This is the experience of a lifetime: studying in a French secondary school (Collège or Lycée) while sharing the everyday life of a volunteer host family.
For a few weeks or a whole year, participants live in a French host family. In addition to the room and board, host families offer students support and guidance during the whole stay, while sharing local customs. Our host families are as diverse as our participants. All families are carefully screened and prepared for the experience. The matching of the host family and the student is based on the student's profile, personality and common interests. Students will feel at home while away and develop strong long-term relationships. They are supervised by a CEI local coordinator and the CEI office during the entirety of their stay.
Students are placed in either public or private schools. Students will spend 5 days per week at school, usually from 8:00am until 5:00pm or 6:00pm, in classes with French classmates. Depending on their age, students are placed in either Troisième (14-15 years old) or Seconde (15-16 years old). They typically take courses in French literature, foreign languages, history, math, economics and science. Students placed in Classe de Première (16-17 years old) will be enrolled in one of the following academic tracks: literature, economics or sciences. All classes are taught in French.
Students must be between 14 and 18 years old at the time of their stay in France. They will go through an interview process to ensure their adequate language skills and motivation.
Students are placed in a paid host family on a full board basis.
More information about medical insurance is available on request.