CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A group of students from Charlottesville’s sister school in Besancon, France, are getting the chance to see what American high school life is like.

“I feel like this is going to give me new friends, and people I can have connections with for a long time,” said Olivia Wade, a junior at Charlottesville High School.

This exchange program has been going on for many years.

Charlottesville High School students visited France last year, and they are excited to be able to give that same experience to their new friends.

“I hope that they will take away a version of Charlottesville that is something they want to come back and visit me again, so that we can still keep in touch,” said Wade.

The weeklong program allows both groups of students to build connections with familiar and new faces across Charlottesville High School.

In addition to making new friends, the exchange students will see historical landmarks, like Monticello, and experience a new city.

“I think that Charlottesville is really unique because we are a relatively small city, but we have a lot of cool culture here and lots of awesome history, and there’s a lot of cool things to do. So, I’m for the opportunity to immerse these students in Charlottesville culture, while also learning about their country,” said Murray Susen, a junior at Charlottesville High School.

Charlottesville High School students are excited to show off the American high school experience, and do some of their favorite things in town. 

“We’re going to have a little Galentine's night with my mom’s friends, and they’re going to come to Vivace to eat there, so I’m really excited about that too,” said Wade. 

“We’re going to go to a UVA game, and Thursday we’re going to see 'Spongebob the Musical' at Charlottesville High School,” said Susen.