Year & Semester: Adopt France's world-famous culture, from food and architecture to philosophy and painting. With full immersion into the community, your French will likely improve past anything you could learn in high school – how else will you order a baguette to take home in the basket of your bicycle? You may find the French lycee, or high school, curriculum to be challenging, but your weekends will likely bring relaxation with a trip to the coast or to Paris.
The school day is from 8:15 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. There are seven class hours daily with five- to fifteen-minute breaks between classes and an hour break for lunch. Wednesday and Saturday are usually half-day sessions.
French teens, like most around the world, socialize by going to the movies or getting together at each other's homes or in local cafés. Teens observe the rules of the household, help with household chores (even if they are not directly asked) and participate in their family's holiday and weekend activities.
Summer Global Prep: This two-week program focuses on French cuisine and culture in one of the most stunningly beautiful places on Earth: Paris. By living with host families, you will get a truly cross-cultural experience and form friendships that last a lifetime. Your French lessons will be enriched with cultural activities and trips to nearby towns. You will live have the opportunity to stay with a host family while in France. By spending time with your family in the evenings and on weekends, you will have the opportunity to further improve your language learning. This immersion offers a unique way to skyrocket your learning by placing it in immediate context.
Summer Language: This month-long program will give you an intensive French language learning experience in one of the most stunningly beautiful places on Earth: the South of France. By living in a residence hall with fellow AFSers from around the world, you will get a truly cross-cultural experience and form friendships that span the globe. The program will be held at the Centre Méditerranéen d'Etudes Françaises in the city of Cap D'Ail, located on the Côte d'Azur (a.k.a. the French Riviera, on the Mediterranean coast of France) and neighboring the Principality of Monaco.