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 continues its established tradition of excellence in study abroad, providing a true immersion experience for students.

JYF is an advanced academic immersion study abroad program in Paris, France. Available as a semester (fall or spring) or academic year program, our aim is to provide opportunities for students to expand their international perspective, cultivate their French language skills, and live like a native while taking courses in their major within the French university system. As a true immersion program, the program prioritizes direct international experience and student involvement in French life, language and culture.

JYF Mission

The Sweet Briar JYF Program in Paris promotes intercultural learning through a semester or year-long true immersion experience, both cultural and linguistic. We aim to provide an academic experience that increases your competency in the French language, while allowing you to elect courses that fit and enhance your academic goals. JYF gives you the tools for a deeper understanding of French culture through our intensive orientation, access to a wide variety of courses, home-stays, extra-curricular opportunities, and interaction with our staff and instructors. This reflective intercultural experience will lead you to develop a deeper understanding of the world, a broader perspective on your own place in it, and open a world of post-graduate opportunities.