Study Abroad

Information about additional study abroad opportunities can be found here.

Qualified students are encouraged to participate in our renowned JYF program. A student considering spending part or all of her junior year abroad should consult with her advisor for recommended preparatory courses.

JYF in Paris

JYF in Paris (JYF) is the oldest coeducational intercollegiate study abroad program in Paris. Created in 1923 by the University of Delaware, JYF has been administered by Sweet Briar College in Virginia since 1948.

Since its origin, JYF has expanded its offering to semester, year and summer programs in Paris. JYF continues its established tradition of excellence in study abroad, providing a true immersion experience for students for the past 67 years.

All JYF classes are taught in French at one of the universities in Paris. Students are mostly housed with families and have the opportunity to participate in internships, volunteering and excursions organized by the program.

The Paris summer program is designed for intermediate French students. Take 6 or 9 credit hours (2 or 3 courses) from a selection of courses taught in French at the JYF Student Center at Reid Hall, and go on excursions in Paris, an overnight trip to Tours, and visits to castles in the Loire Valley.


According to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), four out of 10 students study abroad while attending Sweet Briar — twice as many students than at other colleges.

Students spend a summer, a semester or a full year overseas in any of a number of countries. Immersed in the culture, they study at an internationally renowned institution, perhaps live with a host family, and develop a more global perspective.

Students majoring or minoring in French have studied abroad at the following institutions: