France

Program Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 5 or 10 months
  • Departure: September
  • Age Requirements: 15 to 17 years old
  • Language Requirements: none
  • Academic Requirements: C+ avg or higher
  • Visa Requirements: Yes
  • Orientation: 4-day orientation in Paris
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About France

Imagine immersing yourself in a culture that has influenced the course of human creativity for centuries, from stunning architecture to world-renowned cuisine. From wandering through picturesque villages to exploring iconic museums and savoring croissants at a café, France offers an array of experiences that transcend textbooks. This journey isn’t just about learning; it’s about becoming a part of a living masterpiece, where every corner whispers stories of the past and present. Your high school exchange year in France promises not only personal growth but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in a culture that has inspired dreamers and creators for generations.

  • Size: France covers an area of approximately 213,011 square miles. France’s size is slightly smaller than two Colorados.
  • Population: The population of France is approximately 67 million people.
  • Language: The main language spoken in France is French.
  • Religion: The main religion in France is Roman Catholicism. However, France is known for its religious
    diversity, with a significant number of people identifying as non-religious or practicing other religions.
  • Government: France is a semi-presidential republic. It has both a president as the head of state and a prime minister as the head of government. The country follows a democratic system with a separation of powers among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
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Life in France

High school students in France usually start their day around 8:00 AM, attending school until around 4:00 PM or later, depending on their schedule. The curriculum includes a mix of subjects such as mathematics, sciences, languages, and humanities.

French education encourages critical thinking and active participation, so students engage in lively classroom discussions and group projects. Lunch breaks are a cherished time to savor a variety of delicious meals, often enjoyed with friends.

After school, many students participate in extracurricular activities, whether it’s sports, arts, or clubs, contributing to personal growth and building camaraderie. The French passion for the arts is evident in the numerous opportunities to explore music, theater, and visual arts.

Evenings in France are often dedicated to family time, with families gathering for dinner to share stories, laughter, and traditional French cuisine. The appreciation for culinary delights and the art of conversation is a central aspect of French culture. French people value leisure and relaxation, so evenings might involve pursuing hobbies, spending time with friends, or attending cultural events. With an abundance of cafes, bookstores, and outdoor spaces, French cities come alive during the evenings.

Weekends offer ample opportunities for exploration. Many students take advantage of France’s rich history and natural beauty by visiting museums, historical sites, and taking day trips to picturesque towns. The diverse landscapes, from bustling cities to serene countryside, provide endless possibilities for adventure.

Pricing

Program Duration

Departure

Price

5 months (semester)

September 2024

$11,400

10 months (academic year)

September 2024

$13,900

Included

  • Roundtrip international flight to your destination
  • Travel insurance to cover accidents and illnesses
  • A carefully screened and vetted host family placement
  • 24/7 support from STS Foundation and its partners during your time abroad
  • Language support if traveling to a non-English speaking country
  • Interview, orientations, and material that will prepare you and your parents for your exchange year
  • A local representative or host family member welcoming you at the airport upon your arrival
  • Certificate of completion provided by STS Foundation at the end of your exchange year

Not Included

  • Domestic flight to get to the international departure
  • Passport and visa fees
  • School lunch money (depends on destination)
  • School uniforms if required (depends on destinations)
  • Public transportation
  • Educational/recreational trips
  • Pocket money ($200 to $300/month recommended)

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Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

Before Your High School Exchange Year

Get ready for your high school exchange year! Discover the benefits, learn who's eligible, and understand the application process. STS Foundation will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are well-prepared for this exceptional adventure.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents.

During Your High School Exchange Year

Discover what it's like to immerse yourself in a new culture and live with a host family, all with the guidance of STS Foundation and its partners. From the moment you depart to the moment you return home, we are there for you and your parents.