Sweet Briar College JYF in Paris

Safety and Health

Safety and Security

The safety and security of our students is always of utmost priority for Sweet Briar College, JYF in Paris. In light of the current climate and terrorist activity in Europe, concerns about real and perceived threats to US citizens, both at home and abroad, are not unfounded. However, we wish to assure you that the JYF program and staff in Paris and Virginia are well prepared to ensure that students are kept as safe as possible at all times. As you may see in the Sweet Briar College, JYF in Paris Risk Management Plan, we have systems and protocols in place with trainings during orientation and reminders throughout the semester. We maintain channels for communication, educate students about ways to stay safe by helping them take personal responsibility for their own safety, and urging them to follow our guidelines at all times. As you can imagine, the French government takes terrorism extremely seriously and its alert system is strong.

The JYF office, located at Reid Hall administered by Columbia Global Centers, 4 rue de Chevreuse in the 6th arrondissement of Paris is on a quiet residential neighborhood. Furthermore, we feel that living with a host family in residential neighborhoods all around the city provides students with another layer of safety. Host families often become crucial anchors helping students learn their way around the city.

Emergency contact information for JY is shared with students, advisors and parents prior to departure.

Your Health

Living and studying in Paris is, for many, an exciting dream come true. Finding yourself in a large, unfamiliar city and culture can also be a physically and mentally challenging experience. In order to enjoy a successful semester in Paris, one must remain healthy, both physically and mentally. Before departure, it is important for students to discuss their travel plans with medical professionals so that they can be as prepared as possible. As part of the JYF application process, we ask that students fully share any physical or psychological pre-existing conditions or special needs with JYF in Paris by indicating this on the JYF Confidential Health History form.

In this way, JYF staff can take this into account in selecting host families, make arrangements in advance for any necessary special needs, and be prepared in case treatment is needed while abroad. This includes any physical, dietary, and mental issues. This information will be shared only with certain personnel at JYF in Paris, medical providers or hosts, if necessary, and except in unusual cases, answers will not affect your admission to the program.

As part of their JYF program fee, and in addition to other personal health insurance students may have while at home, they will be covered by a required CISI comprehensive insurance plan.  The policy covers students for the duration of their semester/year with JYF. The benefits under this plan provide 100.00% payment of covered medical expenses up to $150,000.00 per injury or illness. Each participant is covered if, as the result of a covered accident or a covered sickness, he/she incurs expenses for the services of a physician, hospital, emergency room, ambulatory medical center, laboratory tests, local ambulance service, prescription medicines, therapeutics, anesthetics (including administration thereof), X-ray or prosthetic appliances. Hospital room and board is covered at the normal semiprivate room rate. An Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefit of up to $10,000.00, and a $100,000.00 maximum Medical Evacuation benefit and a $50,000.00 maximum Repatriation benefit are also included in this plan. The plan also has a Team Assist Plan which provides the students with a 24 hour emergency telephone assistance service while travelling. There are certain exclusions and limitations for pre-existing conditions.