Savour the art in the shining capital on the River Seine. See glorious pasts blaze forth at Versailles. Travel south for Roman civilisation and the sparkling blue Med. Ski the Alps. Sense the subtle infusion of language, music and mythology in Brittany brought by 5th-century Celtic invaders. Smell ignominy on the beaches of Normandy and battlefields of Verdun and the Somme.
"Most rewarding part of the exchange experience? Meeting such great people ! Learning French, the culture … and coming home as if we have achieved something." Chris Jacek – Semester to France
"You'll experience highs & lows, develop a love for a new culture & come to further appreciate your own. Knowing this experience & its challenges are growing you into a stronger human-being makes this so much more than a holiday!" Rhys Schofield - Year to France
|Short Programs||Long Programs||Language Criteria||Immunisation||Gap Year||Online Video||Scholarships||Discounts|
Please note that;
|5 months||Aug 2017||AU $9300||30/04/2017||31/10/2016|
|10 months||Aug 2017||AU $10300||30/04/2017||31/10/2016|
|2 months||Early Nov 2017||AU $7300||01/08/2017||31/03/2017|
|3 months||Early Nov 2017||AU $7800||01/08/2017||31/03/2017|
|2 months||Late Nov 2017||AU $7300||15/08/2017||31/03/2017|
|3 months||Late Nov 2017||AU $7800||15/08/2017||31/03/2017|
|5 months||Jan 2018||AU $9300||15/09/2017||31/03/2017|
|10 months||Jan 2018||AU $10300||15/09/2017||31/03/2017|
You can choose a 2 or 3 month program departing in November, or a 5 or 10 month program departing in either January or August each year.
You will stay with a volunteer French host family. Host families come in all different shapes, sizes and backgrounds, and could live just about anywhere in France.
All host families undergo a Criminal Background Check, are interviewed in their home and reference checked before they are approved to host.
You will be enrolled in a local school - College or Lycee - depending on your age. The school year starts in early September and goes through to the beginning of July.
Students have a fixed subject curriculum until year 10 and, from year 11, have 3 streams of study to choose from. There isn't any school uniform in France, even in private schools and students wear casual clothes to school.
Age and Eligibility
You must be between the ages of 15 and 18 and be enrolled at school when applying. Gap year students are eligible and need to depart no more than 3 months after completing their final year. Ideally, students will have studied French for 2 years before departure but there is flexibility with this requirement so please talk to us.
Aussies and Kiwis will travel on a tourist visa for short programs lasting 2 to 3 months.
If you go on a 5 or 10 month Program you will travel on a student visa and our office will lodge your application on your behalf.
Application deadlines for the longer programs are typically 4-5 months prior to departure and early August for the short programs departing in November. But don’t leave it to the last minute to apply. Check our website for details or give us a call. You may like to take advantage of our scholarships or early bird discounts and secure your spot even earlier! For details on the deadline for our 2WayExchange Experience, please click here.
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Want to find out more about France. Watch our destination video to find out more.
Hear from returned students about their experiences in France while on one of our exchange programs.
12 Language Scholarships are available each year, valued up to $3,500 each.
Population: 66.03 million (2013) World Bank
President: François Hollande
Official language: French