollment for a year or one semester - Supervision throughout the stay from local correspondent - Homestay accommodation, half-board Monday-Friday, full board at the weekend and during school holidays - Personal assistance, constant support and advice from our local correspondent - Medical insurance - Assistance for parents in Europe throughout the stay - Regular contact and evaluation - Official certificate of participation including transcript of records, depending on destination - Transfer on arrival from the airport to the host family

Prices do not include:

  • Return flight to France
  • Lunch, Monday-Friday
  • Visa fees
  • Course materials and textbooks
  • Spending money (around €350/month)
  • Travel and medical insurance

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