The Canadian Education Exchange Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation. CEEF organizes reciprocal educational exchange programs for elementary and secondary school students through partnerships with government and private agencies in many countries. The organization and management of CEEF exchanges in Canada is carried out by a small professional multilingual staff with the assistance of many volunteers – school principals, teachers, former exchange participants, parents and retired teachers.
CEEF student exchanges are school-based. When you apply, your school principal must approve your participation by signing your application form.
There are two phases to every student exchange: a hosting period, and a visiting period.
When you are successfully matched for a Two/Three-month Program, a visiting student lives with your family from the middle of August until early October/November and attends classes in your school once the fall term begins.
To complete the exchange, you travel to the home country of your exchange partner, live with his/her family from early February until early/late April and attend school in that country.
If you would like to participate in an international exchange but feel that you are not quite ready for a two/three-month program, consider applying for one of CEEF’s Summer Programs to France, Spain or Switzerland. (Summer Programs are available only to students living in Ontario). Ontario students spend July in France or Spain and then host their visiting exchange partner in Ontario in August. Ontario students spend the first three weeks of July in Switzerland and then host their exchange partner in Ontario for the following three weeks.
To find answers to some questions most frequently asked about our Two/Three- month Program, or for more information about Summer Programs to France, Spain or Switzerland just click on the Questions? menu button. We hope you will decide that a CEEF student exchange is right for you!