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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Courtney Pollack Advising Required: No
Language Pre-requisite: 5 semester of French (or equivalent) Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: French Language Courses Offered: No
Housing: Dormitory, Homestay Internship: Yes
Program Type: Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

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The Paris Field Study and Internship program is an 18 week program that includes 5 weeks of intensive coursework followed by a 12-week full time internship in the field where students are conducting significant research.  Students have been had placements in the field of Arts and Entertainment, Business, Social Science, Medicine, Media and International Relations. With Paris as your extended classroom, the possibilities are endless.


Students participate in a set curriculum with courses that are already in our Course Equivalency Database.  Over the course of 5 weeks, students take the following courses taught entirely in French:

SOCY 3xx: Structure, Transformation, and Issues in French Society: A Socio-Cultural Approach
SISA 383: The Foundations of French Politics, Policies and Institutions, Yesterday and Today
SISA 213: Towards a European Society

The Internship/Field Research Component is FREN 491: Field Research


Internship and Field Research

The Paris region concentrates significant levels of activity in a boggling diversity of spheres. Besides being the administrative, financial and economic center of France, it is also a capital of scientific research, a capital of cultural activity and creation, as well as a capital of social and political movements for France and beyond.

Students work individually with a research advisor from their field. The first task is to identify a topic, following guidelines established by IFE for research topic choice. The subject must be tied in a useful and complementary way to the student-intern’s responsibilities, as well as to the core concerns of the host organization.

While IFE does not publish a list of former placements, students should consult the collection of Student Profiles to see what research questions students have pursued in the past.

Student Life

louvreIFE encourages students to enjoy the many cultural resources available to them while living in Paris.  Cultural activities are organized by the IFE staff including a visit to Fontainebleau and outings to both the cinema and theatre.  In addition to cultural activities, IFE offers a series of wokshops to help students discover new areas, and process their surroundings and experiences with a ciritical approach.  Sample workshops in the past have included:

  • Day visit/workshop in Créteil: Students make a trip to the town of Créteil just outside of Paris, visiting a local high school, a cité (low-income housing development), a youth cultural center, and a neighborhood emblematic of late-1960’s French architecture among others.
  • Digital Storytelling Workshop: Students have the chance to learn digital video techniques as well as editing and film storytelling techniques in putting together a digital story about their internship. Not only do they gain practical film making skills, they also deepen their reflection on their internship and their experience of French culture.
  • Theater workshop: An improv workshop with a Parisian theater company specializing in social issues and audience interaction allows students to become comfortable speaking and interacting, and have fun along the way!

Housing and Meals

IFE will organize housing for students individually in either a "foyer" or a homestay.  Each housing option may include a meal plan.

Foyer: a common form of housing for young people beginning either their studies or professional life in Paris.  There is a permanent presence at the reception desk, 24 hours per day, and there are a certain number of restrictions concerning hours and sex of visitors, and possibly other restrictions, with variations by foyer. There are common rooms for socializing, common kitchens by suite or floor for meal preparation, internet access, and various scheduled activities are proposed. Towels are not provided, but bed linen may be rented at a very modest rate.

Homestay: The family situations used by IFE for its students are generally not of the type where there are young children, a family meal every evening, and a busy family life requiring participation.  IFE family housing is more like renting a room in a home, sometimes with separate entrance, kitchen access in all cases, and full freedom to come and go. Restrictions concerning guests exist for certain family situations.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/26/2017
Varies by program TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 08/20/2018 05/19/2019
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Do not book flights based on these dates.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 08/20/2018 12/21/2018
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Do not book flights based on these dates.
Spring 2019 09/17/2018 ** Varies by program 01/21/2019 05/24/2019

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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