OPTIONAL : Paris orientation upon arrival (4 days) :
culture introduction, excursions.
OPTIONAL : Short trips during the program
Disneyland, Carnival, Camargue region...
1. Picturesque Brittany : Rennes
Your school: Saint Geneviève / Saint Martin High School is located in central Rennes. The school offers excellent teaching from junior high school to higher education. The school is a boarding school and provides accommodation on a full board basis (from Monday to Friday). They offer comfortable bedrooms and study rooms. Sport activities are arranged and supervised by school leaders on Wednesday afternoons. Exchange students also attend extra French classes to help them immerse themselves into the language and culture.
The city of Rennes: Rennes is a charming and bustling city of French Brittany (north western France). It houses over 210,000 inhabitants and boasts lots of tourist attractions. It is 2 hours from Paris capital city by train.
2. Authentic Normandy : Rouen
Your school: Pensionnat Jean Baptiste de la Salle is a prestigious 17th century French high school located in Rouen historic city centre. Famous politicians (such as former French President François Hollande) attended the school. The boarding school is renovated and offers comfortable shared bedrooms (from 2 to 4 students). The students also have access to a music room and a sport hall. Exchange students timetable can be adapted to their needs, depending on their school stream and language skills.
The city of Rouen: with nearly 500,000 people, Rouen is the capital of Normandy. It shelters a rich medieval heritage. The city echoes with popular people (William the Conqueror, Joan of Arc…). It is a pleasant and lively city for students
3. Historic Loire Valley : Angers
Your school: St Agnès boarding school has an international atmosphere with about 30 students from all over the world, split up in different classes to guarantee the language immersion. The price includes French lessons for foreigners and preparation to the DELF French exam and 2 excursions per year to famous places of interest such the Loire Castles, St Michael’s Mount …The boarding school offers comfortable single bedrooms from Monday to Friday ; weekends and holidays are in a host family.
The city of Angers: the temperate climate of the Angers Val de Loire destination makes it a popular and attractive place to live. You can come and discover the enchanting landscapes with vineyards set on the slopes of hills, small typical Loire Valley villages, and world-famous castles.
4. Scenic & beautiful Occitanie : Espalion
Your school: Immaculée Conception boarding school is located in a nice setting, surrounded by a park. They focus on languages learning and offer French lessons for foreigners and students can sit for the French exam, Baccalauréat. The boarding school offers comfortable shared bedrooms (4 students), from Monday to Friday ; weekends and holidays are in a local host family.
The city of Espalion: it is a dynamic town in a rural area and one of the main cities of the north Aveyron. Located on the road to Santiago de Compostela, it is at the center of the triangle made by Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand and Montpellier cities.
The French educational system is one of the most thorough in the world. Expectations are high towards the students. Participants will attend classes at a local lycée from Monday to Friday. These include French, Mathematics, Biology, Geography, Physics, History, Physical Education, Foreign Language (English, German, Spanish or Italian)… and optional classes include Economics or a second Foreign Language. The school year runs from September to June.
Accommodation & meals
During the week (from Monday to Friday), the participant is a boarder (breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner are included). During the weekends and school holidays, the participant will be hosted by a French family. They will share the family’s everyday life.
Terms of participation
- be min. 14 and max. 18 upon arrival
- Have good academic results
- Have a minimum of 1 year of French lessons
- Have travel insurance covering sickness, accidents, repatria-
tion and third party liability
Included: boarding school enrolment - host family screening and placement process - accommodation and meals as described - transfer on arrival - 24 hours emergency support - coordinator assistance & progress reports - mandatory orientation - administrative costs.
Not included: return transportation - local transportation - school books - personal expenses - travel insurance - passport and visa fee - optional Paris orientation.