Anytime from June 16 - August 5
You choose the dates and length of stay - for between 2 and 6 weeks.
$1295 per week + airfare
Fees include host family accommodation and all meals, plus airport transfers.
Between 15 and 21? Completed a minimum of two years of high school French?
Then you’re good to go!
A fantastic study abroad opportunity for high school students. Immerse yourself in French language and culture by living with a family this summer. Speak only French throughout.
You can also opt to take one-to-one French classes to accelerate your learning.
We have wonderful welcoming families who live in beautiful homes. All our families volunteer to host. They are eager to share their language and culture with you. All our families have teens. We match you to your perfect-fit family. You will quickly feel at home!
Choose Gap - a beautiful and safe Alpine town with lots to do, particularly if you love the outdoors. There are opportunities to hike, swim in the lakes and go horseback riding.
Families live in both the town of Gap itself, and in outlying villages in the valleys around the town. Your immersion program will be a unique French Alpine experience.
This is your chance to spread your wings and experience a new culture for up to 6 weeks. See the local sights and enjoy spending time with your family. Live like a French teen, getting to know your host siblings and their friends.
Our English-speaking Host Family Coordinators are on standby 24/7. They will meet you on arrival and check in with you regularly. All pre-departure details are handled by your dedicated Parent Liaison team member.
You will be met at the airport by your Host Family Coordinator and taken to your family. During your journey your HF Coordinator will give you information about the local area. She will give reassuring advice about your upcoming experience.
All our families have teenagers of a similar age to you. Our goal is that you develop a strong bond with the children in the family. You will form the beginnings of a life-long friendship. This is an immersion experience with the entire family. Students who gain the most spend as much time as possible building relationships and speaking French with each family member.
You will have your own room or share with a host family sibling. You will speak only French. You will simply fit in with the routine of your French family. This is your genuine and unique opportunity to live the life of a French teenager.
Your family will take you on local sightseeing excursions. You will visit friends. You may simply spend a lot of quality time at home with your family. All of this is immensely valuable in helping you to improve your spoken French and knowledge of French culture.
Your HF Coordinator will be on call 24/7 in case you have any issues or concerns. She will also check in with you regularly by phone or in person to make sure you are settling in and comfortable in your family.
"I am really happy I participated"
It has improved my French, I lived with a great family and I have had a lot of new experiences. A program like this really makes you see the differences between your own country and the one you are currently experiencing.
We were always doing things with her friends but I never felt like I was intruding. Her family always made me feel like I belonged here.
"Very prepared and easy to work with"
ECI pick good families and offer a nice, friendly, fun, experience. Gap is very pretty and a great place to live. The surroundings are awe-inspiring and the town is picturesque.
I very much enjoyed my host family’s wish to make me feel as if I was another family member. My host brother gave me a terrific view of the teenage life in Gap.
We still have some availability on our 2017 France Immersion programs
ECI was founded 18 years ago with the key aim of improving students’ French skills through cultural exchange in a safe and fun environment. This continues to be our mission statement.
Our expertise and focus is on selecting volunteer families who are willing to share their language and culture, and forge lasting bonds of friendship with their students.
We pride ourselves in enriching the lives of our students and host families. “Life changing” is a phrase often used by those taking part in an ECI immersion program.
"We were very impressed with all aspects of ECI"
The ease of applying and securing a spot for exactly the dates we needed, the great family match, and the attention and communication from ECI on the ground in France.
A member of the ECI team will be happy to help
Study Abroad can be a daunting prospect for both parents and students. France is a long way from the US. You will be in a family you’ve never met before. You will have to speak French every day. There will be cultural differences to adapt to. You will be overwhelmed to start…
But very quickly you will adapt. Your family has been looking forward to welcoming you to France. They are eager to show you their town and their culture. You will be amazed at how quickly your French fluency will improve. You will enjoy learning about a new culture - trying new food and experiences. Your host family siblings will be teenagers like you. You will get to know each other and their friends. Before you know it, you will be like one of the family!
Michelle greatly benefited from her summer study abroad program with ECI and describes it as one of the best experiences of her high school years. Michelle is now at the University of Southern California studying international relations and global business.
"I’ve taken my experiences in France and applied them to everything I do at USE..."
I’m continuing to use those experiences from ECI at USE, and for the rest of my career. The trip made me realise how crucial it is to understand the differences between cultures.
"No wonder our students describe their experience as life-changing..."
Total immersion in a caring and carefully chosen French family is really the only way to achieve fluency in a short period of time.
Students who choose this route to French proficiency gain so much more–an understanding of French culture, benefits to future study and work prospects, and a potentially long-lasting French-speaking connection.