The Sweet Briar Junior Year in France is the oldest coeducational intercollegiate program in Paris. Created in 1923 by the University of Delaware, the Junior Year in France has been administered by Sweet Briar College since 1948. Thus, this year we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France, but the program is already 90 years old.
Students are registered as regular students and do the same work as their French counterparts, unlike programs where students attend lectures as auditors and have their work corrected by tutors not connected with the University. Note that this is also different from programs which promise that their students will study “at the Sorbonne” when they really mean the “Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne,” an institute whose function is to teach courses in French language and culture only to foreign students. Although these courses may be valuable to some students, we believe that students selected by the Junior Year in France are able to take regular university courses with French students. We do everything possible to facilitate this by providing group or individual tutoring sessions.
Wide Selection of Classes
Students are able to choose from an extensive variety of regular university courses in the sciences, math, business, arts and humanities available at four Paris universities of the Sorbonne (III, IV, VII, Dauphine). Junior Year in France also offers intensive seminars exclusively for students on the program. All courses are taught in French by university professors. Students are expected to choose a minimum of four courses with the assistance of on-site advisors providing individual consultation.
The academic year and fall semester program begins with a two-week session in Tours at the Institut de Touraine. Located in the heart of Châteaux country, Institut de Touraine prepares students for life in Paris and academic work in French universities.
The spring semester orientation program is held in Paris.
The size of the Junior Year in France allows our experienced American and French staff to give personal attention to every student who needs it.
Selected Host Families
In Tours, all our students live with French families, as do all those who wish to do so in Paris and Nice. All our families are carefully selected and evaluated by students every year. We look for families truly interested in welcoming American students. In Paris and Nice all students will have single rooms. Other housing options are available to students who do not wish to stay with French families.
- You can download the application forms as a pdf document.
The fee is not subject to fluctuations resulting from variations in the value of the dollar. It is as inclusive as possible: transatlantic transportation, registration in several institutions, studio courses, room and board, group excursions, medical and personal liability insurance, baggage handling between Paris and Tours, and Tours and Paris, etc. Any expenses not included are clearly stated in our suggested budget.
View our 2014-2015 Brochure.
Category: Program in Paris