Homestay in France and Discovery Paris

If this is your first time in France and you definitely want to visit Paris, this French homestay experience in France is made for you!

Improve your French by living with a French host family and at the end of your stay live close to Paris with another host family to discover the city together!  You will live France from inside BUT also enjoy tourist attractions! Live France during the summer with Nacel! 

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  • study abroad France
  • age from 13 to 18 years old
  • Language French
  • dates From June to August
  • length From 2 to 8 weeks
  • price from 1945 EUR

Your French summer homestay immersion in Paris: this program combines a summer homestay with a French family in France with a three-day guided tour of Paris. Discover this city's key attractions!

A French homestay immersion in France...

Live in and with a French family in France! The summer homestay immersion in Paris offers students the opportunity to experience the French way of life and allows them to discover the typical life of a young French teenager. Students are welcomed by their host families in various regions of France, as if they were a new family member, and spend their days, evenings and weekends with them. 

Our host families in France come from varied social and economical backgrounds and may live in all different types of locations (in a big town, in a small city, in a village or on a farm...). No matter where the French host family lives, there are always wonderful things for the student to discover and absorb. 

Read more about our French host family stay in France

...with an amazing 3 day guided tour of Paris!

The three-day Discovery Paris Tour is a great option for students who wish to make the most of their stay in France to discover the famous city of Paris. The tour is organized on individual basis, to coincide with the end of the student’s French summer homestay program. The student lives with a French host family residing just outside of Paris. An adult member of the family takes the student to Paris everyday to discover the Parisian highlights. The evenings are spent at home with the French host family.

The Paris tour includes:

  • Visit to the Tour Eiffel (3rd level), 
  • Evening cruise on the River Seine,
  • Visit to the Versailles castle, 
  • Then, visit to the Quartier Montmartre and Notre Dame du Sacré Coeur,
  • Visit to the musée du Louvre,
  • Then, visit to the Quartier Latin, Boulevard St Germain, Jardin du Luxembourg.

The Tour can be arranged before the journey back to the home country, or at the beginning of the French homestay experience in France.
You not only live a French immersion but also have the chance to visit Paris with you private guide ! You use French at all times and live the language with us. 

TESTIMONIAL:

France Homestay and Discovery Paris - EMMA 17, USA 

My four week experience in France with the NACEL program was fun ,interesting,and educational.

I was placed with a wonderful host family who welcomed me into their home and helped me grow in my cultural knowledge and language skills.I was able to connect with the family before my arrival and am still keep in contact with them afterward. NACEL correspondents were very helpful in assuring that I had all of my travel details in time and was never without guidance.Representatives called and emailed both me before,during,and after my homestay to make sure all was going well. The Discovery Paris tour was very exciting and NACEL was able to place me in yet another great host family.I was able to enjoy Paris with someone who was familiar with the city and did not feel like a tourist. My France experience was excellent and I am very glad I chose NACEL.

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Activities

You are a new family member and participate in the daily life of your host family in France. Immersion into your French host family is the ultimate goal of the French homestay experience. However, our French host families are not required to organize specific activities, visits or excursions. You share their everyday life and participate in their daily activities, which can going to a swimming pool, to cinema, relax in the garden or visit family and friends! Bring your own spending money to cover the cost of activities. 

Share the summer life of a host family in France! 

Extra activities

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Accommodation

You are welcomed in a French host family and they provide you with full board. 

Our volunteer French host families welcome their exchange student for several weeks in the hope that the summer homestay experience in France will lead to lasting friendship. They look forward to sharing not only their language but also their everyday life with someone eager to participate. 

During the summer homestay program, you have the opportunity to live with two French host families: one family living near Paris and the other living in another region of France. For this reason, it is important that you confirm us if your are interested in doing the guided tour of Paris at the beginning of the French homestay program or at the end.

Prices

From 2 to 8 weeks from June* to August. Students choose their preferred length, start and end date, provided they arrive on a Sunday and depart on a Saturday.

*Note that for the June session of this program, the student may attend a local school depending on the host sister or brother’s school (planning, organization...). Extra costs may be involved (school fees, lunches and transport) incur an additional charge. 

Please indicate your dates on your application form.



Price includes

  • Administration fees
  • French Homestay placement on a full board basis
  • Tour, accommodation and board for the Discovery Paris Option
  • Return Airport pick-up and transfers to host family
  • Support, assistance and 24 hour emergency phone number during the whole program


Price does not include

  • International airfare
  • International Travel insurance
  • Visa, passport and medical exam fees
  • Extra activities organized by the family or others
  • Personal expenses and pocket money
  • Medical and Emergency Repatriation Insurance
  • Application fees (65 euros)
Deadline
French summer immersion in France: book your program at least 3 months before arrival.
Eligibility

A minimum of one to two year of French language study are required to take part in this French host family immersion. 
Participants must show that they are mature enough to participate in the summer homestay immersion in Paris, that requires:

  • Interest in learning about the French culture and language!
  • Deep desire to integrate a different family and share actively their everyday life!
  • Enthusiasm for improving language communication skills!
  • Willingness to make new friends!
  • An open and flexible attitude during the homestay in France in a French family!
Testimonials

"I really enjoyed my stay in France. Nacel did a wonderful job of placing me with a perfect family. They shared many of my interests, like running, so I was able to do my summer conditioning for cross country with my family."

Melanie (17)
 
 
 

I did a home stay with Nacel in July 1985. When I got to Lyon, the chaperone saw the name of my family and said I wouldn’t want to leave at the end of the month. Indeed. I studied abroad in Grenoble and came “home” every weekend; two of their sons visited my family in the US. I’m now a French professor in Chicago, and am sitting at the dining table of the house where I stayed all those years ago (the trees are taller!). About to leave for Paris where I’ll visit their youngest son and pick his kids up at school tomorrow. Merci to Nacel! And here’s to exchanges.

Ellen Mc. (34)
 
 
 

I did a home stay with Nacel in July 1985. When I got to Lyon, the chaperone saw the name of my family and said I wouldn’t want to leave at the end of the month. Indeed. I studied abroad in Grenoble and came “home” every weekend; two of their sons visited my family in the US. I’m now a French professor in Chicago, and am sitting at the dining table of the house where I stayed all those years ago (the trees are taller!). About to leave for Paris where I’ll visit their youngest son and pick his kids up at school tomorrow. Merci to Nacel! And here’s to exchanges.

Ellen Mc. (34)
 
 
 

My French host family was absolutely amazing. They were so much like my family, and they immediately helped me to feel at home. They made sure to plan enough so that I could see Angoulême but not feel rushed to do so. We did things like go to a “Fête de la musique,” Puy Du Fou, La Rochelle, and more. Though they weren’t required to do all of this, it made my stay there feel more memorable. I feel like a formed a valuable connection with them, and I would love for them to visit my family in the US, or for me to be able to see them again in France. 

In terms of my French, I definitely feel like I improved. There are things that are taught to us in school that don’t really apply to real life in France, like how negatives work and how to say “we.” Being in France for a month, i was able to learn a bunch of saying, colloquialisms, and new vocabulary that will help me in the coming years. I’d say that being totally immersed in a culture for 1 month really helps with learning language, given you have to speak said language all the time. 

 I would definitely recommend this program to students who want to better their language skills, experience a new culture, and form new relationships. It was a great program and definitely gave me more knowledge than I had. However, the only problem with the program was with the Paris Discovery tour. Mainly, there was not near enough time to do everything, and we found that some days, things were closed due to heavy traffic (like the 3rd floor of the Eiffel Tower). Otherwise, it was a great and fulfilling program. 

Finally, on the personal side, I have a connection with my Host family in Touvre, but I also did a lot of self-discovery there and realized that I also have a connection with France, too. I have grown a love for their culture, food, people, places, and language. I feel like there’s a piece of me left in France that’s hard to ignore, and I’m highly considering going back one day, possibly to study in college. The Nacel program helped me with that discovery, and I am always thankful for that. 

Makinnon (16)
 
 
 

My French host family was absolutely amazing. They were so much like my family, and they immediately helped me to feel at home. They made sure to plan enough so that I could see Angoulême but not feel rushed to do so. We did things like go to a “Fête de la musique,” Puy Du Fou, La Rochelle, and more. Though they weren’t required to do all of this, it made my stay there feel more memorable. I feel like a formed a valuable connection with them, and I would love for them to visit my family in the US, or for me to be able to see them again in France. 

In terms of my French, I definitely feel like I improved. There are things that are taught to us in school that don’t really apply to real life in France, like how negatives work and how to say “we.” Being in France for a month, i was able to learn a bunch of saying, colloquialisms, and new vocabulary that will help me in the coming years. I’d say that being totally immersed in a culture for 1 month really helps with learning language, given you have to speak said language all the time. 

 I would definitely recommend this program to students who want to better their language skills, experience a new culture, and form new relationships. It was a great program and definitely gave me more knowledge than I had. However, the only problem with the program was with the Paris Discovery tour. Mainly, there was not near enough time to do everything, and we found that some days, things were closed due to heavy traffic (like the 3rd floor of the Eiffel Tower). Otherwise, it was a great and fulfilling program. 

Finally, on the personal side, I have a connection with my Host family in Touvre, but I also did a lot of self-discovery there and realized that I also have a connection with France, too. I have grown a love for their culture, food, people, places, and language. I feel like there’s a piece of me left in France that’s hard to ignore, and I’m highly considering going back one day, possibly to study in college. The Nacel program helped me with that discovery, and I am always thankful for that. 

Makinnon (16)
 
 
 

Bobby had an amazing time in France! What an incredible experience for him. Yes, his French definitely improved quite a bit. His host family was wonderful! We would absolutely recommend the program (I did it myself in 1990). My daughter will likely do the program 2 years from now. 

Robert G (15)
 
 
 

Bobby had an amazing time in France! What an incredible experience for him. Yes, his French definitely improved quite a bit. His host family was wonderful! We would absolutely recommend the program (I did it myself in 1990). My daughter will likely do the program 2 years from now. 

Robert G (15)
 
 
 
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