Program Details

It only takes a day to traverse the beautiful landscape from north to south of this country, but it takes so much longer to truly understand her culture and people.
Paris, France
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Youth For Understanding USA's (YFU) high school study abroad program is an experience that will immerse you in the lives, languages, cultures, and communities of a real family who has agreed to open their home and their hearts to you---providing room, board, and a caring home. You'll gain a global family, make new friends, and even attend a new school on academic programs. Two years previous French language study required for all programs.

While in France for a year or semester you will get the chance to experience the social life of the French teenager while attending school and living with a host family. French secondary education consists of the Collège and the Lycée (roughly the equivalent of Junior High and High School) which are among some of the best schools in Europe. Your time in France will be filled with exciting adventures that you're sure to remember for a lifetime!

YFU programs make a lasting, life-changing impact on young people. YFU students return as young adults with a deeper understanding of their family and country, They also discover that the YFU experience opens doors for many years to come, enhancing educational and professional opportunities. 

Setting Description:
Bonjour! Language, history, music, scenic views and much, much more. France is a global center for art, cinema, fashion and cuisine. A proud people with a strong national identity, the French embrace the diversity of their culture. Known for its robust agricultural industry, France is home to over 365 different cheeses; you could perhaps try one a day while visiting its castles, cathedrals, and other architectural beauties. Explore mountains, prairies, and beaches to find out why France is a favorite of the casual observer and long-term acquaintance alike.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
Through the generosity of numerous corporations, governments, foundations and individuals, YFU awards more than $2.3 million in partial or full study abroad scholarships annually.

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