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Global Prep12 daysJuly 2015 -
July 2015
$5,048Apply now

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Eligibility Age Range:

13 years 0 months - 18 years 11 months

Birth Date Range: Before Jul 9, 2002
Travel Dates: Jul 9, 2015 - Jul 23, 2015
Application Deadline: May 11, 2015

This two-week program will give you a French Cuisine and culture learning experience 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. Become an expert in the food industry in France by studying the process of making the delicious delicacies of France. Participants will have the opportunity to go on restaurant and food tours, and get private cooking sessions.

Watch a video showing a typical first day.

See the France Global Prep Page to apply!

You will live with a host family for the duration of Global Prep 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. Your language learning will not be limited to books, but rather will be a part of every aspect of your life throughout your 2 weeks in France.

The language classes will be complemented by time in the community either independently, with fellow AFSers, or with your host family. Through immersing yourself in Chinese culture and daily life, you will be able to contextualize your language lessons and increase their impact further.

To participate in this program, you must:

  • be 13 or older
  • Be mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy in accordance with  AFS Medical Evaluation Policies
  • Have proof of attempt in obtaining a U.S. passport at the time of application. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the program end date
  • Have an open mind, willingness to be flexible, and the ability to adapt to new a culture, school, and environment

The ability to speak Spanish is not a prerequisite for the program, but we suggest that you learn as much as possible prior to departure.

Summer Language Study ProgramAbout 4 weeksJune 2015 -
July 2015
$8,500Apply now

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Eligibility Age Range:

15 years 0 months - 18 years 0 months

Birth Date Range: 06/28/97 - 06/28/00
Travel Dates: Jun 25-28, 2015 - Jul 26-29, 2015
Application Deadline: April 10, 2015

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. Your French lessons will be enriched with cultural activities and trips to nearby towns. Classes will be small and based on skill-level, and beginners are welcome.

Watch a video showing a typical first day.

You will be staying in the school's residence hall along with other students on the program and international students from around the world. You will be in rooms of 2-6 people of the same gender. There is no host family component to this program.

A program leader, assigned by AFS USA, will be present throughout your stay for guidance and support. Residence hall monitors and staff will also be on-site 24 hours a day. All monitors are licensed and experienced working with youth.

The program will be held at the Centre Méditerranéen d'Etudes Françaises in the city of Cap D'Ail, located on theCôte d'Azur (a.k.a. the French Riviera, on the Mediterranean coast of France) and neighboring the Principality of Monaco. You will receive approximately 60 hours of French language lessons (3 hours per day, 5 days per week). Beginner French speakers are welcome. Your French-speaking ability will be evaluated at the beginning of the program and you will be assigned to the appropriate class level to ensure that classes are suited to your personal language level as much as possible. You will be able to advance to a new level weekly as your French-speaking ability improves. Additional classes beyond the 60 hours are available at additional cost.

All language study materials (textbooks, handouts, etc) will be provided, though we recommend that you bring your own English-French dictionary.

A Certificate of Completion will be issued to each participant at the end of the course, which can be presented to your home school for the possibility of class credit.

Keep busy after your language classes with your choice of a variety of afternoon activities. Play sports, hang out on the beach, take trips to nearby cities on the Riviera including Monaco, Nice, Menton, Villefranche, Eze, and Roquebrune, or use that time to get additional help from the language tutors.

Evening entertainment is organized as a large group activity or a small workshop. Many activities will be offered (sports tournaments, concerts, cooking, arts and crafts, bilingual clubs, etc…), and you can take part in the activities you choose.

Weekend day-trips will also be arranged and may include visits to Cannes, Saint-Tropez, or Grasse.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in the school's dining hall. A vegetarian diet can be accommodated.

Orientations & Activities

In addition to the online and in-person orientations that you will participate in before you depart, you and your fellow AFSers will have several orientations while abroad. These are intended to help you maximize your AFS experience, prevent culture shock and gain knowledge, skills and a global understanding. Each orientation will be tailored to your group and your group's needs. Orientations will occur just after arrival and prior to your return. They will likely be international, giving you a chance to make friends with AFSers from around the world who are also studying in France.

Travel

Your program will begin in New York, where you will meet your fellow AFSers from the US, attend an overnight orientation, then travel to France. You will fly together with your Program Leader, arriving in Nice then making your way to the language school. International airfare is included as part of the tuition, but it will be your responsibility to arrange your travel from your hometown to New York. Details will be provided after you start your application.

To participate in this program, you must:

  • Be within the age range upon departure (located in the 'read more' drop-down)
  • Have a passing GPA. Preference given to applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Be mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy in accordance with AFS Medical Evaluation Policies
  • Have a valid U.S. passport, or a U.S. Permanent Resident Card at least 4 months prior to the departure range
  • Have an open mind, willingness to be flexible, and the ability to adapt to new a culture, school, and environment

A vegetarian diet can be accommodated.

Although there is no language requirement, it would be very useful to have a basic French language background before your arrival.

Please note that this program is highly structured. Older students (17 and 18 year olds) will likely have less independence than they are accustomed to.

Access to religious services on Sunday mornings will be limited since students are not allowed to leave campus during the morning period.

From France, With Love.

Rooftops in Paris often have sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower

Baguettes. Paris. The Eiffel Tower. Chateaus. Berets. Sure, France encompasses all these things. But it also delivers much, much more. As the crown jewel of Europe, France consistently proves to be one of our most popular study abroad destinations, and for good reason. With beautiful countryside, an eclectic arts and music culture, and coastal surf towns, there's more to France than meets the eye. Go see for yourself.

Be Part of History. Did you know that our first AFS students exchanged in 1947 were between the U.S. and France? Choose to study and live in France and you are continuing a legacy that reaches over 60 years back into the history books.

More Than Just French Fries. The French don’t mess around when it comes to food. From stinky cheeses to dishes swimming in rich sauces of butter and cream, your average French citizen sure knows how to enjoy wholesome cuisine. During your AFS exchange, make sure and save these delicious recipes to bring home (your parents will love you.)

Parisian Pride. French people get a bad rap for being arrogant and overly proud of their way of life. Though you might experience a bit of this, worry not. The French are generally extremely hospitable and willing to help you during your exchange. If your program offers a homestay component, most placements are in smaller towns where you won’t experience the stresses of city life.

Sometimes I don't know what I'm going to do when I get back. Will I just go back to my day-to-day life? I don't think so. I could never just forget an experience like this. I have really grown up this year. I've changed so much. I'm no longer that little girl who said goodbye to all she knew last August. – Jana 2010-2011 France year program.

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**This is only a sample of previous host communities. New host families are recruited every year. It is not possible to request placement in a specific city or region.


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551,500 sq km

Population:

62,814,233 (July 2010 est.)