With CIEE High School Abroad in France, you’ll experience what daily life is really like for your peers in the largest—and most diverse—country in Europe.
Lose your voice cheering for the local rugby team during a close match. Try eating escargot at dinner out with your host family (and surprise yourself to find it’s not as strange as you imagined). Get a feel for regional slang and build your vocabulary by chatting with local shop owners, neighbors, and friends of your host family.
Whether you’re placed in idyllic Brittany or the bustling Ile de France region, you’ll discover the country’s rich culture and history, both in class and through your own personal explorations. You’ll advance your French language skills through intensive study and casual conversation, and build practical, real-world skills that will serve you in college and beyond.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Whether you’re headed to a public or private lycée or collége you’ll spend days – often until 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm – in classes with your French peers. Students placed in either Troisiéme (14-15 years old) or Seconde (15-16 years old) typically take courses in French literature, foreign language, history, math, economics and science. Students placed in Classe de Premiere (16-17 years old) enroll in one of the following academic tracks: Literature, Economics, or Sciences. All classes are taught in French.
Upon arriving in France, you’ll spend five days in a preparatory course designed to help you transition into your new life in France. During these five days you’ll have classes in French language, French culture and society and you’ll participate in excursions to Paris and other French towns. CIEE strongly feels that the time you’ll spend at the preparatory course will help you feel comfortable and confident prior to starting school and living with your host family.
This Preparation Course is mandatory for all students and is provided by CIEE at no additional expense.
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in another culture than by living with a local family. Not only will your French host family provide you with daily meals and a place to stay, they’ll introduce you to local customs, and offer support and guidance in an unfamiliar environment.
Our host families are as diverse as our high school students. Whomever you’re placed with, all host families are carefully screened and matched with you based on personality profiles and common interests. Through your host family, you’ll build a home away from home and develop relationships that endure long after you’ve finished your high school study abroad program.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- International airfare between U.S. departure city and Paris, France (CDG)
- Transportation to and from Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
- Placement in a French high school
- Careful selection and screening of a compatible French family
- Room and board with selected host family
- Supervision and support of a Local Coordinator
- Periodic progress reports
- Pre-departure orientation in Boston
- International medical insurance through iNext and 24-hour worldwide travel assistance and support
- 5 day preparatory course upon arrival in France (location subject to change)
Official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview – Computer (OPIC) will be delivered twice to evaluate each student’s language proficiency both before and after completing the program. Each student will receive his or her official ACTFL OPIC score and certificate.
Semester (US Fall)
March 15, 2014*
Academic Year (US Fall)
March 15, 2014*
Semester (US Spring)
September 15, 2014**
*Early applications are due February 1, 2014. Apply early and save $250 off your program fees!
**Early applications are due August 1, 2014. Apply early and save $250 off your program fees!
Prices are subject to change and will be locked in for the participant on the day CIEE receives the completed application and program deposit.
At the time of departure, students must:
- Be between the ages of 15 and 18 years old
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- A minimum of formal French language instruction
- Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
Our receiving organization in France is responsible for your placement and support during your time in country.
This organization is responsible for recruiting, screening, and placing you with your host family and in your local high school. Upon arrival, you’ll be assigned a local coordinator who will provide support and complete supervision throughout your stay in France.
Online Pre-Departure Orientation
All CIEE High School Abroad in France participants take part in an online pre-departure orientation that introduces them to aspects of living abroad in their host country and to other students studying on the program. The orientation is held for both students and parents and the purpose is to help set realistic expectations and goals about their experience. CIEE staff will offer advice on adjusting to a new culture and will facilitate a Q&A forum. This online pre-departure orientation is mandatory for all students. CIEE will hold an in-person pre-departure orientation in Boston, Massachusetts the day before the group departs for France.
CIEE holds a mandatory pre-departure orientation in Boston, Massachusetts for all High School France participants. This orientation is held the day before the students depart for France. The group will participate in different activities and CIEE staff will help them prepare for their departure while answering any last-minute questions. During the orientation in Boston, students will complete the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIC) which will evaluate their current oral proficiency level in French. Students will then take the same exam upon completion of the program.
After students participate in the preparatory course they will each depart for their host communities. Within two weeks of settling in, their Local Coordinators will set up an in-country orientation. The purpose of this orientation is to answer any specific questions you have about your host community or school, for you to better understand local customs and culture and for you to meet your Local Coordinator and start building a healthy relationship with him or her.