High School in France

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  • Overview

    Bienvenue en France!

    Studying abroad with Greenheart Travel’s high school program in France will give you a chance to live and study in one of the world’s most creatively-charged countries. Immerse yourself in a culture that inspired Monet to paint, Bridgette Bardot to act, and Edith Piaf to sing, and learn to speak French like a local during your semester or academic year abroad. As an exchange student in France, you will soak in the French way of life through full language and cultural immersion, allowing you to gain a new perspective during your academic adventure abroad.

    Who fits best on this program? 

    • You LOVE the French language and are committed to speaking it every day
    • You can’t wait to immerse yourself in a specific region with unique architecture, food, history, and landscape
    • You’re ready to be academically challenged
    • Saturday school and half day Wednesdays are calling your name
    • You like the idea of tasting all 365 (up to 400) kinds of cheeses

    Here’s the quick overview:

    • Host family accommodation provides a full language & culture immersion experience
    • Must have 2 years of French language experience
    • You can choose between 1 or 2-months, trimester, semester or academic year length programs
    • Start dates available in spring or fall

    Get a glimpse into what life is like in France living with a host family:

  • Program Dates

    Fall 2024 Dates

    Application Deadline: March 15, 2024
    Missed the deadline? We are still accepting applications for Fall 2024 on a case-by-case basis. Email travelapplications@greenheart.org for more details!

    • Trimester: August 30 – November 29, 2024
    • Semester: August 30, 2024 – February 28, 2025
    • Academic Year: August 30, 2024 – June 13, 2025

    *You will depart mid-August if you are enrolled in the 2-week language intensive course

    Spring 2025 Dates

    Application Deadline: September 15, 2024
    Apply early and save! Apply by June 15, 2024 and save $300 off a trimester or semester program and $500 off an academic year program.

    • Trimester: January 6 – March 28, 2025
    • Semester: January 6 – June 13, 2025
    • Academic Year: January 6 – November 28, 2025

    You’ll know your exact arrival and departure dates after being placed in a host family and in a school! Program dates vary depending on region and school placement.

    Can’t commit to going during the school year but still want to learn French? Check out our summer language camp options in France and Canada!


    Arrival and Departure 

    All students are required to book flights on their own. An airport transfer upon arrival is included in the cost of the program. We will provide your exact arrival and departure dates after acceptance, as well as the exact timeframes you should arrive/depart, so that you can start to search for possible flights. We require prior approval of a proposed itinerary before you purchase any flights.

    Nervous about flying on your own? We recommend students and parents sitting down together to review the following resources:

    For many Greenheart Travel students their first time flying is across the world to start their exchange program! You can read our alumni experiences on our blog, such as Emily’s or Madison’s blogs on their experiences flying to Japan or Rachel’s tips on what you actually need to know about flying.

  • Costs & Inclusions

    Program Fees for Fall 2024 – Spring 2025:

    • Academic Trimester: $10,830
    • Academic Semester: $11,960
    • Academic Year: $14,470

    Packaged into the Price:

    • Airport pickup upon arrival
    • Host family accommodation and 2 meals per day during the week, 3 meals per day during the weekend
    • Comprehensive medical/accident insurance
    • Local arrival orientation with your assigned local coordinator
    • Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the program for use on college applications.
    • Access to Greenheart Travel Facebook groups to connect with alumni and others on your start date ahead of your program.
    • Greenheart Atlas Program 
    • Greenheart Travel T-shirt & other Greenheart swag

    Our Support and Services: 

    • Visa Assistance in applying for the visa ahead of arrival, including visa paperwork and extensive directions and support.
    • Extensive pre-departure advice and support from your US-based program manager. They will be with you from your first inquiry, all the way through preparing to leave and your arrival in France.
    • Support from in-country staff upon arrival to France.
    • Online pre-departure cultural and logistical orientation before you leave.
    • 24-hour in-country and emergency support for the duration of the program, including 24-hour emergency phone numbers to reach a program manager at any time.
    • Opportunity to apply for a Greenheart Grant to give back to your community at home or abroad

    What’s Not Covered in the Program Fee

    • International airfare to/from France
    • Weekday lunches at school
    • Personal spending money for extracurricular activities, entertainment, public transportation, cell phone bills, toiletries, etc.
    • Optional weekend excursions or school trips
    • Excursions, outings, or meals out with your host family. (You should be prepared to pay your portion.)
    • Any additional foods purchased due to dietary restrictions or preferences
    • The required 2-week French language intensive if you have less than 2 years of French (~$1500-2000 USD)
    • Any extra French lessons or academic tutoring

    Payment Details

    • $1,500 Application Fee due by the program deadline to formally apply
    • $5,000 Commitment Payment due 14 days after acceptance
    • Remaining balance is due 16 weeks prior to your start date. If your program starts within 16 weeks of acceptance, the remaining program balance payment will be due at the same time as the commitment payment. 

    Please note there is a non-negotiable $450 late application fee for any applications received after the stated application deadline.

    Worried about the program fee?

    Our goal is to help make travel accessible to everyone and we are here to help when you are deciding if this experience is financially do-able. Each year we offer scholarships for high school study abroad students! We also have a guide to fundraising your program fee, and many high school students fundraise in their hometown ahead of their program.

    We also offer discounts for applying early (plus there are many other benefits to applying early!) for each start date and for US families that have hosted an exchange student with Greenheart Exchange.

    Please inquire with us here if you have questions about the program fee, scholarships, or fundraising for your program.

  • Eligibility

    In researching a study abroad program, you have already shown you are a leader and open-minded in your academic pursuits. These are just a few of the traits that our exchange students possess. You’re motivated to immerse yourself in another culture and flexible enough to live outside your comfort zone. You should also:

    • Be between 14 and 18 years of age (at the time of travel)
    • Be from the United States or Canada
    • Possess a high school cumulative GPA of at least 2.75/4.0
    • Be in great mental* and physical health
    • Have a genuine interest in becoming a part of your host family and community
    • Have at least 2 years of French language instruction**

    Interested in gaining French fluency before you go? Check out our Teen Summer Language Camp in Arcachon!

    *What does it mean to be in good mental health?

    Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to a well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a long-term exchange program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of all high school abroad applicants.

    Therefore, we may not be able to accept students who have struggled with any kind of mental illness, specifically within the last 2 years and/or are reliant on medication to address their existing mental health condition. Each student will be addressed on a case by case basis and ultimately it is Greenheart Travel’s in-country partner who holds the right to accept or decline a student based on their individual policy.

    These include, but are not limited to:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Eating disorders
    • Chronic debilitating migraines
    • Bipolar Disorder

    All students who currently experience one or more of these conditions will be required to submit an addendum to the terms and conditions as well as a letter of support from their current mental health specialist. If the student’s mental health issue has been managed (post-medication) for over 2 years, we will still require a note from his/her relevant practitioner (psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, etc) as part of the application process.  We encourage you to discuss your specific situation with us directly, before securing these documents.

    Please note that students who have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD will not be guaranteed any academic accommodations plans by the host school abroad.

    **What if I haven’t studied French for at least 2 years?

    If you have less than 2 years of French language instruction, no worries! You’re still eligible for the program. You will automatically be enrolled in a mandatory 2-week French intensive at the beginning of your program. The cost of this program (~$1500-2000) will be added to your total fee. Check out the Activities & Excursions tab for more information!

    Additionally, you will be responsible for any additional costs if we require you to take additional French classes prior to or during your exchange.

  • Academic Info

    So, what about credits? 

    Neither Greenheart Travel nor the host school abroad provides high school credit. All credit must be granted through your home school in the U.S. or Canada. All U.S./Canadian schools have different policies. Here’s a blog post to read more about how some alumni have transferred credits.  

    In France, we cannot guarantee your host school will provide you an official transcript. If your school will not, some host schools will provide documentation, letters, and any other materials you require upon request. You must have good behavior, attendance, and performance in order for the school to fulfill this request.  

    Then, you should take this documentation back to your home school as proof of your participation in the program. Your home school is responsible for awarding you credit for this program or not.  

    Before You Go Abroad

    You should meet with your U.S./Canadian high school before you leave and share the general curriculum guidelines for France with your guidance counselor and/or teachers.  

    Because the curriculum will vary by school and we cannot guarantee you’ll take any specific classes, it is important that you arrange the required classes required for your graduation, such as U.S. History, before or after your time abroad.  

    Greenheart Travel will be able to provide information about the general curriculum for your age level in France, but you will not know your course schedule until after you arrive in country and start attending school.  

    Access your High School Curriculum Guidelines for France here!

    Once You’re Abroad

    Again, it is the student’s responsibility to request evaluation of academic performance or transcripts from the host school. Please keep in mind that the grading system in France is different than the US, and some host schools will not grant grades or transcripts as it is too difficult to evaluate your work due to the language barrier. If your host school is able to award you grades, they won’t be an exact match to what you would get in the US.

    What to know about attending a French high school:

    • Since early 2019, most public high high schools have become more specialized. Some are more scientifically oriented, while other are more focused on humanities. We place students in high schools that are the most efficient option and easiest in terms of public transportation from your host family.
      • We cannot guarantee enrollment in a specific specialized high school, but we can take your preferences. It is always up to the local high school board to accept the international student.
    • There are 3 trimesters (3 month grading periods) per school year, starting in September.
    • Most French state schools are now operating on a four day week with Wednesday remaining free and school on Saturdays, but it depends on the lycée. Students can go to school on Wednesday and/or Saturday depending on the policies of the particular school.
    • A school day in France generally begins at 8:00 am, at noon there is a 1 1⁄2 to 2-hour lunch break, and the day ends at 5:00 or 6:00 pm. (The actual start and finish times will vary according to each local school.)
    • You’ll have Physical Education 2-4 hours a week. Some schools will also offer special sports clubs.
    • Academics are the focus of the program. We encourage students to become involved in hobbies and sports, but you’ll find that teens in France have less autonomy in general than other countries. Social life happens more often within the classroom rather than outside of school.

    There are three grade levels in the French high school or lycée:

    • Classe de Seconde (10th grade, 15-16 y. old) 
      Students in this grade have a set curriculum and do not choose any electives.
    • Classe de Première (11th grade, 16-17 y. old)
      Students in this grade have compulsory subjects and choose three electives.
    • Classe de Terminale (12th grade, 17-18 y. old)
      Students in this grade have compulsory subjects and choose two electives.
  • Orientation

    As a High School in France participant, we will support you and welcome you to the program in a variety of orientation activities.

    These include:

    • Online pre-departure cultural and logistical orientation before you leave with the Greenheart Travel staff.
    • Greenheart Travel Atlas Program will provide pre-departure activities to complete ahead of arrival, on program, and for reflection after returning home.
    • Arrival Orientation (Conducted by the student’s local coordinator 1-2 weeks after arrival)
    • Local coordinators will meet you personally after arrival in your host family placement

    Greenheart Traveler, Ian Taraszewski, with a friend in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.




  • Host Families

    The best way to learn about a new culture and language is to be fully immersed in it which is why all Greenheart Travel high school abroad students live with local host families. All of our host families are volunteers and will treat you as a member of their family. By being a part of your family’s daily life, you will learn to live and speak like a local.

    Prospective host families undergo a rigorous screening process. Participants can rest assured that only suitable host families will be selected. In fact, many of our current host families have hosted students in the past, showing what an impactful experience it was.

    In order to qualify as a host family, the prospective hosts must:

    • Successfully pass a criminal background check
    • Undergo and pass an in-person interview with program staff
    • Agree to and pass a home inspection

    We will connect you with your host family prior to your arrival in your host country. By e-mailing and speaking with them before arriving, it will help break the ice when you finally meet in person. It will also show that you are as excited to live with them as they are to host you!

    ost families have many reasons why they want to welcome you! Our host families are volunteers, meaning they don’t receive compensation for housing and feeding students during their program. Many host families love the experience of cultural exchange – they learn just as much about your country as you do theirs. Many are also former exchange students and want to return the favor, or they have children who have gone or will go to study in the U.S. Having an exchange student exposes their children to new languages and cultures.

    Ian and his host family in France enjoying a meal and wine together.

    Greenheart Traveler, Ian, and his host family in France.

  • Activities & Excursions

    Pre-Program Language Intensive Course

    At the start of the fall and spring term, there is an optional 2-3 week language intensive (mandatory for students with less than 2 years of French instruction) for students to practice their French, meet other exchange students, and participate in fun activities!

    The schedule includes 15 hours per week of French instruction, which includes an introduction to the French way of life – vocabulary, literature, civilization – and two cultural activities per week.

    Students will stay with a host family during their time at the language intensive. They are then transferred to their primary host community on the last day of the course. The cost of transfer is included in the cost. Students will travel independently between locations, but there will be CEI staff and/or host families at their departure and arrival points. 

    Fall – Saint Malo (2 or 3 weeks available)

    Some example activities include:

    • Touring Saint Malo
    • Mont-Saint-Michel
    • Making crêpes
    • Beach games
    • Sand sculpture contest

    Spring – Paris (2 weeks only)

    Some example activities include:

    • Touring Paris like a local
    • Visit famous monuments and locations
    • Enjoying Parisian cuisine

    Optional Excursions for 2023-2024

    Each semester there are optional trips that students are invited to sign up for if they are interested. These are an additional fee (usually between 400-600 euro for the weekend) and generally include lodging, meals, and entrance tickets (if applicable) in the fee.

    Discover Paris and Asterix Park (October 24-27, 2023)

    This 3-day trip to Paris offers students the opportunity to explore many of Paris’s cultural treasures alongside other exchange students!

    High School Abroad Students in Paris in front of the Louvre Museum.

    Exploring the French Riviera (June 6-11, 2024)

    Get your dose of sun and sand while admiring the iconic blue of the Mediterranean and enjoying the company of your fellow exchange students! During this 5-day trip, students will visit Nice, Cannes, and Monaco and gain additional perspective on the culture of Southern France.

    Harbor in Monaco

  • FAQs

    I am a parent with questions, where do I go?

    Please head to our Parent Handbook page. You’re also welcome to set up a time to chat with us about your child’s program abroad here. We’re happy to chat with you about this big decision!


    I identify as LGBTQ+. How will I be supported?

    Greenheart Travel welcomes travelers identifying as LGTBQ+, and is committed to helping you find the best program for you. We can provide information on the cultural norms of our destination countries and are prepared to advise you on the best programs based on your needs and interests. 

    Please read more here.

    When should I apply?

    We recommend you apply a minimum of 6 months prior to your desired semester.

    The sooner you can apply the better, as acceptance, gathering documents, etc. can take a long time. Read more about why applying early is a good idea.

    Our final deadlines for fall start dates are March 15, and September 15 for spring departures.

    I missed the deadline to apply! Is there any way I can go?

    It’s highly recommended you apply as early as possible. We set the deadlines for a reason and it can be very difficult to facilitate an exchange program at the last minute.

    However, on a case-by-case basis we can take late applicants for the High School in France program. You will, however, be charged a non-negotiable $450 late application fee for any applications received after March 15 for fall dates, and September 15 for spring departures.

    You must also be flexible when it comes to host family placement, which could come very last minute if you apply late. We also ask late applicants to be aware there is a lot of paperwork to submit and you will need to be on top of submission if you submit a late application.

    Can I choose where I will be placed with my host family?

    No. You must be flexible about where you are placed within France. We make it a priority to place students with host families that closely match your interests and personality. For this reason, we work first to find a suitable family rather than a destination preference. We can never guarantee placements in any specific city or region, and we match based on compatibility with the host family.

    I know a family in my program country that would like to host me. Is this possible?

    This is possible as long as we have a support network in the family’s host community and there is an available nearby host school.

    What if I don’t like my host family? Can I request a new one?

    No. We do not change host families based on preferences or location. However, if issues arise once you are on the program, we will handle them on a case-by-case basis and may make changes if necessary.

    Will I be placed in a city like Paris?

    It is very unlikely you will be placed in a major city. A majority of our families live in small to medium-sized towns outside of major cities, and it is important you be open-minded.

    If you are specifically looking to be placed around Paris, please schedule a call to discuss the additional cost associated with the preferred placement.

    Will I have a host sibling my age?

    There is no guarantee that you will have a host sibling your age. Your host family may have young children, teenage children, or grown children who no longer live at home. Regardless of the age of your host siblings, they’ll be excited to welcome into the family!

    Depending on your host family,  you may be expected to share a room with a host sibling of the same gender.

    Are flights included?

    Round trip airfare to/from France is NOT included in the cost of the program.

    Will someone pick me up at the airport?

    Yes! Our in-country partner staff will be eagerly waiting for you when you arrive! They’ll then take you to the train station where you will travel to your placement region with other students. Your host family will pick you up from your final stop!


    Will anyone at my school speak English?

    It’s possible that teachers and students at your school will speak English. However, remember that you’re there to learn French!

    All classes will be taught in French as this is a full immersion program.

    Will I get to travel?

    The program offers many optional weekend trips to places like Disneyland, Lille, and more. If you opt into one of these trips you will travel with other exchange students and chaperones for the weekend.

    You are not permitted to travel on your own during the program. There will be opportunities to travel through the program and/or through your school, but you are must be accompanied by an approved chaperone to travel.

    Do I need vaccines?

    Greenheart Travel strongly recommends that all program participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving to their destination country. If you will not be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of your program, please contact a Program Manager to confirm that your destination country will accept non-vaccinated participants.

    All participants are required to submit a record of immunizations during the application process.

    What is the insurance?

    Comprehensive medical and accident insurance will be included in the cost of your program. This will cover you for most medical expenses you might incur, like prescriptions, ER visits, doctor visits, dental accidents, and hospitalizations.

    What happens if I get sick or have an emergency?

    If you get sick, your host family or local coordinator will help you go to the doctor.

    If you have an emergency on program, we have a 24/7 emergency number you can call. Our in-country partner staff and your host family will be there to assist you. Greenheart will be in touch with your parents regarding your emergency.

    What visa do I get and how do I apply?

    All students who are in France more than 90 days (Trimester is less than 90 days) will be required to obtain a student visa to France. It is the students’ responsibility to apply for this visa, but Greenheart will provide you guidance and the proper documents you’ll need to apply with your local consulate or with the embassy.

    Do you offer any scholarships, financial aid, or special discounts?

    Yes. Every year we offer various scholarships for select high school program destinations. There are two Early Bird Deadline discounts offered each year as well. If you have hosted a student for Greenheart Exchange, you are also eligible for a Greenheart Host Family discount.

    Do I need to be fluent in French?

    No. There are language requirements for this program – you must have at least 2 years of French language instruction. However, you are not expected to be fluent in French.

    One of the main goals of studying abroad is to become fluent in another language while living overseas. The host family and school will not expect you to be fluent when you first arrive and will help you improve your language skills. As long as you try your best, you’ll pick up the language sooner than you might think!

    Can I come home to visit or can my parents visit while I'm abroad?

    Students are not permitted to travel home for visits during their program except for extraordinary circumstances and only with pre-approval from the host organization, Greenheart Travel, natural family, and host family (family emergencies, academic commitments, etc.).

    Greenheart Travel strongly recommends that families wait until after the program to visit their student to allow students to fully establish themselves abroad and gain the greatest benefit from their immersion experience. For most trimester and semester programs, visits will not be permitted until the end of the program. For academic year students, a visit in the second half of the program may be possible if the student is adjusting well and the host organization, Greenheart, host family, and natural family are all in agreement.

    Can friends study abroad together?

    Our programs are based on a full, cultural immersion experience so friends are not allowed to study abroad together in the same host town. You’re welcome to both go to France at the same time but you would not be placed together. Don’t worry though; making friends in your new host town will happen quickly!

    My school requires service learning in order to graduate. How will I do that abroad?

    Greenheart Travel is proud to offer the Greenheart Club for all of our students. The Greenheart Club challenges our participants to pursue a deeper level of immersion through volunteerism. As a member of the Greenheart Club, you will receive guidance in strategizing creative ways to give back to your community, have access to tools for tracking your impact and receive incentives for your efforts as a global leader. This is a great chance for you to get to know the local community outside of the classroom while you study abroad.

    Can I take the SATs while abroad?

    You will not be able to take the SATs while abroad.  We highly recommend taking the SATs prior to or after the program.

    I have already graduated, can I still go?

    Yes. On a case by case basis, we can accept already graduated students for High School programs in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, and England.

    Can I speak to current high school students or alumni?

    Yes! Check out our blog or you can join our exclusive teen programs Facebook group to talk to current and past students.

    We also have a list of mentors (teens and parents) that are past participants open to chatting about their experience with potential new participants. Please inquire here if you want to be put in touch with a mentor.

  • Why Greenheart Travel?

    Greenheart Travel has been working with high schoolers for many years, and there are advantages of applying for this program through us:

    • 33 years of experience with cultural exchange programs
    • Friendly, responsive, and professional support from your program manager.
    • Connect with alumni and others on the program via our Greenheart Travel only Facebook forums, before you even leave!
    • We try and make our program fees as inclusive as we can. We include things like medical insurance so you don’t run into any hidden fees down the line.
    • Greenheart Atlas Program. The Greenheart Travel Atlas is a cultural training interactive guidebook alongside five videos where you will find three main topics covered: Personal/Professional Development, Cultural Understanding, & Environmental Awareness.
    • Our alumni recommend us! GoOverseas.com Reviews // GoAbroad.com Reviews
    • Hands-on support and personal attention every step of the way
    • 24/7 emergency phone number to reach a staff member at any time
    • Pre-departure “Culture Shock and Adjustment” Webinar before you leave
    • Discounts for future Greenheart Travel programs
    • We are a non-profit, mission-based organization
    • Continued support throughout your time abroad

    We also have some unique offerings to our Greenheart Travel students and alumni!

    Greenheart Global Impact Grants (GIGs)

    Greenheart GIG Grants are funds awarded to Greenheart Travel participants to use for community development projects in their host or home country. A GIG is the opportunity to create, improve, or maintain an impactful, community-focused project abroad or at home. Grant funds could be applied to supporting women’s cooperatives, schools, community centers, or health clinics, for example. Grant winners will be featured on our website, social media, and blog. You can see our past winners on our blog here.

    Greenheart Alumni Program

    We created the Greenheart Travel Alumni Program to provide resources and a community to support alumni in their advancement as global leaders, and a way to celebrate and reward our participants for being ambitious, inspiring catalysts of cultural exchange!

    Junior Greenheart Global Leaders Conference

    Each May Greenheart offers full-ride scholarships to around 10 teen alumni to attend our annual conference in Chicago. You can see more about what Jr. GGLC is and what you could do at the conference here.

  • Application Process

    Committing to studying abroad can feel daunting, but we are here every step of the way to make the application process as simple as possible! Below are the various steps you’ll need to take to be accepted on a high school abroad program.

    1. Start Your Application HereYou will be sent more information as well as the link to our application portal to begin your formal application. Once the initial form is complete, you will be connected to a High School Abroad program manager who will speak with you and a parent to go over the details of the program.

    2. Submit Basic Program Information: The first step in our application portal will be basic things like your chosen start date, etc.

    3. Submit your application fee: A $1,500 application fee is required in order to apply for the program. This is subtracted from your total program fee, it’s not additional. 

    4. Complete Application & Documents: Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. In this section, you’ll tell us more information like your work history, motivations for joining the program, travel history, and emergency contacts. You will also submit your documents (below) within your portal account.

    5. Interview: After submitting your deposit, you will schedule an interview. During this interview, we will ask you questions about living with a host family, adjusting to new situations and homesickness, among other things. You will also receive an overview of the next few months and what you can expect. This is done via Zoom, and at least one parent should also be in attendance.

    6. You’re Accepted! Once you’ve completed all the steps, Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 weeks about your acceptance. Then, you’ll get more information about preparation, visas, and placement.

    7. Commitment Payment: Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to submit a $5,000 commitment payment within 14 days to confirm your spot on the program. We cannot start the host family matching process until we have this payment. Once you submit your commitment payment you will unlock the acceptance portion of your portal, which includes things like pre-departure videos, travel and arrival information, the Greenheart Travel Atlas, and more.

    7. Book your flights, and get ready for your adventure to France! 

    Required Documents

    In addition to completing an application, you will also be required to submit documents. You can be collecting the documents during the application process, but all documents will be due 14 days after you submit your application fee.

    The following documents will be required for all destinations:

    • Two Letter of Recommendation – at least one in French (from a teacher, coach or guidance counselor) – does not need to be sealed, should be scanned and uploaded to the document portal
    • Transcripts from the last 3 years (unofficial transcripts accepted)
    • Student Dear Family Letter
    • Parent Questionnaire & Letter
    • Photo Album (5-7 photos of you on a Word document with captions in English and French)
    • Medical Form (including immunizations)
    • Copy of your passport
    • 60-90 second self-introduction video in French sent via YouTube link
    • Secondary rules & expectations document signed by both parents and students


    For payments, a $1,500 non-refundable fee will be due with your submitted application. This is a deposit will be deducted from your overall program cost. If we are able to take a last-minute application submitted after the deadline, the deposit will be $2,000.

    Once you are accepted onto the program, a $5,000 commitment payment will be due within 14 days of acceptance.  The remaining balance is due 16 weeks prior to  your start date, or at the same time as your commitment payment, whichever comes first.

    You’ve Been Accepted, Now What?

    Start getting ready for your adventure! Your program manager will be in regular communication with you to make sure that you are on track in your preparations to go abroad.

    • Upon acceptance, you will receive a student handbook (parents – you get one, too!) and access to the Greenheart Travel Atlas, as well as the Greenheart Club.
    • You will receive your host family and school placement roughly 2-3 months after acceptance.
    • After receiving your host family and school placement, you will receive further instructions on applying for your student visa (if applicable for your program length)
    • We will also schedule an online pre-orientation with other Greenheart students a few weeks before your departure!
  • Schedule a Call

    Have questions or want to talk to one of the program coordinators? Set up a time to have a phone call below.

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