High School Exchange in Paris (English native speakers only)

High School Exchange in Paris (English native speakers only)
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Study abroad in France and become an exchange student in Paris Greater Area.

Live with a French host family that will welcome you as a new member of their family. Go to a local French High School in their area. You will have opportunities to discover Paris from inside

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  • study abroad Greater Paris Area France
  • age from 15 to 17 years old
  • Language French
  • dates September to June
  • length Term, Semester, Academic year
  • price from 7290 EUR

Be an exchange student in the Greater Paris Area

Your Exchange program in Paris Greater Area with Nacel.
During their High School program in France, exchange students may choose to be placed in the Greater Paris area, either in a host family or in a boarding school. They are enrolled in a public or private secondary school and placed with a paid host family, or at the school dorm during the week and in a paid family during weekends. This provides exchange students the opportunity to experience the everyday life of French students and discover the French culture and “art de vivre”, while exploring Paris and its world famous museums and monuments.

What should I expect from my exchange program in Paris Greater area?

French secondary education is divided into two schools:

  • the “collège” for the first four years directly following primary school (Grades 6-9)
  • the “lycée” for the next three years.

You attend a French Lycée, in 10th, 11th and more rarely in 12th grade. Completion of secondary studies leads to the French “baccalauréat”, which is the French High School Diploma. The school principal makes the ultimate decision regarding grade and placement level for international students, taking into account the school’s organization, the student’s transcripts and their French level. All students attend general classes such as French, History, Math, Foreign Language (usually English, then German or Spanish), P.E., Sciences, etc.. 

In France, students spend a lot of time at school. Generally speaking, they start school at 8am and finish at 5pm or 6pm, there is a 1-hour break at lunchtime. Sometimes, there are classes on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. You may practise sports or do cultural activities such as music or arts outside of school, in local clubs and so called "associations". Those activities usually take place after school, on Wednesday afternoons as well as on Saturdays. Sundays are usually dedicated to family life, going out, relaxing, doing homework.

Most students get the chance to practice sports if this can be arranged with the host family at the beginning of the stay.

Graduation from a secondary school in France is only possible after at least two years of study (Grade 11 and 12). We are happy to support you in your objectives if you intend to graduate in France.

Paris Boarding School Option: if you choose our program in a private boarding school, you will be placed in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, a town directly linked to Paris city center (15 minutes by foot from Latin Quarter!).

Looking for an international school in Paris? Study at Notre-Dame International High School, an English speaking high school in Paris area. Notre-Dame International High School is one of the French international schools offering international students to study in English and improve their French thanks to intensive French classes and French homestay immersion.  As an international school located in Europe, the school attracts students coming from all over the word for a challenging international education. 


Study abroad in France and live with a host family, providing full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) or at the school boarding house on weekdays and in a host family on weekends and holidays. 


Please request more information through the contact form.  
Please note: consult us first if you have any special diet or a medical issue (existing condition, chronic or mental health issues). Thank you!


High School program in Paris, France

* Price in EUR per participant. Not included: Application Fees (65 EUR)

¿Eres español? Consulta nuestra página dedicada sobre el año escolar en París para estudiantes españoles.

Price includes

  • Administration fees
  • School registration and fees
  • Host family accommodation with full board (including school lunches)
  • Support, assistance and 24-hour emergency phone number during the whole program

Price does not include

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance (luggage loss, flight delay etc.)
  • Visa, passport and medical exam fees
  • Extra language courses, extra activities such as sports, excursions, etc. organized by the school or others
  • Personal expenses and pocket money
  • Domestic transfer on departure day

Mandatory fees to be added

  • Meet&Greet + Orientation: 420 EUR
  • Supervised transfer on arrival to school/host family: 90 EUR
  • Insurance: 450 EUR
  • School books: 567 EUR
  • School transportation: Term 220 EUR - Semester 260 EUR - Year 370 EUR
Apply at least 5 months before arrival.

Exchange students must be interviewed in their home country before being accepted for a High School exchange in Paris.
A minimum of two years of French study and good academic results are required to study in France.

We can unfortunately only consider English native speakers for this program. 

If you speak no or very little French, we advise you to consider a French international school in Paris area: Notre-Dame International High School. Inquire now: https://www.ndihs.com 

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