Founded in 1978, the Franco Irish Student Exchange Programme is run by Colm O’Neill and his French counterparts, throughout different regions in France. With over 3000 exchanges to date, our experience and knowledge of what makes a successful exchange is second to none.
Our organisers in France are trusted colleagues, working as teachers in the region (Brittany, the Loire Atlantique or Franche-Comté) and so are closely acquainted with the exchange students themselves, the host families and the areas visited. This enables us to find the most suitable French partner and family for our Irish students. We endeavour to ensure that our pupils will be happy with their match and email exchanges with their proposed French family prior to departure are an excellent way to get to know each other before meeting.
We believe that total immersion in French life and culture is the best way of ensuring proficiency in the language. In this regard we offer a supervised Summer Exchange and Homestay Programme as well as a Transition Year option throughout the school year where students can choose their own individual dates depending on their particular requirements. It is through living with this family and sharing the experiences of everyday French life that the Irish student will develop and enhance his or her French language skills. This will be of significant benefit in the Leaving Certificate exams where the oral and aural components account for 45% of the overall mark.
We want our students to feel at home and at ease in their new surroundings. Should any student have any problem whatsoever while in France, they will be able to contact their dedicated French organiser at any time, day or night; full contact details will be issued prior to departure. The Irish organisers are in daily contact with their French counterparts and always aim to resolve any problem that arises as quickly as possible.
“From start to finish the whole experience of the French exchange was so positive for us as parents and for our son too. Everything was arranged quickly and very efficiently with great attention to detail. I would highly recommend the exchange programme.”
“I learned a lot about French Customs and my French improved exponentially. Not only did they help me with comprehending oral and aural French; but the family also corrected my written work. When I arrived home, I didn’t just improve my French but I also made Friends for life!”
“Saoirse had a fantastic cultural and language experience in France. Colm and his team matched her with a wonderful family and she became firm friends with Clara who came to stay with us in Dublin in June. Neither Saoirse or Clara wanted to go home at the end! There will definitely be repeat visits!”
“Many of our students have used francoirishexchanges over the last number of years. Both they and I have found them to give a very professional and personal service. In my experience they have been very quick to deal with issues which have arisen over flights and the host families have always seemed to exceed expectations. I would fully recommend them.”
“My daughter Jo, 16 at the time, had an excellent experience with Franco Irish Exchanges in the Summer. Colm arranged a perfect homestay placement with a very nice family, well known to him from prior placements, and all went very smoothly – including the travel arrangements. All in all I couldn’t recommend them highly enough”