The boarding school option provides for an ultimate academic and cultural experience allowing you to experience dorm stay & homestay, while studying at a selected boarding school. The boarding school program allows you to pick from the schools on offer and experience a new academic program.

France is available in:




Application due:

March 1


Application due:

June 15


Application due:

March 1


Application due:

June 15


Application due:

March 1




The boarding school program provides students the opportunity to live at a campus dorm with other students during the week, while benefitting from a paired host family where you spend your weekends – it’s the best of both worlds! Choose from one of two French boarding schools.




Arrive in Paris at the start of your exchange, meet other exchange students, get a crash course in the language and culture, and do a little sightseeing so that you can start your exchange off right!




1 year of French language study is required.




Common courses: French, Math, Biology, Geography, Physics, History, Phys Ed, Foreign Language (English, German, Spanish or Italian) and optional classes include Economics or a second foreign language.

Average hours per week: 25 hours of class per week.
Fun fact: Most schools have Wednesday afternoons off – this is when you can participate in extracurricular activities!


Saint Geneviève / Saint Martin High School

The boarding school is located in central Rennes, a charming and bustling city of French Brittany. Rennes is also conveniently located 2 hours from the Paris, the capital city, by train.

The boarding school provides for on-site classes and accommodation on a full board basis (all meals are included) Monday to Friday to students aged 15 – 18. The dorm boasts comfortable bedrooms and study rooms. Sports and activities are arranged and supervised by school leaders on Wednesday afternoons.

You also benefit from extra French classes at the school to help immerse yourself in the language and culture!

Pensionnat Jean Baptiste de la Salle

Pensionnat Jean Baptiste de la Salle High School is situated in Rouen in the heart of Normandy. With nearly 500,000 people, Rouen is the capital of Normandy and has a rich medieval heritage.

Pensionnat Jean Baptiste de la Salle is a prestigious 17th century French high school located in Rouen historic city centre. Famous politicians (such as former French President François Hollande) attended the school. The boarding school is renovated and offers comfortable shared bedrooms (from 2 to 4 students). The students also have access to a music room and a sport hall. Exchange students timetable can be adapted to their needs, depending on their school stream and language skills.

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Program Fees

Rennes, Saint Geneviève / Saint Martin High School

(2022/23 School Year)


(2022/23 School Year)


(2022/23 School Year)


Pensionnat Jean Baptiste de la Salle, Rouen France

(2022/23 School Year)


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(2022/23 School Year)


Paris Orientation

(2021/22 School Year)


What’s Included for the Student Exchange Program?

  • School Registration and Placement
  • Host Family Recruitment, Screening and Placement
  • Food and Lodging with Host Family
  • Full and Comprehensive Medical Insurance provided by
  • Pre-Departure Orientation in Canada
  • Arrival Orientation in Host Country
  • Monthly Monitoring and Progress Reports
  • 24 hour Emergency Support Overseas
  • Academic Support
  • Arrival Greeting by Representative from Partner Organisation and/or host family
  • Round trip ground transfer between final host port (airport, train or bus station) and host family home
  • Provision of Program Documentation: Orientation manual and other materials to prepare for student exchangeAnd
  • The Opportunity to LEARN-TRAVEL-EXPERIENCE!

Additional fees the student is responsible for include:

  • Airfare (While the airfare is not included in our pricing, we can help you find the best deal and recommend travel sites)
  • Passport and Visa Fees (if required)
  • School supplies, uniforms (if required), cafeteria lunch (if required) or extra-curricular activity fees
  • Personal Spending money while abroad
  • Transportation to and from school for some students, dependent on where the host family is located. Some students are required to take a bus or train, while others walk or bike to school. This is dependent on where the host family is located.
  • Any cancellation, change or program addition fees as issued by YES Canada or the partner organisation.

*Please note that YES Canada reserves the right to modify and update program options, leading to changes in pricing. Please note that pricing may be subject to change. Please note which program term the posted rates apply to, if the term you are applying for is not posted please inquire.

*Note: Students from the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or private schools may be subject to an additional tuition levy of $1000. Note that whether a student participates in a one-way exchange or hosts an international student in their home, a reciprocal exchange occurs at the school level. As such, the tuition free exchange is provided when a Canadian student travels abroad and an international student assumes their place in the local school or school board.  In instances where a reciprocal exchange cannot occur within a school board/province a levy may be charged. Please email for more details about fees and the participating provinces/school board designations.

Find more information on what's included in the program fee, additional fees, payment schedule and cancellation policy, visit our Program Info page here 

Cancellation Policy

  • The $500.00 application fee is non-refundable, and due upon submission of the application to YES Canada.
  • In the event of cancellation after conditional acceptance either all or a portion of the host country deposit is non-refundable (approximately $500-$1000). Please inquire for specic country details regarding non-refundable deposits (Dependent upon destination: France, Belgium, Australia and Spain have higher cancellation fees at this stage).
  • In the event of cancellation after full acceptance but prior to confirmation of the host family placement, 35% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after confirmation of the host family placement, 55% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after partner company visa documents have been issued 65% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation less than 30 days prior to departure 75% of the program fee is non-refundable.
  • In the event of cancellation after program commences 100% of the program fee is non-refundable. 
  • In the event the program is cancelled by YES Canada a refund will be given.
  • Please contact YES Canada for any COVID-19 specific policy details.

*Some countries vary from the standard policy. Please inquire.
*Extenuating circumstances will be considered. All cancellations must be received in writing.

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