French Exchange

9-to-15 day school group exchange program

Empower your students to

Gain confidence and independence

Develop empathy and understanding

 Increase their French language skills

Host a group of French students at your school, then travel with your students to France to be hosted by your exchange partners.

Global awareness and life-long friendships

Your students will develop meaningful relationships with their exchange partners in France as they fully immerse in French culture and expand their global perspective.

French School Exchange

Affordability

Travel costs are significantly lower than other educational travel programs as your students will be hosted by their French exchange partners and spend most of their time in school and with their host families.

American student with host family on French Exchange

All-school involvement

Hosting French students at your school will engage the entire school community, providing cultural exposure and connection for all students, not just those who travel.

French exchange students during class.

Long-­term partnership

A successful exchange forges a long-lasting  relationship between schools, one that benefits both present and future students.

French exchange partnership

Testimonials

Alex B., student on French exchange

“Actually staying at home with a family, brings you into a new world … it brings you into the life of a French person.”    

Julia K., French teacher

“To see our students come on this journey, it’s really quite extraordinary… I have witnessed amazing transformations that take place both during their time abroad and after their return.”

Sample French Exchanges

The Program

We’ll match you with a partner school in France.

Your school will host a small group of students from France.

You and your students will travel to France for 9 to 15 days.

In France, your students will stay with their exchange partners.

Take the first step

We’ll walk you through the exchange basics and answer all your questions to help you determine if an exchange is the right opportunity for your school.

Find your partner school

Submit your school profile by February 7th to be considered for our early matching process.
Schools for which we identify a partner will be notified of their match on February 14th.

FAQ

Where are your partner schools located?

Click on the map below to see the locations of our French partner schools.

Why organize an exchange with Forum Language Experience?

As a part of the Prometour Group, we’re a leader in the educational travel industry with more than 25 years of experience. In 2006, we began organizing school exchanges and have organized more than 250 exchanges since then.

We prioritize the safety of students and have offices in both France and the US in order to provide 24/7 in-country support to both school groups while traveling.

All exchanges include travel insurance with medical coverage for both your school and the French school, giving schools and families peace of mind when hosting and traveling.

Is an exchange program right for my school?

An exchange program involves the support of the organizing teacher, school administration and host families.

To determine if an exchange is the right option for your school, we encourage you to first speak with your school administration. You will need their approval to travel with your students and to host the French students at your school for four to seven days. If your administration approves, you may also need to schedule time at your next school board meeting to get their approval as well. This process can take several months depending on your school.

Once you have school approval, you will need to identify if you have enough interest from families to host the visiting students. It is required in an exchange program that students are hosted one per home in a safe, supervised, and welcoming environment.

When can my students and I travel?

Your exchange will take place during the French school year, which starts in September and ends in June.

On your school profile form, you will be able to indicate your preferred travel dates. The more flexible you are with your dates, the more likely we will be able to match you with a partner school.

Please note that if you are not able to travel until June, it may be more difficult to find a partner as many French schools are starting finals by then.

When will our school and families host the French group?

On your school profile form, you will be able to indicate your hosting availability. The more flexible you are with your dates, the more likely we will be able to match you with a partner school.

Many French schools like to travel in the fall when their school year starts, so it’s best to have your partnership established the spring prior to their travel.

What activities should we plan when hosting the French students?

When you have been matched with your partner school, you and the organizing teacher at your partner school will decide together what activities each school will plan for the other.

First, you’ll want to decide how many days will be spent in classes versus on excursions. Usually Americans prefer to spend less time in class and more time sight-seeing while the French prefer to integrate themselves in daily school life. Use this opportunity to plan special activities that will involve other students at your school, coordinate with other teachers which classes the students will attend, and work with your families to plan some activities outside school hours to make sure all the visiting students are enjoying their time in your town.