LFSF International Section (SI)

International Sections (IS) exists since 1981, in France and within AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad) network. 16 languages and culture are available.The American international section was created with the collaboration of the French-American (Fulbright) Commission, the College Board and the French Ministry of Education.

Its objective is for foreign students to maintain their level in their mother tongue in order to continue the studies in their country of origin and for French students to reach a level close to that of a mother tongue.

By design, what sets the ISs apart is that its program addresses more than just language. Students are exposed to the culture and teaching methods of the partner country within the French school system.
ISs are attended by students who can enjoy a bilingual and a bicultural education.

Throughout their schooling, students move naturally from one language to the other, and from one culture to another, benefiting from both educational systems on a daily basis.
 

A rigorous program

The program in the Section International is quite demanding. Students may be enrolled from Gr1(CP) to Gr12 (terminale). Students enrolled in an IS are taught the core syllabus as well as specific courses enabling them to follow advanced classes taught in English.
From Middle School (collège), two subjects are taught in English:

•  Language and literature: more than a language class, this course includes the study of English literature.
•  History-geography: the French curriculum is adapted to include a greater emphasis on the history and geography of the United States of America.

the IS mention for university application (APB)

The transcripts of students graduating from an IS bear a special mention indicating that training «Langue et littérature étrangère en langue étrangère» (language and literature in a foreign language).

 

Examen et diplômes

Students enrolled in the ISs take a specific versions of the test students take at the end of Gr9 (the DNB, diplôme national du brevet). Likewise IS students will prepare for the international option of the baccalaureate (OIB), which is widely recognized by universities worldwide.

The INTERNATIONAL option of the DNB covers

  • all the common core subjects 
  • 2 oral tests in English on US literature and US History each with a coefficient of 1. 

THE INTERNATIONAL OPTION OF THE baccalaurEat COVERS

  • all the subjects common to each section, except for English and Histoiry
  • A specific test for English and History both written and oral.

Did you know?

The American international section was created with the collaboration of the French-American (Fulbright) Commission, the College Board and the French Ministry of Education.

For more information

"International Section" , a bilingual brochure from Files on School Education

Presentation deck from HOS