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Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Stud...
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Age Requirement

Fall departure: July 1, 2002 - August 30, 2004. Spring departure: July 1, 2001 - August 30, 2003. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate before the start of their program will be not considered for admission.

Language

French. Year and Semester students must pass a French proficiency exam before being officially enrolled in a semester or yearlong program. Students should have at least 2 years of French study before attempting this exam. Students must also submit a host family letter written in French. There is no language requirement for the summer program.

Host Family Placement

Students in France are usually placed in small country towns (2,000 - 10,000 people) or small sized cities (10,000 - 125,000). Students are rarely placed in Paris or other large cities. The most important part of daily life with your host family is the evening meal, where you will share stories and news of the day!

School

Students attend school September through June from 8:00 a.m. to 5/6:00 p.m. Students must be highly motivated. Students are usually placed in grades 9-12 and study at least French, math, sciences history, and sports.

Language. Art. Architecture. Religion. Food. Fashion. Business. Technology. Industry. It only takes a day to traverse the beautiful landscape from north to south of this country, but it takes so much longer to truly understand its culture and people.
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Summer Program

Calling all foodies! With an itinerary of cooking and gardening classes and trips to a chocolate factory and dairy, this program will give you a literal and figurative taste of French cuisine and gastronomy. Not much of a chef? No worries! Fans of architecture and history will also enjoy the many opportunities to step back in time and visit the world-famous Châteaux of the Loire Valley. Those who like a more outdoorsy experience will have plenty of chances to be active with bike tours, scavenger hunts, picnics, swimming, and a trip to local caves. Or are you the big city type? Don't worry, the program concludes with a whirlwind tour of Paris during one of the most exciting times of the year: Bastille Day. 

 

Tentative Itinerary:  

 

Day 1: Depart for France.
Day 2: Arrive in France, train to Tours, in central France. Meet your host family.
Days 3 & 4: Free weekend with host family.
Day 5: French lessons and local scavenger hunt game in the old town with your host siblings.
Day 6: French lessons and field trip to a local dairy, where you will sample and learn to make goat cheese.

Day 7: Engage in a guided cross-cultural workshop.  Bike tour and picnic. Cool off while you explore the caves in Savonnières. Learn about the area’s unique geology through the incredible limestone sculptures and other natural and artistic creations of the caves. Visit the Château de Villandry and its beautiful gardens.

Day 8: French lessons and picnic, followed by a gardening workshop.  Learn the game of pétanque with host siblings. Free time at the shopping mall.
Day 9: Day trip to Château d’Amboise, the royal residence of Kings Charles VIII and Francois and the chapel burial place of Leonardo da Vinci. See Château du Clos Lucé, da Vinci’s home, now a museum.
Days 10 & 11: Free weekend with host family.
Day 12: French lessons and field trip to a chocolate factory.
Day 13: Experience famous French cuisine and gastronomy as you shop at the farmers' market and take part in a cooking class. Afternoon with host siblings at the pool or beach.
Day 14: Participate in another cross-cultural workshop and picnic. Afternoon visit to the famous Château de Chenonceau with a possible boat ride down the Cher River.
Day 15: French lessons and afternoon exploring Tours, with its charming Town Hall, historic architecture in Place Plumereau, and delicious local food. Farewell party with host families.  
Day 16: Train to Paris, the City of Light. Visit Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle, go on a boat trip, see The Avenue des Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe. Enjoy a meal at a Paris restaurant. 
Day 17: See the Bastille Day Military Parade, the Palais Garnier opera house and the Eiffel Tower. Have a picnic in Champs de Mars and cap off your stay in France by watching the Bastille fireworks!
Day 18: Return to the U.S.


Academic Programs

While in France for a year or semester you will get the chance to experience the social life of the French teenager while also attending school. French secondary education consists of the Collège and the Lycée (roughly the equivalent of Junior High and High School) which are among some of the best schools in Europe.

 

School: Your academic time in France will be spent at the lycée (high school). At the lycée d'education generale, you will take compulsory courses, such as history, math and languages. Compulsory classes are taught in French. If you are placed in the second year of lycée, you may choose a course of study, generally from literature and philosophy, economics and social sciences, or science and math. French schools tend to be challenging. They require students to memorize most material and the day lasts longer than many US students are used to - generally until 5:00 or 6:00pm, so be prepared for the extra hours! Lunchtime in France usually lasts 1-2 hours. This would be a great time to catch up with friends while you enjoy your lunch from the school “cantine.” Students may also show their individuality as uniforms are not required for French schools, however it is encouraged that students dress neatly and in presentable clothes.

 

Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December. This orientation is a required part of your program aimed to prepare you for your experience overseas and is covered through your program tuition. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in France, a welcome orientation in a boarding school north of Paris will introduce you to France and help you explore elements of French life. Three regional orientations are offered to year students and host families to help you evaluate your personal growth and to prepare you for the best use of your time in France. Semester students will only attend one of these orientations. Towards the end of your stay, a departure orientation will allow you to share with other participants what you have learned and prepare you for your return home.

 

Extracurriculars: While most French schools do not offer extracurriculars, most students enroll in community youth groups, sports clubs and art schools. To find these activities, students can ask their host family or go to the town or city council to find activities in your areas to try. 

 

Tuition Includes:

-Placement with a carefully selected host family
-Enrollment in a local French high school (excluding summer students)
-Airport transfers
-Domestic and international travel
-All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
-Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
-Support from an Area Representative in France while on program
-Comprehensive insurance

 

Additional Information

Visa Information: All students are required to provide proof of third-party liability insurance for their visa application.Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. To learn more, you can visit the embassy website here: https://fr.usembassy.gov


Additional Costs: Program tuition does not include personal spending money. 

 

Important Information: We ask that in addition to all of the supplemental application documents, students applying for our program in France also submit a letter to their prospective host family in French. Students will also need to submit several France-specific forms that will be provided to you by our Registration department- the travel and visit form and a statement of agreement. We will also require a colored copy of the first page of your passport for visa purposes. 

 

Application Deadline

The application deadline for all winter and spring departure programs (January-March) is August 31. The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 1. The deadline for all summer or fall departure programs (June-September) is March 15. Programs can fill up before the deadline, so we encourage early submission!

 

Programs Code Departure Return Full Tuition
Year
Year

0059 *

late August

early July

$15,995
Semester
Fall Semester
Spring Semester

0062 *
0774 *

late August
early January

late January
early July

$13,995
$13,995
Summer
Cultural Tour

1311  

late June

mid July

$6995

* Programs also available to graduates