The Eiffel tower, croissants, and a country rich with history

France

Program Details:

  • 10, 5, or 3 month program starts in either January or September
  • Must be between the ages of 13 and 19
  • No prior French language required
  • School year starts in September
  • Placed with volunteer host family
  • Application Deadlines: 10/1 for January,
    4/1 for September

Program Costs:

  • Academic Year – $8,500
  • Semester – $8,000
  • 3 months – $7,500
  • Insurance – $80/month

$1000 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**

Program includes:

  • Public high school acceptance
  • Volunteer host family placement
  • Visa support documents
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Arrival orientation in Paris
  • Domestic travel to host family
  • Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in France
  • 24-hour emergency support

Program does not include:

  • International airfare
  • Domestic travel within France
  • School textbooks and lunches
  • Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.
  • Passport/visa/resident card fees
  • Personal spending money

General Information:

France is the most expansive country in the European Union and benefits from a wide variety of landscapes. Located on Europe’s western side, the metropolitan territory has over 3,400 miles (5 500 km) of coastline stretching from the North Sea and along the Channel to the Atlantic Ocean in the west, and along the Mediterranean in the south. Several islands line the coasts, the largest of which is Corsica located in the Mediterranean.

The large mountain ranges are distributed in the east and the south while 4 great river basins cross the country. The Seine in the north, the Loire and the Garonne in the west, and the Rhône between Switzerland and the Mediterranean.

France shares its borders with Belgium and Luxembourg in the north, Germany, Switzerland and Italy in the east, and with Spain in the south.

High School System:

Education is compulsory in France from the ages of 6 to 16, but a large majority of children start school well before the minimum age, often as young as two years old, and over 50% of 18-21 year olds in France are still in full-time education, or else following a vocational training course. Some 64% of all school pupils in France complete their secondary education, and take the high-school leaving certificate examinations, known as the baccalauréat or the baccalauréat professionnel. The official target – estimated as necessary for the needs of the nation – is 80%.

High school is France is known as lycée. The traditional French lycée covers the last three years of secondary education. There are two main types of traditional lycée, the lycée général or lycée classique, and the lycée technique. In big towns and cities, there will be a mix of both types; in smaller towns, there may not be a lycée technique. The main function of the lycée is to prepare pupils to sit the baccalauréat (or bac) exam, the equivalent of British A levels. Classes in a traditional lycée cover the same range as in collège, with the addition of philosophy (for all) in the final year. The three classes (grades 10 to 12) are known as seconde, première and terminale.

Pupils in a lycée technique may begin to specialise in a fairly narrow technical field, in addition to their general secondary studies. There are technical lycées specialising in fields such as microtechnologies or aeronautics. Technical lycées that provide training in very specialised fields are usually boarding schools, since they recruit pupils from a large catchment area, and even on occasions from all over France.

*Information from About France

Video courtesy of France.fr

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