Sweet Briar College JYF in Paris


JYF is the oldest coeducational intercollegiate study abroad program in Paris. Created in 1923 by the University of Delaware, JYF in Paris has been administered by Sweet Briar College in Virginia since 1948.

Since its origin, JYF has expanded its offering to semester and year programs in Paris. JYF continues its established tradition of excellence in study abroad, providing a true immersion experience for students for the past 68 years.

Our Mission

Our mission is to enable you to develop a deeper understanding of the world and a broader perspective on your own country. We aim to provide an academic experience that increases your competency in the French language, while allowing you to elect courses that fit your academic goals. If you qualify for a course and the opportunity exists, we work with you to make it happen.

Year & Semester Programs

Paris, France
The year and semester programs are designed for students of French enrolled in an American university. As a true immersion program, the program prioritizes direct international experience and student involvement in French life, language and culture:

  • All courses are conducted in French and emphasis is placed on maintaining use of the language at all times;
  • Students take a combination of JYF courses (those offered to and designed exclusively for students on the program), French university courses through three Paris universities of the Sorbonne (III, IV, and VII), and other institutions of higher learning;
  • Excursions in Paris and throughout France are arranged for students on the program;
  • Living arrangements with a host family;
  • Internship program for students attending the spring semester;
  • Volunteer opportunities in French schools;
  • In-depth preliminary orientation to prepare students for life in France.

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