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

The Give Back Exchange Fund

$1,000,000 in student exchange grants are available to nominated school students

Schools can nominate up to 5 students to apply for a grant from the Give Back Exchange Fund

The Give Back Exchange Fund has been created with a desire to give back to the community and provide more opportunities for high school students to experience both sides of the exchange program, from living life abroad to welcoming an overseas student into their home.

The final deadlines for applications are listed below. There are a limited number of grants available, so don't leave asking your school for a nomination until the last minute.

  • 1st March 2020 for August - September 2020 departures
  • 1st September 2020 for January 2021 departures

Click here to find out more information and to download a nomination form.

Next available departures for France

Length Departure Fee Application deadline Early Bird deadline Scholarship deadline
Length2 months DepartureNov 2019 FeeAU $6950 Application deadline23/09/2019 Early Bird deadline31/03/2019
Length5 months DepartureAug 2020 FeeAU $8950 Application deadline29/05/2020 Early Bird deadline31/10/2019 Scholarship deadline31/10/2019
Length10 months DepartureAug 2020 FeeAU $10300 Application deadline29/05/2020 Early Bird deadline31/10/2019 Scholarship deadline31/10/2019
Length3 months DepartureOct 2020 FeeAU $7150 Application deadline26/08/2020 Early Bird deadline31/03/2020
Length2 months DepartureNov 2020 FeeAU $6950 Application deadline23/09/2020 Early Bird deadline31/03/2020
Length5 months DepartureJan 2021 FeeAU $8950 Application deadline10/09/2020 Early Bird deadline31/03/2020 Scholarship deadline31/03/2020
Length10 months DepartureJan 2021 FeeAU $10300 Application deadline10/09/2020 Early Bird deadline31/03/2020 Scholarship deadline31/03/2020

It's not too late to apply for a Scholarship or Early Bird Discount and save $$ off the price of your exchange

If you are planning to go on exchange and want to reduce the price of your program, then we have some good news for you! The deadline for Scholarship & Early Bird Discount applications is Thursday 31st October 2019 for our standard programs departing between April – September 2020.

Simply fill out our Apply Online form, pay your $150 deposit and send us your signed terms and conditions by 11.59pm AEDT on Thursday 31st October 2019. You will then have until close of business on Thursday 14th November to complete your full application form. It's that simple and it will save you heaps.

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.
  • Please be aware that France now requires specific pages to be completed for the Medical and School information. The French application form is on our downloads page or please ask our office.

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).