STS High School 14–18 years of age
Vive la France!

High School in France

Age 15-18

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 match you with a host family and school, and the best part is, it can be anywhere in France, from the Paris region to the rugged coastlines of Brittany! If you’re open to adventure and are willing to let yourself be surprised by your exchange experience, this is the programme for you. 

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"Parlez-vous français?"

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.

Le lycée

In 2019, the French Education system underwent a reform which enables a more ‘à la carte’ approach to classes. Your school will decide your placement based on your application, age, grades and language level.

Your schedule

 If you are placed in year 11 or 12 you will have the following mandatory subjects : French, Philosophy, History/Geography, Moral and Civic Education, two foreign language classes, Physical Education, Scientific and Digital Humanities. In addition to those you might be able to pick some extra classes depending on availability. 

You usually 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.

Quick facts

  • Who can go: 15–18 years on arrival
  • Departure month: January/August/December
  • Language requirements: At least 2 years of French
  • Visa: Required for non-European students
  • 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.

Cozy cafés

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. As you move towards the South, water sports and beach life rule. The French are fond of all kinds of sports, both individual and in teams. Cycling is one of the national favourites. 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 and Paris. Travel schedules and prices may vary. Your local contact person will provide you with all the necessary information. 

STS Welcome Camp in Europe

Your exchange begins with our fun Welcome Camp in Europe! The Welcome Camp gives you the best possible start to your exchange, and is packed with sightseeing, seminars, new friends and lots of fun.

What's included

  • Accommodation in a host family
  • Full board in a host family
  • School spot in a local high school 
  • Personal assistance and contact person in both home and host country
  • STS Welcome Camp 
  • Online pre-departure meeting
  • Emergency support 24/7
  • Free interview
  • Meetings and material to prepare you and your parents
  • STS bag
  • STS Diploma


Do you already have a preferred location in France? If so, you have the chance to request where you want to be placed in your application.


Please note that the transport to your destination and back is not included the program fee.

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