• France

Program Details

Academic Year Fall Spring
Host Family
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Administration fees
School registration and school fees
Support, assistance and 24-hour emergency phone number during the whole program
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals
What's Not Included
Mar 21, 2024
Apr 18, 2024
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About Program

Explore the benefits of a French High school exchange with Nacel!

Study at a local high school from 1 to 10 months! Come on board for a life-changing cultural journey in France with Nacel's student exchange program designed exclusively for native English or Spanish speakers studying French. Immerse yourself in the French way of life by living with a volunteer host family and attending a local high school. This experience is your gateway to bilingualism and a deeper understanding of French culture.

Our exchange program in France covers high schools throughout France, offering international students the opportunity to attend the local educational system and accumulate a full transcript showing subjects and grades from their French school.

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Program Highlights

  • Host families are selected through interviews and background check by Nacel France staff.
  • Our highschool program for English and Spanish native speakers is an affordable and high-quality program in France!
  • Our boarding schools in France are located in some of the country's most beautiful and historic cities
  • Combine weekly boarding with weekend stays with a host family.
  • In some cases you can acquire transferable college credits within the US system.

Program Reviews

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  • Growth 5
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Outstanding Experience

Our 17-year old daughter enjoyed the most amazing summer homestay experience in France—thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Nacel! From the beginning of the application process until her placement, the Nacel staff was dedicated to identifying the right homestay family for Lily. The results truly could not have been better. The homestay family was caring and generous and really made Lily feel at home and part of the family. Nacel staff checked-in with Lily weekly, ensuring that things were going well and that Lily was happy. Nacel exceeded all our expectations!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open-minded and trust that the right placement will be found for you!
  • Communication
  • Warm family
  • Lovely accommodations
  • None!!
3 people found this review helpful.
Response from Nacel Educational Travel

We are very happy to hear that Lily had a great time with our summer stay program in France! Thank you for sharing your feedback.
We are glad that the host family and our team made sure she felt welcome and cared for during her stay. Lily's happiness was our priority and we are glad she felt at home with her host family.
Your feedback motivates us to continue to provide exceptional experiences. Thank you for choosing Nacel!

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Swim Camp Summer 2024 Vichy, France

My daughter attended a swim camp in Vichy this summer. We were very apprehensive at the beginning as we did not know NACEL and it was the first time our daughter (14) was going abroad to a camp (in a different language). We need not have worried. From the moment we dropped her off I felt reassured. The organisation at the check in was excellent, the atmosphere very friendly and welcoming. We were able to take her up to her room and meet her room mate. The rooms were amazing - large and airy with very nice en-suite. Our daughter enjoyed the camp immensely - both her swimming and her French progressed considerably - she has just had some great new times in her start of season competition - and from a social skills perspective, the camp was also excellent in terms of getting the children to interact with each other. She is keen to do the camp again - maybe even 2 weeks! In short, I recommend this programme. Special mention to the swim coach (Wi-Wi) and also to the camp director who made the effort to come and talk to us at check in and made us feel very reassured.

  • Attentiveness of NACEL employees during booking process
  • Welcome at venue / online blogs
  • Small swim group / good swim facilities
  • Time travel between accommodation and pool
  • Length of time to confirm the week would actually take place
6 people found this review helpful.
Response from Nacel Educational Travel

Thank you for sharing your experience of Swim Camp in Vichy last summer! It's great to hear how well your daughter's time at swim camp in Vichy went. It is especially great to hear that both her swimming skills and French language skills improved significantly. The emphasis on social interaction is also fantastic. We are thrilled to hear that she enjoys coming back and look forward to her participation in 2024. Your recommendation means a lot to us and we are grateful for your positive feedback. We look forward to welcoming your daughter and her friend for another fantastic summer camp experience.

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My experience ;)

Going on an exchange is the best thing you can possibly do for yourself. The experience is truly transformative and has entirely altered my world view. For me personally, I feel I could have studied French for years and still only understood the same three words when I arrived - but immersion is very much the best and fastest way to learn. Anticipate that sometimes the language barrier can feel like an impenetrable wall - learning a language can be a looong process but it could not be more worth it. I got placed in Bordeaux, which I am so grateful for because it was the most perfect city for me and I can't wait to go back. I was also so extremely happy in my host family, they're honestly some of my favourite people I've ever met. The orientation in Paris with all of the Nacel program students was also one of the coolest parts of the program. It was also nice to stay in touch with the kids throughout the program because we all knew what the others were going through. I cannot recommend going on an exchange enough.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The strangest things I tried were snails (not a fan) and duck (even less of a fan)
  • Learning a language
  • Meeting incredible people
  • Gaining so much independence
  • Sometimes the language barrier feels like a reinforced steel wall lined with barbed-wire
8 people found this review helpful.
Response from Nacel Educational Travel

Thank you for sharing your High School exchange program in France experience with us! It's wonderful to hear how immersion accelerated your language learning and broadened your perspective. We're glad Bordeaux and your host family left such positive impressions.

We are delighted that the orientation in Paris and the bonding with the other participants enriched your experience. We know how important such connections are to navigating the ups and downs of an exchange program.

Regarding your culinary adventures, it sounds like you had quite the gastronomic journey! It's always fascinating to explore new cuisines, even if some dishes might not appeal to everyone's palate ;-)

Once again, thank you for sharing your insights and reflections. We're grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your exchange experience, and we hope it continues to resonate with you for years to come.

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Nacel immersive Homestay and High School program in France - amazing!

Honestly, the exchange was the best thing I have ever done. I learnt how to travel alone, immerse myself entirely in a different culture, made amazing lifelong friends and connections and attended school there which was an incredible learning experience. The family I stayed with were extremely generous and hospitable. And of course, my French got exponentially better! I stayed for 8 weeks in the north west of France, a little village called "Ahuille" and I had a truly unforgettable time. I think it's the best thing that a student could do and I highly recommend it.

9 people found this review helpful.
Response from Nacel Educational Travel

Thank you for your wonderful review of our host family and high school program in France, which you wrote on Hannah's behalf. We are delighted to hear that Hannah's experience was so positive and enriching.

It is fantastic to hear that Hannah found the exchange to be the best thing she has ever done. We are so pleased that she had the opportunity to travel alone, immerse herself in a different culture and make lifelong friendships and connections.

We appreciate your kind words about the generous and welcoming nature of the family Hannah stayed with. We place great importance on making our students feel welcome and supported during their time abroad.

Thank you for recommending our program so highly. It means a lot to us to receive such positive feedback. If Hannah would like to experience another adventure with us in the future, we would be delighted to welcome her back.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Lovely Family and Supportive Staff!!

I applied to this program with barely any prior knowledge of the French language. Although I was extremely worried about whether I could assimilate into my host family's daily life, the staff made sure to help both my hosts and myself feel comfortable. I was also impressed by the simplicity of the application process, which came in handy especially because we applied only a few months before my departure.
This experience helped me find a passion for language learning, and over the year since I returned from my 5-week stay in France I have continued to improve my language skills, in the hope that I'll be able to communicate even more fluently with the many friends I made during my stay. After coming back to my home country I have even won an award for a fully paid scholarship to study in France again for a month! This is all thanks to the staff at Nacel for kick-starting my French journey.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would definitely try to learn the language more thoroughly before going. Although I got by with my rudimentary French skills, I definitely would have had a lot more meaningful interactions with a bit more hours of study under my belt.
  • Wonderful Host Family!! Everybody was kind, accepting, and inclusive.
  • A great chance to catch a glimpse of the daily lives on people from other countries
  • Wonderful opportunity to create long lasting friendship
9 people found this review helpful.
Response from Nacel Educational Travel

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us! We are delighted to hear that our program has sparked your passion for language learning and paved the way for such exciting opportunities, including winning a scholarship to study further in France. It is encouraging to know that our staff helped to make your stay so enjoyable and memorable. We are delighted to have been part of your French journey and wish you continued success and fulfillment in your language ambitions.

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Exceeded even my highest expectations

Absolutely could not fault our entire experience with Nacel, from the initial contact and information session, through the entire process - right to the end. Responsive and prompt answers to all my questions. Our daughter had the experience of her lifetime so far staying with her host family, who were just wonderful. She saw and experienced so much French culture, she is now planning to return next year when she finishes school and stay longer and explore more. I recommend Nacel without reservation.

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