EIL Programs Hosted in France and Switzerland

High School Summer Abroad in France


Paint the lavender fields of Provence.  Photograph diverse Parisian neighborhoods. Hike through the Alps. Study and perform French theater. Cycle along the Brittany coast. Learn from culinary masters. Attain new language skills.

Choose among 8 programs focused on culinary exploration, language training, arts immersion, and travel & discovery.

All programs begin with an interactive group orientation in Paris. Programs then travel to different regions of France for homestays and the program’s thematic focus.

All programs include a homestay with a French family. Homestays are individual, but groups get together regularly for cultural events, outdoor activities, and visits to local historical sites, throughout the homestay period.

Each program explores diverse aspects of France and French culture through fun, informative thematic components.

Discover how you can have an incredible summer abroad with the Experiment in France.

  1. French Frontiers: Exploring the Cultures of France and Her Neighbors
  2. History and Culture in the Countryside of Southern France
  3. Biking and Trekking Adventure
  4. Between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean
  5. The City of Light: Photography in Paris
  6. Painting Provence: Art and Adventure in the Land of Impressionism
  7. Theater, Performance, and Language
  8. Mastering the Art of French Cuisine: Language and Cooking

High School Summer Abroad in Switzerland

Alpine Trekking and the French Language


Embark on a French-language adventure among the lush valleys, snow-covered mountains, alpine meadows, and vibrant cities of Switzerland.


Your adventure begins in the “world’s smallest metropolis” — a cosmopolitan city with a small-town feel. Located on Lake Geneva between the Alps and Jura mountains, Geneva is an international city graced with majestic vistas. For three days, you and your group walk the streets of Old Town; explore some of the city’s world-class museums, art galleries, and theaters; see the famous flower clock and Lake Geneva’s jet d’eau; and visit the United Nations.


Spend two weeks with a French-speaking Swiss family in a town on the banks of Lake Geneva. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, your new summer home provides easy access to swimming, boating, hikes around medieval chateaux, and a vibrant outdoor café culture.

Sample activities: Picnic on the shores of Lake Geneva; visit a Swiss chocolate factory; hike through scenic gorges; play tennis with host siblings; venture across the French border to visit alpine villages.

Sample host communities: Morges, Nyon, Lausanne


Following your homestay, head for the mountains. You and your group discover why Switzerland is famous for its natural beauty and outdoor activities. Saas-Fee, Zermatt, and the Rhone river valley are the backdrop as you hike meandering nature trails, mountain bike along raging rivers, visit ancient castles, and stroll through picturesque villages to learn more about local traditions.

Sample activities: Trek along the Allalin Glacier; bike through alpine valleys; hike through stunning forests with Swiss naturalists; cross over the Italian border high in the Alps; learn about ecological issues faced by the alpine region