Secondary Program

About the Program

The secondary program offers grades 10 & 11 students the opportunity to participate in:

A 9 Week Exchange with a partner from France or Switzerland!
A 12 Week Exchange with a partner from FranceSpainItaly, or Germany!

Students spend 9/12 weeks hosting an exchange partner in the fall and visit their exchange partner abroad for the same duration in the winter! Visiting students receive an English language experience while here and Ontario students receive an experience in the language of their host destination while abroad.

Students have the option to choose between two different exchange timelines: Go First and Host First.


The secondary exchange program is ideal for students in grades 10 & 11. Grades 9 and 12 students may be able to participate if they have the approval of their school to be away during their first/last year of secondary school.

This program is ideal for secondary students who:

  • Are active, outgoing, personable and responsible
  • Are not overly committed to time-consuming extracurricular activities, such as part time jobs, boy/girlfriends, and/or competitive sports teams
  • Have been away from friends and family before without great difficulty, such as attending summer camp
  • Can benefit from enhanced language skills throughout their secondary school and post-secondary career.

Secondary program applicants must:

  • Be no more than 17 years old during the exchange
  • Be enrolled in school for the entire school year of the exchange
  • Have above average academic standing and good attendance record
  • Have up-to-date immunizations (required for school enrollment) 
  • Have at least one course in or a basic knowledge of the language of the host country
  • Plan courses with care and arrange with teachers in advance to complete requirements for credits (No credits are granted for participating in the exchange– the student is responsible for ensuring they receive all their credits while abroad)
  • Be recommended by their teachers, guidance and school principal
  • Not be employed while their exchange partner is visiting
  • Be able to greet their partner upon his/ her arrival (late August, exact date T.B.A)

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; be able to 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
  • Commit to the reciprocal nature of the exchange program (hosting a partner for the time designated is required)
  • Assume responsibility for ensuring their child has the travel documentation required 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 1 year of the start of the hosting period)
  • Maintain regular communication with the exchange partner’s parent(s)/family throughout the exchange year
 2018-19 Host First Exchange Program:

Special Promotion for Spain: $1,999

  • $450 Registration Fee to be submitted by April 2, 2018
  • 1st installment of $775 due by July 13, 2018
  • 2nd installment of $774 due by November 30, 2018

France, Switzerland, Germany or Italy: $2999

  • $450 Registration Fee to be submitted by April 2, 2018
  • 1st installment of $1275 due by July 13, 2018
  • 2nd installment of $1274 due by November 30, 2018

2019 Go First Exchange Program:

Special Promotion for Spain: $1,999

  • $450 Registration Fee to be submitted by October 2018 TBD
  • Balance of $1549 due November 2018 TBD

France, Switzerland, Germany or Italy: $2,999

  • $450 Registration Fee to be submitted by October 2018 TBD
  • Balance of $2549 due November 2018 TBD

Program fees include:

  • Chaperoned international air travel from/to Toronto Pearson Int’l Airport in economy class on regular airlines
  • Unchaperoned connecting flight in the host country, where required
  • Travel insurance: trip cancellation and interruption, AND emergency medical /hospital
  • Orientation tour or activity day in the host destination
  • ISE administration fee


  • Personal spending money
  • Domestic flight/shuttle service to/from Toronto Pearson Airport (program is based into/out of Toronto Pearson Airport)
  • Any fees or costs associated with domestic flight/shuttle to/from Toronto Pearson Airport (i.e. checked luggage)
  • Excess or overweight baggage charges imposed by the airlines
  • Expenses resulting from travel changes caused by events beyond the control of ISE Ontario.
Go First Program: 
The deadline to apply for the 2018 Go First program is October 16, 2017.

Host First Program:

The deadline to apply for the 2018-19 Host First Program is April 2, 2018.

Click here to proceed to the APPLICATION PROCESS

What can I say? This exchange was the best experience of my life so far. I loved everything about it, everything I did, the people I had the pleasure to know, the places I’ve been and the change to myself that I’ve seen. I became more open to opportunities and independent. I like it!