The Paris Internship Program offers a semester of study and work in the hub of French and European business and culture. The program combines an internship with intensive French-language study and liberal arts courses. French faculty from local universities teach courses on contemporary France that are specifically designed for students in the Boston University program. The BU Paris Academic Center, including administrative offices and classrooms, is located in the fifteenth arrondissement, within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.
Set upon the edge of the Mediterranean Sea on the glamorous French Riviera, Nice beckons with its mild climate and clear skies. Whether you’re strolling along the famous palm-lined Promenade des Anglais to witness the sunset over the sea, or looking down from Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) at the sweeping panorama of this breathtaking city, Nice will enchant you. Enjoy all that Côte d'Azur has to offer while studying the culture and history of the French Mediterranean coast, improving your language skills (no experience required), and learning about business with other international students. You will take your language and area studies courses at the IES Abroad Center, accompanied by IPAG Business School courses. The IPAG Business School is located in the economic heart of Nice and offers many courses taught in English (only a few electives are taught in French).
Earn up to 15 credits and a Certificate in Business Studies (CBS) or International Business (CIB) on the Grenoble Business School program at the Grenoble Ecole de Management, consistently rated as one of Europe’s best business schools. Be immersed in the French culture as you live with a French family and experience the region on day trips to Provence, Lyon and Paris – as well as numerous social and cultural activities, including a trip to Chateau du Vizille (the birthplace of the French Revolution) and visits to local museums. You can enhance your experience through optional 2-day excursions to Burgundy and a 2-day Alpine spa weekend.
A truly cosmopolitan city, Strasbourg is rich with social and cultural options—but still small enough for you to feel at home. The SU Strasbourg program is designed to make the most of all that Strasbourg offers. You'll learn from international faculty members who are professionals in politics, diplomacy, and law. The pre-semester Signature Seminar introduces you to Europe through travel, lectures, and encounters with politicians, teachers, and activists. Course-related field study offers further European travel opportunities, and internships at European institutions allow you to gain invaluable hands-on experience during your time in Strasbourg.The SU Strasbourg program also offers specialized programs in intensive French language and music performance.Internships are also available for 1-3 credits in a variety of fields. Students must be enrolled in the semester program in order to take part in the internship.
This program is designed for you to immerse yourself in the French language (regardless of language ability) while also learning about French culture, politics and society. The program offers classes covering many disciplines, with coursework in history, sociology, political science, business and French culture and civilization. You will study at the international language institute (CIDEF) of the Université Catholique de l’Ouest (the Catholic University of the West), taking courses with US and other international students. During the academic year, you will live with a French family for a fully immersive experience. Students studying in the summer also have the option of living in a residence hall (foyer). Angers is a university community of more than 30,000 students making it a lively city with a prominent youth culture. Angers is also a city with a rich history and is home to a castle and a cathedral dating back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
Designed for students at an advanced level of French, the Middlebury C.V. Starr School in France provides opportunities to experience French culture in one of three locations: Bordeaux - a larger city with a rich culinary and wine growing tradition; Paris - the cosmopolitan capital at the heart of France; and Poitiers- a quintessential French town with a strong university and student culture.
Stroll down the graceful Cours Mirabeau, studded with sparkling fountains and gorgeous aristocratic buildings. Stop to sip an espresso at Les Deux Garçons—Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola’s favorite hangout—before browsing the quirky boutiques and galleries of Vieil Aix. With our two partner universities providing an integrated, authentic student experience, you’ll find programs designed to meet your academic and career interests in Aix-en-Provence. Courses are taught in English or French and take advantage of the culturally rich, visually stunning surroundings through activities like volunteering and excursions to Avignon, Arles, and Carmargue. Explore the traditional aspects of French culture in this idyllic town where cafés, theaters, farmers' markets, sunshine, blue skies, and a warm welcome await.
This program is designed for intensive French language study at all levels. All students take a comprehensive French language course that focuses on writing, oral expression and pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. Students taking a gap year in France will quickly find tha the setting of this alpine city is what truly makes it unique. For a panoramic view of the city and surrounding mountains, take a ride on the téléphérique, or cable car, to the Fort de la Bastille. From there, explore the hiking trails and the grottes (caves) that were used as a defense many centuries ago. With a student population of 60,000, Grenoble is an ideal place to learn French. The slower pace of the city and the friendliness of the inhabitants make it easy to practice the language with locals. The city has several museums, numerous parks and plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities (skiing, hiking, biking). For the avid traveler, Grenoble is an excellent starting point for exploration, situated only three hours from Paris by high speed train and very close to Switzerland and Italy.
Founded in the 11th century, the Université Catholique de l’Ouest is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in France. With its historic roots and commitment to academic excellence, the Université Catholique de l’Ouest is perfect for students who wish to experience the French educational system while earning credit toward their degree. Professors at the Université are experts in their fields and dedicated to enriching the lives of their students. The campus is home to ten institutes dedicated to various academic fields of study, and extracurricular activities and student societies abound, including theater, a student newspaper, frequent concerts and sporting activities, and weekly cross-cultural exchanges with French students. The Université’s location in the scenic Loire valley is perfect for learning about French culture and using the language in everyday life.
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