Please read below a detailed information to learn more about how to apply to study in this American international school near Paris.

Admission Policy

Rolling admission policy: we currently consider applicants for the school year 2018/2019.
Visa students must apply at least 3 months before school starts.
The school welcomes students in Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 who are capable of following a program with the language of instruction being English. Students from 14/15 to 18 years old may be admitted in this American international school near Paris.

Grade 9 and 10 : Admission is based primarily on the completed student application which includes a review of previous school records and teacher recommendations. 
Grade 11 : Besides the completed application form, an interview with a member of the staff as well as an essay will also be required for IB candidate students. Students must have strong English writing and speaking skills to integrate into IB classes. Students should expect a rigorous academic curriculum with the space and time to develop strong study skills and the attributes of the IB learner profile in a quiet and serene setting.
New 12 graders: Besides the completed application form, an interview with a member of the staff will be required. This is a year abroad with academic expectations and students should expect to work in and out of class.

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. Contact us via our contact form to arrange your visit.

School Visit

Notre-Dame International High School offers the chance to any prospective applicant to come to school and spend some hours with our students as a shadowing student. Parents and children will also be able to meet with the School Principal or Teachers. Contact us to arrange your visit!

Tuition and accommodation fees

Next High School intake: September 2018

Tuition fees*: 14 990 euros
* Includes tuition, textbook rental, facility fee, school lunches, medical insurance, 24 hours emergency phone number.
Miscellaneous non included school fees: 500 euros per academic year, 250 euros per semester
Transportation card: 360 euros

Accommodation fees**:
5-Day Boarding, full board: 6000 euros
7-Day Boarding, full board on weekdays, half board on weekends: 10 000 euros
5-Day Boarding + Weekend Homestay, full board: 8000 euros
7-Day Homestay, full board: 7000 euros
** includes accommodation and board as described, airport pick up and transfer on arrival and departure, laundry (except 5 day boarders).

Download our tuition and accommodation fees 2018/2019

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 at the same time like tuition and accommodation fees. 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 also be charged for lost dormitory keys, lost or damaged textbooks, damage to school or dormitory property, etc. Payments made for tuition, accommodation, miscellaneous school fees, airport transfers 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, depending on availibility. We strongly suggest, however, an early application, especially for students who need a visa to stay and study in France.

Academic Requirements

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 American international school near Paris is 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.

Applicants to our American international school:

  • 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 prior English language program may be arranged for students in need to provide students with intermediate English skills with the necessary English ability to earn high school credits; French prior knowledge is not mandatory but French lessons will be introduced on arrival. Students are also invited to attend a French summer course.
  • 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.

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

Each applicant 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 download the specific application form of Notre-Dame International High School here.

Placement decisions are made by the administration and are based on a number of factors that may include assessments in Math, English and French, essay, interview, recommendations, transcripts of grades. Students are 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 American international school, must be enrolled in a full course of study at all times.

Terms of Payment


A. Payment Deadlines:

A deposit of €2000 is due immediately after student’s acceptance into the school. 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:

- 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 €250 will be retained by NDIHS. In the case of cancellation for another reason, a student will only receive a €1000 refund.
No refunds will be given after July 31st for the academic year/fall semester or December 31st for the spring semester.

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 school 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.


Arrival for dorm and homestay students is early September 2018 with all students attending orientation on the first day (date to be confirmed).  Chaperoned transfer from/to a Paris airport to/from the school is arranged on first arrival and last departure only. Group transfers by minibus are usually available on official arrival and departure dates. Transfer via public transportation is used on other days.

Chaperoned transfers for school holidays available on request. Please inquire.

School Calendar 2017/2018:

Arrival day for dorm and homestay students: September 4th 2017
Arrival day for day schoolers and Orientation: September 5th 2017
Fall holidays: October 21st to November 5th  2017
Christmas holidays: December 23rd 2017 to January 7th 2018
End of the fall semester: January 26th 2018
Spring semester's arrivals: January 28th 2018
Winter holidays: February 17th to March 4th 2018
Spring holidays: April 14th to 29th 2018
Departure day: June 28th 2018
Major school breaks are as follows:

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

Download the current school calendar!

Get Ready!

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 international 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 high school years as a critical experience in your life that prepared you for the future in unexpected ways.

One of the keys to a good 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.