High School Exchange in a French Boarding school

High School Exchange in a French Boarding school

High School Exchange in a French Boarding school
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As an exchange student in a boarding school in France, you experience the everyday life of a French high school student. You attend a French public or private boarding school, live at the school dorm on weekdays, and stay with a welcoming French host family on weekends. You are fully immersed in the life of a French teen, build strong friendships with your classmates, experience boarding life in France, and adopt the French "art de vivre". You benefit from the support of the school staff for your studies during the week and enjoy a family life during the weekends. A great balance for your school year in France! 

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  • study abroad All over France France
  • age from 15 to 18 years old
  • Language French
  • dates September to June
  • length Trimester, Semester, Academic year
High School Exchange in a French Boarding school : Description

Next possible start dates: January 2025 and August 2025. Apply now!

Study at a public or private boarding school in  France

Your Exchange Program at a French boarding school starts here with Nacel.

You are enrolled in one of the public or private French high schools offering a Boarding House. These French high schools welcome a majority of day schoolers and some boarders. Boarders represent a small portion of the student population. These schools usually welcome between 30 and 150 French boarders and a few international boarders. Join them now!  

We place our exchange students all over France. Many of the French boarding schools are located in middle-sized cities or the countryside

These boarding schools in France have several decades of experience in education and offer a general academic French High School curriculum. Exchange students usually attend a 10th or an 11th grade and, in some rare cases a 9th grade at middle school (Collège). Exchange students live at the boarding house of the school from Monday to Friday and with a nice French host family during weekends and school holidays.

Only students with native English and Spanish mother tongues are eligible for this program. If you speak a different language, please contact us to learn about alternative exchange programs in France.

What about the French school system?

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. 

Completion of secondary studies leads to the “baccalauréat”. The school’s director makes the 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, Foreign Language (usually English, then German or Spanish), Sports, Sciences, etc. Require our dedicated handbook about the French school system

Graduation from a French boarding school is only possible after at least two years of study (Grade 11 and 12).

Learn more about the French High School System on the Blog: 

Study abroad in a French boarding school

Most private boarding schools in France only offer a 5-day boarding option. Exchange students are therefore welcomed by French host families during the weekends and the school breaks. The family also takes care of the laundry of the student. They also keep in touch with your school to monitor your academic progress. 

A typical day at school will follow this schedule:

  • 7 am wake up
  • 7.10 am to 7.45 am breakfast
  • 8 am the boarding school quarters are closed
  • 8:30 to 12 pm morning schedule
  • 12pm to 1pm lunch
  • 1pm to 4pm afternoon schedule
  • 5 pm or 6 pm compulsory study time
  • 7 pm to 7.30 pm dinner
  • 8 pm to 9 pm compulsory study time
  • 9 pm to 10 pm Free time to relax
  • 10.15 pm Curfew

You leave your school after your last class on Friday and join your host family to spend the weekend with them. They accompany you back to the dorm on Sunday evening or Monday morning. You also spend the school breaks with your host family: the French school calendar is generous, and you have a 2-week school break every 6 weeks

Rather looking for an exchange program in France living full time with a host famiy? Or a program in a different location? Look at our page dedicated to student exchange in France

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High School Exchange in a French Boarding school : Extra activities

French boarding schools may offer some extracurricular activities such as leisure sports and clubs during lunchtime, as well as some competitive sports on Wednesday afternoons. The staff at your Boarding house also arrange common activities for boarders, such as board games, outings, and sometimes parties! You may also do some extracurricular activities on weekends with your host family or independently. 

High School Exchange in a French Boarding school : Accommodation

During your exchange program in a boarding school in France, you live at the boarding house with your school friends during the week (Monday to Friday), and receive full board. You move to your French host family on weekends and during the school holidays. 

High School Exchange in a French Boarding school : Procedures

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 Exchange in a French Boarding school : Prices

Exchange programs at French boarding schools

*Price in EUR per participant.

Not included: Application fees (65 euros)

On offer: 

  • Term Abroad France
  • Semester Abroad France
  • School Year Abroad France
  • Mini High School Experience France

School Year Abroad in France 2024/2025:

School term :

  • August 25th 2024 to December 20th 2024 (with orientation/ soft landing camp)
  • February 1st 2025 to May 17th 2025 (no orientation)

School semester :

  • August 25th 2024 to January 18th 2025 (with orientation/ soft landing camp)
  • January 18th 2025 to June 14th 2025 (no orientation)

School academic year:

  • August 25th 2024 to June 14th 2025 (with orientation/ soft landing camp)
  • January 18th, 2024 to December 20th, 2025 (no orientation and no accommodation during the summer break)


Price includes

  • Administration fees
  • School registration and fees (including school lunches)
  • Boarding school on weekdays and host family accommodation with full board on weekends, bank holidays and half term holidays
  • Support, assistance and 24/7 Hotline during the whole program


Price does not include

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

Mandatory fees to be added

  • Meet&Greet + Orientation: 500 EUR
  • Supervised transfer on arrival to school/host family:  350 EUR
  • Insurance: 450 EUR
  • School transportation: term 150 EUR - Semester 200 EUR - Year 250 EUR
  • School books: 130 EUR
High School Exchange in a French Boarding school : Deadline
March 30th for September intake; September 15th for January intake.
High School Exchange in a French Boarding school : Eligibility

Exchange students must be interviewed in their home country before being accepted into this French boarding school program.
A minimum of two years of French study and good academic results are required to study in France.

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

High School Exchange in a French Boarding school : Testimonials

The raclette and tartiflette, it is a delight, I love it. Beyond that, I think people are nice in France. They say hello to you, talk to you, even if they don't know you. It's surprising, but pleasant. And then I made friends in high school, real friends. We built something. It will be very difficult the day of departure. Now it's going very well. I love it.


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I love cooking, I would like to be a chef someday. So living here in France, the country of gastronomy, is great!

(16)
 
 
 

For me, the first few moments were difficult because I couldn't speak French very well . But I never regretted coming to France. I love my host family very much. I like living in Cholet.

(18)
 
 
 
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