IFE - The Paris Field Study and Internship Program

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Academic Program

The IFE Paris Field Study and Internship Program starts with a five-week intensive academic program comprised of two interdisciplinary social-science courses on France today and the roots and issues of French society, involving both lecture and workshop formats, as well as site visits. The preparatory session is taught exclusively in French. During the subsequent 12-week internship period, a required seminar course on European issues and affairs meets once weekly, also taught in French. Lastly, students produce a 30 page independent study research paper working individually with a research advisor from their field, on a topic arising from their work as an intern and of interest to the host organization. Placements are in all fields, arranged to meet students' objectives, through mission-driven internships.

  • Reviewed by: D. Krauss
  • Fields of study: Coursework in the social sciences combine with an internship placement matching a student’s interests and preparation to the needs and goals of French organizations. Previous placements have been in government ministries, consulting firms, museums, art galleries, theaters, schools, think tanks, NGOs, biomedical research firms, environmental organizations and non-profit groups.
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA; completion of one French course at the 100 or higher level prior to participation.
  • Size of the student body: US American students from selective US liberal arts colleges.
  • Number of program participants: 25

Living Arrangements

IFE's optional housing service arranges language immersive living situations in either a home stay format with some meals provided or in a network of student residencies which are frequented by French and European students and young professionals where students will prepare their own meals.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Third week of August through the third week of December
  • Spring: Third week of January until early June


  • Visa Information: The French visa requires working with the organization, Campus France, to complete the necessary paperwork and then appearing in person at the assigned French consulate, based on the student's permanent address or in Los Angeles using the Scripps address.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Paris and Los Angeles.
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