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OSEF Exchanges

OSEF invites you to discover French and Belgian culture as you improve your French language skills in French, or discover Spain through an immersive Spanish language environment.

OSEF has been organizing linguistic exchanges between France and Ontario since 1995 and since 1998 with between Europe and Alberta and between Europe and British-Columbia. OSEF United States began exchanges in 2007. Spain was added as a European destination in 2015.  Every year, the European nations send about 600 students to North America and then Canadian or American exchange students return to Europe. While in Europe, they experience the daily life of the family, community, and (during the school year) the European educational system.

This program is made possible with the collaboration of the volunteer coordinators. The Association promotes foreign language learning, personal growth and development, increases awareness of another culture, and fosters a global perspective.

The cost of both the one-month Summer Exchange and the 9- or 11-week School Exchange is $3800. 

A $500 deposit is required with the preliminary application form ($200 is non-refundable if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to departure).  Extended payment dates can be agreed upon at no further costs. 

The cost is inclusive:

  • the intelligent and thoughtful selection of your exchange partner family; 
  • a one-day preparatory meeting in your home region and the host country; 
  • international air travel with escort(s); 
  • domestic connecting flights;
  • meals during your travel time;
  • two days in Paris with visits of the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, the Champs-Elysées and a boat ride on the River Seine; 
  • hospital and repatriation insurance coverage; and,
  • permanent contact and support with an OSEF representative throughout the exchange.




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