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  • 1. What are the destinations available in this exchange program?

    Several destinations are offered : Spain, Germany, France, others provinces of Canada and Mexico. Only Spain, Mexico and France are available to English Schools. It is possible to pick a country of destination but not a city or a region in particular.

  • 2. How long does an exchange program last?

    The exchange programs last 6 months except in France (4 months). The exchange is divided in two parts : the first half of the exchange takes part abroad and the second half takes place in Quebec.  That’s why we call it a “reciprocal exchange”.

    Éducation internationale offers different durations depending on the destination and grade of the student:

    • Short term 2-months exchanges (1 month -1 month) in Spain and in Mexico for secondary 3-4-5 students.
    • 4-months exchanges (2 months - 2 months) in France for secodary 3-4-5 students.
    • 6-months exchanges (3 months - 3 months) in Canada, Spain, Germany and Mexico for secondary 4-5 students.


    The exchanges consist in two parts: the first half of each exchange takes part abroad and the second half takes place in Quebec.  That’s why they are called “reciprocal exchanges”.

  • 3. What happens with my school year?

    The exchange program is integrated in your school year. In fact, you will receive full-time classes during your exchange abroad. Of course, some of them might be slightly different from the ones you would have in Quebec. That’s why participating in this exchange requires some preparation before and recuperation afterwards. None of the 1 500 students who have participated in these exchanges over the last few years have failed their school year. On the contrary, students tend to be more motivated when they come back and get better results.

  • 4. In which language will the classes abroad be given?

    Your classes will be taught in the mother tongue of your exchange country (French or Spanish).  However, it might be possible for you to choose classes taught in your mother tongue or in another foreign language.

  • 5. Can I choose my destination?

    You can choose the country of destination. However, you cannot choose the city or region in which your exchange will take part.

  • 6. How does the twinning process work?

    Each application form contains a variety of questions regarding the student’s personality. Éducation internationale then proceeds to the twinning by matching students with similar personality traits (Age, sex, allergies, smoking,personal interests, activities, etc.).

    The matching process takes place from March to May. There is no need to contact Éducation internationale about this as we will inform you as soon as the process is finished with each partner.

  • 7. Do I have to take language courses before the exchange program?

    Students from English schools must have studied French for at least 2 years and Spanish for at least 1 year to be eligible to the programs with France and Spain. German courses are compulsory for the exchange in Germany. It isn’t necessary to take any English lessons for Anglophone destinations. Spanish courses are compulsory to gop to Spain if you haven't studied Spanish for at least 1 year.

  • 8. How much does it cost to participate to the exchange program?

    The participation fees to  exchange programs are :

    • Spain (3 months) : $ 2 999 + tx (Public Schools) and $ 3 299 + tx (Private Schools)
    • Spain (1½ Month) : $ 2 699 + tx (Public Schools) and $ 2 999 + tx (Private Schools)
    • Mexico : $ 2 399 + tx (Public Schools) and $ 2 699 + tx (Private Schools)
    • France : $ 2 699 + tx (Public Schools) and $ 2 999 + tx (Private Schools)

    Exchange program in Canada, Germany and Mexico (sponsored by the Quebec Ministry of Education) are only available for Francophone schools.

    Participation fees include the airline ticket, chaperons, training before departure, twinning, lodging and meals, support for students and families.

  • 9. How can I get more information and apply to this program?

    Please visit look up our destinations and fill our form to have more information. 
    If your school dosent't already participates to the exchange programs,  please contact us.

  • 10. How are the foreign host families chosen?

    In the foreign student's application form, there is a section describing their family. The host school has the responsibility to select the students and their family, so that the Quebec student can have a safe and fulfilling experience. Éducation internationale only develops partnerships with Ministries of Éducation and public organizations, which involves a very rigourous process regarding the selection families.

  • 11. Do I go to the same classes as my twin in their school?

    Not necessarily. Your twin may not be at the same grade level as you, but you are in the same school.

  • 12. What is Éducation internationale’s role during my exchange?

    Éucation internationale ensures a constant monitoring between the student, the school and the family. The organization takes charge of the transport logistics and keeps in regular contact with the Quebec schools, tha partners and schools.

  • 13. What is my role during the exchange?

    During the first half of the exchange, you are abroad and your role is to be a good ambassador of Quebec. You become a new student in the host school and a new member of your host family. You need to be open-minded and curious about the new culture. During the second half of the program, you receive your partner in your home. It is important for you to be a good host by showing various aspect of Quebec’s culture. You have to be present for your partner, just as they have been for you abroad.

  • 14. What is my family’s role during my exchange?

    Your family has a very important role during the exchange program, because they host you partner during the second phase of the program. Thereby, they must be open-minded and take initiative to show the Quebec culture to your partner. they have to take care of your partner, just like your host family did for you abroad, which involves making lunch for school, offering activities, etc.

  • 15. What is my school’s role during my exchange?

    Your school receives your partner during the second half of the program, which means it has a very important role too. A school member must assume the responsability of being in charge for the exchange programs. This person has different tasks, such as the examination and evaluation of your application form, the interview with your family and the organisation of your class recuperation after the program. Moreover, this person in charge must be available to welcome your twin in your school and be there to answer to his/her needs.
    Please note that for you to participate to the exchange program you have to have your school's approbation and participation.