We help students achieve French language fluency and advanced intercultural skills to prepare for leadership and success in the global workplace. We believe that immersion combined with a balance of challenge and support is key to effective learning and personal growth.
- A combination of direct enrollment at one of four Paris universities (III, IV, and VII), other institutions, workshops and studios as well as our in-house courses.
- French-only courses except business courses in English at The American Business School of Paris.
- Course options in a wide variety of disciplines in the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, arts, economics, and business.
- In-depth orientation including practical training in French composition, translation and conversation and cultural activities and excursions.
- Individualized advising: JYF staff provide individualized assistance to students in planning their academic calendar and living arrangements.
- Special tutorial sessions are also available for designated classes during the semester.
- Carefully selected host families.
- Independent living option possible.
The JYF in Paris program is open to undergraduate students at American or Canadian colleges, both men and women, in good standing who meet the requirements in French.
- Successful completion of one course beyond intermediate college-level French (or equivalent) required before arrival.
- A 3.0 GPA average, both overall and in college French courses.
- Enrollment in a French class the semester prior to departure is strongly recommended.
Students who do not meet all of these requirements may still be accepted upon strong recommendations from their French professors and college administrators.
- Year & fall-semester: March 30
- Spring: October 15
- Moderate and comprehensive fee including tuition, registration in Paris institutions, group excursions, theater and museum fees related to courses, room & board (7 breakfasts, 6 dinners/week) and comprehensive health insurance.
- Generous scholarships.
JYF in Paris
Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, VA 24595
Sweet Briar College JYF
The Sweet Briar Junior Year in France is the oldest coeducational intercollegiate program in Paris. Created in 1923 by the University of Delaware, the Junior Year in France has been administered by Sweet Briar College since 1948. Thus, this year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France, but the program is already 83 years old.
Wide Selection of Classes
The following list of courses offered is by no means exhaustive. For many departments we limited the list to 4 courses. Semester courses are indicated by an f or an s - for 1st (fall) or 2nd (spring) semester. Other courses are year-long. Please note that there is no guarantee that these precise courses which were offered in 2006-2007 will be offered in 2007-2008 although similar courses will certainly be offered.
Students can enroll in classes at any of the following institutions:
- The Sorbonne: (III - Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, IV - Université Paris Sorbonne, VII - Université Paris Denis Diderot, IX - Université Paris Dauphine)
- Alliance Française
- Institut Catholique de Paris
- Faculté Libre de Droit d'Economie et de Gestion de Paris (FACO)
- Schools in plastic arts, dance, photography, and music: (Maîtrise de Danse Janine et Dominique Solane for Dance, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and La Schola Cantorum for Music, Spéos for Photography, Les Ateliers du Carrousel for Studio Arts, Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq for Theatre)
- Language schools: (Goethe-Institut for German, Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana for Italian, Instituto Cervantes for Spanish)
SBC Special JYF Courses
The courses listed below were given in 2005-2006 by well-known French authorities in their field and were ordinarily open only to students participating in the Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France.
Please click on the name of the course for a description.
A limited number of internships in government or social agencies are available during the second semester. Students must have the approval of their Dean and a faculty sponsor on their home campus. One unit of credit (3 or 4 credit hours) is granted for the research paper which accompanies the internship.
Students may also volunteer to serve as assistants to French teachers of English during the whole year or the second semester. The amount of time involved varies from 2 to 6 hours a week. Although these assistantships carry no academic credit, they offer good opportunities for direct contact with French schools.
With the approval of their home college, students may also undertake an independent study project. Credit and grade may be recommended either by the Junior Year in France or the home college.
Students are registered as regular students and do the same work as their French counterparts, unlike programs where students attend lectures as auditors and have their work corrected by tutors not connected with the University. Note that this is also different from programs which promise that their students will study "at the Sorbonne" when they really mean the "Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne," an institute whose function is to teach courses in French language and culture only to foreign students. Although these courses may be valuable to some students, we believe that students selected by the Junior Year in France are able to take regular university courses with French students. We do everything possible to facilitate this by providing group or individual tutoring sessions.
The academic year and fall semester program begins with a two-week session in Tours at the Institut de Touraine. Located in the heart of Châteaux country, Institut de Touraine prepares students for life in Paris and academic work in French universities.
The spring semester orientation program is held in Paris.
Selected Host Families
In Tours, all our students live with French families, as do all those who wish to do so in Paris. All our families are carefully selected and evaluated by students every year. We look for families truly interested in welcoming American students. In Paris all students will have single rooms. Other housing options are available to students who do not wish to stay with French families.
The fee is not subject to fluctuations resulting from variations in the value of the dollar. It is as inclusive as possible: transatlantic transportation, registration in several institutions, studio courses, room and board, group excursions, medical and personal liability insurance, baggage handling between Paris and Tours, and Tours and Paris, etc. Any expenses not included are clearly stated in our suggested budget.