France

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.

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

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

Short Programs Long Programs Language Criteria Immunisation Gap Year Online Video Scholarships Discounts
Short Programs Long Programs Language Criteria Immunisation Gap Year Online Video Scholarships Discounts

Next available departures for France

Length Departure Fee Application deadline Early Bird deadline Scholarship deadline
Length5 months DepartureAug 2019 FeeAU $9300 Application deadline29/05/2019 Early Bird deadline31/10/2018 Scholarship deadline31/10/2018
Length10 months DepartureAug 2019 FeeAU $10300 Application deadline29/05/2019 Early Bird deadline31/10/2018 Scholarship deadline31/10/2018
Length3 months DepartureOct 2019 FeeAU $7450 Application deadline11/09/2019 Early Bird deadline31/03/2019
Length2 months DepartureNov 2019 FeeAU $6950 Application deadline11/09/2019 Early Bird deadline31/03/2019
Length5 months DepartureJan 2020 FeeAU $9300 Application deadline10/09/2019 Early Bird deadline31/03/2019 Scholarship deadline31/03/2019
Length10 months DepartureJan 2020 FeeAU $10300 Application deadline10/09/2019 Early Bird deadline31/03/2019 Scholarship deadline31/03/2019
Length5 months DepartureAug 2020 FeeAU $TBC Application deadline29/05/2020 Early Bird deadline31/10/2019 Scholarship deadline31/10/2019
Length10 months DepartureAug 2020 FeeAU $TBC Application deadline29/05/2020 Early Bird deadline31/10/2019 Scholarship deadline31/10/2019
Length3 months DepartureOct 2020 FeeAU $TBC Application deadline11/09/2020 Early Bird deadline31/03/2020
Length2 months DepartureNov 2020 FeeAU $TBC Application deadline11/09/2020 Early Bird deadline31/03/2020
Length5 months DepartureJan 2021 FeeAU $TBC Application deadline10/09/2020 Early Bird deadline31/03/2020 Scholarship deadline31/03/2020
Length10 months DepartureJan 2021 FeeAU $TBC Application deadline10/09/2020 Early Bird deadline31/03/2020 Scholarship deadline31/03/2020

Free Limited Regional Spots Available

We have a limited number of FREE regional spots available for students wanting to go on exchange in January 2020 for 5 or 10 months.  Please note they are available on a 1st come 1st serve basis.

Regions Available

  • Hauts de France, Grand Est, Normandy, Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitanie, Centre Val de Loire
  • Metro Spot - Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Rennes, Nantes, Reims, Nancy, Toulouse, Perpignan

Please note that these spots range from being placed in a particular region or city with the following additional options available.

  • Metro spots will guarantee you are placed within 15-20 km from the city centre by public transport.

Providing you meet our usual eligibility criteria, your placement on one of these limited regional spots will be confirmed when your application is received by our office, accepted and your deposit paid. 

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, make sure you act quickly and send us your application form ASAP. These spots are limited and we anticipate they will be filled up quickly.  

If you would also like to reduce the cost of your exchange program, in addition to taking advantage of the above offer, remember our Early Bird Discount and Scholarship deadline for all programs departing in October 2019 - March 2020 is Sunday 31st March 2019. You can apply online now if you need more time to complete your student exchange application form.

Important Program Information

Please note that

  • Students applying for France will need to have a basic knowledge of French to allow easy adaption to school and Host family life. A language course is strongly recommended.
  • Some program arrivals include an orientation in Paris at an additional cost.
  • Optional Program Extras such as tours and language camps are available at additional cost.
  • 2 week Language courses in Angouleme at an additional cost. Please contact our office for further information.

2WayExchange Program

The 2WayExchange Experience involves you in a unique exchange program where students from Australia and New Zealand are ‘matched’, with a student in either France, Canada, Italy or Spain. You choose which country and spend 3 months with each other’s families and attend school. It amounts to twice the experience and at a fraction of the usual cost of a 3 month exchange program. Click here to find out more.

Schools

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.

Visas

Aussies and Kiwis will travel on a tourist visa for short programs lasting 2 to 3 months.

Students on a long program will need to lodge their application in person and attend a face to face interview at the Consulate in Sydney or Wellington (with a parent if under 18).