Would you like to go on a student exchange to France? Do you have a passion for all things French? Are you learning the language and could you see yourself studying and exploring this beautiful country?
As an Australian student participating in an exchange program in France, you are about to embark on a fascinating adventure. You will have the opportunity to experience a different style of education and live with a host family, which will deepen your understanding of French language and culture.
Attending high school in France immerses you in a structured and academically demanding environment. The school week typically runs from Monday to Friday, with classes starting at 8 am and concluding at 5 pm. Throughout the day, there are breaks for lunch, with a two-hour period dedicated to enjoying meals at the ‘cantine,’ where students have the chance to socialize together. Class sizes generally range from 20 to 30 students, fostering an interactive and engaging learning atmosphere. French high schools offer a wide range of extracurricular activities to nurture students’ interests and talents. Whether you enjoy sports, arts, music, or debate, you will find clubs and associations where you can pursue your passions and connect with fellow students.
Living with a host family in France will provide you with an authentic immersion experience. Your host family will welcome you into their home, introducing you to their daily routines, traditions, and cuisine. Sharing meals, engaging in conversations, and participating in family outings will not only help you improve your French language skills but also expose you to the rich cultural heritage of France. Your host family will offer guidance and support, ensuring that you feel comfortable and have a memorable experience during your exchange.
Dinner might seem quite late for our Australian exchange students, but embracing the cultural differences and celebrating the joy of company and food at the dinner table is something the French enjoy. Don’t be surprised to have a long dinner with a ‘classical menu’ consisting of entrée (a starter meal), plat (main dish), fromage (cheese) and finishing with dessert.
Going on exchange in France offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a different academic environment, live with a host family, and explore the rich cultural heritage of the country. Your exchange experience in France will undoubtedly leave a permanent mark on your personal and academic growth.
The French definitely know good food, from their crunchy baguettes made fresh daily, to decadent pastries and sweets, they have it all.
But they really love their cheese! They eat about 25kg of cheese per person each year, making them the biggest cheese eaters in the world!
They also have some other interesting dishes worth trying, such as escargot and les cuisses de grenouille… Will you give these a go? Don’t forget to say bon appetit before each meal.
French Public Transport
France has great public transport – from the underground metro systems to their TGV (fast trains).
Transport is cheap and typically easy to follow.
The weather in France can vary dramatically depending on where you are; a Mediterranean climate on the southern coast, temperate climate around the rolling hills of the east. The French Alps have more extreme weather (perfect for skiing), and Paris, Northern and Western France have warm summers and cold winters.
Something for everyone.
Want more info?
Please submit your details to express interest in taking a Student Exchange from Australia to one of our international destinations. A Students Of The World team-member will provide you with further information.