“I liked attending the Lycée because all the time I was meeting new people and being able to learn and speak French with my own age group.” Louise, past participant
AFS/EIL offer both short term language courses and longer term secondary school programmes in France.
Students take part in these total-immersion programmes to improve their French and intimately learn about French culture. On the secondary school programme, students live with a French host family and take part in their day-to-day activities while going to a local French Lycée (Secondary School). For students who want a long term programme (from 6 weeks to a full academic year) and are flexible about the location in France, this may be the option for you. This programme is open to Irish students between the ages of 15 and 18 who have studied French for a minimum of 3 years. The emphasis of this programme is on language learning through full immersion with native speakers. For this reason, each Irish applicant is placed in a different host community. Focusing on gaining independence and maturity, friends and family members will not be placed together or near one another. Irish students will have ample opportunity to make new friends in school and of course, practise their French! Our host communities are located throughout France, mainly in small towns and rural areas. If you want a truly authentic French experience and are open-minded to a placement anywhere in France, this programme is for you.