Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle Trust funding is specifically for students aged 17 to 19, the visits give students the chance to prove to future educators and employers that they are globally-minded, committed and dedicated young people. 


During their visits students will be able to work on research or projects that contribute to their learning and future development. They will also strengthen the bond between your school or college and your French colleagues, contributing to a successful long-term partnership.


‘It will definitely have a long term benefit on the students’ confidence. Having the exchange on their CV will help them to get interviews and jobs. The experience would transfer into any vocational area.’

Lisa McCormick-Baxter, beauty therapy lecturer, South Eastern Regional College


What are the benefits of Charles de Gaulle Trust funding?


An immersive, motivating and inspiring experience in a French partner school or college would provide the opportunity to:

  • develop skills
  • demonstrate a commitment to language learning
  • raise levels of French language proficiency
  • show prospective higher education institutions evidence of independence and initiative.

For vocational students specifically (such as those attending beauty, engineering or catering colleges and courses), the experience would:

  • allow them to compare different approaches to work
  • develop vocational skills in a multi-lingual environment
  • learn from experts in their field

What are the details?

  • Grants of £5,000 to facilitate reciprocal visits to France
  • All further information including closing dates and application documents will be available soon
  • Visits should take place within 18 months of acceptance


The deadline for next round of applications is 15 May 2017.




For enquiries email 


If the group of students you are working with is aged 16 and below, or studying towards GCSEs or Nationals Qualifications in Scotland, please take a look at the Lefèvre Trust. 


For schools in France, further information can be found on the Eduscol website.


View this information and access the documents in French.