Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France

Welcome to Junior Year in France!

The Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France (JYF) is the oldest coeducational intercollegiate study abroad program in Paris. Created in 1923 by the University of Delaware, JYF has been administered by Sweet Briar College since 1948.

Since its origin, JYF has expanded its offering to semester, year and summer programs in Paris, and semester and year programs in Nice. JYF continues its established tradition of excellence in study abroad, providing a true immersion experience for students for the past 66 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.

Paris

Paris, France

Year & Semester Programs

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), Dauphine University, 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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Summer Program

The 5-week JYF summer program in Paris is designed for intermediate French students. Take 6 or 9 credit hours (2 or 3 courses) from a selection of courses taught in French at the JYF Student Center, go on a number of excursions in Paris, an overnight trip to Tours, and visits to castles in the Loire Valley.

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Nice

Nice, France

Year & Semester Programs

The Nice program is modeled after the Paris year and semester programs and is 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 campuses of the University of Nice, and other institutions of higher learning;
  • Excursions in, around Nice and in the south of France are arranged for students on the program;
  • Living arrangements with a host family;
  • Internships and volunteer opportunities in addition to their studies;
  • In-depth preliminary orientation to prepare students for life in France.

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