Sweet Briar College JYF in Paris

Orientation, Advising, and Support (old)

JYF gives you the tools for a deeper understanding of French culture and education system through our intensive orientation and ongoing support to ensure students’ academic success.


The semester begins in Paris with an in-depth orientation to the city and the French university system to help prepare students for life in the city and as students in France. The two-week fall orientation includes practical training in French composition, translation and conversation as well as cultural activities and excursions to visit museums and historical landmarks in Paris and the Loire valley. A recommendation of one unit of credit is made (equivalent to 3 semester credits) for those who successfully complete the intensive orientation session in the fall. Spring semester orientation is one week, due to the earlier start of the university of Paris, and no credit is offered for this orientation session.

During orientation, JYF staff provide individualized advising to students in planning their academic calendar and living arrangements in Paris.


Prior to arrival and during the semester, students will receive individual advising from the Director on their course selections, enrollment and other academic matters.


During the semester, tutorats with specialists in their field will be arranged for designated courses in literature, art history, history, political science, international relations and economics. For other subjects, JYF will, in most cases, provide a tutor on a need basis. These tutorials provide the opportunity for students to discuss course-related questions, get feedback on their work and address problems they may be encountering in their classes.

JYF staff are always available for individual assistance to students on academic, health, or personal matters.