France Exchange Program Prices

Your guide to our programs, options and prices

Your program fee in France will vary depending on which program you choose, how much you customise your experience and the duration of your program.

Explore your options and then contact us to learn more: Our high school experts here and in France will guide you to the perfect program.

Programs available in France: Classic High School, Area & Region Choice.

France Classic High School

A traditional cultural exchange where you get to experience high school life while living with a French host family. You can’t choose a school with this program, but you can request an area for an additional fee, which is charged only after your request is granted. 

France Classic High School

LengthArriveDepartPrice NZDApplication deadline
Classic Academic YearAug 30, 2024Jun 21, 2025$14,450Mar 31, 2024
Classic Academic Semester Aug 30, 2024Jan 20, 2025$12,450Mar 31, 2024
Classic Short Program 3 Months Oct 25, 2024Jan 20, 2025$9,950Jul 30, 2024
Classic Short Program 2 Months Nov 22, 2024Jan 20, 2025$8,950Jul 30, 2024
Classic Short Program 6 WeeksDec 8, 2024Jan 20, 2025$8,950Jul 30, 2024
Classic Academic YearJan 17, 2025Nov 16, 2025$14,450Aug 30, 2024
Classic Academic Semester Jan 17, 2025Jun 22, 2025$12,450Aug 30, 2024

Applications deadlines are subject to change due to capacity limitations.
Please apply early to secure a place on your preferred program.
Each destination has a budget for flights included in the fee. If flight costs are above this budgeted amount, a Flight Surcharge may apply. Please see Flight Surcharges for more information.
Program start dates are indicative arrivals in the destination.
Program start dates serve as approximate arrival dates at the destination and subject to change. They based on 2023 program dates and serve to help students plan ahead. We will notify you of your confirmed program dates ahead of time to prevent any confusion or inconvenience.

The French Classic High School program includes:

  • Return economy airfares from your nearest capital city with a reputable carrier. Please note that a flight surcharge may be applied to all applications. We reserve the right to increase the flight surcharge if, at the time of making flight bookings, airlines are charging a higher amount for flight prices. If there is no increase made to flight prices, then we will not charge a flight surcharge. 
  • Travel to and from your host community at the beginning and the end of the program – this may be a domestic flight, bus or rail transfer.  **
  • Full comprehensive medical, hospital, health, accident, baggage, cancellation, personal liability & travel insurance. Please be aware that full medical insurance is provided for all COVID pandemic related medical costs whilst on program but any other COVID specific related expenses including but not limited to early return or quarantine fees are not covered by this insurance policy. The policy can be viewed in full on the insurance page on our website. 
  • Your own Southern Cross Cultural Exchange Program Coordinator to support you throughout your time away as necessary and required.  
  • Application Support.  
  • Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting online. 
  • Arrival Orientation meeting in your host country (may be in your host community).  Overnight Soft Landing Camps may be available at an additional cost (subject to your program length).
  • Full board in a carefully selected host family. 
  • Enrolment at your host school.  In most destinations, students are not required to wear a school uniform. Additional costs will apply where required for uniforms, school cafeteria/canteen meals/books/materials/transport and excursions etc.
  • Southern Cross Cultural Exchange admin costs. 
  • 24/7 emergency phone. 
  • Organisation & Local Coordinator in your host country. 
  • Certificate of completion. 

** Southern Cross Cultural Exchange is required to book flights for students to arrive and depart at set times, as stipulated by the overseas partner. A further fee of $300 is required to make any additional changes to the flights for a requested earlier departure or for personal travel at the end of the program. This will be in addition to the airline cost to make any change to the flights.

Not included in France Classic high school program price:

Personal spending money NZ$400-500 per month 
Vaccinations & Visa ApplicationsPersonal expense 
Soft Landing Camp – available for Semester & Year arrivals in August NZ$1,150
Please note that this SLC will not run in August 2024 as Paris is hosting the Olympic & Paralympic Games. Another camp may be arranged for 2024/2025 and will be confirmed closer to the time.
School expenses Books, school materials, transport to/from school/school trips 
Flight surcharge Budgeted flight cost is NZ$3,000 and the surcharge is the amount beyond this at the time of booking flights.
Additional luggage fees As charged by the airlines 
Optional excursions and toursMay be arranged by your host school or Local Coordinator once on program at an additional cost.

France Classic High School upgrades:

Upgrade your classic program to request location. Upgrades are only charged once they are granted.  Only students applying for a Semester or Academic Year program to France have the option to pick the region they would like to live in during their exchange. Students can select up to 3 regions. If applicants are successfully placed in one of their preferred regions, then additional location fee will be applied to the normal program price. Location selection options are on a first come, first served basis, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed. 

Metropolitan area requests: The student will be placed in the metropolitan area of chosen city (according to availabilities).  The metropolitan area is an area within 25 km from city centre and access to public transport.

Suburban area requests:  Suburban areas of medium cities / towns (+/-15 000 – 100 000 inhabitants).

Once all spots are filled, no additional location requests can be considered. 

The fees listed below are additional to your program fee should your application be successful. 

Add – onPrice NZD
Classic High School + Bretagne Region Request$1,890 
Classic High School + Centre-Val de Loire Region Request$1,890 
Classic High School + Grand Est Region Request $1,890 
Classic High School + Hauts-de-France Region Request$1,890 
Classic High School + Normandie Region Request$1,890 
Classic High School + Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region Request$1,890 
Classic High School + Occitanie Region Request$1,890 
Classic High School + Pays de la Loire Region Request$1,890 
Classic High School + Lille Metropolitan Request $7,190 
Classic High School + Reims Metropolitan Request $7,190 
Classic High School + Bordeaux Metropolitan Request $7,190 
Classic High School + Nancy Metropolitan Request $7,190 
Classic High School + Toulouse Metropolitan Request $7,190
Classic High School + Rennes Metropolitan Request $7,190
Classic High School + Nantes Metropolitan Request $7,190
Classic High School + Perpignan Metropolitan Request $7,190 
Classic High School + Request a family with children living at home (age +/- 2 years) $1,990 
Classic High School + Request a Suburban area$2,190


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