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High School in France

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Programme Summary:

  • A term, semester or academic year in a French high school
  • Accommodation with a French host family
  • Ages 15-17
  • A unique and rewarding experience


This programme is available for motivated students, aged between 15 and 17 who already have some knowledge of French. Students can study for one term, semester or a full year in a French high school as an exchange student with local students and sharing daily life with a French host family.

The placement can take place anywhere in France, depending on the host family's region.


You will be fully integrated into the school, just as the French students are, to allow for a complete linguistic immersion.

With regards to the subjects studied, some are compulsory and others are optional. The school will decide which class you will join, depending on your age. You must attend all classes, including lessons in your native language. You can help the class if the teacher wishes.

At the end of each term, you will receive, like all other students, a school report detailing your results subject by subject, accompanied by an assessment on your work and behaviour. The report will be sent to your host family.

If you are placed in "Première" or "Terminale" (11th or 12th grade), we cannot guarantee that you will be able to take the Baccalauréat. However, if you would like to take the exam, we advice you to speak with the local coordinator early on in your programme, so that they can discuss the possibility of taking the exam with your school. This depends also on your level of French and school results.

On Location

French Host families

All of the host families are volunteers and welcome international students so that they can share their culture and way of life.

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. If you have a double room, you could be sharing with another international student or the family's child.

Half-board is included: the families prepare breakfast and evening meals during the week, and they provide full-board on the weekend.

The local correspondent

During your time in France, you will have the help of the local coordinator. The coordinator prepares your stay, finds your host family and organises your application at the school.

They are available for all questions and to fix any problems that may occur. They are also available to intervene if there is ever a problem with the host family, or simply just to reassure you that everything is ok.


The arrival airport or train station depends on your final placement. This information will be sent to you once we have received information about the host family.

If you prefer, we can make your travel arrangements for you. You must make a note of this in your booking form.

If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, we will send you the exact dates of your stay as soon as they are confirmed.

Pocket money

Before departure, allow a bit of pocket money for:

  • Canteen fees for lunchtime meals from Monday to Friday
  • Transport fees if the daily trip is too long on foot (discuss with your host family before departure).
  • Extra curricular activities if you would like to join a sports or cultural club.
  • Personal spending
  • Teaching material: Books, pens, textbooks. Your local correspondent will tell you where to buy or rent them (allow between €200-€250).


Discover France

France is the largest country in Europe, and has a diverse landscape and exceptional culture: the imposing capital city that is Paris, the capital of gastronomy Lyon, the seaside at Nice or the Alps in Grenoble.

This programme does not allow you to choose your location. Participants can be placed anywhere in France, generally in small towns, where the families have more time and space to welcome international students. Do not hesitate to send us any of your preferences and we will send them on to our partner. We cannot guarantee however that these preferences will be met.

The French education system

The French school system takes the following format: Students start secondary school at 11. From 11 to 15 they go to "Collège", then from 16 to 18 they go to "Lycée".

The school year in France starts in September and finishes in June. As an international student, you have the choice to take lessons for a term or a semester which can begin either in September or in January. You can also stay for a full academic year.

In France, the scholastic rhythm is generally higher than in other countries with longer days. In the evenings, all students have homework to complete.

The Schools

We work with both public and private schools in different regions across France. The choice of placement depends mostly on the requested dates, school level and age. All of the schools are chosen due to their high quality lessons and welcoming of international students.

The public schools have fewer availabilities for international students, as such it is often harder to find a placement in this type of establishment. If you prefer to be in a public school, we will require you to offer flexibility over the destination. Please note that we cannot guarantee a placement in a public school.

The private schools have more availabilities and offer you the chance to attend the same school as the child in your host family, if there is one the same age as you. These schools are generally more spacious and are known for the quality of the lessons that they offer.

Practical Information

Application requirements

  • Aged between 15 and 17
  • Have a good level of French (at least A2, intermediate level, but this condition can vary depending on the school)
  • Have received good school results for the previous two years (on average a grade C)
  • Motivated

Duration & Visa

The school year is split into three terms. As an international student, you can join a class for a term, semester or full year. The school year starts at the beginning of September and finishes at the end of June. The summer holidays are from July to August.

European citizens do not require a visa to enter France. Other citizens (like the USA, Brazil, Japan, Korea etc) can stay in France for three months without a visa.

If the programme lasts longer than 90 days (3 months), you must arrive with a long stay visa which covers the full duration of your programme. However, you can have a provisional visa and during the first three months you must request an extension at the nearest prefecture. You can discuss this with your local correspondent on arrival.

If you are 18 you must make a request for a residence permit at the nearest prefecture. You will need several documents, notably an official translation of your birth certificate. If you have not brought this with you, you will need to ask your parents to send this on to you.

All possible supplementary fees that these procedures may have are at the cost of the student.

Application procedure

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

You will then receive a pre-confirmation and we will contact you for a preliminary telephone interview. If your level of French and motivation are sufficient we will invite you to confirm your booking by paying a deposit of €1,500. The procedure will then begin.

We will then invite you to take a full interview at our office in Brussels or Paris. This costs €70 and is payable on the day of the interview at the latest if no deposit has been paid. This amount is non refundable and is deducted from the final amount if the booking is confirmed.

If the interview is successful we will send you the full application to be completed. This includes notably letters of recommendation from your teachers and other necessary information regarding your studies.

Application deadlines

The application deadlines are:

  • The 15th May for departures in September
  • The 15th November for departures in January

Please note: Late applications will be treated on a case by case basis and are subject to supplementary late fees.

Contact us for more information about the application procedure.

Pre-enrolment applications must be completed and sent to our offices in Brussels or Paris at least one month before the deadline.

Candidates who do not meet the age or level requirements are invited to come and discuss with us other available options.

Pre-Orientation Meeting

So that your stay goes as well as possible and the you have all of the information about the programme, you can attend a pre-orientation meeting at our office in Brussels, organised by Easy Languages in June. This enables students to meet each other and share any experiences and questions they may have. They can also ask any questions to the Easy Languages team and students from previous years who have participated in the programme. All final administrative documents will be completed at this point as well.

If you do not live in Belgium, you can meet our staff in Paris or Canada. Otherwise we can arrange a telephone call in order to discuss the procedures relevant for your programme.

Prices & Dates

Dates 2015-2016

The French school year runs from September to June. It is split into three terms:

  • From September to December (one week holiday in November and 2 weeks at Christmas)
  • From January to March (two weeks holiday in February or March)
  • From April to June (two weeks holidays in April or May)

Students staying for a full school year will start in September. Students doing a part time programme (one term or semester) can begin either in September or January.

Programme prices -

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Programme prices: Courses, accommodation & meals as described.

Prices include:

  • All school registration and course fees.
  • Accommodation in a host family with full-board (all meals), including during all holidays.
  • Private welcome at the airport and transport to the host family.
  • Guidance from the local representative and school staff 24/7.
  • An orientation session in the host community

Prices do not include:

  • Round trip travel to destination
  • On-site transportation costs
  • Lunch meals during the school week
  • Obligatory medical insurance
  • Visa fees (visa only needed if non-European)

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