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Junior Year in France

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Sponsor: Sweet Briar College

Location: Paris, France


Junior Year in France (JYF) is an advanced academic immersion program in Paris, offering courses through the program as well as integrating students into regular university courses with French students, housing in homestays, and opportunities both in and out of the classroom for cultural immersion. Students choose from a small number of French-taught program courses as well as an extensive variety of courses at a number of French universities, including the three Paris Universities of the Sorbonne. The program begins with an academic pre-session to prepare students for life in France and academic work in French universities. Credit-bearing internships in a variety of fields are available during Winter/Spring quarters.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Junior or Senior standing at the start of the program.

Credit Enrollment Requirements:

Read Choosing Courses to Take Abroad for information about maintaining a full-time course load while abroad. On the JYF program, students must enroll in the following:

  • Fall Quarter: Sweet Briar awards 1 unit of credit for the Sweet Briar Orientation course, for which Northwestern will grant general credit. Students must enroll in at least 4 units of credit (typically 4 courses) for the remainder of the semester.
  • Winter+Spring Quarters: Students must enroll in at least 5 units of credit (typically 5 courses) on the program. Sweet Briar does not award credit for the orientation for the spring semester. 
  • Full Year: Students must enroll in a total of 10 units of credit, which includes 1 unit earned in the Fall for the Sweet Briar Orientation course.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete a Junior Year in France application by the program's deadline

Languages: French

Language Requirements: 

  • 2 years or the equivalent of college-level French; JYF expects students to have completed at least one French-taught course in literature, language or civilization at Northwestern prior to the start of the program
  • At least a B average overall and in French


Homestays arranged by the program (13 meals/week)

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $27,710

Billed by Northwestern: $23,350

Estimated additional costs: $4,360

  • Additional meals: $1,500
  • Airfare: $900
  • Local transportation: $300
  • Books & supplies: $200
  • Personal expenses: $1,000
  • Visa: $300
  • GeoBlue: $160

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