Around 85 million tourists from all over the world can’t be wrong – France is the place to visit. For decades the country has had the number 1 spot in the World Tourism Organisation’s yearly statistics. It’s no wonder France is a favorite. Shopping, fashion and sightseeing in Paris, the glamorous beach life on the Côte d’Azur, skiing in the French Alps and a beautiful countryside are some of the things that attracts foreigners. Also, it’s no doubt that France is number 1 when it comes to food. Will you try a delicacy such as escargots?
High School Classic
High School Classic is the traditional high school exchange programme, chosen by most of our students. It is the perfect programme for those who long for a genuine high school experience abroad and who are willing to embrace all the surprises it can bring. Here’s how it works: based on your profile, we find you a suitable host family and school, and the best part is, it can be anywhere in France, from beautiful Normandy to the glamorous Mediterranean coast! If you’re open to adventure and are willing to let yourself be surprised by your exchange experience, this is the programme for you.
High School 2-in-1
Experience two new countries in one year! The new High School 2-in-1 programme gives you the unique opportunity to spend each semester of your high school exchange in a different country. You can learn an extra language, gain insight into yet another culture and make even more international friends.
Order our brochure now and read all about STS High School, our destinations and a very special period abroad that could be the adventure of your life!
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As an exchange student in France, you will get to know the country from the inside, beyond the typical tourist attractions. If you have studied at least two years of French you are ready to apply for a high school year in France. While living here you will constantly improve your language skills and become fluent in a world language, possibly one of the most romantic ones.
Population: 67 million Area: 644 000 km2 Longest river: Loire (1 000 km) Highest mountain: Mont Blanc (4 800 m) Capital: Paris (2,5 million) Currency: Euro Country code: +33
Excellent education in France
Two years of French studies at school back home. That’s all you need to become an exchange student in France, along with the ambition to learn, of course! The French educational system is considered one of the best in the world. A year in France will be beneficial for all your further education.
High school in France is called le lycée. It’s three years in total. In year two, all French students will choose to focus their studies on one of these four areas: science, literature, ecomonics or technology. Most exchange students will be placed in year two with a focus on literature. Your school will decide your placement.
Your mandatory school subjects will depend on your placement. In year two of le lycée, it’s often French, English, history, geography, maths, biology, physics, chemistry and physical education. You will also have a few electives, giving you a chance to focus on something that you’re interested in.
You usally go to school six days a week, however, Wednesdays and Saturdays are normally shorter.
Living with a French family
Family is important to the French and life revolves around the close-knit household. As a new family member you will be introduced to the French culture and the typical traditions of your particular family. When you gather around the dinner table to talk about your day, you will hear new words and expressions, which will sharpen your grip of the language.
What’s equally important to the French is of course food. This is the culinary heart of the world with lots of classic dishes. You might be served coq au vin, poulet basquaise or boeuf bourguignon.
North, south, farm or city
What your new home will look like depends on where you are placed. To live with a family in the north is naturally quite different from life in the south. Living on a farm in the country is something different than an apartment in a city. It’s good to know that many French families have pets, they sure love their four-legged friends. If you have any allergies, please let us know.
Who can go: 15–18 years on arrival
Departure month: January/August/December
Language requirements: At least 2 years of French
Choice of destination: Yes. Additional cost
Prep course: yes, STS Welcome Camp is included
School year: September–June
School day: 08.00 – 18.00 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri) and 08.00 – 12.00 (Wed, Sat)
Subjects: Compulsory and optional
Trips in the country: Lille, Nice and Disneyland Paris. Additional cost
Be brave, take the risk and be open to whatever comes next - it will be the most rewarding experience ever! That I can promise you :-) / Claire Thorrold
Free time in France
Your leisure time in France will be rich and varied – and it’s up to you what you want to do. Your options are nearly endless. For instance, if you like shopping you will think you are dreaming. The department stores and smaller boutiques are full of the latest fashion. Your wardrobe will become full of unique French garments.
Did you know that the word café is French? This is a word that will become pretty standard in your vocabulary, since visiting cafés with friends will be something you will do a lot. Hanging out in cafés is typically French. Order a café au lait and just sit and talk for hours. Can you think of a better way to practice your French?
Tour de France and much more
Near the Alps, there is a lot of fishing, skiing and mountain climbing. Down by the Mediterranean, watersports and beach life rule. The French are fond of all kinds of sports, both individual and in teams. Cycling is one of the national favorites. When the prestigious Tour de France begins the whole country follows the contest from start to finish. Maybe that’s a sport you want to try during your high school exchange?
See more of France
Forget about school and homework for a while and join one of our trips within the country. You will travel with other exchange students and always with experienced leaders. The travel schedule includes trips to Lille, Lyon, Bordeaux and Paris. There is also a visit exclusively to Disneyland in Paris. Travel schedules and prices may vary. Your local contact person will provide you with all the necessary information.
STS Welcome Camp in Paris
Your exchange begins with our fun Welcome Camp in Paris! The Welcome Camp gives you the best possible start to your exchange, and is packed with sightseeing, seminars, new friends and lots of fun.
Do you already have a preferred location in France? If so, you have the chance to choose where you want to be placed in your application.
Air fares to host family and back
Accommodation in an approved host family
Half board Monday-Friday and full board on weekends
School spot in a public high school
Personal assistance and contact person from home country and host country
STS Welcome Camp
Pre-departure orientation in your home country
Emergency support 24/7
Meetings and material to prepare you and your parents
STS bag and t-shirt
STS Ambassador Club
High School Classic
Don’t forget to check out our Video Scholarship Challenge. Send us a video explaining why you would be a great exchange student and get the chance to receive a scholarship for your high school exchange. Find all information and instructions here
Yes, no matter where you go, we have a local representative at your location. It is the local area representative who works to approve our host families, have contact with schools and will be your supporter and advisor during your exchange year.
The easiest way to apply is to visit the page of your favourite destination and click the "Apply now" button. Your application is not binding, and you make your final decision once you have been accepted.