Summer Exchange

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

A 3 Week Exchange with a partner from France, Switzerland or Quebec!

A 3 Week Summer/Fall Exchange with a partner from Switzerland!

A 4 Week Exchange with a partner from France, Spain, Italy, China, or Germany!

Ontario students spend 3/4 weeks visiting their exchange partner and host their partner for the same duration during the summer. Ontario students receive a language and cultural experience of their host destination and visiting students receive an English language experience while here.

“Mathilde and August exchanged last summer, and have met up again this summer. This has really been a life-changing experience for these young women and for us as their parents too.”

-Jennifer B.    Mother of Summer France Participant

Summer Timeline

Go Abroad Early to Late July, Host Late July to Mid/Late August 

September to
Early  March      
Students complete the application process with the required signatures, registration fee, and Vulnerable Sector Checks and submit to the ISE office by March. Throughout March, successful applicants are matched with students of similar age and interests. Students then receive information about a proposed partner and submit acceptances by late March.
April to May Approximately one week after acceptance, students and their parents begin communication with their exchange partner and family. The final payment is due in May.
Early to Late July Early July, Ontario students depart to visit their partners. Late July, the Ontario student and their exchange partner travel to Ontario together.

  • Students in France, Spain, Italy or Germany spend 4 weeks on exchange in July
  • Students in France, Switzerland & Quebec spend 3 weeks on exchange in July
Late July to Mid/Late August        Mid-August, the 3-week French/Swiss/Quebec exchange partners return home.
Late-August, the 4-week French/German/Spanish/Italian exchange partners return home.


Summer/Fall 3-Week Exchange


In addition to our 3-week Summer Exchange with Switzerland, we offer a summer-fall 3-week program for ages 13 – 15 in the French-speaking canton of Vaud. 

The Swiss partners will arrive in Toronto early July, and stay in Canada until late July. 

Canadian partners will leave for Switzerland early October, and return to Toronto late October. 

While in Switzerland, participants will attend classes for one week and then enjoy two weeks of school vacation time with the Swiss family.