Program Site: Sweet Briar College center in Paris' Latin Quarter, various campuses of the University of Paris, other educational institutes in Paris. The program begins in the city of Tours, in the Loire Valley.
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must have sophomore standing at the time of application and completed four semesters of college-level French (or the equivalent).
Description: Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France is the oldest study abroad program in Paris, and is designed for students who are looking for a full immersion experience. All courses are taught in French and students are expected to speak French at all times. Students also become well integrated into Parisian life through internships and community involvement.
Academics: The program begins with a two week long orientation in the provincial city of Tours. This period provides intensive French language courses and a general introduction to French politics, culture and the university system. The remainder of the year is spent taking courses at the Sweet Briar College center with other American students, and/or alongside French students at several universities located throughout the city.
Sample Sweet Briar College courses:
- Littérature et Civilization du 18e Siècle
- Histoire de Paris à Travers ses Monuments
- Initiation au Théâtre Parisien
- Film Noir
- Impressionnisme et Post-impressionnisme
Courses are offered the following universities:
- Université de Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle
- Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne
- Université de Paris VII - Denis Diderot
- Université de Paris IX - Dauphine
- Institut Catholique de Paris
- Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris
- Ecole du Louvre
Course Load and Credit: Students take 4 courses per semester, and are strongly advised to take the course entitled Atelier d’écriture: Composition Avancée to prepare for writing essays that meet the standards of French university professors. The maximum number of units granted for the academic year is 36. This is a full year program and students will not be awarded any credit from Sweet Briar College should they withdraw before the end of the program.
Activities and Other Program Features: A limited number of internships are offered in government, media, science labs, NGOs or art galleries during the second semester. Students may also volunteer to assist French teachers of English either for one semester or the entire year. Academic credit is not guaranteed. Check out a USC student's internship experience here.
Accommodations: Students live in French homestays both in Tours and Paris.
Dates: Junior Year only, early September to late May.
Estimated Year Cost:
Cost Updated: 5/21/13 Text Updated: 1/8/14
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.