International Section

International Sections (IS) exists since 1981 in France and within the AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad) network. There are 16 available options of the International Section, based on languages and culture.

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 foreign students, the objective of the International section is to maintain a level in their mother tongue comparable to that of their peers, and allow them to continue their studies in their country of origin. For French students, it indicates that the student will to reach a strong level of bilingualism, and have a level of fluency in the foreign language close to that of his/her mother tongue.

International section classes are attended by students who thrive in a bilingual and a bicultural education.

By design, the program in International section addresses more than just language, therefore setting the ISs apart from other educational offers. Students are exposed to the culture and teaching methods of the partner country within the French school system.
Throughout their education, 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.

Exam and diploma

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.

International Section and university application (APB)

The transcripts of students graduating from an IS bear a special mention indicating the student's training in "Langue et littérature étrangère en langue étrangère" (language and literature in a foreign language).

 

First page of the PDF file: 2015_juillet_brochure_ensco_HDEF_504824_1

For more information

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

Presentation deck from HOS