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France makes summer holidays a fun-filled learning experience
France has always enjoyed unique attention from across the world since the day of yore. It has been the seat of many important historical events, it is the most popular fashion hub and it is also a much preferred tourist destination. It is no secret that the French are great connoisseurs of art. No wonder that the country not only hosts some of the best educational institutions, but also boasts of a gamut of interesting cultures. France is well known for its education especially in theology, medicine, law and fine arts.
Such is the magnetism of France that many students from across the world prefer enrolling for summer exchange programs to this country. Such a study option gives them an opportunity to enjoy the artistic culture of the nation, besides earning a broad world view through interactions with students from other countries.
What to consider?
There is a gamut of summer exchange programs available in France. You may choose to apply for an exchange program either through your educational institution or through an exchange program platform. However, it is important to understand that type of program that you will want to participate in.
- The experience: Are you looking for a more academic classroom experience or do you prefer field activities? You can enjoy a summer exchange program the most once you have your answer to this question.
- Understand the program's requirements completely: Many summer exchange programs in France expect a minimum language requirement, be it French or English. Educational institutions offer programs for college credit as well. Hence, it is important that you understand all the required criteria before applying for a summer exchange program.
- Look for realistic programs: It is important to assess a program thoroughly. Program brochures may often brag about courses literally promising the stars. It is important to understand that one cannot master a language or subject in a span of few weeks. Hence, read between the lines and look for a realistic summer exchange program.
- Accommodation facilities: A few exchange programs concentrate on offering a holistic cultural experience to their students. This means that students will be required to stay with host families in France. It is important that you are comfortable living with people from a different culture so that you and your hosts enjoy each other's company. Some programs may not offer an accommodation. This means that you will have to secure a place to stay before you reach the country.
- Stretch budget: Students must have access to ample funds during their stay to not just cover their daily expenses, but also take care of any emergencies.
Popular summer exchange programs
|Type of program||Average Fee||Time||Subjects||Eligibility||Scholarships|
|Language Study Program at Centre Mediterraneen d'Etudes Francaises
||60 hours of French Language lessons
||Minimum GPA of 2/4|
||Research Summer School
||Open for fourth to sixth year students of pharmacy, biological sciences, midwifery studies, medical sciences and veterinary sciences.|
||Erasmus Intensive Program in Oncology
||Minimum GPA of 2.75. Candidates who have completed four years of study in biological sciences, medicine, pharmacy, midwifery and veterinary sciences are eligible for this program.|
||$4,850 - $12,610
||French Language lessons, replete with excursions
||Minimum GPA of 2.75
Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants, Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence, Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants, Michael Stohl Research Scholarship
|ISE (international Student Exchange)
||$2,650, including economy return air fare
||Language and culture exchange
||Aged between 13 and 17 years|