ADN AEFE – An international school exchange within the French Stream

Issue 05: 14/10/2022 From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Have you heard of the ADN-AEFE?

This international exchange programme is open for all the 2nde students and we are happy to announce that we are running it again this year.

Around 10 places will be available for interested students who will be selected after the selection process.

It was a real pleasure to see the enthusiasm of our teenagers when I introduced this exchange to the classes.

Why is it called ADN-AEFE?

The programme is called ADN-AEFE, which means DNA-AEFE, because what characterises the AEFE is open-mindedness and the taste for the exchanges. The acronym also refers to the figure of the explorer Alexandra David-Néel.

Who is this for?

This programme is for 2nde students of participating schools, which this year includes 148 schools of the AEFE network around the world, and about ten high schools from France.

Why in 2nde?

Because 2nde students are mature enough to adapt to a new environment and to be involved in this cultural and linguistic project. Moreover, as 2nde is not an examination class (unlike 1ère and Terminale), the programme is easier to implement.

What is it about?

This is a school-based programme where students are given the opportunity to attend school for a few weeks in a different country. Students work in pairs and are hosted by families. At FIS this year, the exchanges will last three (3) weeks.

More details will be sent to parents of 2nde students on 18th October with a calendar and procedures. A virtual meeting will be organised on 25th October from 6:30 pm.

I am looking forward to talking with you about this great opportunity offered by the French Stream Secondary in partnership with the AEFE.


Charles Pierru
Principal of Secondary Campuses and Studies (French Stream)