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Are you looking to establish a partnership with a school in France?

We are here to help you set up an official, state-approved agreement with a French school. Official partnerships make it easier to establish pen-pal programs for students, organize travel exchange programs, and encourage the exchange of ideas among students, teachers, and administrators.

Please direct any questions to the Educational Affairs Department of the Embassy of France in the United States: rebecca.duncan@diplomatie.gouv.fr.


School Pairing Process

1. Fill out the Partnership Application Form and send it to the Educational Affairs contact at your regional French consulate (see page 4 for consular contacts).

* If your school is located in a district where American and French educational authorities have already established an official partnership (known as a Memorandum of Understanding or MoU), your request will be forwarded to the DAREIC (Délégation académique aux relations européennes et internationales et à la coopération) of your partner "Académie" in France.

* If your school is NOT located in a district with a pre-existing memorandum, please indicate on the application form which French "Académie" you would prefer for partnership.

2. Once a partner school in France is identified, you will be contacted by your regional consulate to confirm the partnership by filling out the Confirmation form – US School. 

This agreement constitutes a formal framework for the partnership. The French and American schools then agree on cooperative modalities (electronic exchange, travel exchange program, etc.)

Please remember that the school pairing process depends on timely responses from both schools, thus it can take up to several months to complete. We assure you that the partnership is worth the wait!


    Vous souhaitez établir un partenariat avec une école aux Etats-Unis ?

    La première étape est de contacter la DAREIC (Délégation académique aux relations européennes et internationales et à la coopération) de votre Académie. Celle-ci vous indiquera les démarches à effectuer puis transmettra votre demande à nos services.

    Vous trouverez également des informations utiles sur la page de l'éduSCOL.


    Also consider using the FAAX platform, sponsored by the Embassy of the United States in France, to find and establish school partnerships:

    Thanks to the French-American Academic Exchanges (FAAX) platform, French-language educators across the world now have access to a user-friendly way to find a partner for an exchange program or partnership with French schools and universities. Courtesy of the Public Affairs department of the Embassy of the United States in France, FAAX can be used to set up educational cultural exchange opportunities both in-person and online; the nature of the exchange is up to you, the needs of your students, and your partner institution!

    Any staff member working for or representing a secondary or higher education establishment can sign up, create a profile page and consult the directory of institutions that are looking for a partner either in the U.S. or France (including French overseas regions). You can also communicate with potential partners directly through the site, and share your contact information only at your discretion.

    The platform has been used in the past for exchanges ranging from a reciprocal voyage between student mechanics, to collaborating on a bilingual musical performed on school stages across the Atlantic, to setting up school-wide pen pals between the US and Martinique. 

    Click here to see a video introducing the diverse users of the platform and learn more about what FAAX could do for your school.


    Online Resources for Identifying a Partner School in France

    The Embassy of France in the United States does not sponsor the following websites: