Notre Dame International Hight School

Notre Dame
High School

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Students from 15 (exceptionally 14) to 18 years old on arrival are accepted in this American international school in Paris.The school welcomes students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade.

You will find below all necessary information and documents that you need to prepare for admission at Notre-Dame International High School. Note that we may also organize for you a visit of the school on request.

These are the steps involved in completing a student application:
1. Student sends transcripts, application and all necessary supportive application documents to the admission office via email (scanned). Download the application form.
2. The admission office reviews the application material, submits it to the school principal and makes a formal offer of admission (admission letter and deposit invoice).
3. After the student accepts the school’s offer, the deposit must be paid in order for the admission office to confirm admission and to issue visa supporting documents.
4. The hard copy of the application form must be sent to the admission office via post mail.
5. The admission office processes registration and visa documents to send to students.
5. The student's application is given to the placement staff to solidify homestay or dormitory accommodations.


Next High School intake: Early September 2016

Download our tuition and accommodation fees 2016/2017.

Miscellaneous non included school fees:
Powerschool houses the accounting for semester fees, school trips, AP or DELF exams fees, and other miscellaneous school charges.

A payment of these school fees is due and payable on student accounts upon arrival to school. This amount will be applied to school sports licenses, fees for the library, printing and technology, field trips, supplies and books and/or materials that are not covered in the tuition or boarding fees.

Additional fees may be incurred throughout the year and will be visible on Powerschool: school trips, AP or DELF exam fees etc... 

This payment can be made in cash, by French cheque or by wire transfer directly to NDIHS. Wire instructions can be found on the last page of this document.
Additional fees may also be charged for lost dormitory keys, lost or damaged textbooks, damage to school or dormitory property, etc. Payments made for tuition, accommodation and vacation homestay programs are made directly to Nacel separately.

Accommodation options:

Download our accommodation options:

- 5-Day Boarding accommodation
7-Day Homestay accommodation
5-Day Boarding + 2-Day Homestay accommodation
7-Day Boarding accommodation

Application deadline: NDIHS has a rolling admissions policy. We strongly suggest, however, an early application, especially for students who need a visa to stay and study in France.  


Nacel International School System is a unique program that offers students a rare opportunity to interact with students from around the world in a college-preparatory setting. We feel strongly that young people are better prepared for their future careers by learning to succeed in a diverse environment. Our international schools are perfect for students who are interested in pursuing careers with an international focus, who want to attend college in the US or in a French University, and who have a passion for travel, culture, and language.

Discover our international school Paris's campus!


Applicants to our international school in Paris:

  • are high achieving, motivated students with a proven academic record;
  • are committed to studying while on the program;
  • have not yet graduated from high school in their home country (unless they are planning to attend college in the US);
  • are proficient in English: please note that a strong English language program may be offered for students in need and provides students with only basic English skills to develop their English ability while earning high school credits; French prior knowledge is not mandatory but French lessons will be introduced on arrival.
  • are interested in learning about cultures of the world including American and French education and culture;
  • are comfortable interacting with people from different cultures;
  • plan to pursue higher education (either in the US, in France or abroad);
  • are flexible and capable of integrating with a host family;
  • may have other talents and abilities (sports, music, art, etc.) that will contribute to the community's life of this international school.

Nacel reserves the right to reject an application to the international school in Paris that we feel does not meet the criteria for admission that we have set.

Each applicant to this international school must be made aware of the following:

  • This is an academic program. All students are required to enroll in a full course of study including classes in math, social studies, English, science and foreign language regardless of the length of their program.
  • We are a school trained in working with an international student body. This means that there are students from all over the world. Being a school with a large international student body, we provide a unique opportunity for a student to receive a first class American education while interacting with students from around the world.
  • Students are required to be accepting of cultural differences and sensitive to the feelings of others. Any form of racism, bullying, or harassment will not be tolerated in our international school.
  • Our international school' students are not allowed to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, or do drugs, regardless of their age and laws in their home country.

 Please request the specific application form of Notre-Dame International High School here.

At the beginning of their first term of study, all students are given tests to determine their level of ability in Math, English and French. Students are then placed in classes that are appropriate for their skill level, curriculum and interests. All students, including international students who are not planning to graduate from our school in Paris, must be enrolled in a full course of study at all times.

Study opportunities in France Universities and Grandes Ecoles: programs taught in English


Arrival day: September 2nd 2015
Fall holidays: October 17th to November 1st 2015
Christmas holidays: December 19th 2015 to January 3rd 2016
End of the fall semester: January 22nd 2016
Start of the spring semester: January 25th 2016
Winter holidays: February 20th to March 6th 2016
Spring holidays: April 16th to May 1st 2016
Departure day:  June 24th 2016
Major school breaks are as follows:

  • All Saints (la Toussaint)
  • Christmas (Noël)
  • Winter (hiver)
  • Spring (printemps)
  • Summer (été), two months starting end of June

Download the current school calendar!


A. Payment Deadlines:  

A deposit of EU€ 2000 is due immediately after student’s acceptance into NDIHS. All visa documents will be issued upon receipt. The remaining tuition balance must be paid in full after the student’s acceptance has been confirmed by the school, and before the following dates:

- Academic Year/Fall semester: Payment is due by July 31st  
- Spring semester: Payment is due by December 31st

Payment of the remaining balance is not linked to visa issuance; remaining balance must be paid by payment deadlines, even if visa has not yet been issued. 
If the student is unable to obtain a visa, the tuition will be refunded but an application fee of EU€ 250 will be retained by NDIHS. In the case of cancellation for another reason, a student will only receive a EU€ 1000 refund. No refunds will be given after July 31st for the academic year/fall semester or December 31st for the spring semester. 

Unless otherwise agreed to, failure to make payments by the deadline will result in student dismissal and repatriation. Please notify the admissions office if payments will be delayed for any reason or an alternate payment schedule is requested.

B. Payment Procedures:  Banking information as well as the payment means available are reflected on the invoice.

C. Withdrawal Reimbursement:  After arrival in France, students who voluntarily or involuntarily withdraw from the program will not be reimbursed for payments made. Exceptions may be made in cases of illness, death of an immediate family member, or other extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control.


The Nacel International School System provides something more than an opportunity to improve your English and make friends abroad. By coming on our programs as an exchange student, you are playing an important role in the public diplomacy efforts of your country. Additionally, it is an opportunity for personal growth and development. In years to come, you will most likely look back on your exchange program as a critical experience in your life that prepared you for the future in unexpected ways.

One of the keys to a good exchange experience is being an active participant. By participating fully in your high school both academically and socially, you will benefit your education beyond simply learning new facts or completing a class.
Throughout your exchange program, making an attempt to understand and respect differences and learning to adapt to a different way of life will change and shape you as a person.

We hope that you have a wonderful time in France making new friends and experiencing new things. And finally, we hope you will learn new things about yourself, about France and its people, and about the world in general!

Since you will be traveling to France it will be helpful to prepare yourself for the questions you might be asked about your home country. Reading about current events in France such as: domestic affairs, international policies and important public figures will help you make connections between your home country and France. Learn as much as possible about the cultural, social, political, religious, and economic facts of life in France along with the attitudes. If you do so, you will be greatly rewarded for your efforts, as there is no subject dearer to the heart of the French than that of la vie française. The French, like all peoples are very uncomfortable when people come to their country and expect everything to be exactly like it is in their own culture.

When you arrive in France, try to understand how the local culture influences the way people act:
• Observe, listen, and describe, rather than try to prove your preconceived notions.
• Try to be objective; but recognize that your own culture filters the way you see things.
• Be persistent in asking questions and learn to ask the kinds of questions that elicit answers. Listen actively to the answers you get. Ask for feedback if you are not sure you understand.


Chaperones transfer from/to a Paris airport to/from the school, on first arrival and last departure only.
Group transfer by minibus usually available on official arrival and departure dates. Transfer via public transportation on other days. 

Chaperoned transfers for school holidays available on request.


Applications for the next intake are now open!

Contact us to study at Notre-Dame International High School!