Summer Program

The exchange program was probably one of the most formative events of my life. I was a girl who had only been outside of Southern Ontario once before! And now I have travelled around the world a few times. I wonder who I would have become if it hadn’t been for France?

About the Program

The Summer program offers students aged 13 to 17 the opportunity to participate in:

A 3 Week Exchange with a partner from FranceSwitzerland or Quebec!Château Frontenac, Québec

A 4 Week Exchange with a partner from FranceSpain, Italy, or Germany!

Ontario students spend 3 or 4 weeks visiting their exchange partner and 3 or 4 weeks hosting their partner during the summer. Ontario students receive a French, Spanish, Italian or German language and cultural experience  and the visiting students receive an English language experience while here.

Summer program applicants must:

  • Be between 13 and 17 years of age (students must be 13 before the exchange starts and not turn 18 until after the exchange ends)
  • Be active, outgoing, open-minded and responsible
  • Be enthusiastic and eager to participate in new activities
  • Have the desire to improve their French, Spanish, Italian or German language skills
  • Demonstrate an interest in the history and culture of their chosen destination
  • Not be employed while their exchange partner is visiting

The applicant’s parent(s)/ family must:

  • Have a home that: is clean and orderly; has adequate space for the visiting partner; is free of substance abuse, physical abuse, or any other form of abuse
  • Be warm, caring and open; can host a student in a supervised, safe and comfortable atmosphere; can provide for all meals and the cost of family activities for the student during the hosting period
  • Be willing and able to speak only English at home during the hosting period
  • Understand and agree to the reciprocal nature of the exchange program (hosting a partner for the time designated is required)
  • Assume responsibility for ensuring their son or daughter has the travel documentation he or she requires for travel to/from Europe
  • Submit a clear Vulnerable Sector Check for each adult aged 18 and over living in the host home(s) (dated within one year of the start of the hosting period)
  • Maintain regular communication with the exchange partner’s parent(s)/family throughout the exchange period

Participation costs for the 2017 Summer Program are as follows:

Exchanges with Europe: $2,999

  • $500 Registration Fee to be submitted by March 6, 2017
  • Remaining balance of $2499 due with acceptance by no later than May 1, 2017

Exchanges with Quebec: $1200

  • $500 Registration Fee to be submitted by March 6, 2017
  • Remaining balance of $700 due with acceptance by no later than May 1, 2017

Program fees include:

  • International air travel in economy class on regular airlines, accompanied by Ontario escorts
  • Unaccompanied connecting service travel in the host destination where required
  • Travel insurance: cancellation and interruption, AND emergency medical / hospital
  • ISE administration fee


  • Personal spending money
  • Excess baggage charges imposed by the airline
  • Domestic flights or shuttles for the Ontario student to/from Toronto Pearson Airport and any associated fees or costs (i.e. checked luggage)
  • Expenses resulting from travel changes caused by events beyond the control of ISE Ontario.

 Click here to download the program requirements & costs in PDF

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Exchange Program. Please visit our website in September 2017 to start the application process for Summer 2018.  

Click here to proceed to the APPLICATION PROCESS