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

Students spend 9/12 weeks hosting an exchange partner in the fall and 9/12 weeks abroad with their exchange partner in the winter/spring! Visiting students receive an English language experience while here, both at home and at school, and Ontario students receive a French, Spanish, Italian or German language experience while abroad.

Ontario students from French language schools may participate in exchanges with Spain, Germany or Italy. Students from CS Viamonde please see the Echanges Culturels section of our website.

Students have the option to choose between two different exchange timelines: Go First and Host First.
Note: Switzerland is not available on the ‘Go First’ Timeline. 


Students in grades 10 and 11 are eligible to participate in the secondary exchange program. Typically Ontario schools do not permit students in grades 9 and 12 to participate in school year exchange programs.

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
  • 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 1 year of the start of the hosting period)
  • Maintain regular communication with the exchange partner’s parent(s)/family throughout the exchange year
Participation costs for 2018 Go First Exchange Program are as follows:


  • $450 Registration Fee to be submitted by October 16, 2017
  • Balance of $1549 due November 30, 2017

Total Cost for Exchanges with France, Germany or Italy: $2,999

  • $450 Registration Fee to be submitted by October 16, 2017
  • Balance of $2549 due November 30, 2017

Total Cost for Exchanges with Quebec: $1200

  • $450 Registration Fee to be submitted by October 16, 2017
  • Balance of $750 due November 30, 2017

Program fees include:

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


  • Personal spending money
  • Domestic flights or shuttles for the Ontario student to/from Toronto Pearson Airport and any associated fees or costs (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.

    Click here to download the program requirements & costs in PDF

Host First Program:
The deadline for the 2017-18 Host First program has passed. If you wish to submit a late application to France, Spain, Italy, Germany or Quebec please contact our office immediately to discuss your options.
Go First Program: 
The deadline to apply for the 2018 Go First program is October 16, 2017.

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!