STUDY HIGH SCHOOL FRANCE
France is the oldest of all major European countries. It has a growing population of 64 million. The country has one of the best educational systems in the world at the very centre of culture and the arts.
The French are very proud of their country and everything that it has to offer in terms of French cuisine, exciting cities, beautiful scenery, beautiful beaches, cultural monuments, art and tourist attractions.
At least two years’ pre knowledge of French is required for an exchange year in France.
Though the host families live everywhere in France, a great proportion are around Paris, Lille, Lyon and Bordeaux. Throughout the year, BFME organizes meetings, weekends and trips to make the most of the stay. The student can choose between a bimester, trimester, semester or a full school year.
2 years of pre-knowledge is required.
The BFME Difference
BFME France offers all students to attend a preparation course as a great start to the exchange in France. For the students coming in August/September, the course is held on a beautiful private high school campus, about one hour west of Paris. Students attending the prep course have a wonderful time meeting people from all over the world while, learning about the French way of life, the culture and language. Last but not least, the students get the opportunity to spend time in Paris, the City of Lights. A preparation course can also be offered to spring students. Please, see separate sheet for more detailed information regarding the prep courses.
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.
EUROPEAN TOUR In the end of June, BFME Office offers a three-week bus tour around Europe. You get to visit 10 countries together with students from all over the world. The price includes accommodation, half board, sightseeing, most entrances and activities, Disneyland in Paris etc. Please contact us for more detailed information regarding the tour.
The French school year starts early September to end in June, and is divided in three terms. About every seven weeks, there is a two week break. The French high school, “le lycée”, is three years long. The first year, “la seconde”, offers a general programme with French, maths, history, geography, sciences and physical education, along with a few options for about 30 hours per week. The second and third year, “la première” and “la terminale”, are specialized in one field of study (literature, social studies or sciences) and leads to the famous final exam: “le Baccalauréat”. PROGRAM COUNTRY: France HIGH SCHOOL PARIS Lyon Marseille Lille Toulouse Rennes Corse Lunch is taken at “la cantine”. The lunch break lasts at least one hour, but very often two hours. A school day starts around 8 am and can finish as late as 6 pm. There is usually one afternoon off per week (most of the time on Wednesdays). In France, the students may have classes on Saturday mornings. No uniforms are required, not even in the private schools. The French educational system is highly oriented towards structured learning, with emphasis on traditional teaching techniques designed to help students attain required standards and pass exams. It is known to be hard but it is very rewarding as it gives the students the tools to develop critical thinking. French State Education is well-organized, well-funded, and with generally average to high standards in comparison to other European countries. A class normally consists of 30–35 pupils. The teachers expect the exchange student to do his or her best, but will take into account the fact that it of course can be difficult to study in a foreign language. With hard work and effort, all students will surely succeed. Students can attend classes from Troisième (grade 9th) to Première (grade 11th) and sometimes Terminal (grade 12th). Depending on their age and French level. French schools do not offer many extra-curriculum activities, but the towns can offer different kinds of clubs. About 20% of the French high schools are private. Founded and run by the Catholic church, they do not expect students to attend any religious course or event if they do not wish to. In general, Students are enrolled in public schools, but they can also be placed in private schools, negotiated at a lower price. These extra fees are to be paid directly by the student to the school. There is no difference in the curriculum, but the student to teacher ratio is lower here, so exchange student can expect more support.