High School Abroad in France

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Information for term High School Abroad in France

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

October 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: October 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 19 – May 31, 2020 (19 weeks)

Application Deadline

April 15, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 25 – Nov 17, 2020 (12 weeks)*

Application Deadline

October 15, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: October 15, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 19 – Apr 5, 2020 (11 weeks)

Application Deadline

April 15, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 25, 2020 – May 31, 2021 (40 weeks)*


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Improve your language skills as you soak in the richness and diversity of French culture.

The most geographically diverse country in Europe, France is made up of many regions, each with its own distinct flavor. Wherever you’re placed to live and study, you’ll be immersed in the language, culture, and typical teen routine at a public or private lycée or collège. Although studies are rigorous (the school day ends at 5–6 p.m.), you’ll still have plenty of time to hang out at cafés, visit museums, play sports, watch French TV, and share traditional home-cooked meals with your host family.

The Take-Aways

  • Language Proficiency

    Our program provides students with 150 language contact hours in just a few weeks.

  • Global Citizenship

    After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.

  • College Readiness

    Studying abroad gives you the kinds of life skills that can’t be learned in a classroom — and shows college admissions reps that you’re already one step ahead in terms of initiative, maturity, and independence.

  • said their experience made them more aware of global issues.

  • said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.

  • said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.


Location & Culture

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Beaches, skiing, world-class museums — there’s something for everyone in Europe’s largest and most diverse country.

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 had 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 the center of Toulouse or in a nearby suburb, 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.


Upon arriving in France with your fellow participants, you will be met by CIEE staff in Toulouse, where you will begin your five-day orientation. During orientation, you will participate in a series of workshops focusing on a variety of themes — culture, language, academics, social norms, and current events — all designed to best prepare you for your experience in France. You will also take three hours of language classes to help prepare you for your language immersion experience. In addition, you’ll see some of the best that Toulouse has to offer!

Participate in an exciting scavenger hunt, where you’ll explore the city and put your French into practice. Visit some of Toulouse’s most impressive structures: the Basilica of Saint-Sernin, the Capitole de Toulouse, and the Pont Neuf. Additionally, you will spend time with fellow CIEE high schoolers and French host siblings.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"Today I ate at my favorite restaurant, an organic burger place called 'L’appetit bio'..."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program.

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  • Housing

    Carefully screened host families in the Greater Toulouse area

  • Local Support

    Local Coordinator in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7

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Sample Activities

France is well-known for its rich history, as well as world-famous art, architecture, food, and culture. With cosmopolitan cities, alpine ski villages, quiet countryside, and a bustling coastline, France has something for everyone. From the Eiffel Tower to the beaches of Nice, there’s no shortage of top attractions to explore. Wherever you’re placed to live and study, you are only a train ride away from a range of amazing destinations. You’ll have a whole year or semester to discover the country — on your own, with new CIEE friends, and with your host family.

As part of the program price, CIEE includes two trips per semester, with the option to participate in an additional at-cost trip each semester.

Fall Semester

Carcassonne (cost included) 
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Carcassonne is listed by CNN Travel as being the second-best walled city in the world. Spend a Saturday with CIEE staff and your fellow participants exploring this incredible destination.

Port-Vendres (cost included) 
You’ll spend three days with fellow CIEE students exploring the colorful village of Port-Vendres and nearby Collioure, a few miles from the Spanish border. While visiting, you’ll taste the local French-Catalan cuisine, tour a seventh-century castle, and participate in cultural activities.


Bordeaux (additional cost) Optional

Leave the pink bricks and narrow medieval streets of Toulouse to head towards a city of white stones. Architectural ensembles of the early 18th century makes Bordeaux an example of innovative classical and neoclassical trends. Climb up the 200 steps of the Pey Berland tower to enjoy the spectacular view on the City, walk along the Garonne river and pass by the famous water mirror, explore the many fancy shops and restaurants that make the unique atmosphere of the old Bordeaux, and visit a former military barracks converted into a bubbling cultural place.

Spring Semester

Albi (cost included) 
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Albi is located just one hour from Toulouse. Join your CIEE cohort in a day of exploration and good food! Spend time meandering through the city, visiting some of the top sights.

The Lot Valley (cost included) 
You’ll travel deep into the French countryside to the beautiful Lot Valley. The trip will start in Figeac, a city with a fascinating blend of medieval, Gothic, and Romanesque architecture. From there, you’ll continue on to locations such as Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Rocamadour, ranked among the most beautiful villages in France. You might also visit the 20,000-year-old painted cave of Pech Merle and the underground river and limestone galleries of Gouffre de Padirac. There’s so much to see in the Lot Valley!


Provence (additional cost) Optional

You’ll spend three full days traveling through the world-famous Provence region, one of the most beautiful areas of southern France. Your activities may include a trip to the medieval town of Avignon and a stop at Le Palais des Papes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After that, you’ll move on to the multicultural port city of Marseille, check out the Museum of Mediterranean Cultures, eat lunch at a North African spice market, and hike in a national park on the Mediterranean Sea.

What People are Saying

  • Over the last weekend in January, I went to a park called Les Trois Forêts with my host mom, my host brother, and my host mom’s sister and her two little girls, and it was the best experience I had. Not because of what we did (indoor swimming in a huge area, playing board games like a family, etc.), but because this was when I decided that I loved everything about this year, even the hard and the bad parts, and that I wanted to spend my life traveling and having moments like this one.

    Madelyn F., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • I learned things that aren’t taught in schools: what is really important to me, what I want out of life, and how to be more open-minded and confident.

    Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • Everyone is shocked to hear that I studied abroad when I was 15 years old. I’m shocked myself — yet, quite frankly, I’m shocked that it isn’t more common to study abroad in high school. CIEE gave me an opportunity that most people have never heard of. The program transformed me into the person I am today, with impeccable people skills and the ability to adapt to any environment. I owe a huge thanks to the CIEE program. I am proud to be a CIEE alumnus!

    Alex A., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


At the time of departure, students must:

  • Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling
  • Must not have met graduation requirements before program begins
  • Have 2 years of French or equivalent
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Application Fee


Apply six weeks prior to the deadline, and receive optional trip for free.

Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Academic Year 2020 40 weeks Apr 15, 2020 Aug 25, 2020* May 31, 2021*
Spring 2020 19 weeks Oct 1, 2019 Jan 19, 2020 May 31, 2020


Spring Trimester 2020 11 weeks Oct 15, 2019 Jan 19, 2020 Apr 5, 2020


Fall Trimester 2020 12 weeks Apr 15, 2020 Aug 25, 2020* Nov 17, 2020*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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