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There is so much more to France than just the magnificent city of Paris. Most host families live in small towns or villages, and each region of France looks and feels different. You will have a chance to become immersed in the world-famous culture, from food and architecture to philosophy and painting. The beautiful countryside stretches from the Atlantic to the Alps and from the English Channel to the Mediterranean Sea.

A semester or year in France with AFS offers enough time to truly explore the richness of French culture. Improve your French language skills while living with a host family and attending a local high school.
Get ready for a demanding academic experience in France. The quality of education is very high; the French “lycee” (high school) will probably deliver a heavier school load than you are used to. A typical school day in France goes from 8:15am – 5:00pm, but don’t worry, Wednesdays are usually only half-day, and if your school offers class on Saturday, it will only be a half day as well.

Boarding School in France: Fully immerse into French culture by studying and living in a French boarding school during the week and spending time with a host family during the weekends and vacations.

Eligibility Requirements

Age on Departure: 14.6 – 17.9 years old
Graduates accepted; if they meet the age requirement and accept to comply to host school requirements, whatever grade level they are registered into (possibly not Senior year)

Basic French: No specific level of French is required upon arrival however it is strongly recommended to have some basic language communication skill. We strongly encourage students who have never learned French in school to take online classes or familiarize with French language with French books, movies and music.

Basic English: Needed if students do not have a basic level in French.

Vegetarians are rare in France, most families cook meat at every meal, and very few restaurants offer a veggie dish. More generally it is very difficult to secure a placement for vegetarian students. We do not recommend students who must eat exclusively halal or kosher to come to France as we cannot provide a placement where students would have access to halal or kosher food. However we can accept students with dietary restrictions for religious or medical reasons.

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Domestic Transport
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • School Uniform