West of France Boarding school

As an exchange student in Cholet, you will be able to experience the everyday life of a French high school student.

Attend a French private boarding school and live at the school dorm during the week and are stay with a French host family living in Cholet area, during the weekends. 

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  • study abroad Cholet France
  • age from 15 to 18 years old
  • Language French
  • dates September to June
  • length Term, Semester, Academic year
  • price from 5690 EUR

Discover our private boarding school in Cholet

Your Exchange Program in a West of France boarding school with Nacel.

Cholet is a mid-sized city of 57000 inhabitants, 100 km far away from the Atlantic Ocean and easy to reach from Paris by train (450 km). Cholet offers excellent opportunities for leisure activities.such as the School of Music, Drama, and Dancing; the theatre season, the summer festival, the Museum of Art and History, the Museum of the Textiles industry. Practicing a sport in Cholet is easy: football, tennis, swimming, ice sports at the skating-rink, etc. Clubs and town infrastructures have recently been built or renovated to do so in the best conditions.

This boarding school in France has 100 years of experience in education and offers the general academic High School curriculum. Exchange students can choose between various subjects and options such as plastic arts, drama, sports (badminton, basketball and athletics). Exchange students live at the boarding quarters of the school from Monday to Friday and with a nice French host family during weekends and school holidays.

Every year, this French boarding school in Cholet welcomes about thirty exchange students.

  • Size of the school: 1200 students
  • Boarding (2 to 3 students per room, shared bathroom, dining room): 250 students
  • Extra-curricular: Sports, Drama, Cinema, and Music. Outings at the ice ring.
  • Available in the boarding quarter: Games, Student associations.
  • School Plus: Various options on offer (Plastic Arts, Drama, Sports -Badminton, Basketball-)

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..

Most private boarding schools in France only offer 5-day boarding option. Exchange students are hosted in host families for weekends and holidays.

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 in a quiet environment
  • 7 pm to 7.30 pm dinner
  • 8 pm to 9 pm compulsory study time in a quiet environment
  • 9 pm to 10 pm Free time to relax
  • 10.15 pm Curfew

    Study abroad in a French boarding school

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

    Rather looking for an exchange program in France in host families? Or a program in a different location? Look at our page dedicated to student exchange in France

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    During their exchange program in a boarding school in France, exchange students live at the boarding quarters with their school friends during the week (Monday to Friday), with full board, and with a host family on weekends and during the school holidays, with full board.


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    West of France boarding school in Cholet, France

    *Price in EUR per participant.

    Not included: Application fees (65 euros)

    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-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 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: 340 EUR
    • Supervised transfer on arrival to school/host family:  Cholet 150 EUR
    • Insurance: 450 EUR
    • School transportation: Cholet: term 100 EUR - Semester 150 EUR - Year 200 EUR
    • School books: Cholet:  175 EUR;
    Apply at least 5 months before arrival.

    Exchange students must be interviewed in their home country before being accepted in this West of France boarding school.
    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 Paris area: Notre-Dame International High School. Inquire now: https://www.ndihs.com  


    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.

    Paulina C. (16)

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

    Guilherme E. (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.

    Montserrat G. (18)
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