France

France

The Scripps College list of approved SAGE – Study Abroad and Global Education programs may change in response to students' interests and feedback, faculty, and administrative evaluations as well as changing world events. Study abroad is not without risks and students are advised to carefully choose their study site.

The Scripps Committee on Study Abroad (COSA) has approved the following programs in France for our students.

Montpellier

Academic Program

Students take 2 required courses in grammar and writing, one required course from an extensive list of options at the Université Paul Valéry. Students choose two electives from the integrated university courses or program courses for US students for a minimum of 15 credits (3.75 courses at Scripps). Students with advanced language abilities may request permission to focus on integrated courses in lieu of one or more of the required writing/grammar courses.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Nathalie Rachlin
  • Fields of study: Coursework in the humanities, liberal arts, sciences and engineering
  • Eligibility: 7.5 cumulative GPA; completion of FREN 44 or the equivalent required; one French course at the 100 or higher level strongly recommended.
  • Size of the student body: Université Paul Valéry has a student body of approximately 20,000 students.
  • Number of program participants: The program has 15 to 20 participants from US colleges and universities in the fall, and 30 to 40 each spring.

Living Arrangements

The Scripps French department strongly recommends that students participate in the home stay option for the best opportunity for cultural integration and language improvement. Students in home stays will have all meals with the family except weekday lunches. Scripps provides a lunch allowance based on the program recommendation of 8€ per weekday. For other housing options, students must obtain approval from the chair of the French department.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early September through the third week of December
  • Spring: Third week of January until mid May

Notes

  • Advising Tips: After completing the Scripps application and approval process, students will complete the UMN application. This program requires one faculty reference from a college French instructor. There is a $50 application fee to be paid by the student.
  • Visa Information: The University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center (LAC) will assist students with the visa process for the time in France. Non US Passport holders may have different visa procedures. Detailed visa instructions are available here. The most important thing to remember about visas is to plan early and be attentive to the time required for completion of the process. Delaying any of the steps in the process may prevent you from obtaining a visa in time for your program.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Montpellier and Los Angeles.

Nantes

Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures and seminars; courses taught in French. Students can enroll in courses at University of Nantes. Internships arranged. On-site orientation and fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: D. Krauss
  • Fields of study: Language and culture; social sciences
  • Eligibility: 8.25 cumulative GPA; 4-5 semesters of college-level French
  • Number of program participants: 60

Living Arrangements

Students live in private homes. Meals are taken with the host family.

Term Dates

  • Fall: early September to mid-December
  • Spring: early January to late June

Notes

  • Advising Tips: This program will not require a faculty reference if GPA is above 8.25, but will require a reference if GPA is below 8.25. Additionally, this program requires a language evaluation.
  • 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 Nantes and Los Angeles.

Paris

Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, and tutorials; courses taught in French. Students with four semesters in French may choose from the program seminars. Those who test at a sufficient level in the placement exam will be encouraged to take one or two university courses at the Institut Catholique, Ecole du Louvre, Sorbonne (IV), Jussieu (VII), and Sciences Po. Students at all levels of French may take art, dance, and music through local ateliers and conservatories. On-site orientation and fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: Faculty reviewers: Eric Haskell, Dalton Krauss, France Lemoine. Staff reviewer: Neva Barker
  • Fields of study: Fine arts, humanities, social sciences
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA; completion of French 44 prior to participation is required. Completion of a 100 level course is highly recommended for university courses.
  • Number of program participants: 25 - 35

Living Arrangements

Students live with host families. Some limited spaces may be possible in student housing if staying for a full year. Students in the dorm prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by Scripps.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early September to late December or mid January (depending on university exams)
  • Spring: Mid-January to late May

Notes

  • Advising Tips: This program will require one faculty reference and a language evaluation.
  • 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.

Paris

Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, and tutorials; courses taught in French. Students can enroll in courses at the New Sorbonne (Paris III), Institut Catholique, Ecole du Louvre, and Science Po. On-site orientation in Biarritz (fall only) and field trips included.

  • Reviewed by: Faculty Reviewer: Nathalie Rachlin
  • Fields of study: Fine arts, humanities, social sciences
  • Eligibility: 8.1 cumulative GPA; successful completion of French 44 required. Some of the local universities require at least one 100 level or higher college-level French course prior to participation
  • Number of program participants: 35

Living Arrangements

Students live in private homes. Meals are taken with the host family.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Late August to late December or early January (depends on the final exam schedule if taking classes at a French university)
  • Spring: Early January to early June

Notes

  • Advising Tips: This program will require one faculty reference, and a language evaluation. These should not be from the same professor.
  • 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.

Paris

Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, and tutorials; courses taught in French. Students may enroll in courses at the Pantheon-Sorbonne (I), Institut Catholique, Sorbonne (IV), Nouvelle Sorbonne (III) and Science Po. On-site orientation and field trips included.

  • Reviewed by: Faculty: Dalton Krauss & France Lemoine Staff: Neva Barker
  • Fields of study: Fine arts, visual and performing arts, humanities, social sciences
  • Eligibility: 8.0 cumulative GPA; three years of college-level French (minimum two upper-division French courses)
  • Number of program participants: 30

Living Arrangements

Students live in home stays and international student foyers. Students prepare their own meals or arrange to have meals with the host family.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Late August to late December - Note: Some French universities have exams in January, consult the tentative calendar on the Middlebury web site
  • Spring: Early January to late May or mid June depending on the calendar for the French university exams.
  • Full Term: Late August to mid June

Notes

  • Advising Tips: This program will require one faculty reference from the most recent French instructor. This program will not require a language evaluation because reference replaces a separate evaluation.
  • 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.

Paris

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

Notes

  • 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.

Strasbourg

Academic Program

The IFE French Field Study and Internship Program starts with a five-week intensive academic program comprised of three social science courses taught in French - A Political History of France, Transformations in the State and Political Life since Napoleon, French Society: Problems and prospects. During the subsequent 12 week session, students take a 4th class - France in Europe and the World - Globalization: Myth and reality from a European perspective. Students complete a guided research project and Internship with placements in all fields, arranged to meet students' objectives and skill sets.

  • 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 FREN 44 or the equivalent required; one French course at the 100 or higher level highly recommended, providing increased options for internship placement.
  • 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 with a stipend from Scripps.

Term Dates

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

Notes

  • Advising Tips: Students should work closely with CP&R to develop a strong resume as well as consulting with IFE on the appropriate European resume format.
  • 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 Strasbourg and Los Angeles. This program requires either one reference from either an academic or a job supervisor if relevant to internship plans. Additionally, this program requires a language evaluation.